By LONNIE WHEATLEY
Special to The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 19, 2014) - Championship chase action resumes in full force this Saturday night at the state-of-the-art Dodge City Raceway Park. And, in keeping with Memorial Day weekend, all military personnel will be admitted free.
Military personnel simply need to show their military card for free admission to Saturday's card that includes IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars on the 3/8-mile clay oval along with Hornets on the inner asphalt oval, with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, all race fans can get a coupon good for $2 off admission simply by stopping by Lewis Toyota in Dodge City.
Saturday's card is another pivotal one in the track's championship title chases. And, while the IMCA Modifieds have featured four different winners in as many events thus far in 2014, Perry Misner and Jarett Lunow both carry perfect three-for-three streaks into the Memorial Day weekend tilt.
In the IMCA Modified ranks, three drivers have posted first career Modified wins at DCRP since veteran shoe Van Gemmill topped the April 12 opener. Past Sport Mod champ Clay Sellard cracked victory lane April 19 with fellow first-time winners Joel Lane and Jesse Smith on May 3 and May 10, respectively.
With his most recent DCRP triumph in last year's season finale, Hugoton's Ryan Heger holds the IMCA Modified points lead by a 31-point margin over defending track champion Austin Allen with Cole Traugott, Kale Beavers and Jesse Smith among the top five.
Defending track champion Jeff Kaup holds a 54 point lead in the IMCA Sport Modified ranks with only 44 points separating the nine drivers ranked second through tenth. Toby Witthuhn is Kaup's closest challenger entering Saturday with Austin Walker, May 10 winner Josh Appel and 2012 champion Bart Baker in the top five.
Perry Misner has been perfect in the IMCA Stock Car ranks to build a 48-point advantage over Reagan Sellard with Dusty Witthuhn, Michael Pepper and Randy Dowell also among the top five.
Dustin Walker leads the pack in a tightly-bunched Thunder Car points battle, just 13 points ahead of William Bauer with Matt O'Hair, Dan Rogers and Tobby Schield in the top five.
On the inner asphalt oval, Jarett Lunow is three-for-three thus far, building a 22-point advantage over Jarred Nightengale in the title chase.
Tickets to Saturday's championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park are just $10 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.