By DAVID SMITH JR.
Special to The Hays Daily News
Park City, Kansas - August 6, 2012 - Leading by a slim fifteen points after six races on the 2012 race schedule, C.J. Johnson of Quinter, Kansas leads the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division into their first and only appearance on the season at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas this coming Saturday night.
Johnson, a two-time and defending tour champion, has two victories thus far this season (both at 81 Speedway in Park City) and holds the slim point lead over Wichita driver Jeremy Campbell. Campbell's lone win came during the annual running of the Hutchinson Grand Nationals in Hutchinson, Kansas while driving for Nebraska car owner Gary Swenson.
Sitting third in the point standings is Luke Cranston while sprint car veteran Mike Peters currently holds down the fourth position.
Sitting fifth in the point standings is current Brodix rookie of the year point leader Zach Blurton. Sixth through tenth in the point standings include Marc Robe, Jon Freeman, Jake Martens, Barry Gifford and Jeff Stasa.
Sitting just outside of the top ten but expected to compete include rookie contender Wyatt Burks, Taylor Velasquez, Jason Martin, Ty Williams and Jordan Weaver. Reports are that former series outlaw sprint car champion Gary Wright from Hooks, Texas is also expected as well as two-time feature winner at the most recently held events on the schedule, Danny Jennings of Norman, Oklahoma.
The past eight races that have been held at the beautiful three-eighths mile oval has seen eight different drivers reach victory lane. Among them, from most recent on back, include: Ryan Roberts ('11), J.D. Johnson ('10), Martin ('09), Peters ('09), Koby Barksdale ('08), Don Droud, Jr. ('08), Garry Lee Maier ('06) and Wright ('06).
Pit gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start time. Ticket prices for this Saturday's race are $15 for adults. Seniors and Military receive a $5 discount, with children 11 and under admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. For more information contact the Dodge City Raceway Park office at 620-225-3277.
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.
This 2012 race season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley's Racing Products is the 42nd anniversary season for the series and the 23rd consecutive year of sanctioning sprint car races in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. For more on the NCRA sprint car series call (316) 755-1781 or check out their website www.racencra.com.
The series would like to take this time to thank their sprint car division partners and sponsors for the 2012 race season:
Park City, Kansas, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Vertex Magnetos, Rod End Supply, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, The Joie of Seating, Ultra Shield, Hooker Harness, Precise Racing Products, Taylor Cable Products, XXX Racing Chassis, Super Shox, Competition Suspension, JE Racing
Past Dodge City Raceway Park NCRA Sprint Car Feature Winners
05/07/11 Ryan Roberts, 07/17/10 J.D. Johnson, 07/05/09 Jason Martin, 05/09/09 Mike Peters, 07/19/08 Koby Barksdale, 05/03/08 Don Droud, Jr., 06/03/06 Gary Lee Maier, 08/18/06 Gary Wright, 07/08/05 Jason Martin, 05/21/05 Gary Wright, 10/02/04 Mike Woodruff, 07/02/04 Mike Woodruff