Taylor Takes URSS Opener at DCRP!May 11, 2014
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 10, 2014) – Coming off Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, Zac Taylor kicked off the United Rebel Sprint Series season by taking victory honors in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
The 15-year-old from Green River, WY, was awarded his third career URSS Sprint Car win after apparent winner Brian Herbert weighed in five pounds below the 1,550 pound weight limit, becoming the tenth different winner in as many series events at DCRP dating back to 2009.
While Taylor was the Sprint Car victor, Jesse Smith snared his first career IMCA Modified feature win at DCRP with Josh Appel topping the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Perry Misner victorious again in IMCA Stock Cars and Jarett Lunow best in the Hornets again.
With 28 cars on hand for the URSS opener, Herbert and Ty Williams led the feature field to the green flag. Herbert gunned into the early lead and set sail until the first of four cautions flew after seven laps when Kirby Hagans came to a stop in turn two.
Williams slid past Herbert for the lead on the ensuing restart with Herbert battling back on the low side. The duo battled for several laps before Herbert reclaimed the point on the 11th round with Williams surrendering second to Taylor Velasquez the next time around before a caution flew for Craig Jecha’s encounter with the turn one wall.
After a Velasquez pass of Herbert for the lead was waved off due to a caution, Herbert maintained the top position as Taylor took third from Williams on the 13th lap and then made what proved to be the race-winning pass of Velasquez on the 16th circuit.
Following one final caution with seven laps to go, Herbert slipped away from Taylor and took the checkered flag with a half straightaway advantage only to roll across the scales too light.
“It sucks to win it this way,” the young Taylor commented in victory lane.
Velasquez took runner-up honors behind Taylor, with reigning URSS Kansas champion Luke Cranston taking the show position. Williams slipped to fourth with defending URSS National champion Jake Bubak rounding out the top five.
Steven Richardson and Zach Blurton raced from the sixth row after winning “B” Mains to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, with 14th-starter Tyler Knight, Koby Pearce and 19th-starter Kaden Taylor completing the top ten.
Cody Caldwell, Cranston, Bubak and Velasquez topped heat race action.
“I’ve been trying to win one of these here for ten years now,” the happy victor from Dodge City exclaimed in victory lane.
While Smith started the feature from the pole position, Allen led the opening round from the second row outside only to have Smith battle back into the lead the next time and stretch out a comfortable advantage until the race’s only caution with just five laps to go closed Allen back up to his rear bumper.
Allen challenged Smith for the point with the duo battling side-by-side for two laps before Smith reestablished command for keeps.
Smith took the checkered flag ahead of Allen, who held of ninth-starter Scott Drake for runner-up honors. Drake was third with Brendon Gemmill and Ryan Heger rounding out the top five.
Another Dodge City driver reigned supreme in the IMCA Sport Modifieds with Josh Appel taking control midway through the 20-lapper for his first win of the year.
While Appel worked his way forward from the third row, Randy Shenberger led the opening round before Kameron Gruber and Andy Barton took over the battle for the point.
Gruber assumed the lead after several laps with Appel marching forward and taking command on the tenth circuit. Appel led the rest of the way with Barton crossing the line in second. Gruber was third with Mike Appel and Toby Witthuhn in the top five.
Misner took the lead away from Ron Hartman and raced on to the stripe ahead of Reagan Sellard with Marlin Hogie, Randy Dowell and Dusty Witthuhn in the top five.
Jarett Lunow reeled off his third consecutive win as well in Hornet action, taking the lead away from Marci O’Hair three laps into the 12-lapper on the inner asphalt oval before taking the checkered flag ahead of Kohl Ricke and O’Hair.
Racing action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, May 24, with a full card of championship action including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets.
Dodge City Raceway Park – May 10 Results:
URSS Sprint Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 77-Cody Caldwell, 2. 92-Coby Pearce, 3. 86-Zac Taylor, 4. 85-Raymond Seemann, 5. 0-Steven Richardson, 6. 2j-Zach Blurton, 7. 88j-Jeremy Huish.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 20-Luke Cranston, 2. 9d-Lance Davis, 3. 97-Brian Herbert, 4. 9-John Webster, 5. 007-Jordan Randles, 6. 16k-Kaden Taylor, 7. 50-Jed Werner.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 9x-Jake Bubak, 2. 81j-Tron Stegman, 3. 007k-Jared Kern, 4. 4-Kirby Hagans, 5. 24-Kade Hagans, 6. 49-Kris Moore, 7. 12d-Steve Patton.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 33-Koby Walters, 3. 911-Ty Williams, 4. 11k-Tyler Knight, 5. 17x-Craig Jecha, 6. 80-Jery Caldwell, 7. 83-Austin McLean.
First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 0-Steven Richardson, 2. 81j-Tron Stegman, 3. 49-Kris Moore, 4. 24-Kade Hagans, 5. 16k-Kaden Taylor, 6. 88j-Jeremy Huish, 7. 12d-Steve Patton, 8. 007k-Jared Kern, 9. 85-Raymond Seemann.
Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2j-Zach Blurton, 2. 11k-Tyler Knight, 3. 4-Kirby Hagans, 4. 17x-Craig Jecha, 5. 007-Jordan Randles, 6. 50-Jed Werner, 7. 80-Jerry Caldwell, 8. 9-John Webster, 9. 83-Austin McLean.
“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 86-Zac Taylor, 2. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 3. 20-Luke Cranston, 4. 911-Ty Williams, 5. 9x-Jake Bubak, 6. 0-Steven Richardson, 7. 2j-Zach Blurton, 8. 11k-Tyler Knight, 9. 92-Coby Pearce, 10. 16k-Kaden Taylor, 11. 33-Koby Walters, 12. 24-Kade Hagans, 13. 007-Jordan Randles, 14. 9d-Lance Davis, 15. 81j-Tron Stegman, 16. 77-Cody Caldwell, 17. 17x-Craig Jecha, 18. 49-Kris Moore, 19. 4-Kirby Hagans, 20. 97-Brian Herbert (Disqualified; weighed in below the minimum after finishing first).
Lap Leaders: Brian Herbert 1-7, Ty Williams 8-10, Herbert 11-25.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 12s-Scott Drake, 2. 18-Austin Allen, 3. 44-Mike Lunow, 4. 3h-Ryan Heger, 5. 01-Jesse Smith, 6. 7n-William Nusser, 7. 25-Kale Beavers, 8. 23s-Heath Myers. DNS: 2L-Tracy Link, 22T-Trent Gray.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 1n-Nick Link, 2. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 3. 721-Casey Jo Gemmill, 4. 2-Joe Cleveland, 5. A2-Randy Wilson, 6. 57-Joel Lane, 7. M15-Mike Martin, 8. B38-Jimmy Berends, 9. 9-Cole Traugott, 10. B21-Chadd Brown.
“A” Feature (20 Laps): 1. 01-Jesse Smith, 2. 18-Austin Allen, 3. 12d-Scott Drake, 4. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 5. 3h-Ryan Heger, 6. A2-Randy Wilson, 7. 2-Joe Cleveland, 8. 57-Joel Lane, 9. 721-Casey Jo Gemmill, 10. 9-Cole Traugott, 11. 1n-Nick Link, 12. M15-Mike Martin, 13. 25-Kale Beavers, 14. 2L-Tracy Link, 15. 44-Mike Lunow, 16. 23s-Heath Myers, 17. 7n-William Nusser, 18. B38-Jimmy Berends. DNS: b21-Chadd Brown, 22T-Trent Gray.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 56m-Mike Appel, 2. 44-Austin Walker, 3. 07-Andy Barton, 4. 92-Jeff Kaup, 5. 27g-Kameron Gruber, 6. 21j-Jeremy Sigler, 7. 37-Bart Baker, 8. 33m-Lucas Miller, 9. 63-Donald Kaup.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 22-Randle McRoberts, 2. 65j-Josh Appel, 3. 22s-Randy Shenberger, 4. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 5. 39-Brian May, 6. 81T-Tristen Barton, 7. 33-Jason Lunow, 8. 91-Jordan Meyer, 9. 40d-Steve Dent.
“A” Feature (20 Laps): 1. 65j-Josh Appel, 2. 07-Andy Barton, 3. 27g-Kameron Gruber, 4. 56m-Mike Appel, 5. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 6. 37-Bart Baker, 7. 44-Austin Walker, 8. 92-Jeff Kaup, 9. 21J-Jeremy Sigler, 10. 22-Randle McRoberts, 11. 81T-Tristen Barton, 12. 22s-Randy Shenberger, 13. 39-Brian May, 14. 91-Jordan Meyer, 15. 63-Donald Kaup, 16. 33m-Lucas Miller, 17. 40d-Steve Dent, 18. 33-Jason Lunow.
IMCA Stock Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 20m-Perry Misner, 2. 14-Brandon Fisher, 3. 11J-Justin Lewis, 4. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 5. 19-Brett Copeland, 6. 96-Shane Tillery, 7. 70-Karson Love. DNS: 80-Rich Wadel.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 55h-Ron Hartman, 2. 22-Michael Pepper, 3. 33-Marlin Hogie, 4. 11-Ron Rich, 5. D44-Randy Dowell, 6. 10T-Dusty Witthuhn, 7. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 8. 58-Kyle Tillery
“A” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 20m-Perry Misner, 2. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 3. 33-Marlin Hogie, 4. D44-Randy Dowell, 5. 10T-Dusty Witthuhn, 6. 11J-Justin Lewis, 7. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 8. 19-Brett Copeland, 9. 80-Rich Wadel, 10. 58-Kyle Tillery, 11. 22-Michael Pepper, 12. 96-Shane Tillery, 13. 70-Karson Love, 14. 11-Ron Rich, 15. 55h-Ron Hartman, 16. 14-Brandon Fisher (Disqualified).
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 7-Jarett Lunow, 2. 18-Kohl Ricke, 3. 4j-Jarred Nightengale, 4. 29-Brandon Bogner, 5. 10-Marci O’Hair, 6. 82-Tyler Olson, 7. 19a-Andy Copeland, 8. 54-Zak Moore.
“A” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 7-Jarett Lunow, 2. 18-Kohl Ricke, 3. 10-Marci O’Hair, 4. 4j-Jarred Nightengale, 5. 29-Brandon Bogner, 6. 82-Tyler Olson, 7. 19a-Andy Copeland, 8. 65-Zak Moore.