Davis Tops Dodge City Freedom Tour Stop
DODGE CITY, Kan. – Charles Davis Jr., became the third different winner in as many nights of Freedom Tour competition by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature event atop the three-eighths-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
The Buckeye, Ariz., driver battled past Josh Pelkey at the midway point and led the rest of the way to take the $2,500 winner’s share ahead of Pelkey with 18-year-old Harli White filling out the podium with a third-place finish.
The reigning Arizona Sprint Car champion, Davis Jr., gridded the sprint car feature from the third row inside with Thursday night winner Rick Ziehl and Chris Bonneau leading the way to the green flag.
Ziehl gunned into lead at the drop of the green flag and paced the initial nine circuits before a caution flew for Don Droud Jr., who came to a stop on the frontstretch with front end damage. Ziehl bobbled in turns three and four on the restart with Pelkey taking quick advantage to race into the lead with Davis Jr., in tow in second.
The red flag flew soon after when Jordan Weaver flipped in turn two with 12 laps in the books, with ensuing chaos on the restart finding Shon Deskins upside down while Mike Martin incurred race-ending damage as well. There were no injuries.
Back under way, Pelkey held the point for only a couple of more circuits before Davis, Jr., rallied by on the high side of turns three and four to take command on the 16th round. Davis Jr., paced the field the rest of the way to snare his fifth series win of the season aboard the Massey Motorsports No. 50.
Pelkey kept Davis Jr., within sight but settled for second in the Bandit Racing No. 74 with Lindsay, Oklahoma’s Harli White advancing from ninth to finish a close third in Mike Martin’s Extreme Motorsports No. 16w as the top three were nearly a half lap ahead of the balance of the field.
Nebraska’s Jeff Lowery was fourth, with Koby Barksdale taking the fifth position from fellow Oklahoma racer Michelle Decker at the line. Zach Blurton was seventh with a 305-ci powerplant with Tye Mihocko in eighth. After battling amongst the leaders early on before suffering a cut left front after contact with Davis Jr., Chris Bonneau rebounded for ninth with Tom Lee completing the top ten.