By Lonnie Wheatley
DODGE CITY, Kan. – Added money is on the line for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified ranks at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday night, April 9 as the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas hosts the fourth annual $1,200 to win Dodge City Modified Stampede.
Oberlin’s David Murray Jr., a four-time IMCA national champion, has topped three of four previous Dodge City Modified Stampede features including a sweep of both nights of the inaugural edition in 2013 and then another win in last year’s version.
Past track champion Brendon Gemmill stands as the only other driver to reach Modified Stampede victory lane with a 2014 triumph.
Gemmill, who is one of only two drivers along with his father Troy to finish among the top ten in all four previous Modified Stampede features, rallied from 13th to take fifth in this past weekend’s season-opening event.
Turpin, Okla.’s Cody Gearhart takes the track point lead into Saturday’s event after some late heroics to win this past weekend’s season-opening event. Gearhart finished second to Murray in last year’s Dodge City Modified Stampede with Brendon Gemmill third.
While the IMCA Modifieds battle it out in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, the IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will be in action as well on the card that goes green at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults with children ages 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.