Title Chases Continue Saturday at DCRP!June 12, 2014
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 12, 2014) – With the flags crossed for the midpoint of the season, crucial championship chase points are on the line at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night.
Saturday’s card includes IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets with the green flag flying at 7:30 p.m.
And those drivers that leave Saturday night with the points lead in their respective division will hold that lead for at least a few weeks as the championship chase divisions won’t see action again until the Second Annual Modified Stampede on July 19.
Five races into 11 scheduled events, reigning track champion Austin Allen holds a meager 6-point lead over Ryan Heger with Kale Beavers, Cole Traugott, Jesse Smith, Mike Lunow and Nick Link all still within striking distance of the title as only 52 points separate the top seven.
Five different drivers have reached victory lane thus far in 2014 with seven different winners in as many events dating back to last year with Traugott and Heger taking the final pair of 2013 wins.
Feature Winners: Scott Brown 1, Van Gemmill 1, Joel Lane 1, Clay Sellard 1, Jesse Smith 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Austin Allen (Wichita, KS) 653, 2. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 647, 3. Kale Beavers (Ulysses, KS) 632, 4. Cole Traugott (Woodward, OK) 618, 5. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 610, 6. (tie) Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) and Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 601, 8. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 520, 9. Tracy Link (Hugoton, KS) 511, 10. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 506.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Defending champ Jeff Kaup is making it tough on a stout field of rivals with a pair of wins and a pair of runner-up finishes in the opening five events to amass 70 point lead in the title chase over Austin Walker and Josh Appel, who are tied for second.
While Kaup is in break-away mode, only 45 points separate the seven drivers right behind him ranked second through eighth.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 2, Michael Shenberger 2, Josh Appel 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 716, 2. (tie) Austin Walker (Utica, KS) and Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 646, 4. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 630, 5. Tristen Barton (Dighton, KS) 628, 6. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 620, 7. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 614, 8. Randle McRoberts (Dodge City, KS) 601, 9. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 562, 10. Jeremy Sigler (Great Bend, KS) 549.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Perry Misner’s run of perfection was interrupted last time out by Angel Munoz yet his lead still stands at 48 points over Dusty Witthuhn, who moved into second ahead of Reagan Sellard with Michael Pepper and Randy Dowell rounding out the top five.
Feature Winners: Perry Misner 3, Angel Munoz 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Perry Misner (Garden City, KS) 585, 2. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 537, 3. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 525, 4. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 523, 5. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 496, 6. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 475, 7. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 465, 8. Shane Tillery (Laverne, OK) 456, 9. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 443, 10. Ron Hartman (Ulysses, KS) 440.
A new name is atop Thunder Car points with William Bauer taking the top spot after a fifth-place run last time out. Bauer has finished no lower than sixth in the opening four Thunder Car features of the season.
Bauer’s lead is a slim one, just seven points ahead of Matt O’Hair with Dustin Walker another point back in third. Only 32 points separate the top five.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 2, Sonny O’Hair 1, Dan Rogers 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 543, 2. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 536, 3. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 535, 4. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 522, 5. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 511, 6. Rob Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 493, 7. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 486, 8. Duane Mathes (Kinsley, KS) 471, 9. Norman Carr (Garden City, KS) 466, 10. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 459.
Jarett Lunow remains undefeated on the inner asphalt oval with four feature wins in as many tries to open up a 34-point lead over Jarred Nightengale in the title chase.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 4.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 600, 2. Jarred Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 566, 3. Kohle Ricke (Dodge City, KS) 556, 4. (tie) Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) and Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 543, 6. Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 409, 7. Zak Moore 267, 8. (tie) Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) and Tyler Olsen 132, 10. Mandy Switzer (Sublette, KS) 129.
Tickets to Saturday’s championship chase card at Dodge City Raceway Park are just $10 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
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.