NCRA: Dodge City preview

NCRA Sprint Car Series Heads West to Dodge City TOPEKA, Kan. (June 15, 2005) -- With little time to set back and rest on his laurels of the past weekend, Garry Lee Maier leads the charge into a Wild West sprint car shootout in Dodge City, Kan.,...

NCRA Sprint Car Series Heads West to Dodge City

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 15, 2005) -- With little time to set back and rest on his laurels of the past weekend, Garry Lee Maier leads the charge into a Wild West sprint car shootout in Dodge City, Kan., this weekend, June 17-18.

The O'Reilly/NCRA Sprint Car Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tires will be participating in the Dodge City Raceway Park Sprint Car Invitational, joining forces with the American Sprint Car Series for the two-day sprint car extravaganza.

The 1991 NCRA sprint car champion, Maier picked up his first two wins of the season at Salina on Saturday and WaKeeney on Sunday to extend his lead in this year's championship battle. The Cimarron, Kan., driver now has 47 career NCRA 360 sprint car victories, tops on the list.

The battle really tightens up for position behind Maier. Currently C.J. Johnson is second by 75 points over rookie phenom Preston Peebles. Johnson, from Quinter, Kan., has been consistent enough to record three top five finishes out of six races. Peebles, out of Lubbock, Texas, has four top 10s including a pair of fifth-place finishes over the weekend.

Two-time series champion Steve King is fourth, 15 points behind Peebles. King won the season opener in front of his home town fans at Jetmore (Kan.) Motorplex but has been up-and-down since then. He was definitely "up" over the weekend as he was fourth at Salina and third at WaKeeney.

Wichita, Kan., driver A.J. Selenke has moved into fifth place by a mere five points over Jason Martin, of Liberal, Kan. Trailing Martin by 25 points in seventh is another Liberal pilot Dennis Park, with Amarillo's Derek Drown only 35 points behind Park in eighth. Jon Freeman (Salina, Kan.) is 20 points behind Drown while Goddard, Kan, pilot J.D. Johnson rounds out the top 10 just 15 behind Freeman.

Defending series champion Mike Woodruff started the weekend third in points but has slipped to 11th. His steering broke on the first lap of Saturday's feature which sent him into the back straight retaining wall and damaging the frame of his racecar. By the time they completed repairs on Sunday there wasn't enough time to get from his home in Satanta, Kan., to WaKeeney for the feature.

But Woodruff is ready to go and will be at Dodge City -- along with the others in the top 10. Other top drivers expected to participate this weekend include Tony Bruce Jr., Luke Cranston, Brian Herbert, Mike Peters and rookie Gavin Punch.

Dodge City Raceway Park is located south of Dodge City on U.S. 283, then west 0.9 mile on U.S. 256. For more information about this event, contact the track at (620) 225-3277

For more information about the National Championship Racing Association please visit out Web site at www.ncraracing.org.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Preston Peebles , Mike Woodruff , Tony Bruce Jr.