Sanders Edges Johnny Scott in USMTS Return to DCRP as Kenney, Munoz & Wahrman Score as WellJune 9, 2018
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 8, 2018) – The long-awaited return of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) to the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park lived up to the hype as Happy, TX, native Rodney Sanders edged Johnny Scott by just 0.099 seconds in Friday night’s 40-lap feature event to take the $3,000 winner’s share.
While Sanders picked up his second USMTS win in as many Kansas nights, Brandon Kenney raced to victory lane in the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified feature, defending track champion Angel Munoz picked off his first IMCA Stock Car win of the season and Duane Wahrman added his third IMCA Hobby Stock win of the season as a total of 84 cars filled the pit area.
The USMTS feature came down to a dramatic finish with Sanders battling for the point with the sibling duo of Johnny and Stormy Scott. Stormy Scott had opened the race by leading the initial 11 circuits before Johnny Scott worked the upper portion of the track to take command on the 12th round as Sanders held down third position.
They raced in that fashion until the first of just two cautions flew soon after the midway point, with Sanders battling past Johnny Scott on the restart and then ultimately taking the lead away from Stormy Scott on the 31st lap.
The duo battled in side-by-side fashion over the closing circuits with Johnny Scott nipping at their heels. The trio came upon a lapped car on the 39th lap, with Sanders making an evasive move in turn two to the top side to navigate the traffic and then Stormy Scott looping it off the exit of turn two to bring out the final caution.
The battle was down to Sanders and Johnny Scott for the final two rounds. Sanders held the edge with Scott making one last charge off of the final corner that fell less than a half car-length short at the line.
“Stormy really got the topside rolling, I was glad when that first caution came out to give me a chance,” Sanders said in victory lane. “There was a little traction on the very bottom. But it was pretty tricky, it was hard to hit it right every time.”
Las Cruces’ Johnny Scott settled for runner-up honors with New Sharon, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek filling out the podium third. Chandler, Arizona’s Ricky Thornton, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth with Woodward, Oklahoma’s Derrick Ramirez racing from 14th to round out the top five.
Missouri’s Terry Phillips was sixth with the Tucson duo of Jake O’Neil and R.C. Whitwell in seventh and eighth. Missouri’s Austin Siebert was ninth with Louisiana’s Cade Dillard completing the top ten.
In the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified feature, Woodward, Oklahoma’s Brandon Kenney battled into the lead in the early going then held off reigning track champion Jeff Kaup over the final half of the race to post the win.
With Kenney gridding the field outside the third row, he needed just four circuits to overtake early pacesetter Denver Howard for the point with Kaup taking over second the night time around.
Kaup kept the pressure on the rest of the way, but Kenney was up to the task. Ronnie Hults rallied from 15th to take third behind Kenney and Kaup with 13th-starter Dakota Sproul and 18th-starter Courtney McCartney rounding out the top five.
In IMCA Stock Car action, Lamar, Colorado’s Angel Munoz became the fourth different winner in as many rounds of championship action by leading the final six rounds of the 15-lapper.
With defending track champion Munoz starting in fifth, Larry Baird led the opening three laps before Gregg Schell emerged from a three-wide battle for the lead with Munoz and Troy Burkhart quickly moving into second and third.
Munoz went to work on Schell and finally edged into the lead on the tenth round. With Munoz pacing the closing laps, Burkhart and Schell raced side-by-side for second until Burkhart surged ahead in the final feet to take runner-up honors. Schell settled for third with Chris Oliver and Shannon Maughlin rounding out the top five.
But after taking the lead away from Tobby Schield in the early going, Wahrman had his hands full the rest of the way with Reagan Sellard on his rear bumper. Sellard finally snuck under Wahrman to take command upon the completion of the 14th lap only to get loose exiting turn two and spin to the infield.
Wahrman took quick advantage, racing on to the stripe just ahead of Tathan Burkhart with Shay Simones, Schield and Braxton Berry rounding out the top five.
Action continues at Dodge City Raceway Park with next weekend’s $3,000-to-win Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16. IMCA Stock Cars will be in action as well on both night with IMCA Sport Modifieds joining in on Saturday’s card.
Dodge City Raceway Park
June 8, 2018, Results
United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS):
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 1st-Johnny Scott, 2. 2s-Stormy Scott, 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 4. 75-Terry Phillips, 5. 91d-Scott Drake, 6. 9-Cole Traugott, 7. 91-Joe Duvall, 8. 05-Rick Taylor.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 33z-Zack VanderBeek, 3. 23-Adam Kates, 4. 96jr-Jon Herring, 5. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 6. 71-Jesse Hoskins, 7. 25p-Mike Petersilie.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 19r-Ryan Gustin, 2. 16-Austin Siebert, 3. 0-Jake O’Neil, 4. 71T-R.C. Whitwell, 5. 23-Logan Robertson, 6. 5k-Kyle Prauner, 7. 21-Austin Bonner.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 69-Lucas Schott, 2. 20-Rodney Sanders, 3. 4r-Dereck Ramirez, 4. 52c-Alex Cammon, 5. 25c-Johnny Cammon, 6. 44-Mike Lunow, 7. 8c-Chris Clark.
First “B” Main (10 Laps – 5 Transfer): 1. 97-Cade Dillard, 2. 91d-Scott Drake, 3. 9-Cole Traugott, 4. 52c-Alex Cammon, 5. 5k-Kyle Prauner, 6. 21-Austin Bonner, 7. 91-Joe Duvall, 8. 23-Logan Robertson, 9. 05-Rick Taylor.
Second “B” Main (10 Laps – 5 Transfer): 1. 4r-Dereck Ramirez, 2. 71T-R.C. Whitwell, 3. 25c-Johnny Cammon, 4. 71-Jesse Hoskins, 5. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 6. 44-Mike Lunow, 7. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 8. 8c-Chris Clark.
“A” Main (40 Laps): 1. 20-Rodney Sanders (3), 2. 1st-Johnny Scott (1), 3. 33z-Zack VanderBeek (4), 4. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr. (8), 5. 4r-Dereck Ramirez (14), 6. 75-Terry Phillips (11), 7. 0-Jake O’Neil (9), 8. 71T-R.C. Whitwell (16), 9. 16-Austin Siebert (10), 10. 97-Cade Dillard (13), 11. 19r-Ryan Gustin (2), 12. 91-Joe Duvall (23), 13. 23-Adam Kates (5), 14. 9-Cole Traugott (17), 15. 91d-Scott Drake (15), 16. 2s-Stormy Scott (6), 17. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 18. 71-Jesse Hoskins (20), 19. 52c-Alex Cammon (19), 20. 25c-Johnny Cammon (18), 21. 5k-Kyle Prauner (21), 22. 69-Lucas Schott (7), 23. 23-Logan Robertson (24), 24. 96jr-Jon Herring (12).
Lap Leaders: Johnny Scott 1-11, Stormy Scott 12-34, Rodney Sanders 31-40.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 09-Robert Elliott, 2. 21b-Brandon Kenney, 3. 11h-Denver Howard, 4. 65-Kohl Ricke, 5. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 6. 42c-Courtney McCartney, 7. 42-Ronnie Hults, 8. 10-Alex Wiens, 9. 12d-Brad Johnson,
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 3d-Garrett Donley, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 09x-Brett Berry, 5. 21-Joey Maupin, 6. 7-Jarett Lunow, 7. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 8. 83-Matthew Shenberger, 9. 17-Kiowa Higdon.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 8-Brian May, 2. 34s-Sturgis Streeter, 3. 08-Dakota Sproul, 4. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 5. 09b-Brock Berry, 6. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8. 4-Freddy McCoy.
“B” Main (10 Laps): 1. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 2. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 3. 42-Ronnie Hults, 4. 7-Jarett Lunow, 5 10-Alex Wiens, 6. 42c-Courtney McCartney, 7. 21-Joey Maupin, 8. 12d-Brad Johnson, 9. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 10.
“A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 21b-Brandon Kenney, 2. 92-Jeff Kaup, 3. 42-Ronnie Hults, 4. 08-Dakota Sproul, 5. 42c-Courtney McCartney, 6. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 7. 10-Alex Wiens, 8. 7-Jarett Lunow, 9. 8-Brian May, 10. 3d-Garrett Donley, 11. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 12. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 13. 37-Bart Baker, 14. 12d-Brad Johnson, 15. 21-Joey Maupin, 16. 11h-Denver Howard, 17. 65-Kohl Ricke, 18. 09x-Brett Berry, 19. 34s-Sturgis Streeter, 20. 09-Robert Elliott.
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 3-Chris Oliver, 3. 89-Gregg Schell, 4. 25x-Troy Burkhart, 5. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 6. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 7. 33-Marlin Hogie.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 52-Larry Baird, 2. 47-Landon Maddox, 3. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 4. 52T-Travis Baird, 5. 127-Tommy Fose, 6. 57-Will Bauer, 7. 20-Tyler Walker.
“A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 25x-Troy Burkhart, 3. 89-Greg Schell, 4. 3-Chris Oliver, 5. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 6. 52T-Travis Baird, 7. 47-Landon Maddox, 8. 127-Tommy Fose, 9. 57-Will Bauer, 10. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 11. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 12. 20-Tyler Walker, 13. 33-Marlin Hogie, 14. 52-Larry Baird.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 2. 19-Brett Copeland, 3. 15b-Braxton Berry, 4. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 5. 72T-Tobby Schield, 6. 81d-Mike Davis. DNS: 5s-Derrick Sprott.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 2. 22ss-Shay Simones, 3. 57-Chad Kelley, 4. 12r-Brooke Russell, 5. 22r-Dan Rogers, 6. 7-Tom Reed, 7. 24b-Sheri Berger, 8. 250-Tathan Burkhart.
“A” Main (15 Laps): 1. 17w-Duane Wahrman, 2. 250-Tathan Burkhart, 3. 22ss-Shay Simones, 4. 15b-Braxton Berry, 5. 2m-Matt O’Hair, 6. 12r-Brooke Russell, 7. 22r-Dan Rogers, 8. 57-Chad Kelley, 9. 19-Brett Copeland, 10. 7-Tom Reed, 11. 81d-Mike Davis, 12. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 13. 24b-Sheri Berger, 14. 72T-Tobby Schield (DQ). DNS: 5s-Derrick Sprott.