The DCRP Championship Chases!August 24, 2012
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 24, 2012) – All five championship chase divisions will be in action Saturday night, August 25, at Dodge City Raceway Park as the Leary Racing Products Blood, Sweet ‘N Tears Modified series crowns its Southern champion as well.
Saturday’s $1,000-to win Modified event will award both BST South points and IMCA Modified track points, with the United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars and Hornets garnering track championship points as well.
While Turpin, Oklahoma’s Cody Gearhart holds a 5-point edge over Amarillo’s Conner Pullen in the BST Modified title chase, it’s Cole Traugott leading the way in IMCA Modified points at Dodge City Raceway Park with other current point leaders including Bart Baker (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Perry Misner (IMCA Stock Cars), Dan Rogers (Thunder Cars) and Dwayne Bowman (Hornets).
Saturday’s racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to Saturday’s action are just $15 for adults. Seniors and Military receive a $5 discount, with children 11 and under admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
A look at the track’s title chases leading into the weekend…
Six different drivers have reached victory lane in nine events thus far, but it’s the consistency of Woodward, Oklahoma’s Cole Traugott that has him atop the point charts with a 14-point advantage over defending track champion Brendon Gemmill, who has reached victory lane on three occasions.
Feature Winners: Brendon Gemmill 3, Troy Gemmill 2, Cody Gearhart 1, Grant Junghans 1, Mike Martin 1, David Murray 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cole Traugott 280, 2. Brendon Gemmill 266, 3. Beau Davis 262, 4. Ryan Heger 245, 5. Jesse Smith 243, 6. (tie) Kevin Gray and Nick Link 238, 8. Mike Martin 237, 9. Casey Jo Wanger 213, 10. Van Gemmill 212.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
The Sport Mods have offered up six different winners in seven events, with May 4 winner Bart Baker holding an 11-point edge over Josh Appel on the strength of five top-five runs.
Feature Winners: Mike Wadel 2, Bart Baker 1, Jeff Kaup 1, Trent Kleweno 1, Bryan LaRiviere 1, Austin Walker 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Bart Baker 249, 2. Josh Appel 238, 3. Toby Witthuhn 235, 4. Mike Appel 232, 5. (tie) Larry Grady and Clay Sellard 215, 7. Andy Barton 200, 8. Mike Wadel 142, 9. Jeff Kaup 138, 10. Doug Byers 120.
IMCA Stock Cars:
A winner of four of seven feature events, Perry Misner has opened up his points lead to 46 markers over Brett Copeland after a June 23 DNF erased much of his advantage. Misner has won just once in the last four outings though.
Feature Winners: Perry Misner 4, Nick Tubbs 1, Rod Wadel 1, Dusty Witthuhn.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Perry Misner 259, 2. Brett Copeland 213, 3. Justin Temaat 201, 4. Dusty Witthuhn 190, 5. Keith Riley 188, 6. (tie) Mel Law and Reagan Sellard 185, 8. Cody Zimmerman 174, 9. Rod Wadel 154, 10. Billy Phelps 145.
Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars:
Only Shelby Staple has been able to post multiple victories through seven Thunder Car outings, but it’s Dan Rogers in command of the title chase with a 23-point lead over Scott Messino.
Feature Winners: Shelby Staple 2, Cody Davis 1, Bryan Habiger 1, Scott Messino 1, Dan Rogers 1, Toby Schield 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dan Rogers 263, 2. Scott Messino 240, 3. Randle McRoberts 229, 4. Cody Davis 228, 5. W.D. Matteson 217, 6. Bryan Habiger 214, 7. Kim Frodin 207, 8. (tie) Tom Reed and Dustin Walker 195, 10. Andre Kamphofner 180.
Dwayne Bowman is atop points in the wild ‘n wacky Hornets though only 12 points separate the top six entering Saturday’s action.
Feature Winners: Brandon Sprott 3, Dwayne Bowman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dwayne Bowman 154, 2. Jarrett Lunow 149, 3. Brandon Sprott 148, 4. Derrick Sprott 147, 5. Kenneth O’Hair 143, 6. Jarred Nightengale 142, 7. Brandon Bogner 133, 8. Cheryl Copeland 126, 9. Marci O’Hair 122, 10. James Phelps 116.
Dodge City Raceway Park will present 16 nights of racing over a dozen different weekends in 2012. In addition to the five regularly featured classes of competition, special events over the course of the year will include World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, USAC Midgets, USAC Sprint Cars, ASCS National Tour, NCRA Sprint Cars, URSS 305 Sprints and BST Modifieds.
Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.