A new night of racing produced some very similar results for USAC/SMRS driver Brad Loyet of St. Louis.  Night two of racing action in the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park saw Loyet make a clean sweep winning every event he raced in Saturday evening.  In total, 20 midget cars, representing five states would check in for night two of action.


A new night of racing produced some very similar results for USAC/SMRS driver Brad Loyet of St. Louis.  Night two of racing action in the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park saw Loyet make a clean sweep winning every event he raced in Saturday evening.  In total, 20 midget cars, representing five states would check in for night two of action.
    Loyet, the defending champion and current points’ leader of the SMRS tour made it look easy in route to his third victory of the season and second in two days of action at DCRP.  In fact, if it had not been for a strong challenge from Matt Sherrill in the main event on Saturday night, Loyet would have lead every lap of racing action he participated in on night two of the Boot Hill Showdown.
    While the main event of the night truly was the Brad Loyet show, the racing action behind Loyet was hot and heavy for all thirty laps.  Cody Brewer in the “Willa Jo Special,” named in honor of his late mother, battled through the field from his ninth place starting position to bring home his second consecutive second place finish on the weekend.
    Not far behind Brewer and local favorite CJ Johnson of QuinteR made the most of his third time in a midget car coming from his 12th place starting position to pick up third place in the main event.  To make Johnson’s effort even more impressive is the fact that he was involved in an early caution and had to go to the back of the field as a result of the caution.  This weekend’s stint is only the beginning for Johnson, who said he expects to run up to 18 more midget races this season.
    Three more classes also took part in the action on Saturday night.  Making their second appearance of the weekend, the NAPA Thunder Cars opened up feature racing for the night with a 15-lap shootout that saw Cody Orth in 64 dominate the field for his first victory of the season at DCRP.  Brett Copeland in the 19 car brought home second, with 15K Andy Barton bringing home third.
    Next on the track was the United Wireless IMCA Stock Car division, and as the saying goes, there is nothing stock about a stock car.  Dalton Bauer and the 57 car started inside row two and would jump out to an early lead on the field and not look back, bringing home his first victory at DCRP in 2010.  Battling for second most of the race, Rod Wadel in 60T and Cole Wilson in 46 put on a show for the fans running high, low and everywhere in between.  When it was all said and done Wadel edged Wilson for the second place position.
    The Monster Energy IMCA Modified division was the final regularly scheduled class to hit the track on Saturday night before the SMRS showdown.  A field of nearly 30 modifieds packed the pit area Saturday night as the modified division continues to bring a very strong car count to DCRP.
    Mike Lunow of Dodge City jumped out to the early lead in the modified’s A-Feature and looked to have the field under control for the first half of racing action.  However, a bad slip coming out of turn two just after the halfway point in the race would allow the 65T machine of Tim Leiker to gain ground on Lunow and eventually make a pass for the lead.  This would be all the Leiker needed as he ran the high line to perfection keeping his back tire up on the cushion all the way to victory.  Leiker would be followed by 05 Rick Taylor in second and 12T George Tyler in third.          Lunow would eventually drop to seventh as handling issues plagued his machine late in the race.
Friday
     The United States Auto Club – Southern Midget Racing Series stormed into Dodge for night one of a two night stand on the flyin’ high-banks of DCRP.
    While bad luck befell several teams and prevented them from making it to night one of racing action, a solid field of sixteen USAC Midget cars checked in and were ready to put on a show for the fans.
Kicking off the featured races for the evening was the Pole Dash for the USAC Midget cars.  The top two finishers from each of the three heat races comprised the field for a four lap sprint to the checkered flag.  The finishing order for the Pole Dash would serve as the starting order for the first six cars in the Midget A-Feature.
    Dash certainly proved to be the right term for the race as four laps clicked by in just over sixty seconds.  When it was all said and done, Keith Rauch and his 44 machine were victorious, followed by series points leader Brad Loyet in the o5 car and Cody Brewer in the throwback body style “Willa-Joe Special” number 96.
Following the Pole Dash the Hornet cars descended on the concrete inner oval for their feature race.  There was no shortage of action in the Hornet Feature as David Guinn and the 61 car started last and worked his way through the swarm to take home the victory, the win was his second of the season at DCRP.  Coming home in second was Cody Lampe in 44 while division points’ leader Justin Betzner in the J5 car picked up third.
Next up on the track, the NAPA Thunder Cars were ready to get down and dirty for fifteen laps of door to door racing action.  It was the 58R car of Rob Sellard jumping out to an early and commanding lead from his starting position outside of row one.  Sellard commanded a strong lead for the majority of the race until he encountered some difficulties in passing lapped-traffic near the end of the race.
Dustin Carr in 87 proved that his victory last week was no fluke as he took advantage of the opportunity and reeled in Sellard quickly before passing him on the last lap of the race to make it two in a row at DCRP.  Sellard brought the 58R home in second, with 15K Andy Barton rounding out the podium finishers.  The NAPA Thunder Cars are also in action on night two of the Boot Hill Showdown and Carr will look to bring home his third straight victory.
    The IMCA Northern Sport Mods were the next division on the track for their feature race.  For the majority of the fifteen lap race it was a three car battle between 33X BJ Dauer, 331 Bob Dauer and the D8 of Dale Wanger.  These guys mixed it up for more than ten laps running high, low and everywhere in between.  On lap eleven Wanger made his move on the Dauer boys and after a slight case of “rubbin is racin,” Wanger would take over the lead and hold on until the end for his first victory of the year at DCRP.  Bart Baker in 37 managed to slide by the Dauers in the late laps to pick up second, with 33X BJ Dauer bring home third.
    Last but certainly not least, the USAC/SMRS Midgets hit the track to decide who was going to be king of the Boot Hill Showdown for night one.  Pole sitter Keith Rauch in the 44 car jumped out to an early lead and left the rest of the field to race amongst themselves for the first half of the race.  Unfortunately for Rauch, an oil line let go on the car coming out of turn four to complete lap seventeen causing an early end to his night and a caution flag on the track to clean up the oil which had spewed from the 44 machine.
The benefactor of Rauch’s mishap was the o5 car and driver Brad Loyet, the series current points’ leader.  Following the caution flag it was all Loyet all the way to the checkers as the o5 car would run out front mostly unchallenged.  Cody Brewer and his 96 car would bring home second, with Matt Sherrill in 35 picking up third.  Local hot shoe CJ Johnson made the most out of one of his first times in the seat of a midget car, moving up from a seventh place starting position to take home fourth in the feature event.  Chet Gherke in 11C would round out the top five finishers in the event.
The victory was Loyet’s second of the season on the USAC / SMRS Tour and helped to extend his points’ lead in the series.  Track promoter Ed Beckley presented Loyet with a custom designed “Tombstone Trophy” to commemorate his victory on night one of the Boot Hill Showdown. 
    With one more tombstone up for grabs on night two, Loyet has to be a heavy favorite, but he’ll have his work cut out for him.  Local stars Jason Martin and Tanner “Tiger” Mullens will be in attendance on night two of action, and CJ Johnson has promised to take it to the limit on night two as well.  Joining the stars of USAC on night two will be the Monster Energy IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Stock Cars and the NAPA Thunder Cars.

    Next up at DCRP is the Budweiser Nationals this coming Saturday evening.
    Taking to the track will be the Monster Energy IMCA Modifieds, The United Wireless IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods and those crazy four cylinder hornet cars. 
    Also doing battle on the high banks of DCRP will be the always exciting School Bus Races.
    A large field of buses is already registered for this event, with a few local celebrities and business owners getting ready to battle in the buses. Spectator gates open at 5p.m., with Hot Laps beginning at 6:30 and racing action kicking off at 7:30 – make sure to arrive early as the school bus races always draw a crowd!