DODGE CITY, Kan. – Cody Gearhart cracked victory lane in the headliner 20-lap IMCA Modified feature event in Saturday’s season opening card atop the three-eighths-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
While Gearhart was the modified ace, other opening day winners included Clay Sellard (United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds), Shannon Maughlin (IMCA Stock Cars), Scott Messino (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets) as 89 cars filled the pit area in the 2013 lidlifter.
Hailing from Turpin, OK, Gearhart moved from his fourth starting position into second at the outset and then overtook race-long leader Mike Lunow on the 12th round and went on to post the win in front of Lunow, 12th-starter Kyle Rohleder, Austin Allen and Randy Wilson.
“I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to get around him, he moved up some and I had to work for it,” commented Gearhart, who picked off one win at DCRP last season.
A track champion in the United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified ranks two years ago, Clay Sellard raced from the pole position to win the Sport Mod feature in wire-to-wire fashion in front of Josh Appel, who made a move from fifth to second in the opening rounds and held the position the rest of the way. After scratching from his heat race, Jeff Kaup rallied from 17th for the show position with Matthew Crowell and Daniel Gottschalk.