Dodge City Raceway Park celebrates Boot Hill Championship weekend

By Whitney Hodgin DODGE CITY, Kan. – It was a fast and furious June 4-5 weekend at Dodge City Raceway Park!  Spectators packed the grandstands, Boot Hill champions sprayed spectacular trophies with celebratory champagne and the Jake Gill band bellowed country and rock ’n’ oll on Victory Lane. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod drivers Jacob Olmstead, Tyler Watts and Brendyn Nordyke finished on top of the two-day Boot Hill Championship finale Saturday. So, too, did IMCA Modified feature winner Tanner Black, Bucklin resident Clay Sellard and Kelsie Foley take home the big checkers, the big trophies and spray the cold bubbly. The Jake Gill band resounded loudly from victory Lane for a Saturday night afterparty. The Hutchinson native and now Tennessee resident sang his new original release Good Time, as well as Light It Up, Grandpa and Dr. Pepper and Baby I’m On It. Search Dodge City Raceway Park on YouTube to see videos of Gill’s Victory Lane performance. While park promoters Craig and Julie Dollansky are pleased with the turnout for their large-scale event at [Read More]


United Rebel Sprint Series heading back to Dodge City Raceway Park

DODGE CITY, Kan. – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing is slated to return to Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday, June 12, for another duel with the DCRP Sprint Cars.  The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series last visited Dodge City Raceway Park on April 24, when Ty Williams captured the season opening victory. Hot laps are scheduled to begin atop the ⅜-mile semi-banked facility at 6:15 p.m., with racing at 7  p.m. The United Rebel Sprint Series partnered with Kansas’ Drive to Zero program to offer a $5,000 payday to the 2021 series champion. The Drive to Zero program was designed with one goal in mind, to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that occur on Kansas highways, targeting child passenger safety, impaired driving, texting, and seat belt violations. For more information on rules, results, schedules, and more visit the URSS official website, To stay up to date, visit their United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS) page.


Big money, big trophies at Dodge City’s Boot Hill Championship

By Whitney Hodgin DODGE CITY, Kan. – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and IMCA Modified feature winners can look forward to bonus payouts this weekend due to the joined efforts of the WaKeeney Speedway, Autumn Acres Pumpkin Farms and Dodge City Raceway Park. The DCRP Sprint Car feature winner will receive an additional $500 to the usual $1,000 paycheck thanks to the new promoter of the WaKeeney Speedway, Kyler Fetters. Autumn Acres Pumpkin Farms also sweetened the payout for the Modified feature winner an additional $500 to bring the total payout for the class to $1,500. The Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod feature winner will receive $1,000. “The program that Craig Dollansky has for the Sprint Cars at Dodge City should strengthen the car count out here in Western Kansas,” Fetters said. “My goal is to keep the cars local and help be an ambassador for the sport.” Craig Dollansky Racing Promotions has put forth efforts to grow the relationship that DCRP has fostered with area tracks. “Sprint Cars are always a big draw at our track,” Dollansky said. “We here [Read More]


Dodge City Raceway Park preps for Driver/Fan Appreciation

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 [Read More]


Dodge City Raceway Park reschedules Stock Car-Hobby Stock Shootout

By Whitney Hodgin DODGE CITY, Kan. – Due to popular demand, Dodge City Raceway Park Director Craig The Crowd Pleaser Dollansky rescheduled the Sept. 4 ‘Stock Car-Hobby Stock Shootout’ to the ‘Sooner Late Model’ special July 30 during the annual Dodge City Days festivities. “This will make an even bigger event at the track for people coming to town for Dodge City Days and looking for entertainment on the first night,” Dollansky said. After multiple drivers expressed an interest in attending the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Iowa’s Action Track, Dodge City Raceway Park has accommodated this request by making a schedule change.  “Competitors can now attend the IMCA Super Nationals at the Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa, if they want,” said Dollansky.  There will be no longer be any races at Dodge City on Sept. 4. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars who were not scheduled for that date will also be able to attend RaceSaver Nationals in Nebraska.  A couple additions to the racing schedule have also been made to make up for [Read More]


Fast start sends Williams to opening night URSS victory

DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 24) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicked off its season atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval of Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday. Twenty-one cars were in action for the season opener as Ty Williams claimed the victory. Williams and Connor Atkinson set the early pace for the 30-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event with some heat from Jeremy Huish and Luke Cranston. On lap three, Huish got past Atkinson and lap four saw Cranston passing Atkinson and Huish to take second.   Williams, Cranston, and Huish remained in the top three while defending URSS champion, Zach Blurton made his march forward from the 10th place starting position. Cranston pull several slide jobs on Williams only to have Williams cross under and continue to lead. Trouble for Cranston ensued on lap 13, ending his run for the evening. A restart saw Williams, Huish, Blurton, Atkinson, and Herbert sitting within the top five. They remained in position until lap 21, when Taylor Velasquez crept into fifth.  A [Read More]


Dollansky Racing Promotions brings world of experience to Dodge City Raceway Park

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Craig Dollansky recalled being much impressed by Dodge City Raceway Park as a driver.  He’s gained an even greater appreciation for the southwest Kansas speedplant since becoming its new promoter. Well-known for his success on the World of Outlaws circuit and throughout a career that’s taken him to Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as across the United States, Dollansky and wife Julie make up Craig Dollansky Racing Promotions and will take charge at a track that features seven IMCA divisions this season.  “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the city and the community and met a lot of sponsors. There’s a lot of enthusiasm here,” Dollansky noted. “There’s a lot of things we’ve learned from traveling around to race. We’re looking forward to working with IMCA and we’re excited about embracing a new chapter in life.” IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks return to weekly and special events programs in 2021. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and [Read More]


Estes steps down from Dodge City Raceway post

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 24) – An era comes to an end at Dodge City Raceway Park as Tommie Estes Jr. has elected to step down from his position as track manager and promoter at the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  After a revolving door of promoters at the state-of-the-art facility in its first decade as a dirt track, Estes assumed the role in 2011 soon after leaving his previous position as series coordinator with the American Sprint Car Series.  Estes has guided the DCRP facility for the past 10 years, establishing several notable events including the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals and creating the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval to provide a training ground for younger racers to develop their skills.  After the racing facility completed its final weekend of a condensed 2020 racing season on Sept. 19-20, Estes announced the decision to resign from the position.  “The city of Dodge City offered to extend my contract for another three years but I declined,” Estes explained.  “I have enjoyed my 10 years [Read More]


Blurton collects career 4th Soderberg Memorial win

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 19) – Zach Blurton added a fourth Jerry Soderberg Memorial Champion­ship win to his resume by topping Saturday’s season-ending DCRP vs. United Rebel Sprint Series feature event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.  Blurton slid past Kyler Johnson on a lap three restart and led to the finish of the 25-lapper for IMCA Racesaver Sprint Cars for his second Dodge City win of the year and third consecutive win in the season-ender.  After an early red flag, Blurton weathered one more red flag seven laps shy of the checkered flag when Connor Atkinson flipped in turn two. Blurton took off again on the restart and posted the win ahead of Johnson with Jeff Stasa, J.D. Johnson and Luke Cranston rounding out the top five. Feature results – 1. Zach Blurton; 2. Kyler Johnson; 3. Jeff Stasa; 4. J.D. Johnson; 5. Luke Cranston; 6. Koby Walters; 7. Jordan Knight; 8. Taylor Velasquez; 9. Ty Williams; 10. Jed Wer­ner; 11. Ray Seemann; 12. Tyler Knight; 13. Lance Davis; [Read More]


Soderberg Memorial concludes season at Dodge City

By Lonnie Wheatley  DODGE CITY, Kan. – It has gone by in a flash it seems. And now the 2020 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park concludes with Saturday night’s eighth annual Jerry Soderberg Champion­ship Memorial atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  It has been a condensed season that didn’t get under way until June 20, more than two-and-a-half months after the originally scheduled April 4 season opener, due to COVID-19 concerns. And now, three quick months later since the green flag finally flew at DCRP, five racers will earn their championship crowns on Saturday night. The Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars square off with the United Rebel Sprint Series for the final time this season with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks closing out their DCRP seasons as well.  Saturday’s racing action will get under way at 7:30 p.m. Past Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Winners:  2019 – Zach Blurton (Sprint), Clay Sellard (Modified), Blaine Walt (SportMod), Chris Oliver (Stock Car), Tathan Burkhart (Hobby [Read More]