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Springtime can be unpredictable, rainouts can be frequent and cancellations happen in dirt track racing when poor weather conditions don’t allow for good track preparation. The weather situation that cancelled night 1 of the Spring Nationals had to do with extremely high winds and cold temperatures. The husband and wife team of CDR Promotions made the call to cancel the season opener a couple days prior in consideration of the fans. “No body was going to want to sit in the stands,” said Craig Dollansky, with the wind making the already cooler temps seaming even more frigid. The announcement was made, and the Spring Nationals became a 1-day event. The choice was good one as Saturday’s sun and warmer temperatures made for a beautiful evening at the raceway.

 

Five IMCA Weekly classes were on tap Saturday night accompanied by the Kansas Antique Racers. Lyle Russell took home the top prize in the Hobby Stock division on a home built chassis. The Legacy Chassis proved fast as Lyle’s sister Brooke was competitive as well finishing 4th with her Legacy rebuild. Second place went to Trevor Schmidt who advanced 8 positions and 3rd to Reagan Sellard who is always in the hunt at DCRP. Brady Bencken and Eric Munoz had a rough race as they tangled early on and had to restart at the tail of the field.

 

In the Stock car division, Tathan Burkhart lead most of the way but after he got high in corners 1-2 Angel Munoz had to check up allowing Greg Schell to capitalize and take the lead. As Schell went on for the win, he wished his wife a happy 28th Anniversary in his Victory Lane interview. There where 3 hard chargers in the field all of which passed 3 cars. The award was given to Michael Pepper who advanced 3 spots from the 10th starting spot.

 

The 09B of Brett Berry charged from 10th for the win in the Sport Mod class. Matt Rucker finished in the runner up spot after leading the first 10 laps. Berry, barely held on as he got out of shape and nearly crashed, and Brian May rounding the speedway straightened him out and they all kept racing. Winner, Berry was also the hard charger advancing 9 positions.

 

There was 3-wide racing throughout the Modified main event, this included the top three finishers. Cody Gearhart, Clay Sellard and Clay Money dueling for the top spots in the 20-lap feature, with Gearhart leading the entire way for the win. Sellard who crossed the finish line in 2nd was penalized 1 position after racing below the infield tire. The move awarded Clay Money the second spot. Advancing 6 positions, Sellard was the hard charger for the modified division.

 

Dodge City’s Jordan Knight was all smiles in Victory Lane after taking the checkers and the top spot in the Racesaver Sprint car division. Knight banked the $1100 top prize after starting from the 4th position. The #97 of Brian Herbert lead lap one, as 2021 track champion Taylor Velasquez spun bringing out the caution. Velasquez re-started from the tail of the field, on a mission drove back through the field to a second place finish. Oklahoma driver Jake Martens finished 3rd after starting from the 5th position.

 

It was a great start to the racing season at DCRP, the weather was beautiful and the action on the track was great. The next event at the raceway will be an added night of U.R.S.S. Sprint Cars ahead of the regularly scheduled April 23rd show. This is a rescheduled night of the U.R.S.S. show from the Friday, April 8th cancellation. As always the pit gates open at 3:00pm, the main gates at 6:00pm, hot laps at 7:00pm followed by racing. Don’t miss the action, acceleration and entertainment at Dodge City Raceway Park, Kansas’ Premier Dirt Track.