By Lonnie Wheatley
DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 18) – Jeff Kaup has done his fair share of winning at Dodge City Raceway Park in recent years.
However, on Saturday night, the Woodward, Okla., racer did it for the first time in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Ranks by taking the $1,000 winner’s share in a hard-fought Stock Car Shootout presented by Winner’s Circle Feedyards and Factory Direct Fireworks atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval.
Kaup has accumulated 20 feature wins while earning six IMCA SportMod championships over the past seven years at Dodge City. This year, Kaup is pulling double-duty in both the SportMods and Stock Cars.
And with the big money on the line Saturday evening, Kaup emerged from a wild battle to ultimately take the win in the 25-lapper.
With several contenders running afoul of misfortune throughout the first half of the race, it ultimately boiled down to a three-way battle between Chris Oliver, Shaylon Holloway and Kaup.
Oliver led much of the way while nursing a flattened left front tire until finally surrendering the point to Holloway on the 15th circuit. The trio continued to battle with Kaup making his way forward and finding his way to the lead for keeps on the 22nd lap.
Kaup held off Holloway over the final circuits to post the win with Marlin Hogie moving up to third and then Mike Burian and A.J. Finch rounding out the top five.
While Kaup collected the big Stock Car loot, Koby Walters bested the DCRP Sprint Cars, Clay Sellard topped the IMCA Modifieds, Brett Berry was best in the IMCA SportMods and Trevor Schmidt collected IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock hardware as all five drivers posted their first DCRP wins of the 2020 campaign.
Feature results – 1. Jeff Kaup; 2. Shaylon Holloway; 3. Marlin Hogie; 4. Mike Burian; 5. A.J. Finch; 6. Troy Burkhart; 7. Chris Oliver; 8. Chris House; 9. Ondre Rexford; 10. Brandon Fisher; 11. Gregg Schell; 12. Raymond Ketner; 13. Joey Richmond; 14. Jason Rogers; 15. Jesse Smith.