It’s getting down to the nitty gritty at Dodge City Raceway Park.
 
And Saturday’s championship chase tilt is critical in points chases for each of the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
 
Saturday’s racing action goes green at 7:30 p.m.
 
Only two more nights of championship chase action remain after Saturday’s event including the Saturday, September 1, Labor Day Weekend special and then the Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on September 15.
 
And that means that Saturday’s card is pivotal in the final outcome.  Those eyeing a late-season run for the championship or advancement among the top ten will have to get that started his Saturday night.
 
At least three title chases are likely to come down to the final checkered flag of the season with no battle tighter than the one in the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car ranks.
 
After jumping out to the lead in the 2018 season opener and holding serve throughout, Dodge City’s Brian Herbert has watched his lead dwindle to just two points over Liberal’s Steven Richardson going into Saturday’s card.
 
While just two points separate Herbert and Richardson, Liberal’s Koby Walters and two-time and reigning track champion Taylor Velasquez remain well within striking distance as well with only 36 points separating the top four.  Another 49 points back, only three points separates the trio of Jordan Knight, Tyler Knight and Ray Seemann in the battle for position.
 
Other championship battles that will likely come down to the very end are in the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Modified ranks.  Dusty Witthuhn is just 23 points ahead of Chris Oliver in the IMCA Stock Car chase with Rolla’s Nick Link only 31 points ahead of Kevin Gray as he pursues a second track title in three years.
 
Gunning for a second consecutive IMCA Hobby Stock title, Bucklin’s Reagan Sellard has opened up a 79-point advantage over Brett Copeland while Woodward’s Jeff Kaup has built up a comfortable 163 point lead over Bart Baker in his quest for a fifth IMCA Sport Modified track championship in the last six years.
 
General admission for Saturday’s championship chase action at DCRP is just $15 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park.  Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000.
 
In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action.  The complete 2018 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
 
Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south.  For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.