From Lonnie Wheatley
Dodge City, KS — (May 30, 2015) — Jeremy Campbell wired the field in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature as the NCRA Sprint Car series invaded the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park for the first time this season.
While the Michigan native turned Wichita, KS, resident took the $2,000 NCRA winner’s share, Clay Sellard stayed perfect in IMCA Modified action with Josh Appel besting the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Jason Rogers reeling in the IMCA Stock Car win and Cody Davis surviving to win the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
After winning his heat race, reigning NCRA co-champion Campbell gridded the feature outside the front row with Zach Blurton to his inside in his first outing aboard the Ochs Brothers No. 1x.
Campbell gunned into the lead at the outset with fellow 2014 co-champ C.J. Johnson quickly making his way into second. Johnson stayed close in the early going, but after a pair of lap nine cautions never could keep pace with the fleet Campbell that never wavered from the low line.
“The bottom was so good that I wasn’t going to leave it until somebody showed me something on the outside,” Campbell said after picking up the victory aboard the Dan’s Cycle/Scott’s Well Service No. 10c.
Aside from Johnson’s early advances, nobody ever to close enough to give Campbell reason to abandon the lower portion of the track.
“That’s the bad thing about being out there though, you never know if someone is closing in or not,” Campbell concluded.
Campbell had no worries, taking the checkered flag ten car-lengths ahead of Johnson with Blurton settling for the show position. J.D. Johnson climbed from tenth to snare fourth with Jake Martens working the upper portion of the track to move from ninth to fifth over the final portion of the race after starting tenth.
Josh Fairbank was sixth, with Jon Freeman nipping Ray Seemann at the line for seventh. Jeff Stasa recovered from a spin into turn one on a lap nine restart while running fourth to salvage ninth with Chris Morgan completing the top ten.
Aside from Martens, Luke Cranston was the only other driver to successfully navigate the high side with an impressive run around the rim from ninth to fifth on a lap ten restart before taking fourth from J.D. Johnson on the 11th lap. Cranston began to lose power soon after and pulled to the infield six laps shy of the finish.