Title Chases in High Gear with NCRA Sprint Cars Saturday at DCRPMay 29, 2015
While the NCRA Sprint Cars headline the night’s action, DCRP championship chase action continues in IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Racing action goes green at 7:30 p.m.
Although Saturday’s tilt is the first NCRA card at Dodge City Raceway Park since C.J. Johnson topped last June’s Steve King Memorial, it’s not the first Sprint Car action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval this year.
A pair of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car events have developed an early theme of first-time DCRP winners with Ty Williams and Luke Cranston both posting their first career triumphs atop the Dodge City clay.
While it remains to be seen if a third first-time winner will be recognized in the Sprint Car ranks, this time NCRA, on Saturday night, four of the track’s championship chase divisions will battle it out as well.
Leading the way into Saturday’s action in the track’s championship chase divisions are Clay Sellard, Kevin Tabor, Michael Pepper and Matt O’Hair.
After the April 11 season opening feature was pushed back to April 25, Clay Sellard swept to victory lane in both features with Austin Allen second in both main events. The defending champ, Allen raced from 24th to second in the latest feature.
Feature Winners: Clay Sellard 2.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 300, 2. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 290, 3. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 273, 4. Jimmy Brozek 264, 5. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 258, 6. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 253, 7. Brian Oelkers 249, 8. Danny Keller (Dodge City, KS) 236, 9. Chad Brown (Great Bend, KS) 235, 10. Beau Davis (Cheney, KS) 234.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Dodge City’s very own Kevin Tabor is atop a tightly-bunched points race as only six points separate the top five through two events with Jeremy Sigler and Jeff Kaup each posting early wins.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 1, Jeremy Sigler 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 274, 2. (tie) Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS), Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) and Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 270, 5. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 268, 6. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 261, 7. Jeremy Sigler (Great Bend, KS) 260, 8. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 251, 9. Kamren Gruber (Great Bend, KS) 249, 10. Tanner Brunson (Dodge City, KS) 243.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Pulling double duty as he also competes in the IMCA Sport Modified division for the first time, Michael Pepper is a perfect two-for-two in Stock Car action with a pair of dominant wins to open the season.
Feature Winners: Michael Pepper 2.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 300, 2. (tie) Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) and Ron Hartman (Ulysses, KS) 286, 4. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 276, 5. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 261, 6. Chris Oliver (Garden City, KS) 258, 7. Kyle Tillery (Beaver, OK) 255, 8. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 210, 9. Karson Love (Rosston, OK) 135, 10. Mel Halling 60.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Matt O’Hair is out to an early lead after winning last time out to take a six-point lead over Cody Davis with Reagan Sellard anther two points back.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 1, Matt O’Hair 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 291, 2. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 285, 2. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 283, 4. Tommy Fose (Salina, KS) 267, 5. (tie) Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) and Zachary McLemore 255, 7. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 249, 8. Clint Long 244, 9. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 220, 10. Travis McLemore 141.
General admission tickets to Saturday’s action are just $20 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $30.
The 2015 slate of events at Dodge City Raceway Park includes 15 nights of competition with a number of special events along the way, highlighted by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Boothill Showdown on July 3-4.
The track’s full slate of events is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
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.