Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan.
(February 1, 2017) – The focus shifts to the upcoming 2017
season with this past Saturday night’s Dodge City Raceway Park
Awards Banquet officially putting the 2016 season in the books.
More than 200 attendees took in Saturday
night’s festivities at the Western State Bank Expo adjacent to
the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval with the top contenders in each of
the track’s five championship chase divisions recognized during
Taking top accolades in each division were
Taylor Velasquez in Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars,
Nick Link in IMCA Modifieds, Kevin Tabor in IMCA Sport
Modifieds, Michael Pepper in IMCA Stock Cars and Matt O’Hair in
IMCA Hobby Stocks.
“My dad and I have been racing together
for 17 years, and this is our first championship,” the 25-year
old Velasquez of Turpin, OK, said of his DCRP Sprint Car
championship. “We’re just a small, family
team, it’s great to get a championship like this and to get it
at Dodge City Raceway Park is a real honor.”
While others among the top ten and each
champion also picked up their hardware and point fund monies,
Stock Car champ Michael Pepper picked up an extra $100 and the
2016 DCRP Feature Winner board for racking up the most feature
wins over the course of the 2016 season.
Pepper racked up nine wins to top the overall win charts for a
second year in a row.
for images from the 2016 DCRP Awards Banquet.
With the 2016 Awards Banquet completed,
attention turns to the 2017 season that begins with a full slate
of championship chase action on Saturday night, April 15.
The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park
is loaded with a number of big events including the return of
the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series that wraps up the DCRP
season on October 27-28, the $3,000-to-win DCRP Sprint Car
Nationals on June 16-17, the Fifth Annual Modified Stampede on
May 6, the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem on August 19, the
Stock Car Spectacular on June 3 and the popular Driver’s
Appreciation Night on July 28.
The complete 2017 schedule of events at
Dodge City Raceway Park is available at
Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the
south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on
US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more
information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check