Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 17, 2020) – This upcoming weekend will be about more than Sprint Cars as the IMCA Sport Modifieds gear up for the Seventh Annual Sport Modified Mayhem North vs. South Duel.
The Sport Modified Mayhem North vs. South Duel offers up a $1,500 winner’s share in Saturday night’s finale with $150 to start the main event.
Robert Elliott reigns as the defending Mayhem champion, taking command at the midway point of last year’s event and then holding off Dakota Sproul and Blaine Walt over the closing rounds to take the win.
The Clinton, OK, racer joined the ranks of past Mayhem champions that includes Mike Roach, Dustin Daniels, Kaleb Roach and Clay Money. Only Mike Roach has been able to repeat with wins in both 2015 and 2018.
On the Mason-Dixon line of the Sport Modified world, DCRP pits the North vs. South Sport Modifieds on a regular basis and consistently offers up among the most competitive and unpredictable racing action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
Case in point, this year’s championship chase action has offered up six different feature winners in as many events. Monty Nordyke is the latest to add his name to the list, joining other 2020 winners at Dodge City Raceway Park including Kaleb Roach, Matt Rucker, Brett Berry, Luke Stallbaumer and Brandon Kenny.
Mike Lunow took advantage of Saturday night misfortune for both Kamren Gruber and Luke Stallbaumer to sneak out to a 27-point lead in the track’s title chase. Only one points race, the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on September 19, remains for the IMCA Sport Modifieds following this weekend’s action that contributes to track points as well as IMCA points.
Sport Modified Weekend Schedule:
Thursday – Practice
Friday – Heat Races and Qualifying Events
Saturday – Championship “B” Mains and “A” Main
The Format: Pill draw will determine Friday heat race lineups, heat races will be 8 laps each. Passing points will be in effect (100 for 1st, 93 for 2nd, 86 for 3rd, etc, plus 5 points for each position gained and minus 1.5 points for each position lost).
Heat race Passing Points will determine Friday’s Mayhem Qualifier lineups. There will be two (or three if car count exceeds 36) depending upon car count, 12 or 15 laps in distance pending car count. Top four in the case of two Qualifiers (or top two if three Qualifiers) from each will lock into Saturday’s Sport Modified Mayhem North vs. South Duel championship feature event.
Saturday’s “B” Main lineups: top four in Friday heat race passing points that did not lock-in will occupy front row starting positions of “B” Main lineups with balance of lineups based upon Friday’s Qualifying Race lineups. “B” Mains will be 12 or 15 laps in distance pending car count.
Saturday “A” Main: Locked in cars will redraw for starting position. Balance of 30-lap “A” Main 20-car lineup straight up based upon “B” Main finishes.
The Purse: The payout for the Seventh Annual Sport Modified Mayhem North vs. South Duel will be as follows: 1st - $1,500, 2nd - $900, 3rd - $600, 4th - $400, 5th - $350, 6th - $300, 7th - $250, 8th - $225, 9th - $200, 10th - $175, 11th - $170, 12th- $165, 13th - $160, 14th - $150, 15th - $150, 16th - $150, 17th - $150, 18th - $150, 19th - $150, 20th - $150. Non-Qualifiers - $50.
Past Sport Modified Mayhem Top Fives:
2019 – 1. Robert Elliott, 2. Dakota Sproul, 3. Blaine Walt, 4. Troy Bynum, 5. Jeff Kaup.
2018 – 1. Mike Roach, 2. Brandon Kenney, 3. Dustin Daniels, 4. Jeff Kaup, 5. Blaine Walt.
2017 – 1. Dustin Daniels, 2. Kaleb Roach, 3. Ronnie Hults, 4. Jeff Kaup, 5. Blaine Walt.
2016 – 1. Kaleb Roach, 2. Dustin Daniels, 3. Austin Walker, 4. Jeff Kaup, 5. Jeremy Sigler.
2015 – 1. Mike Roach, 2. Brandon Kenny, 3. Jeff Kaup, 4. Clay Money, 5. Dustin Daniels.
2014 – 1. Clay Money, 2. Jeff Kaup, 3. Daniel Gottschalk, 4. Austin Walker, 5. Kameron Gruber.
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 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/.
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.