Gemmill Snaps Dodge City Bad Luck

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Brendon Gemmill stands in victory lane after his modified victory Saturday at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park. (The Wheatley Collection Photo)
Brendon Gemmill stands in victory lane after his modified victory Saturday at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park. (The Wheatley Collection Photo)
Brendon Gemmill stands in victory lane after his modified victory Saturday at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park. (The Wheatley Collection Photo)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Brendon Gemmill snapped a string of bad luck in dramatic fashion with a last-lap win in Saturday night’s 20-lap IMCA Modified main event atop the three-eighths-mile Dodge City Raceway Park.

While the two-time track champion scored his first win of the year to become the sixth different Modified feature winner in as many events, Clay Money snared IMCA Sport Modified honors, Scott Drake bested the IMCA Stock Cars, Cody Davis took Thunder Car laurels and Jarett Lunow added another Hornet victory.

While Gemmill raced into the lead on the third lap from his sixth starting position, he still needed some late-race dramatics to deny Jesse Smith his second win of the season.

After Smith paced the opening pair of laps from the fourth starting position, he chased Gemmill much of the way before racing by on the low side exiting turn four on the 17th lap. Gemmill changed his line from high to low and pulled alongside Smith in a battle for the win on the final lap.

The duo raced into turn three side-by-side, with Gemmill edging ahead coming off the final corner to snare the win.

“We finally got that monkey off our back, that checkered flag we saw in the heat race was the first kind of win I’ve had all year,” Gemmill commented afterward.

Dylan Sherfick raced from 11th to claim the show position behind Gemmill and Smith with Ryan Heger recapturing the points lead by crossing the stripe in fourth. Cole Traugott raced from 17th to round out the top five.

In the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Clay Money made a late move around Josh Appel in the 20-lapper to pick off his first DCRP win of the year.

With Money gridding the feature field ninth, Mike Appel gunned into the lead from the front row outside and paced the field for six circuits until his son Josh Appel battled into the lead on lap seven.

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