Dodge City Raceway Park preps for Driver/Fan Appreciation

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver Ondre Rexford has given away 400 tickets for the upcoming Driver/Fan Appreciation Night at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Courtesy Photo)

By Whitney Hodgin

DODGE CITY, Kan. – The June 4 weekend is shaping up to be a big one at Dodge City Raceway Park, where more than $35,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded on Driver/Fan Appreciation night along with the Boot Hill Championship two-day pointed event for IMCA Modified and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod divisions. 

DCRP expects a packed house for the Driver/Fan Appreciation Friday night. On Driver Appreciation night, drivers are challenged to give away tickets to the races in a competition to be eligible for a drawing for prizes. Friday will also kick-off the first of a two-night special for the Modifieds and Northern SportMods. 

“The format for this special event will be a draw, re-draw which mixes things up and makes for some exciting racing,” Director Craig Dollansky said.

Friday night attendees will be encouraged to return on Saturday night when The Boot Hill Champions are crowned. On both nights, the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing divisions will also be in action, slated on Friday night with the Modifieds and SportMods are the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. One variation for Saturday night’s show will be the addition of the IMCA STARS Mod Lites in place of the Sport Compacts. Both nights will be complete shows for all classes.

A highlight for the kids on Saturday night will be bike races, and a candy-cash give away. Three lucky kids will go home with new rides if they put their pedal to the dirt track at DCRP. The bike racing classes will be broken down by age groups, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 year olds. All youngsters will be invited down to the track front stretch for the cash and candy at the conclusion of the bike racing.

The DCRP Short Track Series will in action on Sunday June 6, and teams will also be displaying their cars and carts on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information about the Short Track Series contact Kent Lampe at 620 682-3570.

Tickets are $12 for Friday and Saturday night unless you present a Driver/Fan Appreciation ticket on Friday, with this ticket there will be no charge. Grandstand tickets are free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:15 p.m.