By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – The battle lines have been drawn. And it all goes down Thursday night atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas when the top Sprint Car drivers throughout the region face off to vie for a boosted winner’s share of $1,000. Thursday’s tilt pits the Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars versus the United Rebel Sprint Series. It is also a full night of championship chase action for the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. In total, the Sprint Car Clash purse has been boosted by $1,000. While the winner receives $1,000, the runner-up will pocket $700 with start money at $125. Thursday’s racing action will go green at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for Thursday’s Sprint Car Clash are $12 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 20) – The lights shone upon the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval on Saturday night for the first time in 2020 with Hays racer Tathan Burkhart cashing in by winning the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Roundup. Rebounding from heat races issues, Burkhart rallied through the field from 15th and took command at the midway point en route to topping the Roundup after scoring six IMCA Hobby Stock wins at Dodge City last year. A multi-car battle for the point ensued in the early rounds before a multi-car tangle on lap eight eliminated much of the field. The battle continued on after the restart with Burkhart ultimately taking command on the 12th circuit and leading the rest of the way to the checkered flag ahead of Garrett Hager, Braxton Berry, Cody Williams and Duane Wahrman. While Burkhart pocketed the $750 winner’s share in the inaugural running the IMCA Hobby Stock Roundup, his father Troy bested the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dakota Sproul dominating the IMCA Modified ranks and [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – At long last, the roar of high horsepower racecars will again fill the air at Dodge City Raceway Park as the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas fires back into action for the first time in 2020 this Saturday night. After being put on hold for several weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions, the track is now back in action and expecting a large crowd for Saturday night’s opener that gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s tilt is headlined by the Hobby Stock Roundup that offers up a $750 winner’s share in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock ranks with $75 to start the feature. The event also includes the opening round of championship chase action for the Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Admission to Saturday’s Hobby Stock Roundup is $12 for adults with children ages 11 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – With the opening weekend of racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park little more than one week away, the track will host an open practice this Sunday, June 14. Sunday’s practice session will get under way at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Practice sessions will take place upon both the 3/8-mile clay oval and the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with general admission gates open at 3 p.m. Pit admission is $20 per person with admission to the grandstands free. Sunday’s practice precedes a season that kicks off Saturday, June 20, with the Hobby Stock Roundup, featuring a $750-to-win and $75-to-start feature event for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. It will also be the opening round of championship chase action for the Dodge City Raceway Park Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The opening round of action for Micros and Go Karts atop the Little DCRP clay oval follows at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Detailed schedule information [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – At long last, the 2020 season opener atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas is within reach. But before the season officially gets under way on June 20, the track has set an open practice for Sunday, June 14, from 5-9 p.m. The practice set for the 3/8-mile oval precedes the Saturday, June 20 season opener that features the $750-to-win IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Roundup with the Precise Racing Products Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in action as well. With the initial delays to the season due to COVID-19 restrictions, the June 20-21 weekend launches a season that includes 10 nights of competition atop the 3/8-mile clay oval. Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 22) – Originally slated to kick off the 2020 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park, the URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car Showdown has been reset for Thursday night, July 2. The event has been postponed on a pair of occasions due to ongoing restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the track now set to officially get things under way on Saturday, June 20, with Armed Forces Night featuring the Hobby Stock Roundup. The July 2 date for the URSS vs. DCRP Sprint Car Showdown will feature a complete card of championship chase action that will also include the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – In the ever-changing environment of the current COVID-19 coronavirus culture, Dodge City Raceway Park has shifted its open practice to a tentative date of Saturday, May 23, rather than the previously scheduled date of May 16. Following the tentative practice session set for May 23, pending further developments, Dodge City Raceway Park will now kick off the season with a URSS vs. DCRP Sprint Car showdown along with a full slate of championship chase action including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on Saturday, June 6. In an additional schedule adjustment, the seventh annual SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel will now take place in conjunction with the Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals on Aug. 20-22. The Thursday portion of the event will serve as a practice night for the IMCA Modifieds with heats and qualifiers on Friday and then the $1,500-to-win main event on Saturday. Originally slated to run in conjunction with the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals, the eighth [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 14) – Zach Blurton notched his third career Jerry Soderberg Memorial win in the seventh annual 25-lap Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car vs. United Rebel Sprint Series event Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. Blurton gunned into the lead from the pole position and led throughout to finish off his URSS championship campaign. Blurton kept Luke Cranston at bay all the way. Behind the lead duo, several drivers held down the show position along the way including Ty Williams in the early going and then Taylor Velasquez briefly before Jake Martens took command of the position at the midway point and held it the rest of the way. In his first DCRP start since a grinding crash on May 4, Colorado’s Buddy Tubbs climbed from 10th to capture fourth with Jordan Knight rounding out the top five. While Blurton finished out the regular season with his first Dodge City win of the year, other Soderberg winners included Clay Sellard in the IMCA Modifieds, Blaine Walt in the IMCA [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – Another rousing season of championship points chase action is nearly in the books at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas. After kicking off the 2019 chase in early April, the point season comes to a conclusion with Saturday night’s seventh Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event. The Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars will square off with the United Rebel Sprint Series for the final time of the year with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks finishing off the 2019 point chases as well. Saturday night’s racing action is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. Zach Blurton is among the reigning Soderberg Memorial Championship event winners after besting last year’s crop of DCRP vs. URSS competitors with Brendon Gemmill, Dakota Sproul, Chris Oliver and Tathan Burkhart also securing championship night wins. It was Blurton’s second Soderberg win after topping the inaugural event in 2013 with Taylor Velasquez topping three of four in between [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 24) – Robert Elliott became the fifth different winner of Dodge City Raceway’s IMCA SportMod Mayhem event by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 30-lap feature. Elliott pocketed $1,000 by winning the sixth annual event after taking command at midway and holding off Dakota Sproul and Blaine Walt. Race Elliott and Ryan Kirchoff led the way to the initial green flag. Robert Elliott worked his way forward from seventh with Walt bolting from fourth to take the lead away from Race Elliott on the second lap. Robert Elliott made his way to third by the fourth round behind Walt and Sproul and then pounced on the second position following a lap seven restart. He stalked Walt over the ensuing rounds before battling into the lead on the 16th circuit Sproul moved into second behind Elliott on a restart and pressured for the point the rest of the way, working the high side as Elliott circled the bottom of the track. Elliott was up to the task, keeping his chasers at [Read More]