By LONNIE WHEATLEY
Special to The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 20, 2013) - David Murray made the most of his first Dodge City Raceway Park weekend of the season by completing a sweep of the Inaugural Dodge City Modified Stampede in Saturday night's 30-lap IMCA Modified main event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
Murray made his way past Austin Allen on the 17th round then held on through traffic over the final rounds to take the $1,200 victory, bringing the Oberlin, Kansas driver's weekend take to $2,400 after winning Friday night's main event as well.
While Murray swept through the Modified Stampede, Andy Barton picked off his first United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified win, Perry Misner became the eighth different winner in as many IMCA Stock Car features and Matt O'Hair claimed Thunder Car honors on the last lap.
After leading the final 18 laps of Friday night's main event, Murray gridded Saturday's feature outside the fifth row. While pole starter Austin Allen outgunned Mike Martin for the lead at the outset, Murray needed just a half dozen laps to move into third behind Allen and third-starter Cole Traugott.
Murray chased Traugott down for second by the 13th round then reeled in Allen before making his move into the lead on the 17th circuit.
With traffic coming into play on the 20th lap, Allen kept the pressure on Murray with several challenges for the lead as Traugott closed in on the lead duo as well.
Murray was flawless in traffic, keeping his chasers at bay to secure his second win in as many nights. Allen took over the DCRP points lead with runner-up honors while Traugott claimed the show position. Jon Herring, Jr., was fourth with Beau Davis rounding out the top five.
Brendon Gemmill was sixth, with Van Gemmill, 14th-starter Joe Cleveland, 16th-starter Troy Gemmill and 19th-starter Nick Link completing the top ten in a feature in which the final 29 laps ran non-stop after the lone caution flew with just one lap in the books.
In United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified action, Andy Barton of Dighton, KS, wired the field in the 20-lapper for his first score at DCRP in three years of trying.
Barton started the feature third row outside but was into the lead upon the completion of the first lap and held command the rest of the way. Donald Kaup chased the leader over the first half of the race before Friday night winner Austin Walker moved into second and set his sights on Barton.
Walker closed to Barton's rear bumper over the final pair of circuits, but Barton was up to challenge and denied Walker a weekend sweep in the process. Behind the lead duo, DCRP points leader Jeff Kaup slipped underneath his brother Don Kaup for the show position in the final corner with Toby Witthuhn rounding out the top five.
Making just his second DCRP start of the year, defending IMCA Stock Car track champion Perry Misner battled past Ron Hartman for the lead on the 17th lap en route to becoming the eighth different winner in as many Stock Car feature events this season.
While Misner started seventh, Hartman gunned into the lead from the pole position at the drop of the green flag and held off Keith Riley and Sonny O'Hair in the initial circuits with Misner making his way to third by the fourth lap.
Misner was up to second by the sixth lap and pressured Hartman over the next ten laps before finally making the winning move stick on the 17th lap. Hartman kept the heat on over the final three rounds but had to settle for second as Misner claimed the checkered flag. Michael Pepper was a close third, with Tyler Tipton and Sonny O'Hair rounding out the top five.
As the laps wound down in the Thunder Car main event, Matt O'Hair looked to be a likely third place finisher. But a turn of events as the white flew in the 20-lapper opened the door for the Laverne, Oklahoma driver's second win of the year.
As O'Hair worked his way forward from the ninth starting position, pole starter Adam Duesing jumped into the lead at the outset and held a commanding lead until heavy smoke began billowing from his machine just as the white flag flew.
At the same time, debris in turn four forced a caution to set up a green-white-checkered dash to the line. With Duesing forced pitside with engine woes, Michael Penrod assumed the lead in front of O'Hair.
Penrod held off O'Hair for a lap, but O'Hair was able to battle past Penrod on the backstretch on the final lap to take the win with Penrod in second. Bryan Habiger claimed third with W.D. Matteson and David Shumard rounding out the top five.
Action resumes at Dodge City Raceway Park next Friday night, July 26, with Fire & Safety / EMS Appreciation night featuring URSS Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars.
Dodge City Raceway Park
Inaugural Dodge City Modified Stampede
Night Two - July 20 Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 18-Austin Allen, 2. B4-Jared Baird, 3. M15-Mike Martin, 4. 1n-Nick Link, 5. 24b-Chris Bragg, 6. 36-Travis Simmons, 7. B38-Jimmy Berends, 8. 16-Kevin Gray, 9. 25-Kale Beavers.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 2. 21-Van Gemmill, 3. 05-Rick Taylor, 4. A2-Randy Wilson, 5. 721-Troy Gemmill, 6. 3c-Casey Jo Gemmill, 7. 22T-Trent Gray, 8. 98-Danny Keller, 9. 87-Kenny Sweet.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 2. 9-Cole Traugott, 3. 01x-Beau Davis, 4. 01-Jesse Smith, 5. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 6. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 7. 3h-Ryan Heger, 8. 911-Strawn Taylor.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 8r-Jesse Richter, 2. 96jr-Jon Herring, Jr., 3. 97m-David Murray, 4. 2-Joe Cleveland, 5. 06-Chad Taylor, 6. 02-Tyler Wilson, 7. 19-Heath Meyers, 8. 80m-Mike Wadel.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 24b-Chris Bragg, 2. A2-Randy Wilson, 3. 16-Kevin Gray, 4. 1n-Nick Link, 5. 98-Danny Keller, 6. 1m-Cody Gearhart, 7. 3h-Ryan Heger, 8. 02-Tyler Wilson, 9. 22T-Trent Gray, 10. 06-Chad Taylor, 11. 87-Kenny Sweet.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 2-Joe Cleveland, 2. 721-Troy Gemmill, 3. 3c-Casey Jo Gemmill, 4. 01-Jesse Smith, 5. 36-Travis Simmons, 6. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 7. 80m-Mike Wadel, 8. B38-Jimmy Berends, 9. 19-Heath Meyers, 10. 25-Kale Beavers. DNS: 911-Strawn Taylor.
"A" Feature (30 Laps): 1. 97m-David Murray, 2. 18-Austin Allen, 3. 9-Cole Traugott, 4. 96jr-Jon Herring, Jr., 5. 01x-Beau Davis, 6. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 7. 21-Van Gemmill, 8. 2-Joe Cleveland, 9. 721-Troy Gemmill, 10. 1n-Nick Link, 11. 16-Kevin Gray, 12. 3c-Casey Jo Gemmill, 13. 05-Rick Taylor, 14. 8r-Jesse Richter, 15. 24b-Chris Bragg, 16. 25p-Mike Petersilie, 17. A2-Randy Wilson, 18. 01-Jesse Smith, 19. M15-Mike Martin, 20. B4-Jared Baird.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 7b-Tracy Link, 2. 2-Colby Hagans, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 5. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 6. 55d-Don Strecker, 7. 11-Jason Dove.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 15b-Andy Barton, 2. 65j-Josh Appel, 3. 44-Austin Walker, 4. 39-Brian May, 5. 13-Trent Kleweno, 6. 85c-Clay Sellard. DNS: 22-Randle McRoberts.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 2c-Matthew Crowell, 3. 31-Raymond Blackburn, 4. 91-Donald Kaup, 5. 33-Jason Lunow, 6. 56m-Mike Appel.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 15b-Andy Barton, 2. 44-Austin Walker, 3. 92-Jeff Kaup, 4. 91-Donald Kaup, 5. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 6. 37-Bart Baker, 7. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 8. 2c-Matthew Crowell, 9. 13-Trent Kleweno, 10. 2-Colby Hagans, 11. 65j-Josh Appel, 12. 33-Jason Lunow, 13. 55d-Don Strecker, 14. 11-Jason Dove, 15. 7b-Tracy Link, 16. 85c-Clay Sellard, 17. 39-Brian May, 18. 31-Raymond Blackburn. DNS: 56m-Mike Appel, 22-Randle McRoberts.
IMCA Stock Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 55h-Ron Hartman, 2. 80-Perry Misner, 3. 58-Kyle Tillery, 4. 19-Brett Copeland, 5. 07-Justin Temaat, 6. 11m-Billy Phelps, 7. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 8. 3m-Eric Munoz.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 11-Ron Rich, 2. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 3. 9s-Angel Munoz, 4. 2m-Sonny O'Hair, 5. 33-Marlin Hogie, 6. D44-Randy Dowell, 7. 18r-Brandon Sprott, 8. 9-Derrick Sprott.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 22p-Michael Pepper, 2. 95-Tyler Tipton, 3. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 4. 14-Keith Riley, 5. 88-Mel Law, 6. 11j-Justin Lewis, 7. 96-Shane Tillery.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 80-Perry Misner, 2. 55h-Ron Hartman, 3. 22p-Michael Pepper, 4. 95-Tyler Tipton, 5. 2m-Sonny O'Hair, 6. 9s-Angel Munoz, 7. 2z-Cody Zimmerman, 8. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 9. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 10. 19-Brett Copeland, 11. 14-Keith Riley, 12. D44-Randy Dowell, 13. 33-Marlin Hogie, 14. 96-Shane Tillery, 15. 88-Mel Law, 16. 11j-Justin Lewis, 17. 58-Kyle Tillery, 18. 18r-Brandon Sprott, 19. 11-Ron Rich, 20. 9-Derrick Sprott, 21. 07-Justin Temaat, 22. 11m-Billy Phelps, 23. 3m-Eric Munoz.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 8-Will Bauer, 2. 45p-Michael Penrod, 3. 31d-Dustin Walker, 4. 11m-W.D. Matteson, 5. 72T-Tobby Schield, 6. 58r-Clay Sellard, 7. 006-Kim Frodin, 8. 43b-Chip Broddie.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 25-Adam Duesing, 2. 007-Bryan Habiger, 3. 2m-Matt O'Hair, 4. 91d-Cody Davis, 5. 7-Tom Reed, 6. 29-Brandon Bogner, 7. 00-David Shumard, 8. 44b-David Berger.
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2m-Matt O'Hair, 2. 45p-Michael Penrod, 3. 007-Bryan Habiger, 4. 11m-W.D. Matteson, 5. 00-David Shumard, 6. 8-Will Bauer, 7. 44b-David Berger, 8. 7-Tom Reed, 9. 006-Kim Frodin, 10. 25-Adam Duesing, 11. 58r-Clay Sellard, 12. 72T-Tobby Schield, 13. 31d-Dustin Walker, 14. 43b-Chip Broddie, 15. 91d-Cody Davis, 16. 29-Brandon Bogner.