Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July
26, 2017) – All of southwest Kansas and beyond is abuzz about
this Friday night’s “Driver Appreciation Night” event at the
state-of-the-art 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
With drivers doling out tickets to the
event to enhance their chances at landing the bigger prizes that
will be awarded during the evening, a capacity crowd is expected
to fill the grandstands and possibly then some.
To accommodate the crowd, the grassy area
to the north of the grandstand seating area will be available to
use for lawn chair seating on Friday night.
Fans are encourage to arrive early to ensure a good seat in the
grandstands or to bring a lawn chair to set up a comfortable
vantage point to take in the night’s racing action that includes
the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds,
IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Friday’s racing action will get under way
at 7:30 p.m.
Competitors at Dodge City Raceway Park
have been distributing tickets to family, friends and sponsors
for Friday’s racing action since the track’s last event on July
Tickets that are returned to the front
gate on Friday night will make those drivers eligible for all
variety of product prizes including the grand prize Hinchman
Racing Suit along with additional prizes supplied by Precise
Racing Products, BMI, Pistons Auto/Diesel Repair, A&J Trucking,
Quint Transportation, Carquest and more that will be drawn for.
Only drivers that have competed in at
least 80% of this year’s DCRP events will be eligible for the
grand prize while all drivers on hand will walk away with
something in hand.
Additionally, the six drivers that have
the most tickets turned in at the front gate by 8:15 p.m. will
be eligible for a special bonus as well.
Again, drivers must have competed in 80% of this year’s events
to be eligible for the special bonus.
Leading the way into Friday’s tilt atop
the 3/8-mile clay oval are Taylor Velasquez, Clay Sellard, Jeff
Kaup, Angel Munoz and Duane Wahrman.
After picking off his first Precise Racing
Products DCRP Sprint Car win of the year, Velasquez holds a
32-point edge over Tyler Knight while past Sport Mod track champ
Sellard has a 73-point advantage over defending track champ Nick
Link in the IMCA Modified title chase.
Kaup is gunning for a third IMCA Sport
Modified track title with a 116-point lead over Kyle Wines,
Munoz has a healthy 126-point margin over Ondre Rexford in the
IMCA Stock Car title chase and Wahrman is a mere eight points
ahead of Reagan Sellard in the IMCA Hobby Stock battle.
Just two more nights of championship chase
action remain after Friday’s “Driver Appreciation Night”
including the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem event on
August 19 and the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial
Championship event on September 16 before putting the wraps on
the 2017 season with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint
Cars on October 27-28.
While a large number of free tickets to
Friday’s card will be distributed by drivers, additional tickets
to the “Driver Appreciation” night event will be available at
the gate for just $15 for adults with children eleven and under
admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Pit passes are $30.
The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park
consists of 14 total nights of scheduled racing action,
culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car
series for the “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-28.
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