By LONNIE WHEATLEY
Special to The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 28, 2013) - While some drivers will be looking for another opportunity to add a notch to the win column on Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park, for others it's a big night in terms of championship point implications.
Only one night of competition remains after this Saturday night's tilt at Dodge City Raceway Park that includes the track's championship chase divisions of IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets.
Saturday's racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m., with all residents of Dodge City offered free admission with proof of residency.
Following Saturday's event that puts the wraps on the month of August, all that remains on the 2013 DCRP slate is the September 28 Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial event that includes the season-ending URSS Sprint Car event along with the track's five regular divisions.
While drivers in all five divisions will look to park their machine in victory lane at the end of the night on Saturday, others can come one step closer to securing a 2013 track championship.
Those in the driver's seat entering this weekend include Austin Allen (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds), Billy Phelps (IMCA Stock Cars), Matt O'Hair (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets).
With a 27-point advantage entering Saturday night's action, Austin Allen can secure the track championship by finishing among the top four in each of the final two events. But, if Allen finishes deep in the field on Saturday night, Jon Herring, Jr., and Jesse Smith are in poised to take quick advantage and set up a wild championship finale.
Meanwhile, a mere 36 points separate the four drivers ranked fourth through seventh so plenty more shuffling among the top ten is to be expected.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 2, Troy Gemmill 2, David Murray 2, Austin Allen 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Jon Herring, Jr. 1, Cole Traugott 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 1,274, 2. Jon Herring, Jr. (Woodward, OK) 1,247, 3. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 1,235, 4. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 1,198, 5. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 1,184, 6. Beau Davis (Cheney, KS) 1,178, 7. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 1,162, 8. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 1,071, 9. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, OK) 1,066, 10. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 986.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Jeff Kaup's advantage opened to 65 points over Toby Witthuhn, who jumped from fifth to second in points with a runner-up finish this past weekend. Kaup can put away the championship with finishes of 11th or better in each of the final two feature events of the season.
Feature Winners: Austin Walker 3, Mike Shenberger 2, Andy Barton 1, Jeff Kaup 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Clay Money 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,376, 2. Toby Witthuhn (Utica, KS) 1,311, 3. Matthew Crowell (Clearwater, KS) 1,301, 4. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 1,288, 5. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 1,259, 6. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,217, 7. Donald Kaup (Mooreland, OK) 1,071, 8. Colby Hagans (Utica, KS) 1,042, 9. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 1,034, 10. Raymond Blackburn (Dodge City, KS) 1,018.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Though winless, a half dozen podium finishes and nine runs among the top six in ten events for Billy Phelps has resulted in a 118-point edge in the title chase. Phelps can secure the championship by just starting Saturday night's main event.
Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 2, Michael Pepper 2, Ruben Eichman 1, Brandon Fisher 1, Marlin Hogie 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Perry Misner 1, Cody Zimmerman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Billy Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 1,355, 2. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 1,237, 3. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 1,217, 4. Justin Temaat (Dodge City, KS) 1,164, 5. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 1,076, 6. Mel Law (Dodge City, KS) 1,065, 7. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 988, 8. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 979, 9. Cody Zimmerman (Dighton, KS) 934, 10. Keith Riley (Larned, KS) 852.
The Thunder Car championship battle is wide open as only four points separate Matt O'Hair from Dustin Walker with Cody Davis and Bryan Habiger well within striking distance of the top spot as well.
Feature Winners: Matt O'Hair 2, Tobby Schield 2, Scott Messino 1, David Shumard 1, Dustin Walker 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Matt O'Hair (Laverne, OK) 955, 2. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 951, 3. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 940, 4. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 915, 5. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 871, 6. Kim Frodin (Cimarron, KS) 852, 7. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 788, 8. W.D. Matteson (Mooreland, OK) 785, 9. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 754, 10. Michael Penrod (Ulysses, KS) 752.
Jarett Lunow has reached victory lane in four of five Hornet tries and can secure at least a share of the title with finishes of fifth in each of the last two main events.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 4, Gage Barton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 741, 2. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 711, 3. James Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 682, 4. Marci O'Hair (Laverne, OK) 681, 5. James Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 666, 6. Gage Barton (Dighton, KS) 285, 7. Brendon O'Hair (Laverne, OK) 279, 8. Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) 264, 9. Tristan Barton (Dighton, KS) 145, 10. Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 132.
Admission to Saturday's action for those that are not residents of Dodge City is just $10 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Only the season-ending Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial Event on September 28 that includes URSS Sprint Cars along with each of the track's regular divisions remains after Saturday's card.
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.