By LONNIE WHEATLEY
Special to The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 20, 2013) - Brendon Gemmill's first Dodge City Raceway Park of the season got off to a rough start when he bent his frame on the opening lap of a heat race crash.
The two-time and reigning track champion rebounded in top form though, jumping into his father's No. 721 car and rallying through the "B" Main before racing from the 16th starting position to win Saturday night's 20-lap IMCA Modified feature event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
While Gemmill revisited victory lane after snaring five DCRP triumphs in 2012, other Saturday night winners included Jeff Kaup in United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified action, Cody Zimmerman in IMCA Stock Cars, Toby Schield in Thunder Cars and Jarett Lunow in Hornets.
While Ponca City, Oklahoma's Gemmill started eight rows deep in the IMCA Modified feature event, third-starter Beau Davis gunned into the lead on the opening round and paced the initial circuits before pole starter Ryan Heger surged into the lead after losing several positions on the opening round.
With Davis leading the early circuits before Heger took command, Gemmill was working through the field in rapid fashion, cracking the top five by the eighth lap. Following a caution, Gemmill shot to third on the ninth round and then took second away from Davis at the midway point.
Gemmill went to work on Heger for the point, ultimately getting a run off the low side of turn two to race into the lead on the 16th round. Gemmill raced on to the checkered flag unabated in front of Heger, with Jon Herring, Jr., Davis and Randy Wilson rounding out the top five.
Starting four rows deep in the IMCA Sport Modified feature, Woodward, Oklahoma's Jeff Kaup was up to third on the opening round behind pole starter Austin Walker and Bart Baker. Kaup was into second by the time the caution flew after three laps and went to work on Walker before finally working into the lead on the 11th lap.
Kaup slipped away from the field for his first win of the year after notching one DCRP victory last year. Behind him, Walker held second until the white flag flew Michael Shenberger spun him on the frontstretch. With Shenberger disqualified for the over aggressive move, Clay Sellard capitalized to earn runner-up honors with Baker, 14th-starter Daylon Bergeron and Mike Appel rounding out the top five.
Sent to the tail for a lap seven incident, Cody Zimmerman of Dighton, KS, responded by racing through the IMCA Stock Car field to take the lead on the 18th of 20 laps for his first career Dodge City Raceway Park triumph.
Front row outside starter Brett Copeland held the early lead in the Stock Car feature, though pole starter Mel Law edged ahead to lead the fourth lap. Two laps later, sixth-starter Zimmerman and Law got together in Copeland's wake to bring out a caution with Zimmerman sent tailback as action resumed.
With Zimmerman on a mission, Billy Phelps wrestled the lead away from Copeland on the ninth circuit and appeared to be on his way to victory lane. But, Zimmerman was on the move, back into fourth by the 14th lap and ultimately racing into the lead with less than three laps to go.
Phelps tried to battle back but to no avail, as Zimmerman captured the checkered flag ahead of Phelps, Law, Angel Munoz and 15th-starter Josh Crombie.
After starting fourth, Sublette, Kansas shoe Toby Schield took the lead away from pole starter W.D. Matteson on the seventh circuit and then held off Cody Davis and Dan Rogers over the closing laps to secure his first DCRP win of the year. Davis and Rogers were next across the line with Dustin Walker and Matteson rounding out the top five.
Dodge City's Jarett Lunow battled into the lead a handful of laps into the 12-lap Hornet feature en route to his second triumph of the season after capturing his first win in the 2012 season finale. Lunow crossed the stripe ahead of Brandon Bogner and James Phelps.
Next on the slate at Dodge City Raceway Park is the Dodge City Modified Stampede featuring $1,200-to-win IMCA Modified main events on May 3 and May 4 with United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars in action both nights as well.
Dodge City Raceway Park - April 20 Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 3h-Ryan Heger, 2. 9-Cole Traugott, 3. A2-Randy Wilson, 4. 02-Tyler Wilson, 5. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 6. 7n-William Nusser, 7. 96-Jon Herring, 8. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 9. G3-Brendon Gemmill.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 18-Austin Allen, 2. 01-Jesse Smith, 3. 96jr-Jon Herring, Jr., 4. 22T-Trent Gray, 5. 16-Kevin Gray, 6. 3c-Dale Wanger, 7. 36-Travis Simmons, 8. A1-Ronnie Akridge, 9. 80m-Mike Wadel.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 01x-Beau Davis, 2. 44-Mike Lunow, 3. 98-Danny Keller, 4. 25-Kale Beavers, 5. 22-Nick Shenberger, 6. 57-Joel Lane, 7. 52-Clayton Hogie, 8. 22k-Brad Keller, 9. 32-Jason Edwards.
"B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 2. 80m-Mike Wadel, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 721-Brendon Gemmill, 5. 7n-Willam Nusser, 6. 57-Joel Lane, 7. 32-Jason Edwards, 8. 3c-Dale Wanger, 9. 52-Clayton Hogie, 10. A1-Ronnie Akridge, 11. 22-Nick Shenberger, 12. 96-Jon Herring, 13. 36-Travis Simmons. DNS: 22k-Brad Keller, 1m-Cody Gearhart.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 721-Brendon Gemmill, 2. 3h-Ryan Heger, 3. 96jr-Jon Herring, Jr., 4. 01x-Beau Davis, 5. A2-Randy Wilson, 6. 01-Jesse Smith, 7. 80m-Mike Wadel, 8. 98-Danny Keller, 9. 44-Mike Lunow, 10. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 11. 9-Cole Traugott, 12. 16-Kevin Gray, 13. 57-Joel Lane, 14. 22T-Trent Gray, 15. 32-Jason Edwards, 16. 02-Tyler Wilson, 17. 25-Kale Beavers, 18. 52-Clayton Hogie, 19. 18-Austin Allen, 20. 7n-William Nusser.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 44-Austin Walker, 2. 85c-Clay Sellard, 3. 56m-Mike Appel, 4. 92-Jeff Kaup, 5. 37-Bart Baker, 6. 83-Michael Shenberger, 7. 2-Colby Hagans, 8. 31-Raymond Blackburn, 9. 3*-Adam Stenzel.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 2. 2c-Matthew Crowell, 3. 91-Donald Kaup, 4. 39-Brian May, 5. 65j-Josh Appel, 6. 20b-Brandon Clough, 7. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 8. 6s-Joe Shoup.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 85c-Clay Sellard, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 5. 56m-Mike Appel, 6. 2c-Matthew Crowell, 7. 39-Brian May, 8. 20b-Brandon Clough, 9. 2-Colby Hagans, 10. 6s-Joe Shoup, 11. 91-Donald Kaup, 12. 3*-Adam Stenzel, 13. 65j-Josh Appel, 14. 44-Austin Walker, 15. 31-Raymond Blackburn, 16. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 17. 83-Michael Shenberger.
IMCA Stock Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 2. 2m-Angel Munoz, 3. 17-Dalton Bauer, 4. 88-Mel Law, 5. 11j-Justin Lewis, 6. 07-Justin Temaat, 7. 20b-Kurt Trusty, 8. 57-Josh Crombie, 9. 9s-Sonny O'Hair.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 2. 19-Brett Copeland, 3. 11m-Billy Phelps, 4. 55-Keith Riley, 5. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 6. 3m-Eric Munoz, 7. 33-Marlin Hogie, 8. 77w-Mike Warta.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 2. 11m-Billy Phelps, 3. 88-Mel Law, 4. 2m-Angel Munoz, 5. 57-Josh Crombie, 6. 19-Brett Copeland, 7. 11j-Justin Lewis, 8. 3m-Eric Munoz, 9. 20b-Kurt Trusty, 10. 07-Justin Temaat, 11. 33-Marlin Hogie, 12. 55-Keith Riley, 13. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 14. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 15. 17-Dalton Bauer, 16. 77w-Mike Warta, 17. 9s-Sonny O'Hair (DNS).
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O'Hair, 2. 11m-W.D. Matteson, 3. 72T-Toby Schield, 4. 7-Tom Reed, 5. 007-Bryan Habiger, 6. 8-Will Bauer, 7. F22-Tina Cawyer, 8. 38-Scott Messino.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 22-Dan Rogers, 2. 31d-Dustin Walker, 3. 91d-Cody Davis, 4. 8k-Kevin Tabor, 5. 006-Kim Frodin, 6. 56-Quinton Mead, 7. 84x-Ray Wolf.
"A" Feature (15 Laps): 1. 72T-Toby Schield, 2. 91d-Cody Davis, 3. 22-Dan Rogers, 4. 31d-Dustin Walker, 5. 11m-W.D. Matteson, 6. 2m-Matt O'Hair, 7. 7-Tom Reed, 8. 8-Will Bauer, 9. 006-Kim Frodin, 10. 8k-Kevin Tabor, 11. 56-Quinton Mead, 12. F22-Tina Cawyer, 13. 007-Bryan Habiger, 14. 38-Scott Messino, 15. 84x-Ray Wolf.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 7-Jarett Lunow, 2. 11m-James Phelps, 3. 29-Brandon Bogner, 4. 17j-James Nightengale, 5. 10-Marci O'Hair, 6. 19-Andy Copeland.
"A" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 7-Jarett Lunow, 2. 29-Brandon Bogner, 3. 11m-James Phelps, 4. 17j-James Nightengale, 5. 10-Marci O'Hair, 6. 19-Andy Copeland.