Sprint checkers fly for Cranston at Dodge City

Luke Cranston returned to victory lane at Dodge City Raceway Park following the Saturday Sprint Car Clash. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)

By Lonnie Wheatley 

DODGE CITY, Kan.  (June 1) – Luke Cranston is finding the showdowns pitting the Precise Rac­ing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series to his liking. 

For the second time this year, Cranston raced to victory lane in Saturday’s IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas.

In the 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car Clash, Cranston chased down early leader Ty Williams in traffic on the 16th round and went on take the checkered flag by nearly a half straightaway. 

After a pair of aborted starts, Williams and Cranston led the 24-car feature field to the green flag with the ensuing 25 laps run off in non-stop fashion.  Williams gunned into the early lead and paced the field for the initial 15 circuits.

Cranston closed in to challenge for the point as traffic came into play after a dozen circuits and pounced on opportunity in traffic to take command on the 16th round.

Cranston slipped away in the final rounds with Williams holding on for runner-up honors.  Jake Martens battled past Taylor Velasquez to snare the show position. 

The Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award went to Steven Richardson starting 14th and finishing fifth. 

Next up for the Rebels will be their only visit to Colorado on Saturday, June 8 as they invade El Paso County Speedway in Calhan.  

Feature results – 1. Luke Cranston; 2. Ty Williams; 3. Jake Martens; 4. Taylor Velasquez; 5. Ste­ven Richardson; 6. Jeremy Huish; 7. Ray Seemann; 8. Zach Blurton; 9. Kade Hagans; 10. Brian Herbert; 11. Tracey Hill; 12. Koby Walters; 13. Cale Cozad; 14. Kyler Johnson; 15. Kris Moore; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Brandon Sprott; 18. Jordan Knight; 19. J.D. Johnson, 20. Tyler Knight; 21. Aaron Ploussard; 22. Cody Lampe; 23. Chad Salem; 24. Ross Essenburg.