By LONNIE WHEATLEY
Special to The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 19, 2013) - Racing resumes full tilt on Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park as the chase for the track championships continues atop the premier 3/8-mile clay oval in the land.
The IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars will all battle it out on the 3/8-mile oval while the wild and crazy Hornets mix it up on the inner asphalt oval. Racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m.
Cody Gearhart is out to the early lead in IMCA Modified track championship points after winning the March 30 season opener with other early points leaders including Clay Sellard (United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds), Shannon Maughlin (IMCA Stock Cars), Scott Messino (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets).
Turpin, Oklahoma's Cody Gearhart battled past Mike Lunow 12 laps into the season-opening 20-lapper to jump out to the early points lead. Gearhart scored one DCRP win in 2012.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cody Gearhart 150, 2. Mike Lunow 145, 3. Kyle Rohleder 141, 4. Austin Allen 138, 5. Randy Wilson 135, 6. Kale Beavers 132, 7. Trenton Gray 129, 8. Jon Herring, Sr. 126, 9. John Fabrizius 123, 10. Danny Keller 120.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Clay Sellard, the 2011 track champion in the Sport Modified ranks, kicked off his 2013 campaign in strong form by wiring the field in the season opener after topping two of the final three feature events of the 2012 season at DCRP.
Feature Winners: Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard 150, 2. Josh Appel 145, 3. Jeff Kaup 141, 4. Matthew Crowell 138, 5. Daniel Gottschalk 135, 6. Jared Baird 132, 7. Mike Appel 129, 8. Jeremy Sigler 126, 9. Brian May 123, 10. Colby Hagans 120.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Shannon Maughlin, the 2011 IMCA Modified Kansas State Champion, took command on the white flag lap to win a hard-fought season opener on March 30 that included numerous lead changes along the way.
Feature Winners: Shannon Maughlin 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Shannon Maughlin 150, 2. Brandon Fisher 145, 3. Billy Phelps 141, 4. Josh Crombie 138, 5. Mike Kennedy 135, 6. Perry Misner 132, 7. Keith Riley 129, 8. Rich Wadel 126, 9. Cody Williams 123, 10. Dusty Witthuhn 120.
Scott Messino made a late move to deny Dustin Walker's charge from the tail after an early incident in an enthralling Thunder Car opener for the season. Messino picked off one win last year.
Feature Winners: Scott Messino 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Scott Messino 150, 2. Dustin Walker 145, 3. Bryan Habiger 141, 4. Cody Davis 138, 5. Matt O'Hair 135, 6. Kim Frodin 132, 7. William Bauer 129, 8. Kevin Tabor 126, 9. Toby Schield 123, 10. Dan Rogers 120.
Jarett Lunow finished off the 2012 season with his first Hornet triumph and carried that over to the March 30 opener with another triumph to jump into the early lead.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow 150, 2. Brandon Bogner 145, 3. Marci O'Hair 141, 4. James Phelps 138, 5. Gage Barton 135, 6. Cheryl Copeland 132, 7. James Nightengale 129.
Following this Saturday's full slate of racing action, the 3/8-mile clay oval will sit idle for just one weekend before a much anticipated weekend double on May 3-4 that will offer up $1,200-to-win IMCA Modified features on each night. The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars will be in action on both May 3 and May 4 as well.
Tickets to this Saturday's racing action are just $10 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Eighteen overall nights of action at Dodge City Raceway Park over the course of 2013 includes several special events including the TORC Off Road Trucks on April 12-13, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on July 5-6, a pair of $1,200-to-win IMCA Modified tilts on May 3-4 along with USAC Sprint Cars on August 23-24 and four rounds of URSS Sprint Car competition along the way.
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.