White Flag Flies on the DCRP Title Chases on Saturday!August 31, 2018
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 31, 2018) – A full season of high-octane racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park has boiled down to just two more nights to determine the 2018 track champions.
Saturday night’s Labor Day Weekend special atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas is all that remains before the September 15 Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event that puts the wraps on the 2018 title chases.
Several titles are still up for grabs with valuable positions throughout the top ten in each divisions sure to change over the remaining two nights of action.
Leading the way into Saturday’s card are Steven Richardson, Nick Link, Jeff Kaup, Dusty Witthuhn and Reagan Sellard.
Saturday’s action fires off at 7:30 p.m.
A look at this year’s championship chases…
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:
Liberal’s Steven Richardson has taken command of the points lead for the first time this season after taking the top spot from previous leader Brian Herbert last week. The lead is just 17 points though with Koby Walters another three points back in third. Two-time and reigning champ Taylor Velasquez was poised to close in dramatically last week only to go up in smoke as the white flag flew. Velasquez still has hope, albeit slim at 57 points out of the lead with just two nights remaining.
Feature Winners: Taylor Velasquez 2, Luke Cranston 1, Brian Herbert 1, J.D. Johnson 1, Jake Martens 1, Steven Richardson 1, Koby Walters 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Steven Richardson 1,064, 2. Brian Herbert 1,047, 3. Koby Walters 1,044, 4. Taylor Velasquez 1,007, 5. Ray Seemann 984, 6. Jordan Knight 975, 7. Tyler Knight 966, 8. Luke Cranston 925, 9. Kris Moore 907, 10. Ross Essenburg 883.
Each position among the top ten in the IMCA Modified chase is up for grabs including the top spot that is currently occupied by Rolla’s Nick Link, who is gunning for a second track title in three years. Link takes a 22 point lead over Kevin Gray into Saturday’s card with William Nusser, Kale Beavers and Jack Kirchoff among those still taking aim.
Feature Winners: Clay Sellard 3, Brendon Gemmill 2, Kevin Gray 1, Nick Link 1, Todd Shute 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Nick Link 1,034, 2. Kevin Gray 1,012, 3. William Nusser 1,001, 4. Kale Beavers 983, 5. Jack Kirchoff 977, 6. Joel Lane 965, 7. Tom Beavers 877, 8. Clay Sellard 850, 9. Jesse Smith 816, 10. Jesse Hoskins 733.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Woodward’s Jeff Kaup is on the verge of officially putting the clamps on a fifth DCRP track championship in six years with a 169-point lead going into Saturday’s action. It’s a madhouse behind him though with plenty of movement to ensue.
Feature Winners: Robert Elliott 2, Jeff Kaup 2, Mike Roach 2, Daylon Bergeron 1, Brandon Kenney 1, Jarett Lunow 1, Freddy McCoy 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup 1,428, 2. Bart Baker 1,259, 3. Jarett Lunow 1,226, 4. Brian May 1,225, 5. Alex Wiens 1,205, 6. Kyle Wiens 1,204, 7. Daylon Bergeron 1,185, 8. Freddy McCoy 1,044, 9. Brad Johnson 1,042, 10. Kohl Ricke 975.
IMCA Stock Cars:
The title fight is down to a battle between Dusty Witthuhn and Chris Oliver, with Witthuhn holding a 20-point edge after reeling off back-to-back wins before Tyler Tipton added his name to the win list last weekend.
Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 3, Troy Burkhart 2, Dusty Witthuhn 2, Landon Maddox 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Chris Oliver 1, Tyler Tipton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dusty Witthuhn 1,499, 2. Chris Oliver 1,479, 3. Marlin Hogie 1,262, 4. Tyler Walker 1,250, 5. Shannon Maughlin 1,209, 6. Ondre Rexford 1,172, 7. Gregg Schell 951, 8. Troy Burkhart 851, 9. Angel Munoz 733, 10. Donald Kaup 708.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Reagan Sellard has a second consecutive track championship within sight with a 117-point lead over Duane Wahrman, who tops the win charts with four victories but may not be able to overcome one missed night along the way.
Feature Winners: Duane Wahrman 4, Tathan Burkhart 2, Reagan Sellard 2, Lyle Russell 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Reagan Sellard 1,274, 2. Duane Wahrman 1,157, 3. Brett Copeland 1,125, 4. Sheri Berger 1,055, 5. Chad Kelley 1,035, 6. Mike Davis 1,010, 7. Tom Reed 945, 8. Matt O’Hair 867, 9. Jacob Huse 701, 10. Dan Rogers 672.
General admission for Saturday’s championship chase action at DCRP is just $15 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000.
In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action. The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park 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.