By Lonnie Wheatley
DODGE CITY, Kan. – Battles down to the wire were the norm in the April 15 season opener atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas.
More of the same is expected with this Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night of championship action at the state-of-the-art dirt track facility featuring IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Also, as an added bonus for the kids, a pair of bicycles will be given away to a pair of lucky fans this weekend as well. It will be the first of six selected DCRP events in 2017 at which two bikes will be randomly awarded to two fortunate young fans.
Woodward, Okla.’s Cole Traugott fought off serious challenges from Steven Bowers Jr. to chalk up his seventh IMCA Modified win in his last seven outings at DCRP while fellow Woodward shoe and three-time IMCA SportMod track champ Jeff Kaup worked the high side relentlessly to overtake Brian Davidson for opening night honors.
In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action Angel Munoz threw his hat in the championship ring by beating scratch starter Jack Pepper to the line. Matt O’Hair kicked off his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock title defense by fending off Reagan Sellard and Duane Wahrman for the opening night win.
Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night of championship racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.