Title Implications Abound on Saturday!July 18, 2014
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 18, 2014) – The ground will rumble in southwest Kansas on Saturday night with the second running of the Modified Stampede atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
And while the IMCA Modifieds battle it out for the $1,200 winner’s share of the big event, championship points are on the line for not only the Modifieds but the IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets as well.
Leading the way into Saturday’s action that fires off at 7:30 p.m. in their respective classes are Ryan Heger, Jeff Kaup, Perry Misner, William Bauer and Jarett Lunow.
Six winners in six races thus far is the story of the 2014 Modified season at DCRP thus far, resulting in a tight race for championship honors.
Hugoton’s Ryan Heger, who has claimed feature wins in each of the last two season-ending events, is just nine points ahead of reigning track champ Austin Allen going into the Stampede with Jesse Smith, Cole Traugott and Kale Beavers among those aiming to keep title hopes alive.
Feature Winners: Scott Brown 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Van Gemmill 1, Joel Lane 1, Clay Sellard 1, Jesse Smith.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 785, 2. Austin Allen (Wichita, KS) 776, 3. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 755, 4. Cole Traugott (Woodward, OK) 753, 5. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 742, 6. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 715, 7. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 697, 8. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 638, 9. Tracy Link (Hugoton, KS) 609, 10. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 603.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Halfway to a second consecutive DCRP title in the Sport Mod ranks, Woodward’s Jeff Kaup has finished among the top two in five of six events to build up a 74 point cushion. The battle in his wake is a close one though with Josh Appel currently ranking as best of the rest.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 2, Michael Shenberger 2, Josh Appel 1, Clay Money 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 861, 2. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 787, 3. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 766, 4. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 749, 5. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 748, 6. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 746, 7. Tristen Barton (Dighton, KS) 725, 8. Randle McRoberts (Dodge City, KS) 724, 9. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 681, 10. Jeremy Sigler (Great Bend, KS) 675.
IMCA Stock Cars:
After opening the season with three consecutive wins, 2012 champ Perry Misner has been denied victory lane photo opportunities the last two times out by Angel Munoz and Scott Drake. His points lead is still a healthy one at 67 points over Dusty Witthuhn, who has a tenuous hold over a hotly-contested second position.
Feature Winners: Perry Misner 3, Scott Drake 1, Angel Munoz 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Perry Misner (Garden City, KS) 730, 2. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 663, 3. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 658, 4. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 648, 5. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 608, 6. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 597, 7. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 585, 8. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 581, 9. Shane Tillery (Laverne, OK) 572, 10. Kyle Tillery (Beaver OK) 485.
With fewer than 40 points separating the top five, William Bauer clings to a nine-point lead over Dustin Walker entering Saturday’s tilt. Bauer has finished fourth in three of five events with showings of fifth and sixth the other two times out.
Cody Davis has won three of five features. He was missing in action for the other two events.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 3, Sonny O’Hair 1, Dan Rogers 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 681, 2. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 672, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 656, 4. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 645, 5. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 643, 6. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 612, 7. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 600, 8. Norman Carr (Garden City, KS) 595, 9. Rob Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 493, 10. Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) 481.
Defending champ Jarett Lunow tries for a sixth win in as many events atop the inner asphalt oval this Saturday.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 5.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 750, 2. (tie) Jarred Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) and Kohle Ricke (Dodge City, KS) 701, 4. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 684, 5. Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 675, 6. Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 535, 7. Zak Moore 396, 8. Nathan Barton (Dighton, KS), 9. (tie) Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) and Tyler Olsen 132.
Tickets to Saturday’s Second Annual Modified Stampede at Dodge City Raceway Park are just $15 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.