Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 16, 2018) – Fairview, Oklahoma’s Jake Martens survived a wild last-lap atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval to pocket more than $4,000 by winning Saturday night’s Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP vs. URSS 305 Sprint Car Nationals 30-lap championship feature event.
Martens took the lead away from Brian Herbert and then kept Chad Koch at bay before escaping a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak to pocket $4,040 that included $1,040 in lap money along with the posted $3,000 winner’s share.
Martens raced on to the stripe ahead of Koch and 15th-starter Luke Cranston for the lucrative payday aboard the Martens Machine Shop/Blake & Robin Stocking No. 48.
While Martens cashed in. Jeff Kaup added another win in the IMCA Sport Modified ranks and Angel Munoz bested the IMCA Stock Cars.
After heat race and qualifying race action for the 34-car Precise Racing Products vs. United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS), Brian Herbert and Koby Walters led the way to the green flag as Martens gridded the feature field in third.
Herbert gunned into the lead at the outset and paced the early rounds ahead of Walters and Martens, with Martens making his way into second soon after the first of just two cautions flew after nine laps for Lonnie Cox in turn two with the final caution flying four laps later.
With Martens pressuring Herbert for the point, Chad Koch and Zach Blurton began dicing for position just behind them. Martens finally made his way into the lead on the 19th round with Koch following suit by racing into second on the same lap with a surging Luke Cranston taking over third from his 15th starting position on the 20th round.
The stage was set for a dicey final ten laps with Martens, Koch, Cranston and Jake Bubak all in the mix for the win. With Koch making several runs at Martens exiting turn four, Bubak battled past Cranston for third on the 27th lap and started sizing up the leaders.
With the white flag in the air, Bubak dove into turn one and slid past both Koch and then Martens to briefly take the lead. But as Martens drove off turn two, contact between the two cars sent Bubak looping into the infield.
“I have to apologize to Jake Bubak, he slid us and I turned down,” Martens said in victory lane. “But I can guarantee any one of the guys on the straightaway right now (the top three) would have done the exact same thing for $3,000 to win.”
Koch of Wichita Falls, TX, was a close second with Ness City, KS, native Cranston rounding out the podium in third. After winning the “B” Main, 21st starting Jason Martin charged through the field to capture a fourth-place finish and earn the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger award with Zach Blurton rounding out the top five.
Tony Bruce, Jr., crossed the stripe sixth with Herbert, Ray Seemann, Austin McLean and J.D. Johnson completing the top ten.
Nick Haygood, Seemann, Cranston and J.D. Johnson won heat races with Koby Walters, Marten and McLean topping the Qualifying races before Martin bested the “B” Main.
With Martens pocketing an extra $1,040 in lap money, others earning bonus money included Herbert ($920), Koch ($440), Walters ($340), Cranston ($160), Bubak ($60), Blurton ($40).
Dodge City Raceway Park – Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals
June 16, 2018, Results
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars vs. United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS):
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 1-Nick Haygood, 2. 33-Koby Walters, 3. 48-Jake Martens, 4. 83-Austin McLean, 5. 9d-Lance Davis, 6. 17s-Chad Salem, 7. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 8. 31m-Eric Mathews, 9. 11x-Jason Martin.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 72-Ray Seemann, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 35k-Chad Koch, 4. 2b-Brett Becker, 5. 0-Randy Richardson, 6. 11k-Tyler Knight, 7. 18-Brandon Sprott, 8. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 9. 24-Cody Hays.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 49x-Luke Cranston, 2. 2J-Zach Blurton, 3. 45-Lonnie Cox, 4. 224-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 49-Kris Moore, 6. 50-Jed Werner, 7. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 8. 7-Shane Sundquist.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 98-J.D. Johnson, 2. 74b-Jake Bubak, 3. 95-Buddy Tubbs, 4. 10-Jordan Knight, 5. 42-Chris Crowder, 6. 8J-Brandy Jones, 7. 4-Todd Plemons, 8. 911-Ty Williams.
First Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 33-Koby Walters, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 0-Randy Richardson, 4. 11k-Tyler Knight, 5. 1-Nick Haygood, 6. 9d-Lance Davis, 7. 49x-Luke Cranston, 8. 911-Ty Williams, 9. 17s-Chad Salem, 10. 33k-Aaron Ploussard, 11. 24-Cody Hays, 12. 8J-Brandy Jones.
Second Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens, 2. 45-Lonnie Cox, 3. 72-Ray Seemann, 4. 74b-Jake Bubak, 5. 2J-Zach Blurton, 6. 2b-Brett Becker, 7. 4-Todd Plemons, 8. 42-Chris Crowder, 9. 49-Kris Miller, 10. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 11. 7-Shane Sundquist.
Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 83-Austin McLean, 2. 35k-Chad Koch, 3. 224-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. 10-Jordan Knight, 5. 11x-Jason Martin, 6. 50-Jed Werner, 7. 98-J.D. Johnson, 8. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 9. 18-Brandon Sprott, 10. 95-Buddy Tubbs (DNS), 11. 31m-Eric Mathews (DNS).
“B” Main (12 Laps – 4 Transfer): 1. 11x-Jason Martin, 2. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 3. 911-Ty Williams, 4. 51r-Ross Essenburg, 5. 49-Kris More, 6. 7-Shane Sundquist, 7. 3k-Aaron Ploussard, 8. 24-Cody Hays, 9. 42-Chris Crowder, 10. 18-Brandon Sprott, 11. 17s-Chad Salem, 12. 95-Buddy Tubbs (DNS), 13. 8J-Brandy Jones (DNS), 14. 31m-Eric Mathews (DNS).
“A” Main (30 Laps): 1. 48-Jake Martens (3), 2. 35k-Chad Koch (4), 3. 49x-Luke Cranston (15), 4. 11x-Jason Martin (21), 5. 2J-Zach Blurton (8), 6. 224-Tony Bruce, Jr. (9), 7. 97-Brian Herbert (1), 8. 72-Ray Seemann (7), 9. 83-Austin McLean (5), 10. 98-J.D. Johnson (12), 11. 1-Nick Haygood (13), 12. 11k-Tyler Knight (11), 13. 33-Koby Walters (2), 14. 911-Ty Williams (23), 15. 10-Jordan Knight (16), 16. 50-Jed Werner (19), 17. 0-Steven Richardson (14), 18. 74b-Jake Bubak (6), 19. 51r-Ross Essenburg (24), 20. 21x-Taylor Velasquez (22), 21. 9d-Lance Davis (17), 22. 45-Lonnie Cox (10), 23. 2b-Brett Becker (18), 24. 4-Todd Plemons (20).
Lap Leaders: Brian Herbert 1-18, Jake Martens 19-30.