Traugott Stays Hot At Dodge City

Cole Traugott scored another IMCA modified victory Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)
Cole Traugott scored another IMCA modified victory Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)
Cole Traugott scored another IMCA modified victory Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Lonnie Wheatley Photo)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – After picking off his first IMCA Modified feature win seven nights earlier atop the three-eighths-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval, Woodward, Oklahoma’s Cole Traugott wasted little time picking off win number two by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 20-lap main event at DCRP.

While Traugott made it two IMCA Modified wins in a row, Clay Sellard picked up the added money in the United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified main event with Brandon Fisher victorious in IMCA Stock Cars, Edwin Elliott topping the Thunder Car field and Jarett Lunow besting the Hornets once again.

Traugott battled into the lead on the sixth round and led the rest of the way to take his second consecutive win aboard the Butch’s Guns/Mary’s Liquor No. 9 entry.

With Traugott gridding the feature field fifth, front row outside starter William Nusser gunned into the lead as Traugott made his way up to second by third lap. Traugott reeled in Nusser and raced into the lead in turns one and two on the fifth round and slipped away from the field.

As Traugott set the pace, Kale Beavers made his way past Nusser for second on the 14th lap and was reeling the leader as the laps clicked off. Just several car lengths behind Traugott as the white flag flew, Beavers blew an engine on the final lap with Traugott going on to secure the win.

Nusser settled for runner-up honors behind Traugott with Mike Martin, Ryan Heger and Kevin Gray filling out the top five.

With an extra $500 added to the United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified feature including $200 to the winner with the balance distributed among the top five, Clay Sellard emerged from an early battle for the point and then cruised on to the $500 victory in the 20-lap main event.

While Sellard started ninth, he was up to third in short order behind Brian May and Randle McRoberts after several cautions slowed the initial pair of circuits. When the third lap went green after a hard-hitting incident in turn three that sidelined Matthew Crowell and Bart Baker, Sellard went to the high side around both May and McRoberts to take the lead and then slipped away for his second DCRP win of the year.

The Bucklin, Kan., shoe was chased to the line by McRoberts, with Austin Walker in third. Mike Shenberger rebounded from an early spin to claim fourth with May rounding out the top five.

In IMCA Stock Car action, Brandon Fisher, became 20-lapper’s third different leader on the 12th round then held off a host of challengers in the closing circuits for his second DCRP score of the year.

With Fisher starting tenth, pole starter Kyle Tillery paced the initial circuits before Randy Dowell took command on the fourth round.

Fisher worked his way up to second by the time a caution flew after eight laps and then battled past Dowell for the lead at the line on the 12th round. But Dowell wasn’t done, keeping the pressure on and challenging for the lead after the race’s final caution with just four laps to go.

Dowell pulled alongside Fisher to challenge for the lead entering turn three on the 19th round only to begin billowing heavy smoke. Fisher edged back ahead as Dowell began to slow and hold up the trio of cars directly behind him entering turns one and two.

Fisher slipped away to take the win with Michael Pepper taking advantage of the late sequence of events to take runner-up honors with Sonny O’Hair, Billy Phelps and Justin Lewis rounding out the top five. With his fourth place finish, Mooreland, Oklahoma’s Billy Phelps needs only to show up at the September 28 finale to secure the championship.

In Thunder Car action, Edwin Elliott rebounded from an early spin to capture his first feature win of the year in the 20-lapper.

With pole starter Michael Penrod jumping into the early lead, ninth-starter Elliott fell even deeper in the field when he spun after five laps.

While Penrod surrendered the point to Dan Rogers on the eighth circuit, Elliott was on the move through traffic and into second by the time the caution flew after 14 laps to eliminate Rogers’ half-lap advantage.

Seemingly untouchable before the caution, Rogers’ mount stumbled on the start, with Hugoton’s Elliott taking quick advantage as Rogers fell back to eighth. Elliott went on to the checkered flag comfortably ahead of Dustin Walker as Rogers rallied back to third. Will Bauer and W.D. Matteson rounded out the top five.

Dodge City’s Jarett Lunow continued his domination of the Hornets by wiring the field in the 10-lapper for his fifth triumph in six tries, taking the checkered flag ahead of Brendon O’Hair and Brandon Bogner.