New Faces In Dodge City Victory Lane

Jon Herring Jr. picked up the IMCA modified victory at Dodge City Raceway Park Saturday night in Kansas. (TWC Photo)
Jon Herring Jr. picked up the IMCA modified victory at Dodge City Raceway Park Saturday night in Kansas. (TWC Photo)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Another heated night of racing action netted another group of new faces in victory lane with Jon Herring Jr., headlining four drivers capturing first time feature victories at Dodge City Raceway Park by topping Saturday night’s 20-lap IMCA Modified main event.

While Herring snared his first win at the track in Modifieds, other drivers capturing first career triumphs atop the three-eighths-mile clay oval included Mike Shenberger in United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, Marlin Hogie in IMCA Stock Cars and Matt O’Hair in Thunder Cars.

While the four first-time winners ran the total to 18 different winners in 19 championship feature events atop the DCRP clay oval, Jarett Lunow reeled off his fourth win in five Hornet outings atop the inner asphalt oval.

In the IMCA Modified feature, Woodward, Oklahoma’s Jon Herring, Jr., made the most of his pole starting position by wiring the field for his first DCRP score, weathering three caution periods over the initial eleven rounds before keeping Ryan Heger and new point leader Cody Gearhart at bay over the final nine rounds.

“The engine was laying down the last part of the race, we got one at Liberal last week and now this so we’ve finally got things rolling,” Herring, Jr., explained.

While Herring Jr., snared his first win, Heger took second from Kevin Gray in the initial handful of rounds and held second the rest of the way. Gray held third until the 13th lap when contact while battling for position forced him to the infield.

Running sixth after the final caution with nine laps remaining, Gearhart picked off a pair of positions before taking over third for keeps on the 15th round. Mike Martin was fourth, with Nick Link rounding out the top five.

Just like fellow Woodward, OK, shoe Herring, Mike Shenberger took advantage of the pole starting position in the 20-lap United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified main event, fending off points leader Jeff Kaup for his first DCRP score.

With Shenberger leading the way, tenth-starter Kaup took second away from Austin Walker on a lap 13 restart and was pressuring Shenberger for the point when one final caution flew just two laps from the end.

Shenberger held firm over the final pair of laps, with Kaup settling for runner-up honors. Walker claimed the show position, with Clay Sellard and Josh Appel rounding out the top five.