New Faces In Dodge City Victory Lane
In a hard-fought IMCA Stock Car 15-lapper, Marlin Hogie of Ulysses, KS, emerged atop a torrid four and sometimes five-car battle for the top spot in a feature that was less than a lap from going non-stop before a late caution set up a green-white-checkered dash to the stripe.
While Hogie started third, front row outside starter Dusty Witthuhn gunned into the early lead and paced the early rounds just ahead of Hogie and Brandon Fisher, with points leader Billy Phelps soon joining in on the lead chase.
As the top four battled for the lead, Hogie took advantage as traffic came into play and raced into the lead on the tenth round with Fisher following suit and Phelps into third by the time a caution flew on the final lap.
With Hogie leading the way on the restart, Fisher battled into the lead as the white flag flew only to have Hogie battle back on the low side of the track to snare the win. Fisher settled for second in front of Phelps and Witthuhn with Ron Rich rounding out the top five.
In Thunder Car action, Laverne, Oklahoma’s Matt O’Hair took quick advantage of a Cody Davis miscue on a restart and then held strong the rest of the way in the 15-lapper to secure his first DCRP win.
With O’Hair starting sixth, front row outside starter Travis Penrod paced the opening round before Davis charged into the lead from the fifth starting position.
After an early bobble cost him several positions, O’Hair battled back into second position behind Davis by the time a caution flew with six laps in the books. And when Davis stumbled on the start, O’Hair raced into a lead he wouldn’t relinquish despite heavy pressure from Davis and Edwin Elliott, who limped to the infield after clipping an infield tire while trying to slip around a lapped car as the white flag flew.
O’Hair was chased to the stripe by Davis, with Dustin Walker, W.D. Matteson and David Shumard rounding out the top five.
In Hornet action, Dodge City’s Lunow worked his way around Marci O’Hair on the fifth lap and checked out over the final half of the 12-lapper for his fourth win of the season in front of Brandon Bogner and Brendon O’Hair.