DODGE CITY, Kan. – Brendon Gemmill keeps finding new and exciting ways to visit victory lane at Dodge City Raceway Park.
On Saturday night, Gemmill went to the top side on the final lap to rally from third to first for his fifth IMCA Modified feature win of the year atop the three-eighths-mile clay oval.
While Gemmill closed to within just one point of Cole Traugott in the championship points race with just the September 29 season finale remaining, other winners on Saturday night included Clay Sellard in United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified action, Michael Pepper in IMCA Stock Cars, Edwin Elliott in Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars and Dwayne Bowman in Hornets.
After starting tenth, Gemmill got shuffled back in an early turn four traffic as pole starter William Nusser paced the initial six rounds before Mike Martin took command. Gemmill worked his way back up to sixth by the midway point and was third when the race’s final caution flew with just four circuits remaining in the 20-lapper.
Martin and Beau Davis, who had been pressuring Martin for the point for several rounds, led the way on the restart in front of Gemmill and Traugott. With Martin and Davis battling for the lead, defending track champion Gemmill took it to the top side and rallied past Davis for second as the white flag flew and then drove around Martin in the final pair of corners for the dramatic win.
“I probably should have gone up there sooner,” Gemmill commented in victory lane. “The front end got a little messed up in that early deal, but it was still working good enough. That was a fun one.”
Davis was credited with runner-up honors behind Gemmill, with Traugott rebounding from an early spin down the backstretch for the show position. Martin was fourth after a two-position penalty for hitting the cone on the final restart, with Jack Kirchoff rounding out the top five.
Shut out of United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified victory lane until the most recent event on September 2, Clay Sellard struck for his second win in a row in Saturday night’s 15-lap main event.
Sellard needed just four laps to overtake Mike Appel and then opened up a full straightaway advantage before a caution flew with just two laps to go when second-runner Jared Baird looped it in turn two.
Sellard cruised to the checkered flag over the final two laps in front of Brian May, with points leader Bart Baker, Toby Witthuhn and Daylon Bergeron rounding out the top five.
After leading the early rounds, Michael Pepper took quick advantage of a skirmish between Dusty Witthuhn and Perry Misner to capture his first career feature win in the 15-lap IMCA Stock Car main event.
Pepper led the initial two circuits before pushing high in turn four to open the door for Witthuhn and point leader Misner. But when the lead duo got together exiting turn four on the eighth round, Pepper reclaimed the lead and never surrendered it. Pepper took the checkered flag ahead of Rich Wadel, Mel Law, Sonny O’Hair and Misner.
In the 15-lap Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Car feature, 10th-starter Edwin Elliott battled past Cody Davis in the final handful of laps to capture his first win of the season. Elliott took the checkered flag ahead of Dan Rogers, Scott Messino and Dustin Walker. Davis, who led laps three through ten after Tom Reed paced the initial pair of circuits, rounded out the top five.
Kenneth O’Hair broke out to the early lead in the Hornets, only to have Dwayne Bowman and Brandon Sprott race by on either side exiting turn four on the fourth circuit. Bowman took command and raced on to his second win of the year in front of Sprott, with Jarett Lunow, Derrick Sprott and Brandon Bogner rounding out the top five.