Jordan Knight Is A Dodge City Sprint Car Ace

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Jordan Knight and family in victory lane. (TWC photo)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Jordan Knight scored his first career win by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s Hambelton Racing Dodge City Raceway Park sprint car feature at the three-eighths-mile clay oval.

While Knight set the pace over the entirety of the 15-lapper, Dakota Sproul made it two in a row in the IMCA Modified ranks, Kaleb Roach notched his first DCRP win of the year in IMCA Sport Modified action, Gregg Schell picked off his second IMCA Stock Car win and Tathan Burkhart padded his IMCA Hobby Stock points lead with his second win of the year.

Gridding the 15-lap DCRP sprint car feature outside the second row, Jordan Knight wasted no time shooting past front row outside starter Kyler Johnson and then battled past brother Tyler Knight to take command.

With Jordan Knight setting the pace, Luke Cranston raced past Tyler Knight for second with a half-dozen circuits remaining and closed to Jordan Knight’s tailtank when a caution flew to set up a three-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Knight held steady to post his first career sprint car win ahead of Cranston, with Tyler Knight, Taylor Velasquez and Ray Seemann rounding out the top five.

In the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature event, Sproul held off New Mexico’s Cory Davis after a late caution flag to post his third win of the season and extend his points lead.

After starting sixth, Sproul spent the early going working towards the front as Kevin Gray set the pace. Sproul made it to second by the fourth lap and then slipped underneath Gray in turns one and two on the sixth round to take command.

With Sproul setting sail, Davis made his way forward from the ninth position to take over second at the midway point.

When a caution flew with just six laps to go that nixed Sproul’s advantage, Davis was there to mount a charge. Davis pulled alongside exiting turn four with three laps to go, but Sproul countered and slipped away to secure the victory.

Davis settled for second with Philip Houston snaring the show position. Trent Gray rallied from a seventh-row starting position to capture fourth with Gray rounding out the top five.

Making his second DCRP appearance of the year, Kaleb Roach took command at the midway point of the 20-lap IMCA Sport Modified feature and then held off Mike Roach over the closing rounds to score the win.

After Ryan Kirchoff led the way for nine rounds, Kaleb Roach pounced on the tenth circuit with Mike Roach making his way into second three circuits later.

A late caution bunched up the field, but Kaleb Roach was up to the task and held off Mike Roach for the win with Brendyn Nordyke, Luke Stallbaumer and Brett Berry rounding out the top five.

Gregg Schell capitalized on a mid-race incident between Troy Burkhart and Ondre Rexford to snare his second 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature win of the year.

Rexford led in the early going with the lead handful of cars battling in tight formation until Burkhart battled into the lead on the top side.  Contact between the duo on the 11th lap sent both spinning to bring out the caution.

With Rexford to the tail, Burkhart reassumed the lead albeit briefly with a flattened left front tire.  Schell took quick advantage, battling into the lead in short order and then fending off Chris Oliver and Jeremy Bradley the rest of the way for the win.

Luke Stallbaumer and Brett Berry rounded out the top five.

In the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature, Tathan Burkhart raced from fifth to take command on the eighth round en route to his second DCRP win of the year.

Burkhart fought off the challenges of Brady Bencken to take the win, with Trevor Smith, Devon Ghumm and Duane Wahrman rounding out the top five.