Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 17, 2020) – At long last, the week has arrived for the Fourth Annual DCRP Sprint Car Nationals atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas.
The three day Sprint Car extravaganza that culminates with Saturday night’s $3,000-to-win main event kicks off with a pair of full complete preliminary nights on Thursday and Friday.
And, adding to this year’s event, is the Seventh Annual IMCA Sport Mod Modified Mayhem North vs. South Duel that offers up a $1,500 winner’s share and $150-to-start. The Sport Modifieds will get in some practice sessions on Thursday, heats and qualifying features on Friday and then the championship feature events on Saturday.
The Kansas Antique Auto Racers will be on hand each night as well.
Racing gets under way at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
After Fort Worth’s Kevin Ramey topped the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals in 2017, Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s hair-raising finale.
Bubak upped the overall total by sweeping through last year’s Nationals, piling up $6,300 in winnings over the course of the weekend.
The What: The Fourth Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals. Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars versus United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS) along with a number of other invaders from throughout.
The When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 20-22. Races begin at 7:30 p.m. each night.
The Where: 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.
The Format: All cars run each night. Thursday and Friday heat races lined up according to pill draw with passing points in effect to determine “B” Main(s) and “A” Main lineup each night. Top 8 in passing points will redraw for feature starting position with 9-16 in passing points making up rows five through eight of the “A” Main. Balance will go to two or three “B” Mains based upon car count to fill out the 22-car “A” Main.
Event points will be awarded as follows to determine Saturday night lineups:
Heat Races – 1st – 20, 2nd -18, 3rd – 16, 4th – 14th, etc.
Additionally, 0.5 points will be awarded for each heat race position gained and 0.3 points will be deducted for each position lost.
A Feature Points: 1st – 100, 2nd – 95, 3rd – 91, 4th – 88, 5th – 85, 6th – 82, 7th – 79, 8th – 76, 9th – 73, 10th – 70, 11th – 68, 12th – 66, 13th – 64, 14th – 62, 15th -60, 16th – 58th, 17th – 56, 18th – 54, 19th – 52, 20th – 50, 21st – 48, 22nd - 46.
B Main Non-Transfers – 1st – 44, 2nd -42, 3rd – 40, etc.
Top 6 in combined points from Thursday and Friday lock-in to the Hambelton Racing Dash for Cash ($1,000 total purse) to determine lineup for front three rows of the feature.
Balance go to heat races lined up based upon overall point totals from the previous two nights with an invert of six. Saturday heat points (1st – 120, 2nd – 108, 3rd – 96, 4th – 84, 5th – 72, etc.) are added to preliminary night totals to determine balance of “A” Main and “B” Main(s) lineups. Top ten total go to positions 7-16 of “A” Main, balance to “B” Main(s).
The Payout: Saturday – $3,000, 2. $1,500, 3. $1,200, 4. $1,000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $475, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $400, 16. $400, 17. $400, 18. $400, 19. $400, 20. $400, 21. $400, 22. $400. $150 for Non-Qualifiers.
Plus - $50/$30/$20 lap money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd each of the 30 laps.
Plus – Mel Hambelton Racing Dash for Cash for top 6 in combined preliminary points that sets first three rows of feature lineup: 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $150, 4th - $150, 5th - $100, 6th - $100.
Thursday and Friday Prelims: 1. $600, 2. $400, 3. $350, 4. $325, 5. $300, 6. $275, 7. $250, 8. $225, 9. $200, 10. $175, 11. $150, 12. $125, 13. $120, 14. $110, 15. $100, 16. $100, 17. $100, 18. $100, 19. $100, 20. $100, 21. $100, 22. $100. $50 for Non-Qualifiers.
The Entries: The current list of entries stands at 29 and counting with more expected over the next several days. The full list of entries is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/driver-info/dcrp-305-sprint-car-nationals/entries/.
The Lap Sponsors: In addition to an already hefty payout, another $3,000 in lap money will be distributed in Saturday night’s 30-lap championship feature. Each lap will be worth $100 with the leader collecting $50, second-place picking up $30 and third-place earning $20. Adams Roofing has upped the ante with the Midway Bonus that pays out $500 on that lap ($250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd).
Lap sponsors are listed in full at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/driver-info/dcrp-305-sprint-car-nationals/lap-sponsors/.
The Regulations: Standard Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Car rules will be in effect for the Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals, with the following items to be noted:
---Right rear tire may be either the Hoosier Racesaver or Hoosier 105x16.0-15 Medium. Any tire is allowed on the other three corners. All tires must durometer a minimum of 35.
---Top wing (maximum 5x5) must be totally flat to run a wicker bill up to two inches. No wicker bills permitted on dished wings. Sideboards on the top wing must be 90 degrees square to center foil. The leading edge of the nose wing can be no further forward than 20 inches of the leading edge of the front axle.
---Cockpit adjustable weight jacks, shocks or wings will not be permitted. Titanium brakes are okay.
The Pit Party: The Jones-Richardson Racing Pit Party will take place upon the completion of Friday night’s racing action. All teams and fans are invited to enjoy the fun with free pizza and beverages while supplies last.
Special Awards: Several special awards are in place according:
Hard Charger Award courtesy of Steve Hilker Trucking, Inc.
$500 Mid-Way Bonus courtesy of Adams Roofing ($250, $150, $100 for top three on lap 15 of Saturday Night feature)
$250 Best Appearing Car courtesy of Adams Roof Tech
Past Champions: Each of the previous renditions of the Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals have come down to spirited last-lap battles for the lead with winners hailing from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
2017 – Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX)
2018 - Jake Martens (Fairview, OK)
2019 – Jake Bubak (Arvada, CO)
The Tickets & Pit Passes: Tickets to the Thursday and Friday preliminary events are only $12 for each night with Saturday’s finale just $20 while children eleven and under are free each night. Pit passes are $30 for each night.
The Entry Fee: While the pre-entry fee discount deadline has come and gone, entries are still accepted at $150 each with a driver pit pass of $30 per night.
Entry forms for the $3,000-to-win event set for August 20-22 are available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/DCRP-305-Sprint-Car-Nationals-2020-Entry-Form.pdf.
The Accommodations: The Comfort Suites located conveniently at 2700 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard in Dodge City is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. With an extensive list of classic amenities, Comfort Suites will help you feel right at home when traveling.
Be sure to ask for the Dodge City Raceway Park rate when booking. For more information, check online at https://www.choicehotels.com/kansas/dodge-city/comfort-suites-hotels/ks193?brand=CI or call 620-801-4545.
In total, the 2020 season atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval is slated for a dozen nights of action along with another six Sunday cards atop the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval.
Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
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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 www.dodgecityraceway.com.