Murray Sweeps Modified Stampede
DODGE CITY, Kan. – David Murray made the most of his first Dodge City Raceway Park weekend of the season by completing a sweep of the inaugural Dodge City Modified Stampede in Saturday night’s 30-lap IMCA Modified main event atop the three-eighths-mile clay oval.
Murray made his way past Austin Allen on the 17th round then held on through traffic over the final rounds to take the $1,200 victory, bringing the Oberlin, Kansas driver’s weekend take to $2,400 after winning Friday night’s main event as well.
While Murray swept through the Modified Stampede, Andy Barton picked off his first United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified win, Perry Misner became the eighth different winner in as many IMCA Stock Car features and Matt O’Hair claimed Thunder Car honors on the last lap.
After leading the final 18 laps of Friday night’s main event, Murray gridded Saturday’s feature outside the fifth row. While pole starter Austin Allen outgunned Mike Martin for the lead at the outset, Murray needed just a half dozen laps to move into third behind Allen and third-starter Cole Traugott.
Murray chased Traugott down for second by the 13th round then reeled in Allen before making his move into the lead on the 17th circuit.
With traffic coming into play on the 20th lap, Allen kept the pressure on Murray with several challenges for the lead as Traugott closed in on the lead duo as well.
Murray was flawless in traffic, keeping his chasers at bay to secure his second win in as many nights. Allen took over the DCRP points lead with runner-up honors while Traugott claimed the show position. Jon Herring, Jr., was fourth with Beau Davis rounding out the top five.
Brendon Gemmill was sixth, with Van Gemmill, 14th-starter Joe Cleveland, 16th-starter Troy Gemmill and 19th-starter Nick Link completing the top ten in a feature in which the final 29 laps ran non-stop after the lone caution flew with just one lap in the books.
In United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified action, Andy Barton of Dighton, KS, wired the field in the 20-lapper for his first score at DCRP in three years of trying.
Barton started the feature third row outside but was into the lead upon the completion of the first lap and held command the rest of the way. Donald Kaup chased the leader over the first half of the race before Friday night winner Austin Walker moved into second and set his sights on Barton.