Jake Bubak took center stage by winning a non-stop 25-lap feature at the Sixth Annual Steve King Memorial atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval on Saturday night.
Bubak made a last-corner pass of race-long leader Ray Seemann to snare the URSS Sprint Car feature win.
In the 25-lap main event, outside front row starter Ray Seemann jumped ahead of pole starter Nick Haygood for the point at the outset and led all but the final few feet.
While Seemann and Colorado’s Haygood slipped away from the field, Bubak struggled in the early going from his sixth starting position.
“The car was so tight early, I couldn’t hardly turn it,” the reigning URSS National champion from Arvada, CO, explained.
Mired in fifth after ten laps, Bubak worked traffic to his advantage to charge by Steven Richardson and Brian Herbert at the midway point and set his sights on the front two runners.
Bubak closed the gap bit by bit, rallying past Haygood for second on the 22nd lap. Still several car lengths back as the white flag flew, Bubak gobbled up the distance and snuck underneath Seemann exiting turn four with the checkered flag in sight.
“I didn’t think there was any way I had time to catch him, but then he kind of let up in three and four the last couple of laps and that gave me a chance,” Bubak explained.
Bubak beat Seemann to the stripe with Haygood taking show honors. Zac Taylor and Brian Herbert rounded out the top five.
Dodge City Raceway Park – June 28 Results Sixth Annual Steve King Memorial:
URSS Sprint Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 9x-Jake Bubak, 2. 86-Zac Taylor, 3. 85-Ray Seemann, 4. 16k-Kaden Taylor 5. 88J-Jeremy Huish, 6. 83-Austin McLean, 7. 11-Keefe Hemel, 8. 1x-Cody Lampe.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 2. 97-Brian Herbert, 3. 911-Rick Salem, 4. 95-Gavin Stout, 5. 24-Kade Hagans, 6. 77-Cody Caldwell, 7. 50-Jed Werner.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 0-Steven Richardson, 2. 30c-Barry Crane, 3. 49-Kris Moore, 4. 9d-Lance Davis, 5. 20-Luke Cranston, 6. 33-Koby Walters, 7. 11k-Tyler Knight.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 1-Nick Haygood, 2. 98-J.D. Johnson, 3. 80-Jerry Caldwell, 4. 51-Josh Fairbank, 5. 12d-Steve Dalton, 6. 51r-Ross Essenborg, 7. 18-Brandon Sprott.
First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 911-Rick Salem, 2. 80-Jerry Caldwell, 3. 9d-Lance Davis, 4. 88j-Jeremy Huish, 5. 12d-Steve Dalton, 6. 83-Austin McLean, 7. 33-Koby Walters, 8. 11-Keefe Hemel, 9. 11k-Tyler Knight, 10. 1x-Cody Lampe.
Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 20-Luke Cranston, 2. 49-Kris Moore, 3. 51-Josh Fairbank, 4. 77-Cody Caldwell, 5. 50-Jed Werner, 6. 18-Brandon Sprott, 7. 51r-Ross Essenborg, 8. 16k-Kaden Taylor, 9. 24-Kade Hagans.
“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9x-Jake Bubak, 2. 85-Ray Seemann, 3. 1-Nick Haygood, 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 86-Zac Taylor, 6. 97-Brian Herbert, 7. 98-J.D. Johnson, 8. 20-Luke Cranston, 9. 49-Kris Moore, 10. 95-Gavin Stout, 11. 30c-Barry Crane, 12. 88j-Jeremy Huish, 13. 80-Jerry Caldwell, 14. 50-Jed Werner, 15. 51-Josh Fairbank, 16. 12d-SteveDalton, 17. 2j-Zach Blurton, 18. 77-Cody Caldwell, 19. 911-Rick Salem, 20. 9d-Lance Davis (DNS).
by Lonnie Wheatley