Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE
CITY, Kan. (June 16, 2018) – Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens survived
a wild last-lap atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval to
pocket more than $4,000 by winning Saturday night’s Second Annual
Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP vs. URSS 305 Sprint Car Nationals 30-lap
championship feature event.
Martens took the lead away
from Brian Herbert and then kept Chad Koch at bay before escaping a
last-lap slider from Jake Bubak to pocket $4,040 that included $1,040 in
lap money along with the posted $3,000 winner’s share.
Martens raced on to the stripe ahead of Koch and 15th-starter
Luke Cranston for the lucrative payday aboard the Martens Machine
Shop/Blake & Robin Stocking No. 48.
While Martens cashed in.
Jeff Kaup added another win in the IMCA Sport Modified ranks and Angel
Munoz bested the IMCA Stock Cars.
After heat race and
qualifying race action for the 34-car Precise Racing Products DCRP
Sprint Cars vs.
United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS), Brian Herbert and
Koby Walters led the way to the green flag as Martens gridded the
feature field in third.
Herbert gunned into the
lead at the outset and paced the early rounds ahead of Walters and
Martens, with Martens making his way into second soon after the first of
just two cautions flew after nine laps for Lonnie Cox in turn two with
the final caution flying four laps later.
With Martens pressuring Herbert for the point, Chad Koch
and Zach Blurton began dicing for position just behind them.
Martens finally made his way into the lead on the 19th
round with Koch following suit by racing into second on the same lap
with a surging Luke Cranston taking over third from his 15th
starting position on the 20th
The stage was set for a dicey final ten laps with
Martens, Koch, Cranston and Jake Bubak all in the mix for the win.
With Koch making several runs at Martens exiting turn four, Bubak
battled past Cranston for third on the 27th
lap and started sizing up the leaders.
With the white flag in the
air, Bubak dove into turn one and slid past both Koch and then Martens
to briefly take the lead. But as Martens drove off
turn two, contact between the two cars sent Bubak looping into the
“I have to apologize to
Jake Bubak, he slid us and I turned down,” Martens said in victory lane.
“But I can guarantee any one of the guys on the straightaway
right now (the top three) would have done the exact same thing for
$3,000 to win.”
Koch of Wichita Falls, TX,
was a close second with Ness City, KS, native Cranston rounding out the
podium in third. After winning the “B” Main, Jason
Martin charged through the field to capture a fourth-place finish with
Zach Blurton rounding out the top five.
Tony Bruce, Jr., crossed
the stripe sixth with Herbert, Ray Seemann, Austin McLean and J.D.
Johnson completing the top ten.
Nick Haygood, Seemann,
Cranston and J.D. Johnson won heat races with Koby Walters, Marten and
McLean topping the Qualifying races before Martin bested the “B” Main.
With Martens pocketing an
extra $1,040 in lap money, others earning bonus money included Herbert
($920), Koch ($440), Walters ($340), Cranston ($160), Bubak ($60) and
Woodward, Oklahoma’s Jeff
Kaup cashed in on Freddy McCoy’s misfortune to post his second IMCA
Sport Modified win of the year at DCRP.
With Kaup gridding the
feature field ninth, McCoy gunned into the lead from the front row
outside and distanced himself from the field. Kaup
worked his way through traffic and finally made his way to second by the
eighth round of the 15-lapper but trailed McCoy by nearly a full
McCoy’s lead was erased
when a caution flew after 11 laps, with Kaup assuming the point when
McCoy exited the track with mechanical woes.
Kaup raced on to the
stripe ahead of Kaleb Roach with Bart Baker, Brian May and Adam Stenzel
rounding out the top five.
In the IMCA Stock Cars
ranks, Angel Munoz raced through the field to become the first repeat
winner of the season in the 15-lapper.
While Munoz raced from
ninth, Chris Oliver set the pace for a dozen laps until Munoz rallied by
on the top side en route to victory lane. Michael
Pepper raced into second with Oliver settling for third.
Greg Schell and Dusty Witthuhn rounded out the top five.
Action resumes at Dodge
City Raceway Park on Saturday night, June 3, with the DCRP Mid-Season
Championships featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars,
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby
Dodge City Raceway Park –
Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals
June 16, 2018, Results
Precise Racing Products
DCRP Sprint Cars vs. United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS):
Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 1-Nick Haygood, 2. 33-Koby Walters, 3. 48-Jake Martens, 4.
83-Austin McLean, 5. 9d-Lance Davis, 6. 17s-Chad Salem, 7. 21x-Taylor
Velasquez, 8. 31m-Eric Mathews, 9. 11x-Jason Martin.
Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 72-Ray Seemann, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 35k-Chad Koch, 4.
2b-Brett Becker, 5. 0-Steven Richardson, 6. 11k-Tyler Knight, 7.
18-Brandon Sprott, 8. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 9. 24-Cody Hays.
Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 49x-Luke Cranston, 2. 2J-Zach Blurton, 3. 45-Lonnie Cox, 4.
224-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 49-Kris Moore, 6. 50-Jed Werner, 7. 51r-Ross
Essenburg, 8. 7-Shane Sundquist.
Heat Four (8 Laps):
1. 98-J.D. Johnson, 2. 74b-Jake Bubak, 3. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 4.
10-Jordan Knight, 5. 42-Chris Crowder, 6. 8J-Brandy Jones, 7. 4-Todd
Plemons, 8. 911-Ty Williams.
First Qualifier (10 Laps):
1. 33-Koby Walters, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 0-Steven Richardson,
4. 11k-Tyler Knight, 5. 1-Nick Haygood, 6. 9d-Lance Davis, 7. 49x-Luke
Cranston, 8. 911-Ty Williams, 9. 17s-Chad Salem, 10. 33k-Aaron
Ploussard, 11. 24-Cody Hays, 12. 8J-Brandy Jones.
Second Qualifier (10
Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens, 2. 45-Lonnie Cox, 3.
72-Ray Seemann, 4. 74b-Jake Bubak, 5. 2J-Zach Blurton, 6. 2b-Brett
Becker, 7. 4-Todd Plemons, 8. 42-Chris Crowder, 9. 49-Kris Miller, 10.
51r-Ross Essenburg, 11. 7-Shane Sundquist.
Third Qualifier (10 Laps):
1. 83-Austin McLean, 2. 35k-Chad Koch, 3. 224-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4.
10-Jordan Knight, 5. 11x-Jason Martin, 6. 50-Jed Werner, 7. 98-J.D.
Johnson, 8. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 9. 18-Brandon Sprott, 10. 95-Buddy
Tubbs (DNS), 11. 31m-Eric Mathews (DNS).
“B” Main (12 Laps – 4
Transfer): 1. 11x-Jason Martin, 2. 21x-Taylor
Velasquez, 3. 911-Ty Williams, 4. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 5. 49-Kris More,
6. 7-Shane Sundquist, 7. 3k-Aaron Ploussard, 8. 24-Cody Hays, 9.
42-Chris Crowder, 10. 18-Brandon Sprott, 11. 17s-Chad Salem, 12.
95-Buddy Tubbs (DNS), 13. 8J-Brandy Jones (DNS), 14. 31m-Eric Mathews
“A” Main (30 Laps):
1. 48-Jake Martens (3), 2. 35k-Chad Koch (4), 3. 49x-Luke
Cranston (15), 4. 11x-Jason Martin (21), 5. 2J-Zach Blurton (8), 6.
224-Tony Bruce, Jr. (9), 7. 97-Brian Herbert (1), 8. 72-Ray Seemann (7),
9. 83-Austin McLean (5), 10. 98-J.D. Johnson (12), 11. 1-Nick Haygood
(13), 12. 11k-Tyler Knight (11), 13. 33-Koby Walters (2), 14. 911-Ty
Williams (23), 15. 10-Jordan Knight (16), 16. 50-Jed Werner (19), 17.
0-Steven Richardson (14), 18. 74b-Jake Bubak (6), 19. 51r-Ross Essenburg
(24), 20. 21x-Taylor Velasquez (22), 21. 9d-Lance Davis (17), 22.
45-Lonnie Cox (10), 23. 2b-Brett Becker (18), 24. 4-Todd Plemons (20).
Brian Herbert 1-18, Jake Martens 19-30.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 2. 8-Brian May, 3. 21-Joey Maupin, 4.
21b-Rayce Hacker, 5. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 6. 10-Alex Wiens, 7. 65-Kohl Ricke,
8. 10T-Toby Witthuhn.
Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 4-Freddy McCoy, 2. 18-Kyle Wiens, 3. 92-Jeff Kaup, 4.
4p-Daylon Bergeron, 5. 7-Jarett Lunow, 6. 37-Bart Baker, 7. 12d-Brad
“A” Main (20 Laps):
1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 5r-Kaleb Roach, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 8-Brian
May, 5. 3s-Adam Stenzel, 6. 4p-Daylon Bergeron, 7. 18-Kyle Wiens, 8.
12d-Brad Johnson, 9. 65-Kohl Ricke, 10. 10-Alex Wiens, 11. 21-Joey
Maupin, 12. 21b-Rayce Hacker, 13. 4-Freddy McCoy, 14. 7-Jarett Lunow.
DNS: 10T-Toby Witthuhn.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 3-Chris Oliver, 2. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 3. 89-Greg Schell, 4.
22p-Michael Pepper, 5. 25x-Troy Burkhart, 6. 52-Larry Baird, 7.
771-Steve Blunk, 8. 01-Jesse Smith.
Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 97x-Ondre Rexford, 3. 33-Marlin Hogie, 4.
52T-Travis Baird, 5. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 6. 57-Will Bauer, 7. 40-Les
“A” Main (15 Laps):
1. 2m-Angel Munoz, 2. 22p-Michael Pepper, 3. 3-Chris Oliver, 4.
89-Greg Schell, 5. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 6. 17m-Shannon Maughlin, 7.
25x-Troy Burkhart, 8. 33-Marlin Hogie, 9. 52T-Travis Baird, 10. 52-Larry
Baird, 11. 40-Les Martens, 12. 771-Steve Blunk, 13. 97x-Ondre Rexford,
14. 57-Will Bauer, 15. 17-Ryan Keller. DNS: 01-Jesse Smith.