Cole Traugott raced from the fourth row in repeating as the winner of Dodge City Raceway Park’s IMCA Modified Stampede special. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (May 6) – Cole Traugott continues to hold the hot hand in IMCA Modifieds at Dodge City Raceway Park, rallying from the fourth row to take the $1,200 winner’s share in Saturday night’s fifth annual Modified Stampede.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Traugott notched his second Modified Stampede win in a row and his eighth win in his last eight visits to Dodge City.In the 30-lap main event, Traugott took advantage of a pair of cautions in the opening half of the race to maneuver into the lead for keeps.“If it weren’t for the cautions, I’m not sure if I would have found it,” Traugott said in victory lane. “That middle lane cleaned up some and I guess I was the first one to find it. This car was working perfect.”While Traugott managed to climb from eight to fourth in the opening handful of laps, the chances of continuing his Dodge City domination seemed slim as he trailed the lead duo of Randy Wilson and Clay Sellard by a full straightaway and third-runner Austin Walker by a half-straight.But when the first caution flew after 11 laps for a turn two spin, Traugott pounced on Walker for third and gave chase to the lead duo.A second and final caution flew four rounds later, with Traugott once again taking advantage by battling past Sellard on the high side on the 16th round and then working his way around Wilson for the lead on the 17th lap.Traugott stretched it out over the ensuing rounds, with Sellard working his way past Wilson for second by the 22nd round. Traugott was too far gone though, taking the checkered flag nearly a half straightaway ahead of Sellard with Wilson settling for third.Austin Walker took fourth with David Murray working his way up from tenth to round out the top five.Other feature winners were Angel Munoz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Duane Wahrman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Dakota Sproul in the IMCA SportMods;Feature results – 1. Cole Traugott; 2. Clay Sellard; 3. Randy Wilson; 4. Tanner Black; 5. David Murray Jr.; 6. Nick Link; 7. Chris Bragg; 8. Ryan Heger; 9. Dale Wanger; 10. Kevin Gray; 11. Jeremy Chambers; 12. Trent Gray; 13. Mike Lunow; 14. Tom Beavers; 15. Jack Kirchoff; 16. Kale Beavers; 17. Jessie Hoskins; 18. Chris Dawson; 19. David Solberg.
Alexander had three rough outings in his first 11 appearances and had a 1.853 WHIP, which was not the introduction that he’d had in mind.“I think it was tough only because they didn’t know me,” he said. “Early on, you think you can patch it in spring training, you’ll figure it out. Eventually, you just want to get the ball somewhere close to where you want it. It felt good tonight.”Kenley Jansen got a three-run save after he pitched two innings on Tuesday. Alex Wood gave up an inside-the-park home run by Nick Ahmed in the first, after Kiké Hernandez rammed into the center-field wall. But Wood shut down the Diamondbacks for the next four innings, despite five hits and three walks.Puig had three hits and Utley, after that double off lefty Jorge De La Rosa, gave his usual baseball tutorial by hustling to get to third on a fly ball to center.And no bones were broken during the making of this victory. Whicker: Regardless of the reality, the worries about MLB’s health are highly contagious LOS ANGELES — You might not have noticed Scott Alexander at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, which was the whole point.He quietly muffled Arizona when the Dodgers only led by one run. Chase Utley then sent a two-run double into the left-center gap and the Dodgers wound up 6-3 winners in an affair that resembled a hostage situation more than a game.They went 2 for 12 with men in scoring position and had immense trouble advancing more than one base. They got their first four runs on two wild pitches, a hit-by-pitch and a run-scoring fly ball.They have been having so much difficulty delivering in the clutch that they’re thinking about hiring a doula. Whicker: Spring football is the right move for Pac-12, maybe for good “We’re still not playing complete baseball games,” Manager Dave Roberts said. Nor do they have a complete lineup, although right fielder Yasiel Puig did play Wednesday, and third baseman Justin Turner was all over the place in pregame ceremonies, had a simulated game, and expects to be active next week.Alexander was a point of light. He came here in a three-way deal, bringing solid ground-ball credentials from Kansas City. He was supposed to be a left-handed weapon to replace Tony Watson, who signed with San Francisco.But he couldn’t get out of his own way in the first month of the season and went to Oklahoma City for a tuneup. Triple-A pitching coach Bill Simas got him aligned, without the world watching, and Alexander looked the part on Wednesday.“I don’t really judge it by velocity,’” Alexander said. “It’s just how it feels, coming out of my hand. I thought I was starting to get a better flow before I was sent down. I got some help with my timing and everything started to work.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“At first I was kind of lost, didn’t have a feel for anything. Down there I found the final piece of it. I’ve had slow starts before, but I don’t remember feeling that lost. It was frustrating not being able to even get into a game. Tonight I felt normal out there.” Martin Kaymer checks his highlight film, makes another one at PGA Championship Alexander wasn’t allowed to ease back in. The Diamondbacks, winners of 14 of their past 17 regular-season games against the Dodgers, had scored twice in the seventh off J.T. Chargois and had two on with two out.Alexander got a ground ball from Ketel Marte that made Roberts’ heart flutter a bit when shortstop Chris Taylor flipped it to second baseman Austin Barnes instead of throwing to first. Another hard slide by Steven Souza, who hit third baseman Matt Muncy hard with a slide on Tuesday, almost broke up the force play but didn’t.It was still 4-3 in the eighth when Alexander got two grounders, then fanned Daniel Descalso.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error