Blurton collects career third Soderberg checkers

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]


Soderberg Memorial Championship is Saturday at Dodge City

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]


Elliott completes drive to checkers at Dodge City’s SportMod Mayhem

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]


IMCA SportMod Mayhem is Saturday at Dodge City

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – Mayhem and a potential big cash giveaway to a lucky fan along with numerous other giveaways are on tap for Saturday night as racing action kicks back into high gear atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas. The Aug. 24 card is headlined by the popular sixth annual IMCA SportMod Mayhem event with the IMCA SportMods battling it out for a $1,000 winner’s share. The card is rounded out by a full slate of championship chase action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  Racing action will get under way at 7:30 p.m. Along with the tremendous racing action, a lucky fan could pocket as much as $1,500 during the evening.  Someone’s ticket will be drawn for the opportunity to roll three dice.  Each roll will be worth $500 with three successful rolls netting $1,500.  Woodward, Okla.’s Mike Roach reigns as the defending champion of SportMod Mayhem after beating Brandon Kenney and 2017 winner [Read More]


Sellard rules IMCA Modifieds at Dodge City

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 29) – Clay Sellard needed less than two laps to race into the lead from eighth and led the rest of the way in the 20-lapper for IMCA Modified to become the fifth different winner in as many races Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. Sellard stretched his lead out to a full half-lap by the time a late caution flew to set up a four-lap dash to the stripe the Mid-Season Championship Night show.  Sellard took off once again to se­cure the victory ahead of Tom Beavers, who made his way past Kevin Gray at the midway point to post runner-up honors.  Beavers finished just ahead of his son Kale, with William Nusser and Gray rounding out the top five. Dakota Sproul took command late and then survived an ailing engine the closing laps of the 20-lap feature to snare his third IMCA SportMod win of the season.  Angel Munoz added more hardware to his collecting by storming to his fifth IMCA Stock Car fea­ture win of the [Read More]


Dodge City Raceway Park mid-season championships this Saturday

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – The dirt will be flying at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday night as the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas hosts the Mid-Season Championships.  With the title chases all heating up, the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock will all battle it out. Saturday’s action that gets under way at 7:30 p.m. also offers $5 admission for those that are members of a church group and wearing their group’s apparel. Otherwise, general admission is $12 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park.  Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620 225-1000.


Bubak is perfect at Dodge City Nationals

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 15) – The Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals turned out to be a lucrative venture for Arvada, Colo.’s Jake Bubak. After topping both Thursday and Friday preliminary features, Bubak topped the Triple 8 Trucking Dash for Cash to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s 30-lap championship feature atop the Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.  He then led every lap to run his weekend winnings to $6,300 including $1,500 in lap money and the $3,000 feature winner’s share. It wasn’t as easy as it may sound, though, as Jason Martin kept the pressure on throughout and briefly slid past Bubak on a pair of occasions only to have the latter successfully counter the move.   Martin first slid past Bubak in turn four momentarily after a lap four restart and then repeated the move in traffic on the 17th circuit.  Bubak successfully navigated past a pair of lapped cars and found open track once again when a final caution with a dozen laps remaining.  Bubak reached [Read More]


Bubak best in Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Nationals opener

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 13) – The opening leg of the third annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals picked up right where the 2018 edition left off, with a pair of Jakes slugging it out for the Thursday night feature win atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.  This time, Jake Bubak turned the tables on defending race winner Jake Martens, battling into the lead on the 17th round and racing on to the stripe ahead of Jason Martin and Martens. “I feel like we got one taken away from us last year. We’re here to win the whole thing this time,” Bubak commented after putting himself atop the point charts and in prime position to secure a lock-in position to Saturday’s $3,000-to-win finale. Bubak snared IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car honors over a field of 42 entries. With Bubak pulling the eight in the redraw to start the 25-lap feature outside the fourth row, Martens and Tanner Conn led the way to the green flag. Martens gunned into [Read More]


United Rebel Sprint Series primed for Dodge City Raceway Park 305 Nationals

By David Smith, Jr./OKTidbits  DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s time for a huge three nights of racing action beginning this Thursday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil United Rebel Sprint Series as they once again partake in the third annual Lubbock Wrecker DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals at Dodge City Raceway Park.   Set for a $3,000-to-win event that could potentially climb to as much as $4,500 with lap money included is set for this Thursday through Saturday night, June 13-15, atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  Joining the Rebels for this huge event will be the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars as well as the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.   Sprint car veteran Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth, Texas, took home the victory in the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals back in 2017, while Fairview, Okla.’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s championship feature finale.   Martens has already [Read More]


Sprint checkers fly for Cranston at Dodge City

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 [Read More]