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Bryant, Anderson claim Iron Man Challenge checkers in Kansas City

April 27th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 21) — Andy Bryant and Kevin Anderson shared space in victory lane Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway when the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Holley USRA Stock Cars tackled the historic half-mile oval in Kansas City.

The defending Iron Man Challenge titlist and 2015 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ, Bryant earned the pole position for the start of their main event and wired the field in a caution-free affair.

Mike Tanner trails Bryant in this year’s points chase, and finished second to the Fort Scott, Kan., racer in Friday’s 20-lapper. Mike Striegel was third, former Iron Man champ Trevor Hunt raced from 16th to fourth and Brad Smith rounded out the top five.

Andy Bryant won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

The Holley USRA Stock Car drivers delivered a thriller, as usual, and Kevin Anderson survived to take the win.

Defending track champion Brett Heeter held Anderson at bay for the first 11 laps until he was the reason for the first caution when his engine expired in a cloud of smoke.

Another caution occurred on lap 16 when Scotty Moore suffered a big crash while racing in the top five. Moore’s machine got turned toward the fence underneath the flagstand, and then barrel-rolled no less than six times down the front-stretch catch fence. Thankfully, he was able to walk away.

The remains of Scotty Moore’s Holley USRA Stock Car.

Anderson crossed the finish line first to pocket a $600 paycheck.

Steve Jackson was second, Jesse Brown claimed third, 11th-starting Tom Fogarty finished fourth and Nick Zinn wound up fifth.

Kevin Anderson won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

The Iron Man Challenge heads to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday where the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight once again with the USMTS. The four-division card will be rounded out by E-Mods.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and the first heat race starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20, youth ages 12-16 are $10 and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Albany, Bethany, Braymer, Cameron, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Hamilton, King City, Lathrop, Lawson, Maysville, Polo and Trenton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Schott, Heeter, Clancy, Koop victorious in USRA National Championships at Lakeside Speedway

October 18th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Four new names were added to the record books Saturday as the Lakeside Speedway hosted the third and final night of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships. In USRA Hobby Stock action, Weston Koop took the lead in the 20-lap main event when the green flag waved and set the pace for nine laps around the historic half-mile oval before 12th-starting Jason Fusselman wrestled the top spot away.

With 13 laps complete, Tyler Pospisil grabbed the top spot away from Fusselman and crossed the finish line first seven laps later. During post-race technical inspection, however, Pospisil was disqualified for a non-conforming rear end, handing the win and $1,000 top prize to Koop, who just edged Fusselman at the stripe.

The driver from Rockwell, Iowa, also pocketed an $325 additional money–$25 for each of his 13 starts this season at the Mason City Motor Speedway. Two-time defending USRA Hobby Stock national champion Dustin Gulbrandson took a big step toward securing his third straight title with a third-place run, followed by Stefan Sybesma and Jamie Songer. Greg Gilbert, Steve Larson, Brady Link, Carson Masoner and Scott Spilde rounded out the top 10.

Chad Clancy of Polo, Mo., put together his second impressive run in as many nights and came away with the hardware in the 25-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature race. The 2014 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ grabbed the lead from Ryan Gillmore on the second lap and raced uncontested the rest of the way to take the victory worth $3,675.

For the third time in two weeks, Josh Most followed Clancy across the finish line and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck while J.C. Morton, Brad Smith and Kris Jackson rounded out the top five finishers. Gillmore held on for sixth, Shadren Turner was seventh, eighth place went to John Allen, Steve Clancy nabbed the ninth spot and Tim Powell completed the top 10.

Brett Heeters 13th feature win at the Lakeside Speedway came at an opportune time as the Kansas City native collected a $3,625 in topping the Holley USRA Stock Car main event. Elijah Zevenbergen marched to the front to start the race, but Heeter slid past Zevenbergen with five laps down and proceeded to fend off 2014 USRA Nationals winner Dillon Anderson to the checkered flags.

Three-time national champ and current Holley USRA Stock Car national point leader Mitch Hovden finished third in the 30-lap battle, with Zevenbergen hanging on for fourth ahead of Dean Cornelius. Jake Masters, who started 13th, was sixth with Iron Man Series titlist Kyle Falck, Nate Barnes, Allstar Performance Hard Charger Nathan Wood and Fridays winner, Shawn Peter, rounded out the top 10.

A little more than two weeks ago, Lucas Schott scored the biggest win of his career when he captured the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial and a $10,000 paycheck here. The 20-year-old from Chatfield, Minn., was equally impressive Saturday night as he dominated the 35-lap USRA Modified main event from start to finish.

In addition to taking home $3,600 for his efforts, the win unofficially propelled Schott into the USRA Modified national points lead ahead of defending champ Jake Gallardo, who finished fifth. Zack VanderBeek moved up to second place early in the contest, but only a handful of cautions kept him within striking distance and he had to settle for second in the end.

Terry Phillips, who won Thursday nights preliminary feature, brought home the third position, followed by Aaron Marrant, Jake Gallardo, Fito Gallardo, Austin Siebert, Mark Schafman, Josh Angst and Tyler Wolff. Two more weeks of points racing remains in the USRA Weekly Racing Series before four new USRA national champions can be crowned. Check the USRA website or social media outlets for dates and times at a track near you.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Bidinger, Heeter, Morton top points earners at USRA National Championships

October 18th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After two nights of racing, points have been tallied and the line-ups for Saturdays finale at the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships.

The top eight points-earners will compete in a Dash race to determine the first four rows of their championship main event.

In the USRA Modifieds, Nic Bidingers two runner-up finishes on Thursday and Friday have him sitting atop the points. The rest of the top eight includes Friday night winner Jake Gallardo, Lucas Schott, Thursday winner Terry Phillips, Austin Siebert, Jesse Sobbing, Zane DeVilbiss and Aaron Marrant.

Lakeside Speedway track champion Brett Heeter tops the Holley USRA Stock Car points with Dan Mackenthun, Dillon Anderson, Shawn Peter, Elijah Zevenbergen, Dean Cornelius, Todd Staley, Lynn Panos, Nate Barnes and national points leader Mitch Hovden joining Heeter in the Pole Dash.

In the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod standings, J.C. Morton holds a one-point cushion over national points rival Ryan Gillmore. Second through eighth in the rankings are Doug Keller, Friday winner Chad Clancy, Josh Most, John Allen, Steve Clancy, newly-crowned Iron Man Series champ Andy Bryant, Ed Noll and Brad Smith.

The United States Racing Associations fall classic in the center of Americas heartland continues Saturday with all four divisions back in action.

Saturdays super show will feature last chance races, pole dashes and main events for all four classes. The top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up for the first five rows.

The grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11+ and $30 for ages 5-10

A limited number of terrace and suite tickets are also available. Call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206 for details and availability. Camping fees are $10 per night. Please come to the track office, sign a waiver and place a tag on camper.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Gallardo, Peter, Clancy, Larson score on second night of USRA National Championships at Lakeside Speedway

October 17th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Four new winners emerged from stellar main events Friday as the Lakeside Speedway wrapped up the second of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships. In their first night of action during the tripleheader, the USRA Hobby Stocks took full advantage of their shot at the historic half-mile oval with a nail-biter of a main event.

Scott Spilde paced the first eight laps of the ten-lapper but Cresco, Iowa, veteran Steve Larson slipped by as they came to the white flag and then held Spilde off at the finish. Stefan Sybesma, pulling double-duty in the Holley USRA Stock Cars too, claimed the third spot, Jamie Songer was fourth and the fifth spot went to Tyler Pospisil.

Sixth through tenth were two-time defending USRA Hobby Stock national champion Dustin Gulbrandson, Greg Gilbert, Weston Koop, Carson Masoner and Nick Brady. Not to be outdone, the finish to the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod was event closer. Continuing their battle from Sept. 30 when Chad Clancy nipped Josh Most at the finish line after a race-long side-by-side battle, the pair were at it again with another classic clash.

Clancy, the 2014 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion, grabbed the lead from Doug Keller with five circuits complete. Most followed suit and climbed to second behind Clancy with six to go in the 15-lap main event. Most closed in on Clancy as the two began a torrid back-and-forth for the final four laps. Coming wheel to wheel out of the final turn, Clancy beat Most to the finish line by less than a half car length 54/1000ths of a second to be exact.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national points leader Ryan Gillmore scored his second top-five finish is as many nights with a third-place effort while Thursdays winner, J.C. Morton, was fourth and Keller fifth. John Allen, Ed Noll, Steve Clancy, Jake Richards and Blake Pierce rounded out the top 10.

Despite finishing 11th in the main event, last years Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ Andy Bryant clinched this years Iron Man Series title with one night remaining. Cole Denner has clinched the runner-up honors. And if that wasnt enough, the Holley USRA Stock Cars had a barnburner of their own with another neck-and-neck finish at the checkered flag.

Shawn Peter of Mabel, Minn., may have led all 15 laps, but it was anything but easy with pressure from start to finish from several competitors. With Peter, 2014 event winner Dillon Anderson and Lakeside Speedway track champion Brett Heeter scraping along the outside concrete wall, Dan Mackenthun hugged the inside line with Jake Masters glued to his rear bumper.

With a pack of four cars bunched together out of the final corner, Peter crossed the finish line with a bumper-length advantage over Mackenthun with Heeter and Anderson third and fourth. Less than one second separated the top four at the stripe.

Dean Cornelius got around Masters for fifth, Todd Staley was seventh, Elijah Zevenbergen came from 22nd to eighth, Nate Barnes was ninth and tenth went to Lynn Panos. Just like Bryant in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Decorah, Iowas Kyle Falck finished 11th in the Holley USRA Stock Car feature race, but it was enough to put
the wraps on the 2016 Iron Man Series title. Steve Jackson has also clinched the runner-up position for this season.

With three thrillers in the books, the USRA Modifieds had some big shoes to fill and they handily did their part. Leading the USRA Modified national points and looking to secure his second straight title, Jake Gallardo of Las Cruces, N.M., snagged the lead from Justin Johnson on the second lap, and then withstood a late-race challenge from Nic Bidinger and the top threat to take the title Lucas Schott.

Darron Fuqua, who won last years USRA National Championships main event, held off Jesse Sobbing for fourth. Sixth through tenth were Thursdays winner Terry Phillips, Austin Siebert, Zane DeVilbiss, Mark Schafman and Josh Angst. The United States Racing Associations fall classic in the center of Americas heartland continues Saturday with all four divisions back in action.

Saturdays super show will feature last chance races, pole dashes and main events for all four classes. The top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up for the first five rows.

The grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday. The drivers meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11+ and $30 for ages 5-10

A limited number of terrace and suite tickets are also available. Call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206 for details and availability. Camping fees are $10 per night. Please come to the track office, sign a waiver and place a tag on camper.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Phillips, Heeter, Morton top opening night of USRA National Championships

October 16th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Terry Phillips, Brett Heeter and J.C. Morton kicked off opening night of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships Thursday night at the Lakeside Speedway with hard-fought victories in their respective divisions. Morton, of Springfield, Mo., has had everything go wrong before at the half-mile oval in Kansas City, Kan., but everything went right for him Thursday in Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action.

After winning his B Main, Morton quickly moved toward the front in the 15-lap main event, eventually settling for second at the finish line behind Jim Moody. But Moody was disqualified for non-conforming suspension parts during post-race technical inspections, thus handing the victory to Morton.

Passing a dozen drivers and adding to it 63 bonus points for the true car count bonus, the win was a big step for Morton in keeping pace in the USRA national points with Ryan Gillmore and Kris Jackson. Gillmore, however, claimed the runner-up finish with Jackson taking the fourth spot behind Brad Smith. Doug Keller, Iron Man Series points leader Andy Bryant, Steve Clancy, John Allen, Dan Hovden and Josh Most rounded out the top 10.

Brett Heeters 12th Holley USRA Stock Car win of the season came at his home track Thursday night as he led all 15 laps en route to pocketing the $500 top prize. After surviving a flurry of early-race cautions, Heeter had to hold off Elijah Zevenbergen at the checkers to complete the wire-to-wire win.

Dillon Anderson, won the inaugural event here two years ago, finished third, followed by Dan Mackenthun and Dean Cornelius. Sixth through tenth were Todd Staley, Stefan Sybesma, Lynn Panos, Shawn Peter and Kevin Anderson. In USRA Modified action, Phillips, of Springfield, Mo., withstood early-race challenges from Tim Karrick and Johnny Fennewald, and then maintained his positions through four cautions in capturing the 20-lap USRA Modified nightcap.

Nic Bidinger came from 11th to claim the runner-up position while Lucas Schott edged Jake Gallardo at the finish line for third. Gallardo, the defending USRA Modified national champ, came into the night’s event as the points leader with Schott ranked second.

Austin Siebert finished fifth, Aaron Marrant was sixth, Jesse Sobbing took the seventh spot, eighth went to Fennewald, Zane DeVilbiss came from 20th on the grid to nab ninth and Fito Gallardo rounded out the top ten. The United States Racing Associations fall classic in the center of Americas heartland will feature all four of the organizations premier sanctioned divisions USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks on Friday and Saturday.

Competitors will take part in heat races and main events each night with combined points earned Thursday and Friday setting the line-ups for Saturdays championship events. The pit gate and tech area will open at 3 p.m. Friday and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 7 p.m. Spectator tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for ages 11+ and $25 for ages 5-10.

Saturdays super show will feature last chance races, pole dashes and main events for all four classes. The top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up for the first five rows. The grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday. The drivers meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11+ and $30 for ages 5-10

A limited number of terrace and suite tickets are also available. Call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206 for details and availability. Camping fees are $10 per night. Please come to the track office, sign a waiver and place a tag on camper.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information. The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

USRA National Championships live on RacinDirt.com

October 15th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The 3rd Annual USRA National Championships take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 13-15, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and for those unable to be there in person you dont have to miss a lap.

The United States Racing Associations fall classic in the center of Americas heartland will feature USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks as they take part in heat races and main events each night.

USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks join the card for Friday and Saturday.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information today.

Drivers will duke it out on Thursday and Friday with combined points earned for both nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) setting the line-ups for Saturdays championship events.

Each night will be a complete show of heat races and main events, with USRA national points awarded each night. No track points are awarded at any USRA Member Track during the three-day event, and USRA national points are awarded at this event only.

Sweetening the pot for competitors at the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships is the True Car Count Bonus awarded to drivers in each class all three nights. On any given night at USRA-sanctioned events around the country, each driver is awarded bonus points equal to the car count with a maximum of 24 points for car counts of 24 or more.

However, at the USRA National Championships next week, each driver will earn a car count bonus equal to the actual car count with no maximum. Therefore, if 60 Holley USRA Stock Cars are racing one night then each driver in that class will get 60 bonus points toward his or her nightly total. This could have a huge impact on the tight USRA national points battles in all four divisions.

On Wednesday, the pit gate will open at noon and pre-race technical inspections will be open immediately thereafter. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. An open practice for drivers in all classes will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until at least 9 p.m., weather permitting. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each for everybody 11 and older or $10 for kids 6-10 years old. This will be the only night for hot laps unless needed briefly on one of the other three nights to shape and work in the track.

Thursday and Friday will feature heat races and main events all classes. Drivers will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine feature race line-ups.

USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Car and Out-Pace USRA B-Mod will be racing for the following A Main payout both Thursday and Friday: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $170, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9. $120, 10. $110, 11. $105, 12. $100, 13. $95, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16. $80, 17. $75, 18-24. $75.

On Friday, USRA Hobby Stocks will race for the following A Main payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $170, 5. $140, 6. $120, 7. $110, 8. $100, 9. $95, 10. $90, 11. $85, 12. $80, 13. $75, 14. $70, 15. $65, 16-24. $60.

Each of the first two nights, drivers finishing in three mystery positions in each class will receive a bonus $5 for each USRA-sanctioned event that driver has competed in during the 2016 season.

The pit gate and tech area will open at noon both days (all cars must go through pre-race tech) and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 7 p.m. Spectator tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for ages 11+ and $25 for ages 5-10.

Saturdays super show will feature last chance races, pole dashes and main events for all four classes. The top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up for the first five rows.

Saturdays Pole Dash payout (each class): 1. $200, 2. $150, 3. $125, 4. $100, 5. $90, 6. $80, 7. $70, 8. $60, 9. $55, 10. $50.

Saturdays USRA Modified, Holley USRA Stock Car and Out-Pace USRA B-Mod A Main payouts: 1. $3000, 2. $2200, 3. $1700, 4. $1200, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $500, 10. $475, 11. $450, 12. $425, 13. $400, 14. $39, 15. $380, 16. $370, 17. $360, 18. $350, 19. $345, 20. $340, 21. $335, 22. $330, 23. $325, 24. $320, 25. $315, 26. $310, 27. $305, 28-30. $300; Tow $200 if raced all three nights.

Saturdays USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $300, 7. $250, 8. $225, 9. $200, 10. $175, 11. $150, 12. $140, 13. $135, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20-24. $100; Tow $100 if raced both days.

The top five main event finishers in each class will receive $25, $20, $15, $10 and $5, respectively, will receive a bonus $5 for each USRA-sanctioned event that he or she has competed in during the 2016 season.

The pit gate and tech area will open at noon Saturday and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11+ and $30 for ages 5-10

Fans can purchase a three-day general admission ticket for $55. A three-day general admission ticket for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military is just $45. A four-day adult pit pass is $120 or $100 for a three-day pass. A three-day kids pit pass is $70.

A limited number of terrace and suite tickets are also available. Call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206 for details and availability.

Camping fees are $10 per night. Please come to the track office, sign a waiver and place a tag on camper.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Early entries pouring in for 3rd Annual USRA National Championships

October 8th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– Officials at USRA headquarters are busy taking phone calls, opening envelopes and checking the fax machine as early entries continue to pour in prior to next weeks 3rd Annual USRA National Championships on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 13-15, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Now in its twelfth season of sanctioning weekly racing at dirt tracks across America, the United States Racing Associations fall classic in the center of Americas heartland will feature all four of the organizations sanctioned divisions: USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night. USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card for Friday and Saturday.

Drivers will duke it out on Thursday and Friday with combined points earned for both nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) setting the line-ups for Saturdays championship events.

Each night will be a complete show of heat races and main events, with USRA national points awarded each night. No track points are awarded at any USRA Member Track during the three-day event, and USRA national points are awarded at this event only.

Sweetening the pot for competitors at the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships is the True Car Count Bonus awarded to drivers in each class all three nights. On any given night at USRA-sanctioned events around the country, each driver is awarded bonus points equal to the car count with a maximum of 24 points for car counts of 24 or more.

However, at the USRA National Championships next week, each driver will earn a car count bonus equal to the actual car count with no maximum. Therefore, if 60 Holley USRA Stock Cars are racing one night then each driver in that class will get 60 bonus points toward his or her nightly total. This could have a huge impact on the tight USRA national points battles in all four divisions.

Entry fees are $100 for USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, which covers all three nights of racing. USRA Hobby Stocks have a $50 entry fee which covers both Friday and Saturday night action. Entry fee and completed entry form must be received by this Sunday, October 9. Late or at-the-track entry fees are double.

On Wednesday, the pit gate will open at noon and pre-race technical inspections will be open immediately thereafter. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. An open practice for drivers in all classes will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until at least 9 p.m., weather permitting. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each for everybody 11 and older or $10 for kids 6-10 years old. This will be the only night for hot laps unless needed briefly on one of the other three nights to shape and work in the track.

Thursday and Friday will feature heat races and main events all classes. Drivers will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine feature race line-ups.

USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Car and Out-Pace USRA B-Mod will be racing for the following A Main payout both Thursday and Friday: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $170, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9. $120, 10. $110, 11. $105, 12. $100, 13. $95, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16. $80, 17. $75, 18-24. $75.

On Friday, USRA Hobby Stocks will race for the following A Main payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $170, 5. $140, 6. $120, 7. $110, 8. $100, 9. $95, 10. $90, 11. $85, 12. $80, 13. $75, 14. $70, 15. $65, 16-24. $60.

Each of the first two nights, drivers finishing in three mystery positions in each class will receive a bonus $5 for each USRA-sanctioned event that driver has competed in during the 2016 season.

The pit gate and tech area will open at noon both days (all cars must go through pre-race tech) and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 7 p.m. Spectator tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for ages 11+ and $25 for ages 5-10.

Saturdays super show will feature last chance races, pole dashes and main events for all four classes. The top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up for the first five rows.

Saturdays Pole Dash payout (each class): 1. $200, 2. $150, 3. $125, 4. $100, 5. $90, 6. $80, 7. $70, 8. $60, 9. $55, 10. $50.

Saturdays USRA Modified, Holley USRA Stock Car and Out-Pace USRA B-Mod A Main payouts: 1. $3000, 2. $2200, 3. $1700, 4. $1200, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $500, 10. $475, 11. $450, 12. $425, 13. $400, 14. $39, 15. $380, 16. $370, 17. $360, 18. $350, 19. $345, 20. $340, 21. $335, 22. $330, 23. $325, 24. $320, 25. $315, 26. $310, 27. $305, 28-30. $300; Tow $200 if raced all three nights.

Saturdays USRA Hobby Stock “A” Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $300, 7. $250, 8. $225, 9. $200, 10. $175, 11. $150, 12. $140, 13. $135, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20-24. $100; Tow $100 if raced both days.

The top five main event finishers in each class will receive $25, $20, $15, $10 and $5, respectively, will receive a bonus $5 for each USRA-sanctioned event that he or she has competed in during the 2016 season.

The pit gate and tech area will open at noon Saturday and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military. Kids ages 6-10 are $5 and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $40 for ages 11+ and $30 for ages 5-10

Fans can purchase a three-day general admission ticket for $55. A three-day general admission ticket for juniors (ages 11-16), seniors (65 and older) and members of the military is just $45. A four-day adult pit pass is $120 or $100 for a three-day pass. A three-day kids pit pass is $70.

A limited number of terrace and suite tickets are also available. Call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-9206 for details and availability.

Camping fees are $10 per night. Please come to the track office, sign a waiver and place a tag on camper.

This event is sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and all USRA rules apply. All competitors must possess a valid USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). RACEceivers and transponders are required and will be available for rent or purchase.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 3rd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Schott wins Grant Junghans Memorial

October 4th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — More than 8,000 family, friends and fans of the late Grant Junghans gathered at the Lakeside Speedway Friday for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial the biggest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing.

And when the dust had settled shortly after midnight, there was one man Lucas Schott standing in victory lane with a $10,002 paycheck and the most unique and coveted piece of hardware in the sport.

Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, Iowa, led the field of 30 cars to the green flag for the start of the 42-lap feature race, but Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo., set the pace for the first two circuits before Dereck Ramirez drove underneath him to lead lap 3.

The Woodward, Okla., racer also had a short reign at the top as Ricky Thornton Jr. churned the thin cushion around the top of the racing surface to pull ahead of Ramirez as they completed the fifth lap.

Thornton, from Chandler, Ariz., and Ramirez stayed true to their preferred high and low lines with Thornton holding the advantage each time they streaked beneath the flagstand for the next eight laps.

Meanwhile, Schott got around Payne for third on lap 8 and closed in on the lead duo while Hughes slowly narrowed the gap between himself and the quartet ahead.

Ramirez inched back ahead of Thornton to lead the 14th lap, and then Schott followed into second six laps later with Hughes following along into the third spot while Thornton, who won the first of two Deuces Wild main events Thursday, slipped back to fourth ahead of a hard-charging Cade Dillard.

The first caution of the contest came about just past the halfway mark with 22 laps in the books. On the restart, Hughes dove underneath Ramirez in the first corner and Schott raced to the outside with Hughes leading them out of turn two.

But before a lap could be completed, a two-car tangle at the back of the field brought about another quick yellow flag, and Ramirez was able to hold his ground on the ensuing do-over.

This time it was Schott making hay around the top side of the historic 4/10-mile dirt oval, and he wrestled the lead away from Ramirez with 24 laps complete.

Hughes also snuck by Ramirez two laps later, but he was unable to make a serious charge at Schott.

A handful of lapped cars threatened to slow Schotts pace in the closing laps, but the 20-year-old from Chatfield, Minn., was undeterred and zipped beneath the checkered flags with a six-car-length cushion between himself and Hughes.

I dont know what to think right now,said the soft-spoken Schott. Its pretty crazy were standing here in victory lane.

I knew Ricky would be really good up top and Dereck took off on the bottom so I was just following him for a while, but I saw the top getting clean and I just didnt know, I was trying to save my stuff a little bit because the track was really abrasive on tires. That restart definitely helped us.

The win was Schott&s fourth career USMTS triumph, and his first at the Lakeside Speedway.

I didnt want to give Jason too much time to reel me in, Schott added. I was just trying to keep my car as square as I could and try not to slide it or spin coming off. It got really clean up top, so I tried to conserve as much as possible but the laps couldnt go down fast enough.

This is right at the top. This is number one. Pretty cool.

While Hughes gave it his best effort, the three-time and reigning USMTS national champion had to settle for a runner-up finish and $11,222 second-place earnings.

Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas a two-time USMTS national champ in his own right got by Ramirez late in the race to score third-place money while Dillards long haul from Robeline, La., paid off with a fifth-place finish.

Thornton the 2016 Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year held on for sixth, Jordan Grabouski snared the seventh spot after winning the fifth Real Wheels B Main, Payne collected winnings for eighth place, Chase Junghans came from 26th to take ninth and Zack VanderBeek garnered the final spot in the top 10.

Sponsors making the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial a success include BriggsAuto.com, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro Racing, Day Motor Sports, Mesilla Valley Transportation, A&A Electric & Underground, Pro-Line Buildings/33z Racing, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, TOS Motorsports, RealTruck.com/Scott Bintz Racing, Fast Shafts, Midwest Sheet Metal, MB Customs Race Cars, Sputs Racing Engines, CPD Racing Shocks, VP Race Fuels (Heartland), Real Wheels, Boubin Tire & Automotive, JS Sign & Awning, Shop Quik, Stussy Rock & Construction, B&B Racing Supply, Tillison Family/CCA LLC Investments, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Richard (Gator) & Lana Calhoun, the Wolff Family/Lobo Racing, Home Pride Companies, Chad & Jamie Dolan, Edge Services (Weder family), Pioneer Excavating & Trucking (Tim Thomas), Speedway Motors, Grain Handler USA, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Show-Me Synthetics, the Krohn Family (in memory of Natalie Krohn), Kling Auto & Diesel Repair, RacerWebsite.com, Simpson Race Products, AFCO Racing Products, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Deatherage Opticians, Pit Stop Catering, the Sobbing Family and the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Thornton, Marrant deal Deuces Wild victories at Lakeside Speedway

October 3rd, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– USMTS drivers converged on the Lakeside Speedway Thursday for the inaugural Deuces Wild event a special prelude to Fridays Grant Junghans Memorial.

Ricky Thornton Jr. and Aaron Marrant both have USRA Modified wins on their résumé, but neither had ever won a USMTS main event prior to Thursday night.

Thornton, who finished second in last weekends Featherlite Fall Jamboree at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., drove past Dereck Ramirez for the lead on lap 6 of the first 25-lap feature race and then withstood a furious challenge from Johnny Scott on the final circuit.

Enjoying a ten-car-length lead with four laps to go, Thornton changed his line from the high to the low side which allowed Scott to quickly close the gap.

As the pair came to the white flag, Scott slipped underneath Thornton entering turn one and led him down the back-stretch into the third turn.

Thornton drive deep into the final corner and slid up in front of Scott, but Scott turned back under Thornton and the two drag-raced to the flagstand with Thornton beating Scott to the finish line by a nose.

Austin Siebert, Stormy Scott and Travis Saurer rounded out the top five finishers.

In the second 25-lap Deuces Wild feature race, Missouris Marrant raced around the outside of polesitter Lance Town at the drop of the green flag and proceeded to lead every orbit around the high-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval.

Marrant held off World of Outlaws Late Model Series superstar Shane Clanton for the first half of the race and then kept 2016 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes at bay for the final trips around the track to score his first-ever USMTS victory.

Chase Junghans got around Clanton late in the race for third and Lucas Schott claimed the fifth spot.

Both Thornton and Marrant pocketed $1,500 for their efforts.

Following the dual feature races, the top five finishers from each competed in an eight-lap dash race with Schott taking the win and $500 bonus money. Clanton and New Mexico traveler Fito Gallardo finished second and third, respectively.

The biggest and richest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing will take place tomorrow when more than 100 drivers converge on the Lakeside Speedway for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial presented by BriggsAuto.com.

More than $100,000 will be paid out to drivers on this night, including $10,002 to the winner of the USMTS Modified main event. Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will both be running for $700 to win.

Modifieds will also be co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association (USRA).

Sponsors stepping up to make this race possible include BriggsAuto.com, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro Racing, Day Motor Sports, Mesilla Valley Transportation, A&A Electric & Underground, Pro-Line Buildings/33z Racing, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, TOS Motorsports, RealTruck.com/Scott Bintz Racing, Fast Shafts, Midwest Sheet Metal, MB Customs Race Cars, Sput’s Racing Engines, CPD Racing Shocks, VP Race Fuels (Heartland), Real Wheels, Boubin Tire & Automotive, JS Sign & Awning, Shop Quik, Stussy Rock & Construction, B&B Racing Supply, Tillison Family/CCA LLC Investments, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Richard (Gator) & Lana Calhoun, the Wolff Family/Lobo Racing, Home Pride Companies, Chad & Jamie Dolan, Edge Services (Weder family), Pioneer Excavating & Trucking (Tim Thomas), Speedway Motors, Grain Handler USA, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Show-Me Synthetics, the Krohn Family (in memory of Natalie Krohn), Kling Auto & Diesel Repair, RacerWebsite.com, Simpson Race Products, AFCO Racing Products, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Deatherage Opticians, Pit Stop Catering, the Sobbing Family and the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Grant Junghans Memorial goes Green

October 1st, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The biggest and richest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing will take place this Friday, Sept. 30, when more than 100 drivers converge on the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial presented by BriggsAuto.com.

More than $100,000 will be paid out to drivers on this night, including $10,002 to the winner of the United States Modified Touring Series main event.

The very Best of the Best in dirt modified racing will be on hand for this epic show, as well as many surprise entries from regional open-wheel favorites to dirt late model superstars.

More than 120 cars and drivers were on hand and fired up on Aug. 19 when the event was rained out and postponed to this Friday, Sept. 30.

Thanks to the Junghans family and dozens of financial supporters, this race will be incredible,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “In nearly 20 years of promoting races, I’ve never seen anything even close to this and what is happening with everybody wanting to be a part of it. It’s a testament to the character and life of Grant Junghans and the fact that he touched so many lives in such a short time.”

Grant was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. Despite on-again off-again chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries, he never lost his sense of humor, fighting spirit or natural-born tendency to be decent to others.

The racing world lost one of its finest ambassadors this past March, and the Grant Junghans Memorial race will be an opportunity for his fans, family and friends to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us.

Heres the official payout for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial main event: 1. $10,002, 2. $8002, 3. $5502, 4. $4502, 5. $4002, 6. $3502, 7. $3002, 8. $2502, 9. $2202, 10. $2002, 11. $1802, 12. $1902, 13. $1602, 14. $1502, 15. $1402, 16. $1302, 17. $1202, 18. $1172, 19. $1162, 20. $1152, 21. $1142, 22. $1532, 23. $1122, 24. $1112, 25-30. $1102.

Tow money will be a minimum of $152 for all drivers not making the 30-car feature race, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Extra money lots of it will be doled out to drivers finishing in pre-determined mystery positions, lap money, heat race bonuses, hard charger awards and a Long Tow Award with the following bonuses: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $200.

Overall, more than $100,000 will find its way into the pockets of competitors.

Not only are the Modifieds making more bank, but the payouts for the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods have also been expanded: 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $270, 7. $250, 8. $220, 9. $200, 10. $180, 11. $160, 12. $150, 13. $140, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20. $100 to start. There’s no entry fee for support classes, just pit passes.

Modifieds will also be co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association with valuable USRA national points awarded.

Sponsors so far stepping up to make this race possible are Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro Racing, Day Motor Sports, Mesilla Valley Transportation, A&A Electric & Underground, Pro-Line Buildings/33z Racing, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, TOS Motorsports, RealTruck.com/Scott Bintz Racing, Fast Shafts, Midwest Sheet Metal, BriggsAuto.com, MB Customs Race Cars, Sputs Racing Engines, CPD Racing Shocks, VP Race Fuels (Heartland), Real wheels, Boubin Tire & Automotive, JS Sign & Awning, Shop Quik, Stussy Rock & Construction, B&B Racing Supply, CCA LLC Investments (Thomas Tillison family), Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Richard (Gator) & Lana Calhoun, Lobo Racing/Wolff Family, Home Pride Companies, Chad & Jamie Dolan, Edge Services (Weder family), Pioneer Excavating & Trucking (Tim Thomas), Speedway Motors, Grain Handler USA, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Show-Me Synthetics Krohn Family (in memory of Natalie Krohn) and Kling Auto & Diesel Repair.

The Junghans family will be selling special event shirts with proceeds going to childrens cancer research. At the first attempt back in August, nearly 1,000 shirts were sold before the rain began to fall. More will be available at this event.

Simpson Race Products will be giving away a $600 head and neck restraint system to one driver on this night, AFCO Racing Products will be giving away a $200 gift certificate to every “A” Main qualifier and KEVKO Oil Pans & Components will be awarding a new oil pan ($600 value) to one lucky driver.

Deatherage Opticians will be handing out a $50 gift certificate off the purchase of a pair of Oakley sunglasses to every driver participating in the Grant Junghans Memorial, Show-Me Synthetics will be giving out a case of oil to the winner and Pit Stop Catering will be handing out some BBQ sauce.

Jesse and Brandi Sobbing will be supplying treats for a kids Candy Dash during the night, and the Southern New Mexico Speedway will award a free entry to the USRA Fall Nationals ($250 value) to the second-place finishing car in the main event.

All of this cash and prizes are in addition to the fantastic contingency awards doled out at every USMTS event from Allstar Performance, American Racer Racing Tires, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Custom Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products and Wilwood Engineering.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event be sure to call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944.

To help make the return trip even better for competitors, a special Deuces Wild event will be held on Thursday night, Sept. 29, prior to the Grant Junghans Memorial. Modified drivers will have two main events paying $1,500 to win each. That means 48 drivers will qualify for the feature races from heat races and Real Racing Wheels B Mains. This event will also feature Stock Cars and B-Mods with USRA national points awarded in all three classes.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Grant Junghans Memorial set for Aug. 19; biggest one-day event in history of dirt modified racing comes to Lakeside Speedway

August 11th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– The biggest and richest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing will take place Friday, Aug. 19, when fans and the top drivers in the sport converge on the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial.

More than $100,000 will be paid out to drivers on this night, including $10,002 to the winner of the United States Modified Touring Series main event.

As part of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing will be on hand for this epic show, as well as many surprise entries from regional open-wheel favorites to dirt late model superstars.

“Thanks to the Junghans family and dozens of financial supporters, this race will be incredible,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “In nearly 20 years of promoting races, I”ve never seen anything even close to this and what is happening with everybody wanting to be a part of it. It”s a testament to the character and life of Grant Junghans and the fact that he touched so many lives in such a short time.”

Grant was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. Despite on-again off-again chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries, he never lost his sense of humor, fighting spirit or natural-born tendency to be decent to others.

The racing world lost one of its finest ambassadors this past March, and the Grant Junghans Memorial race will be an opportunity for his fans, family and friends to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us.

Grant had told his father, Greg, that if a race was held in his honor he wanted it to be a $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start USMTS race and staged at the Lakeside Speedway.

Check. Done.

Heres the official payout for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial main event: 1. $10,002, 2. $8002, 3. $5502, 4. $4502, 5. $4002, 6. $3502, 7. $3002, 8. $2502, 9. $2202, 10. $2002, 11. $1802, 12. $1902, 13. $1602, 14. $1502, 15. $1402, 16. $1302, 17. $1202, 18. $1172, 19. $1162, 20. $1152, 21. $1142, 22. $1532, 23. $1122, 24. $1112, 25-30. $1102.

Tow money will be a minimum of $152 for all drivers not making the 30-car feature race, but thats just the tip of the iceberg. Extra money lots of it will be doled out to drivers finishing in pre-determined mystery positions, lap money, heat race bonuses, hard charger awards and a Long Tow Award with the following bonuses: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $200.

More than $100,000 will find its way into the pockets of competitors at the Grant Junghans Memorial on Friday, Aug. 19, at the lakeside Speedway.

Not only are the Modifieds making more bank, but the payouts for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods have also been expanded: 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $270, 7. $250, 8. $220, 9. $200, 10. $180, 11. $160, 12. $150, 13. $140, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20. $100 to start. There’s no entry fee for support classes, just pit passes.

The Junghans family will be selling special event shirts with proceeds going to children’s cancer research.

Simpson Race Products will be giving away a $600 head and neck restraint system to one driver on this night, AFCO Racing Products will be giving away a $200 gift certificate to every A Main qualifier and KEVKO Oil Pans & Components will be awarding a new oil pan ($600 value) to one lucky driver.

Deatherage Opticians will be handing out a $50 gift certificate off the purchase of a pair of Oakley sunglasses to every driver participating in the Grant Junghans Memorial, Show-Me Synthetics will be giving out a case of oil to the winner and Pit Stop Catering will be handing out some BBQ sauce.

RacerWebsite.com will be donating $22 to the familys charity for every current RacerWebsite.com client in attendance, and $222 for every new customer that comes on board between now and the last race in The Hunt on Sept. 22.

Jesse and Brandi Sobbing will be supplying treats for a kids Candy Dash during the night, and the Southern New Mexico Speedway will award a free entry to the USRA Fall Nationals ($250 value) to the second-place finishing car in the main event.

All of this cash and prizes are in addition to the fantastic contingency awards doled out at every USMTS event from Allstar Performance, American Racer Racing Tires, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Custom Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products and Wilwood Engineering.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event be sure to call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Anderson, Clancy collect USRA Iron Man Challenge checkers at Lakeside Speedway

April 24th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Anderson and Chad Clancy claimed their respective feature wins Friday as the USRA Iron Man Challenge invaded the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. Anderson came out ahead of points leader Kyle Falck by about a bumper in the Holley USRA Stock Car main event.

Jake Newman led the first two laps before Falck took control through lap 12. Anderson climbed into the top spot on lap 13 but Falck came roaring back to reclaim the lead with 16 laps in the books. Side by side at the line for the white flag, Falck continued to run the low line while Anderson stayed faithful to the high side on the final lap with Anderson nipping Falck at the stripe.

The win was worth $600 to the Kansas City racer. Falck and Newman settled for second and third with Jason Ryun and Steve Jackson fourth and fifth. Brett Heeter, Mike Jergens, Nate Barnes, Justin Seifert and Stefan Sybesma finished sixth through tenth, respectively.

Clancy, from Liberty, Mo., continued his early-season hot streak and his fourth straight victory in April with a wire-to-wire win in the 20-lap main event. The 2014 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod National Champion earned $600 for his effort while J.C. Morton finished second behind Clancy just as he did in the 2014 national points chase.

Third went to defending Out-Pace USRA B-Mod National Champ Andy Bryant who held off Brad Smith at the finish line. Smith was the runner-up in the 2013 and 2015 national points. The top five was rounded out by newcomer Kaden Cornell.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS for the next two nights at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday, and then the Atchison County Speedway in Atchison, Kan., on Sunday. The next gig for the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars happens Wednesday, May 25, at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Sobbing turns away challengers to top USMTS feature at Lakeside Speedway

April 24th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -The USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental returned to action for the first time in 20 days on Friday, and Jesse Sobbing returned to Widow Wax Victory Lane for the first time in 233.

Sobbing, who captured two main event wins last year during his campaign to become USMTS Rookie of the Year, took the lead at the start of the 32-lap feature at the Lakeside Speedway and had to tip-toe through a mine field of threats to stay there until the end.

Stormy Scott, who came from dead last to win his heat race earlier in the program, was the first to challenge Sobbing for the top spot but was never able to seal the deal.

Eventually, 12th-starting Rodney Sanders made his way to the front and provided the toughest test to Sobbings position.

Following the races first caution on lap 18 just as the leaders were getting into lapped traffic, Sanders shot past Sobbing and held a two-car-lengths advantage at the flagstand to complete the 19th lap.

But exiting the second turn with clear sailing in front of him, the rear end of Sanders’s Modified broke loose and he nearly brought his race car to a halt in order to keep from spinning.

After what Sanders later chalked up to driver error Sobbing regained the advantage while Sanders now had his hands full with defending track champion Kerry Davis and Johnny Scott.

Two late-race yellow flags in the final three laps created a flurry of tense moments, including a crowd-pleasing stab for the lead by Davis, but Sobbing was able to withstand every challenge and came home with his third career USMTS triumph.

The win was worth $3,000 to the Malvern, Iowa, racer, and came on the eve of returning to the site of his first-ever win at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

It also marked the first win in USMTS competition for Harris Auto Racing since Sept. 4, 2009, when Ryan Gustin held off Kelly Shryock for a Hunt win at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

Sobbing piloted an MB Custom chassis last year.

Sanders recovered to finish second ahead of Johnny Scott, Davis and Dereck Ramirez.

MSD Central Region points leader Jason Hughes was sixth, last weeks USRA Modified feature winner here Todd Shute earned the seventh spot, Zack VanderBeek was eighth, Cade Dillard came from 17th to ninth and Terry Phillips came from 19th to take tenth.

On Saturday, the Randolph County Raceway hosts the 6th Annual Sydenstricker Farm & Lawn Shootout to mark the second year in a row that the USMTS will invade the high banks in Moberly, Mo.

VanderBeek, Jon Tesch, Michael Long, Jason Hughes and Jason Krohn have all tasted victory on the high banks, along with Jesse Sobbing who captured his career-first USMTS win here last year.

Fresh off of an opening night USRA Modified victory, defending track champion Robbie Reed will put his vast knowledge of his home track to good use as he will have a full field of top notch competition.

Also on the nights racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, ULMA late Models, Macon Coca Cola 4-Cylinders and Claypoole Construction Hobby Stocks.

Happy hour runs from 5-6 p.m. with all Coca-Cola products, hot dogs and Bud products just $1 each (no beer bucket specials until after 6). So come early, get your favorite seat and enjoy happy hour before the nations best dirt track drivers buckle in to put on one awesome night of racing action.

Gates open at 5, hot laps are at 6:15 and racing starts at 7. General admission is $20, kids ages 6-13 are $10 and children 5 and under get in for free.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Higbee, Madison, Moberly and Paris. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Randolph County Raceway is located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call (660) 651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

Then on Sunday, April 24, the series makes its debut at the exciting Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., for the inaugural USMTS Cage Match with pit gates opening at 3 p.m., grandstands opening at 4:30, hot laps at 6:45 and the first heat race at 7.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Atchison, Highland, Platte City, St. Joseph and Wathena. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

For the third straight night, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight.

The Atchison County Raceway is located 2.0 miles north of Atchison on Sedgewick Rd. (past 302nd St.). For more information, call (913) 370-2520 and see www.acraceway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Lakeside Speedway first of 20 stops in 38 days for USMTS

April 23rd, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-After 20 days since the last checkered flag dropped and Zack VanderBeek was crowned the sixth King of America, the stars of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental are getting set for six straight weekends of intense racing with 20 events spanning 38 days.

The party gets started Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., to kick off a tripleheader weekend that will also see the bad boys with fast toys invade the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday and a first-ever trip to the Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., on Sunday for a high-horsepower cage match.

All three events will award $3,000 to the main event winner and valuable points in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With just one race complete in the region, Jason Hughes holds a slim points lead over Ryan Gustin and newly-crowned King VanderBeek, with Hunter Marriott and Daniel Hilsabeck rounding out the top five.

The 5th Annual Tompkins Industries Rumble on the Rivers Edge at the Lakeside Speedway will put the spotlight not only on the USMTS Modifieds but the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, along with Grand Nationals and Factory Stocks.

Pits open at 4:30, spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission seating is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7-12. Terrace admission is $25 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12. Suites are available on a limited basis at $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Children ages
6 and under get in for free and pit passes are $35 for all ages.

Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders have each won three of the last six USMTs races at the historic half-mile dirt oval. Jeremy Payne also has three career wins while Phillips leads all with four overall to his credit. Ryan Gustin, Nic Bidinger and Matt Dotson each have one win here.

Fans can save $2 off admission by picking up a commemorative discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City and Shawnee. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, the Randolph County Raceway hosts the 6th Annual Sydenstricker Farm & Lawn Shootout to mark the second year in a row that the USMTS will invade the high banks in Moberly, Mo.

VanderBeek, Jon Tesch, Michael Long, Jason Hughes and Jason Krohn have all tasted victory on the high banks, along with Jesse Sobbing who captured his career-first USMTS win here last year.

Fresh off of an opening night USRA Modified victory, defending track champion Robbie Reed will put his vast knowledge of his home track to good use as he will have a full field of top notch competition.

Also on the nights racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, ULMA late Models, Macon Coca Cola 4-Cylinders and Claypoole Construction Hobby Stocks.

Happy hour runs from 5-6 p.m. with all Coca-Cola products, hot dogs and Bud products just $1 each (no beer bucket specials until after 6). So come early, get your favorite seat and enjoy happy hour before the nations best dirt track drivers buckle in to put on one awesome night of racing action.

Gates open at 5, hot laps are at 6:15 and racing starts at 7. General admission is $20, kids ages 6-13 are $10 and children 5 and under get in for free.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Higbee, Madison, Moberly and Paris. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Randolph County Raceway is located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call (660) 651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

Then on Sunday, April 24, the series makes its debut at the exciting Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., for the inaugural USMTS “Cage Match” with pit gates opening at 3 p.m., grandstands opening at 4:30, hot laps at 6:45 and the first heat race at 7.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Atchison, Highland, Platte City, St. Joseph and Wathena. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

For the third straight night, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight.

The Atchison County Raceway is located 2.0 miles north of Atchison on Sedgewick Rd. (past 302nd St.). For more information, call (913) 370-2520 and see www.acraceway.com online.

After this weekend…

Next will be a trip to the south for two weekends to finish up the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The first show will take place with a visit to the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, on Thursday, April 28, and then the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, on Friday, April 29, before making a trek to the east for a stop at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on Saturday, April 30.

The USMTS has been to all of these tracks in the past, but it has been a couple of years with bad weather at Greenville, new promoters at Kennedale and weather not cooperating the last time the series was booked in Kilgore.

After the ownership at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, abruptly pulled the plug on the 2016 season earlier this month, the Lubbock Speedway in Lubbock, Texas, stepped forward to pick up the Friday, May 6, date. The USMTS finishes up the Production Jars Southern Region on Saturday, May 7, at the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas.

The kickoff for the RealTruck.com Northern Region will be up next for the USMTS with another three-race weekend slated to start Thursday, May 12, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. For drivers that have not been to Ogilvie, if you like smooth and slick then this is your track.

On Friday, May 13, the series will make a trip to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., for a warm-up to the Widow Wax Summersota Nationals that will take place June 23-25 and will pay $15,000 to win and $1,500 to start the main event.

This swing will finish up on Saturday, May 14, at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., where Brady Gerdes showed us last year how you get around the half-mile and took home the $3,000 paycheck.

Any drivers looking to pick up another race and some extra cash on the way back south can do just that on Sunday, May 15, at the season opener for the new Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, which pays $1,000 to win the USRA Modified feature.

USMTS action will return on Thursday, May 19, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., for an MSD Central Region showdown with the series moving to the Outlaw Motor Speedway in Wainwright, Okla., on Friday, May 20, and then up to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., on Saturday, May 21, before finishing up the weekend with the Allysa Ramirez Memorial at the Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., on Sunday, May 22.

The final weekend of the rugged spring swing happens Memorial Day Weekend with five more races scheduled, starting at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, on Wednesday May 27, and then back to the northeast with the first stop of the season at the Mason City Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 28.

From there, it’s on to the first of two shows this season at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., on Friday, May 29, and then the first stop of the 2016 campaign at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, May 30.

We wrap up the swing on Sunday, May 31, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

After that, a well-deserved break is in store before getting back to business June 14.

Meanwhile, some drivers will forego the rest and relaxation and attend some special events such as the Doug Murphrey Memorial at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., the following weekend, or some various USRA Modified shows in and around America’s heartland.

USMTS Spring Swing Schedule:

Fri Apr 22 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan., 5th Annual Tompkins Industries Rumble on the Rivers Edge [C]
Sat Apr 23 … Randolph County Raceway, Moberly, Mo., 6th Annual Sydenstricker Farm & Lawn Shootout [C]
Sun Apr 24 … Atchison County Raceway, Atchison, Kan., Inaugural Cage Match [C]
Thu Apr 28 … Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas, 2nd Annual North Texas Nationals [S]
Fri Apr 29 … Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas, 2nd Annual Event [S]
Sat Apr 30 … Lonestar Speedway, Kilgore, Texas, 3rd Annual Uproar in Kilgore [S]
Fri May 6 … Lubbock Speedway, Lubbock, Texas, 2nd Annual Event [S]
Sat May 7 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas, 7th Annual Amarillo Ambush [S]
Thu May 12 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn., 2nd Annual Event [N]
Fri May 13 … I-94 Speedway, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2nd Annual Event [N]
Sat May 14 … Viking Speedway, Alexandria, Minn., 2nd Annual Event [N]
Thu May 19 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan., 5th Annual Event [C]
Fri May 20 … Outlaw Motor Speedway, Oktaha, Okla., 4th Annual Event [C]
Sat May 21 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla., 4th Annual Event [C]
Sun May 22 … Longdale Speedway, Longdale, Okla., Allysa Ramirez Memorial [C]
Wed May 25 … Crawford County Speedway, Denison, Iowa, 5th Annual Event [N]
Thu May 26 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa, Inaugural Event [N]
Fri May 27 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn., 9th Annual Guttormson Memorial [N]
Sat May 28 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn., 4th Annual A&A Electric & Underground Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge [N]
Sun May 29 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa, 9th Annual Donnybrook in Decorah [N]

[C] = MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports
[N] = RealTruck.com Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
[S] = Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Clancy & Ryun Backup Wins From Opening Night, Shute, Marrs & Anderson Also Log Wins

April 17th, 2016

Kansas City, KS – The staff at Lakeside Speedway hit a home run with the racing surface on night number 2 of the season and it showed as the racing was spectacular on Friday night. It was a week ago that Chad Clancy took the opening night win. Fans might have been wondering if the Chad Clancy from 2014 might be back to make another bid for a track championship and a national championship in the USRA B Mod division.

Patrick Royalty and Gene Claxton would lead the field to the green flag in the feature. Claxton would lead the opening lap.

Clancy, who started 6th on the grid, needed only 2 laps to get to the front of the field as he blasted by Claxton on the high side to take the top spot. Brad Smith, who started 3rd, kept pace with Clancy and stayed close throughout the early part of the main event.

A nice battled raged for the 3rd and 4th spots on the track between Mike Tanner and Tim Powell. Tanner would finally gain the advantage just past halfway. Clancy meanwhile was out in front of the competition and putting a stranglehold on the top spot.

Smith would eat away at the lead and even reached Clancy’s back bumper as the laps clicked off. That pressure would be enough to worry Clancy as he put it in another gear on the last few laps and sped away to his 2nd consecutive win of the season at Lakeside Speedway.

Smith would hold down the runner-up spot, 3rd went to a hard charging Mike Tanner, who started 7th, Tim Powell drove to his best finish of the early season in 4th and rounding out the top 5 driving from 11th to 5th was Luke Nieman. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Steven Clancy, Shad Turner, Powell and Mike Tanner. The USRA B Mod B Feature was won by Heath Murry.

Trevor Hunt, like Clancy, was seeking a repeat win in the USRA Stock Car main event. Hunt started on the pole once again and took to the lead, but on lap 3 would see his lead go away as Lucas Conley and Kevin Anderson applied the pressure on Hunt.

Conley would take the lead and that left Hunt in a battle with Anderson. The front of this feature started to get real good as 4 drivers were in the mix for the win. A yellow would bunch them up just around the midway
point. As the green flag restarted the race all 4 cars made their bid for supremacy.

Conley, Anderson and Brett Heeter were hooked up on the top side while Hunt stuck to his guns and the bottom.
Lap 9 saw Conley take to the low line to keep Hunt at bay. When he made the move it could have been the wrong move as Anderson blew by on the high side and went to the top spot.

Once in the top spot it looked just like 99% of the features from 2015. Anderson and Heeter were at the front and running away with the race. In the end it would be Anderson logging his 1st win of 2016.

Heeter drove to the 2nd place finish, 3rd went to last week’s winner, Hunt, Conley would hold on after leading for 4th and Blake Peeler took him the 5th place finish. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Heeter and Jake Newman.

Shad Badder and Darron Fuqua brought the field to the green in the A Main of the USRA Modified division. An early caution would slow the action right off the bat.

Fuqua, the current national points leader in the USRA Modified ranks, took to the front spot and would hold on to it. Lap after lap he would have to hold off Todd Shute. Shute was at Lakeside Speedway to prepare for next
week’s USMTS event.

The battle between Fuqua and Shute was a good one. The drivers would swap spots as Fuqua would retake the lead. Lapped traffic would provide more excitement for the two as the raced around the track. Just prior to the halfway point Fuqua had been doing a great job of retaking the lead anytime Shute made a run to the front. Out of turn 2 as Fuqua lost some momentum as he was looking to get around a lapped car. That was all the break that Shute would need to take over the top spot.

Shute flexed his muscle from that point on in the feature as he would go on to an easy win at Lakeside Speedway. Fuqua would finish 2nd for the 2nd straight week, last week’s winner, Kerry Davis, drove from 10th to finish 3rd in the main, Aaron Marrant was the hard charger of the night going from 14th to 4th and Shad Badder hung on to come home in 5th.

USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Shute, Tyler Schmidt and Lance Town. Jason Ryun has a good understanding of what it takes to get the job done in the new Factory Stock division.

For the 2nd straight race Ryun has taken home the win and made it look easy. Ryun got out in front early of Friday night’s feature and he wouldn’t give up the spot all the way to the win.

It was an impressive as Ryun started the feature in the 6th spot. Jay Barnes worked his way up from 7th to finish 2nd, 3rd went to Ron Janes, Tim Billings finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Oliver Harris.

The Factory Stock Heat Race Winner was Ryun. Last season it was a string of wins thrown together by last year’s champ Tim Shields in the Grand National division. So far this year after one race Shields has been kept out of victory lane. Would it happen again Friday night?

Michael Morse and Nick Drew started on the front row of the feature and all eyes seemed to be looking inside of row 3 at Shields. It would all be a mute point because another feature winner from 2015 decided he wanted to be in the spotlight on Friday night, Don Marrs.

Last week’s winner, Nick Newton, got the early lead but it was Marrs that would speed by on the high side and take the lead on lap 5. From that point on it was the Don Marrs show as he would take his 1st win of 2016.

Newton finished 2nd, 3rd went to Donnie Brown, Shields finished 4th and Steven Dibben raced his way to a 5th place finish. The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Donnie Brown. John Steenstry won the Show Me Vintage Racing feature on the night.

Next week the USMTS heads into Lakeside Speedway. Check out www.lakesidespeedway.net for all the pre race information.

USMTS readies for stacked spring swing

April 17th, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -One week from today, the United States Modified Touring Series returns to action for a three-day swing to kick off more than twenty nights of racing between now and Memorial Day.

After 20 days off since the checkered flag dropped and Zack VanderBeek was crowned the sixth King of America, the stars of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental are getting set for six straight weekends of intense racing.

The party gets started at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, April 22, to kick off a three-race weekend that will also see the bad boys with fast toys invade the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday, April 23, and then a first-ever trip to the Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., on Sunday, April 24, for a high-horsepower cage match.

All three events will award $3,000 to the main event winner and valuable points in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports. With just one race complete in the region, Jason Hughes holds a slim points lead
over Ryan Gustin and newly-crowned King VanderBeek, with Hunter Marriott and Daniel Hilsabeck rounding out the top five. The 5th Annual Tompkins Industries Rumble on the River’s Edge at the Lakeside Speedway will put the spotlight not only on the USMTS Modifieds but the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, along with Grand Nationals and Factory Stocks.

Pits open at 4:30, spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission seating is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7-12. Terrace admission is $25 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12. Suites are available on a limited basis at $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Children ages 6 and under get in for free and pit passes are $35 for all ages.

Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders have each won three of the last six USMTs races at the historic half-mile dirt oval. Jeremy Payne also has three career wins while Phillips leads all with four overall to his credit. Ryan Gustin, Nic Bidinger and Matt Dotson each have one win here.

Fans can save $2 off admission by picking up a commemorative discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City and Shawnee. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, the Randolph County Raceway hosts the 6th Annual Sydenstricker Farm & Lawn Shootout to mark the second year in a row that the USMTS will invade the high banks in Moberly, Mo.

VanderBeek, Jon Tesch, Michael Long, Jason Hughes and Jason Krohn have all tasted victory on the high banks, along with Jesse Sobbing who captured his career-first USMTS win here last year.

Fresh off of an opening night USRA Modified victory, defending track champion Robbie Reed will put his vast knowledge of his home track to good use as he will have a full field of top notch competition.

Also on the nights racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, ULMA late Models, Macon Coca Cola 4-Cylinders and Claypoole Construction Hobby Stocks.

Happy hour runs from 5-6 p.m. with all Coca-Cola products, hot dogs and Bud products just $1 each (no beer bucket specials until after 6). So come early, get your favorite seat and enjoy happy hour before the nations best dirt track drivers buckle in to put on one awesome night of racing action.

Gates open at 5, hot laps are at 6:15 and racing starts at 7. General admission is $20, kids ages 6-13 are $10 and children 5 and under get in for free.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Higbee, Madison, Moberly and Paris. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Randolph County Raceway is located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call (660) 651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

Then on Sunday, April 24, the series makes its debut at the exciting Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., for the inaugural USMTS Cage Match with pit gates opening at 3 p.m., grandstands opening at 4:30, hot laps at 6:45 and the first heat race at 7.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Atchison, Highland, Platte City, St. Joseph and Wathena. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

For the third straight night, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight.

The Atchison County Raceway is located 2.0 miles north of Atchison on Sedgewick Rd. (past 302nd St.). For more information, call (913) 370-2520 and see www.acraceway.com online.

Davis, Hunt, Clancy, Ryun & Newton Score Opening Night Wins At Lakeside Speedway

April 12th, 2016

Kansas City, KS – It was a chilly night at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night for the season opener. Once the green flag waived for the first race the heat rose rather quickly.

It was a year ago that Kerry Davis rolled to a USRA Modified Championship at Lakeside Speedway. Friday night it appeared that Davis is still not done with winning races at Lakeside. Joey Galloway and Kerry Davis would bring the field to the start of the USRA Modified A Main event. At the start of the race it would be Galloway taking the lead on lap 1, but last year’s champ Davis was right on his heals and would take the lead away on lap number 2. As Davis held down the top spot Darron Fuqua, Tim Karrick, Joey Galloway and Nic Bidinger would try to keep pace. A good battle brewed early for that 2nd spot between Fuqua and Karrick. Davis would stay in command until the final 3 laps of the main event. Lapped traffic changed the complexion of this race as it allowed Fuqua to close in on the leader. As the two driver came to the white flag Davis moved up on the track and Fuqua took to the bottom. Side by side they would go but at the stripe it would be Davis picking up the opening night victory at Lakeside Speedway. Fuqua would come home in the runner-up spot, 3rd would go to Tim Karrick, 4th was Mark Schafman and rounding out the top 5 would be Nic Bidinger. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Bidinger, Fuqua and Galloway.

Last year was a tough year for the former USRA B Mod National Champion, Chad Clancy. After a year of mowing down competitors and collecting win after win, Clancy took a little break and had to learn a new chassis. He would still pick up some wins in 2015 it just wasn’t at the pace of his 2014 season. Friday night Clancy showed that he might be ready to go back to the dominating pace of 2014 as he won the USRA B Mod Feature event. A whopping number of B Mods, 37, checked in to compete on opening night. A pair of former National Champions Clancy and Andy Bryant looked to be setting up an epic battle at the front of the feature as it got ready to kick off. The green flag would wave and it was Clancy getting the drop on the competition. Lap after lap he would not miss his marks and his Prime Racing Rage Chassis extended the lead lap after lap. As Clancy raced to the finish Bryant was able to chip away at the lead as the leader battled with lapped traffic. It looked as if Bryant was going to have an opportunity on the final lap to make a run at Clancy. Clancy would use the lapped traffic to his benefit down the back straight to gain enough cushion to secure win #1 on the season. Bryant would settle for the runner-up spot, holding on to 3rd was Mike Tanner, 4th was last year’s champ Ed Noll and coming home 5th was Gene Claxton. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Tim Powell, Bryant, Noll, Tanner and Clancy. Steve McDowell won the USRA B Mod B Feature.

A few years ago Trevor Hunt was touted as the next ‘BIG’ thing in area racing. The youngster showed signs of brilliance as he battled it out on tour with the USMTS Modified Series. Some time off from racing gave the youngster a chance to put things into perspective and Friday night he debuted in both the USRA Factory Stocks and USRA B Mods. After watching him race it shows why everyone should keep an eye on him, he is a good race car driver. For his first time in a USRA Stock Car Hunt did a masterful job. He picked up the win in his heat race earlier in the night and it gained him a starting spot on the front row of the A Main. It was a year ago that Brett Heeter and Kevin Anderson dominated this division and with the emergence of Hunt and other drivers, this division could get even better than it already is. Hunt took to an early lead. Smooth on and off the gas his lead would build throughout the race. It looked like he was going to cruise to the easy victory until a late race caution would set up a green, white, checkered finish. Heading to the restart Hunt would feel a lot of pressure from the two dominant drivers of 2015, Heeter and Anderson. Hunt would jump back out to the lead and he would have to work his magic as both Heeter and Anderson were working hard to get by him. Anderson was on the low side and Heeter jumped to the high side. The white flag would wave and Hunt kept Anderson at bay behind him. The real threat would come from Heeter make his high side run. At the finish it would be Hunt with a half a car length lead over Heeter. Heeter would finish 2nd, Anderson would finish 3rd, 4th went to Ryun and going from 9th to 5th in the main event was Chad Walker. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Heeter and Hunt.

The Factory Stock class debuted on opening night at Lakeside Speedway. This is a more restricted version of the Stock Car division and in the end it was Stock Car driver, Jason Ryun, bringing home the inaugural victory.
Ryun started in the 3rd position but slowly found his way to the front of the field and then had to hold off the competition to bring home the win. Kerry Ayers finished in the 2nd spot, Tim Billings, was in a good battle with the leader until he caught the wall and lost his momentum, finished 3rd, Don Johnson drove to a 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 was Oliver Harris. Factory Stock Heat Race Winner was Ayers.

The Grand National Feature event looked awfully familiar on Friday night. Tim Shields, who won the championship last season in impressive fashion, got into an early battle with Nic Newton and then expanded his lead and was surely on the way to his 1st win of the 2016 season. At least that is what everyone in the crowd thought. On lap number 10 something would go wrong in Shields car as he came off of turn 4 he put it into the infield. As Shields pulled off the track the lead would be taken over by Nic Newton. That was all the help that Newton, a multiple time feature winner in the division, would need as he took the checkered flag. Darren Kling finished 2nd, 3rd went to Nick Drew, marching from 7th to finish 4th was Donnie Brown and Don Marrs finished in the 5th position. Grand National Heat Race Winner was Marrs.

Racing action will continue next Friday night, April 15, 2016 at Lakeside Speedway! Friday night the pits open at 4:30 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission seating is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-12 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Military personnel, students and seniors over 62 get in for $10 with proper ID. Terrace passes are $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Military personnel, students and seniors over 62 get in for $12 with proper ID. Suites are $20 for adults or $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for ages 7 and older or $10 for 6 and under.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Second night of USRA National Championships sees Sanders, Falck, Bryant, Link take charge

October 20th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan-The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., hosted the second night of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships Friday night with a near-perfect track surface producing outstanding battles throughout the show.

Rebounding from Thursday’s program where he failed to qualify for the main event, Rodney Sanders claimed the victory in the 20-lap USRA Modified feature race, holding off Thursday’s winner and 2015 Lakeside Speedway track champion Kerry Davis.

Embroiled in a battle at the top of the USRA Modified national points race with Terry Schultz, Jake Gallardo of Las Cruces, N.M., matched Schultz Thursday effort with a third-place finish of his own.

Just one point separated Schultz and Gallardo coming into this week’s mega-event. Next Sunday, Oct. 25, is the final date for USRA Weekly Racing Series national points.

Following his son to the finish line, last year’s USRA Modified national champ Fito Gallardo finished fourth and 14th-starting Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kan., rounded out the top five.

In Friday’s USRA Stock Car feature race, Decorah, Iowa’s Kyle Falck pocketed the $500 check for winning a spectacular feature race. Falck briefly lost the lead midway through the race to Todd Staley, but was able to recapture the point one lap later and then race on to victory.

Current USRA Stock Car national points leader Mitch Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, bolstered his title hopes with a runner-up finish while Staley held on for the third spot. Gary Donaldson of Rayville, Mo., claimed the fourth spot and Elijah Zevenbergen of Ocheyedan, Iowa, rode the high line to a fifth-place finish.

USRA B-Mod national points leader Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., took a giant step toward securing the crown with a wire-to-wire win in the 20-lap main event Friday.

Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove, Mo., finished second with Shadren Turner of St. Joseph, Mo., in third. Fourth was Logan Martin of West Plains, Mo., and 2014 USRA Mod national champion Chad Clancy of Liberty, Mo., clawed his way from 22nd on the starting grid to grab the fifth position.

USRA Hobby Stocks rounded out the four-division card Friday night and did not disappoint as they put on a nail-biter of a feature race around the extreme high side of the historic 4/10-mile clay oval.

Brady Link of Waukon, Iowa, grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and was able to put together 15 flawless lap to score the win ahead of defending USRA Hobby Stock national champion Dustin Gulbrandson of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Justin Regnerus of Orange City, Iowa, nabbed the third spot, Cory Yeigh of Sioux Falls, S.D., finished fourth and Myles Michehl of Fort Dodge, Iowa, rounded out the top five.

The 2nd Annual USRA National Championships continues Saturday. Combined points earned for both Thursday and Friday nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) will set the line-ups for Saturday. Top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up.

USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win, and Saturdays championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions.

The pit gate and tech area will open at 2 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m.

Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $25 for all ages. General admission seats are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $35 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

Every lap of Saturdays USRA National Championships finale will be broadcast live via pay-per-view. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/usratv.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at
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USRA National Championships kick off Wednesday

October 17th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–The 2nd Annual USRA National Championships takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with a Wednesday night practice session to get things started.

Now in its eleventh season of sanctioning weekly dirt track racing at dirt tracks across America, the United States Racing Association’s super-event in the center of America’s heartland will feature all four of the organization’s sanctioned divisions: USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night. USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card for Friday and Saturday.

Combined points earned for both Thursday and Friday nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) will set the line-ups for Saturday.

Each night will be a complete show of heat races and main events, with USRA national points awarded each night. No USRA track points are awarded at any track during the three-day event, and national points are awarded at this event only.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win Saturday. Saturdays championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions.

The defending winners are Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas (USRA Modifieds), Dillon Anderson of Decorah, Iowa (USRA Stock Cars), Mike Higley of Kansas City, Mo. (USRA B-Mods) and Eric Stanton of Hartford, Iowa (USRA Hobby Stocks).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14: The pit gate will open at noon and pre-race technical inspections will be open immediately thereafter. Practice night for all classes will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until at least 9 p.m., weather permitting. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each. Camping is $15 per night or $40 for the week. Please note that anybody not hooked up and pulling a racecar is considered camping unless they leave the premises. This will be the only night for hot laps unless needed briefly on one of the other three nights to shape and work in the track.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon (all cars must go through pre-race tech) and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10. Three-day reserved seats are $60, three day general admission seats are $45, a three-day suite ticket is $90 and three-day pit passes are $95.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $105, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15-24. $75.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17: Last chance races, pole dashes and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Points accumulated on Thursday and Friday will determine the starting line-ups for last chance races. Top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $25 for all ages. General admission seats are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $35 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

Pole Dash Payout (each class): 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $4000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $600, 12. $550, 13. $525, 14. $500, 15. $475, 16. $450, 17. $445, 18. $440, 19. $435, 20. $430, 21. $425, 22. $420, 23. $415, 24. $410, 25. $405, 26-30. $400; Tow is $200 if driver raced all three nights.

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11. $200, 12. $190, 13. $180, 14. $170, 15. $160, 16-24. $150; Tow is $100 if driver raced both nights.

The following drivers are pre-entered for the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships:

USRA Modifieds John Allen, Shad Badder, Rick Beebe, Jim Body, Mickey Burrell, Jeremy Chambers, Lucas Conley, Kerry Davis, Tad Davis, Tyler Davis, Joe Duvall, Dennis Elliott, Fito Gallardo, Jacob Gallardo, Tyler Grooms, Ryan Gustin, Mark Hoover, Eddie Ingram, Tim Karrick, Ben Kates, Chad Lyle, Aaron Marrant, Jim Moody, Ryan Ruter, Rodney Sanders, Lucas Schott, Ken Schrader, Terry Schultz, Jon Sheets, Austin Siebert, Lance Town, Zack VanderBeek, Cory Wray.

USRA Stock Cars Brent Alverson, Dillon Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Nate Barnes, Danny Cole Jr., Lucas Conley, Jon DeBoer, Gary Donaldson, Kevin Donlan, Jeff Elder, Kyle Falck, Tom Fogarty, Robert Garst, Rich Gregoire, Brett Heeter, Dean Hensler, Steve Herrick, Mitch Hovden, Eddie Ingram, Jake Ludeking, Jake Newman, John O’Neal Jr., Adam Parris, Shawn Peter, Justin Regnerus, Jason Ryun, Tom Schmitt, Pete Solum, Richard Sparks, Todd Staley, Gene Stigall, Stefan Sybesma, Jaime Torres, Brent Tweten, Chad Walker, Brad Whitney, Nathan Wood, Dean Wray, Glenn Wynia, Elijah Zevenbergan.

USRA B-Mods John Allen, Jake Asbell, Steve Blake, Jim Body, Andy Bryant, Christopher Cain, Mandy Chick, Miah Christensen, Chad Clancy, Gene Claxton, Kaeden Cornell, Dustin Crist, Tim Eaton, Jacob Ebert, Gary Fain, Dakota Foster, Morgan Frewaldt, Chase Galvan, Dean Galvan, Dustin Gilbert, Ryan Gillmore, Nic Hanes, Galen Hassler, Mike Higley, Dan Hovden, Doug Keller, Danan Knott, Trevor Kracht, Dustin Kruse, Jayden Larson, Tyler Lewis, Lance Lincoln, Don Marrs, Donnie Miller, Ronnie Miller, Heath Murry, Nick Newton, Luke Nieman, Ed Noll, David Oxford, Blake Pierce, Tim Powell, Cole Queensland, Ernie Roberts, Patrick Royalty, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Sam Schuler Jr., Eddie Schwope Jr., Justin Seifert, Dustin Shaw, Yancy Shepard, Brad Smith, Colten Stevens, Ben Stockton, Mike Striegel, Mike Tanner, Tyler Tesch, Buddy Thompson, Jared Timmerman, Cale Turner, Shadren Turner, Travis Vanden Top, Bud Wilson.

USRA Hobby Stocks Tim Gebel, Jacob Grotewiel, Dustin Gulbrandson, Steve Holthaus, Brady Link, Myles Michehl, Tim Olson, Justin Regnerus, Mich Ross, Scott Spilde, Andy Stinson, Elroy Sybesma, Travis Vanden Top, Cory Yeigh.

RULES & PROCEDURES: This event is sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and all USRA rules apply. The American Racer KK704 is the only tire permitted for Modifieds, Stock Cars and B-Mods. All drivers must have a valid USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). RACEceivers and transponders are required and will be available for rent or purchase.

One (1) provisional starting spot will be awarded in each main event Saturday to the former USRA National Champion with the highest two-day points total that fails to qualify. Past USRA National Champions include the following: USRA Modifieds Fito Gallardo, Matt Dotson, Brandon Davis, Johnny Bone Jr., Jason Cummins, Greg Skaggs, Brad Waits, Larry Herring and Ron Luitjens; USRA Stock Cars Justin Lasiter, Donovan Flores, Mitch Hovden, Rich Gregoire, Tory Reicks, Tom Schmitt and Scotty Pratt; USRA B-Mods Chad Clancy, Troy Hovey, Scott Drake, Brandon Hare, Brandon Hare, Matt Jones and Tony Dunker; USRA Hobby Stocks Dustin Gulbrandson, Adam Cline, Dillon Anderson, Dan Strandberg, Shane Klaassen, Chris Hovden, Jason McDaniel, Mitch Hovden and Nathan Wood.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Davis, Masters, Stephens nab opening night wins at USRA National Championships

October 18th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -After a one-hour rain delay to kick off the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships Thursday, more than 150 drivers in three classes circled the Lakeside Speedway for 266 laps in less than four hours, and three of those drivers emerged as opening night winners.

Just one week removed from clinching the USRA Modified track championship at the historic 4/10-mile oval in Kansas City, Kan., Kerry Davis of Parkville, Mo., parlayed a pole position starting spot into a victory in the 20-lap main event.

Davis battled with New Sharon, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek from beginning to end, with VanderBeek eventually settling for the runner-up honors.

USRA Modified national points leader Terry Schultz of Sedalia, Mo., took a big step toward capturing the season title with a third-place finish while Lakeside Speedway legend Tim Karrick of Basehor, Kan., finished fourth ahead of last year’s USRA national champ, Fito Gallardo of Las Cruces, N.M., who started 16th on the grid.

In USRA Stock Car action, Jake Masters of Graettinger, Iowa, topped a caution-plagued “A” Main by holding off veteran Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa, who started 17th on the 24-car grid.

Kevin Anderson of Kansas City, Kan., collected ten USRA Stock Car checkers at Lakeside Speedway during the 2015 campaign, but settled for third in Thursday’s main event. Shawn Peter of Mabel, Minn., finished fourth and Todd Staley of Webster City, Iowa, rebounded from a lap-4 flat tire to claim the fifth spot.

Josh Stephens of Buckner, Mo., made a late-race pass of Ed Noll of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and then held off Logan Martin of West Plains, Mo., on the final lap to capture the win in the 20-lap USRA B-Mod feature race.

Noll, who locked up the Lakeside Speedway track championship six days ago, held on for a third-place finish with Luke Nieman of Nortonville, Kan., and Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove, Mo., rounding out the top five.

The 2nd Annual USRA National Championships continue Friday and Saturday, with USRA Hobby Stock joining the card beginning tomorrow.

Combined points earned for both Thursday and Friday nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) will set the line-ups for Saturday.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win, and Saturday’s championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups.

The pit gate and tech area will open at 2 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100;
USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $105, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15-24. $75.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17: Last chance races, pole dashes and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Points accumulated on Thursday and Friday will determine the starting line-ups for last chance races. Top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up.

The pit gate and tech area will open at 2 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m.

Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $25 for all ages. General admission seats are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $35 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

Pole Dash Payout (each class): 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100;

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $4000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1200,
6. $1000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $600, 12. $550, 13. $525, 14. $500, 15. $475, 16. $450, 17. $445, 18. $440, 19. $435, 20. $430, 21. $425, 22. $420, 23. $415, 24. $410, 25. $405, 26-30. $400; Tow is $200 if driver raced all three nights;

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11. $200, 12. $190, 13. $180, 14. $170, 15. $160, 16-24. $150; Tow is $100 if driver raced both nights.

One (1) provisional starting spot will be awarded in each main event Saturday to the former USRA National Champion with the highest two-day points total that fails to qualify. Past USRA National Champions include the following: USRA Modifieds Fito Gallardo, Matt Dotson, Brandon Davis, Johnny Bone Jr., Jason Cummins, Greg Skaggs, Brad Waits, Larry Herring and Ron Luitjens; USRA Stock Cars – Justin Lasiter, Donovan Flores, Mitch Hovden, Rich Gregoire, Tory Reicks, Tom Schmitt and Scotty Pratt; USRA B-Mods – Chad Clancy, Troy Hovey, Scott Drake, Brandon Hare, Brandon Hare, Matt Jones and Tony Dunker; USRA Hobby Stocks – Dustin Gulbrandson, Adam Cline, Dillon Anderson, Dan Strandberg, Shane Klaassen, Chris Hovden, Jason McDaniel, Mitch Hovden and Nathan Wood.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

USRA National Championships kick off Wednesday

October 15th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–The 2nd Annual USRA National Championships takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with a Wednesday night practice session to get things started.

Now in its eleventh season of sanctioning weekly dirt track racing at dirt tracks across America, the United States Racing Associations super-event in the center of Americas heartland will feature all four of the organizations sanctioned divisions: USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night. USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card for Friday and Saturday.

Combined points earned for both Thursday and Friday nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) will set the line-ups for Saturday.

Each night will be a complete show of heat races and main events, with USRA national points awarded each night. No USRA track points are awarded at any track during the three-day event, and national points are awarded at this event only.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win Saturday. Saturdays championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions.

The defending winners are Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas (USRA Modifieds), Dillon Anderson of Decorah, Iowa (USRA Stock Cars), Mike Higley of Kansas City, Mo. (USRA B-Mods) and Eric Stanton of Hartford, Iowa (USRA Hobby Stocks).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14: The pit gate will open at noon and pre-race technical inspections will be open immediately thereafter. Practice night for all classes will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until at least 9 p.m., weather permitting. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each. Camping is $15 per night or $40 for the week. Please note that anybody not hooked up and pulling a racecar is considered camping unless they leave the premises. This will be the only night for hot laps unless needed briefly on one of the other three nights to shape and work in the track.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon (all cars must go through pre-race tech) and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10. Three-day reserved seats are $60, three day general admission seats are $45, a three-day suite ticket is $90 and three-day pit passes are $95.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod “A” Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $105, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15-24. $75.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17: Last chance races, pole dashes and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Points accumulated on Thursday and Friday will determine the starting line-ups for last chance races. Top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $25 for all ages. General admission seats are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $35 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

Pole Dash Payout (each class): 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $4000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $600, 12. $550, 13. $525, 14. $500, 15. $475, 16. $450, 17. $445, 18. $440, 19. $435, 20. $430, 21. $425, 22. $420, 23. $415, 24. $410, 25. $405, 26-30. $400; Tow is $200 if driver raced all three nights.

USRA Hobby Stock C Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11. $200, 12. $190, 13. $180, 14. $170, 15. $160, 16-24. $150; Tow is $100 if driver raced both nights.

RULES & PROCEDURES: This event is sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and all USRA rules apply. The American Racer KK704 is the only tire permitted for Modifieds, Stock Cars and B-Mods. All drivers must have a valid USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). RACEceivers and transponders are required and will be available for rent or purchase.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

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Burch Scores Big Money Pay Day On Opening Night of Thunder On The Hill

October 11th, 2015

Mayetta, KS – As several big money races loomed in the area, nobody knew what to expect at Thunder Hill Speedway for the annual Thunder On The Hill Special.

After night number 1, fans can expect a solid field of great racers in all 4 IMCA classes. On the opening night Thunder Hill Speedway played host to 30 BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds, 27 Hienen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars, 27 Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods and 21 Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stocks. The field on night number 1 was full of former feature winners, track champions and former & current national champions.

The lion’s share of the purse money was put down in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature, $2,000 to win was on the line as 24 cars started the feature 3 wide. Corey Burch, Eddie Ingram and Dylan Sherfick brought the field to the
green flag. The action was wild right from the start. After putting together heat race wins earlier on in the night Dylan Sherfick and Burch would mix it up at the top of the field. Sherfick would assert himself as the early leader but the night wold belong to Burch. The Junction City driver would slip into the lead and once at the front of
the pack would put a strangle hold on the top spot and not let go. A few late race yellow flag situations would bunch the field up and give them an opportunity to put a charge on Burch, but each time Burch met the challenge and would re-establish his lead. Lapped traffic, yellow flags and more couldn’t slow Burch down on his way to his 1st win of the season at Thunder Hill Speedway. Steven Bowers Jr. would mount an assault at Burch on a late race restart, but it was deemed that Bowers and John Saathoff both jumped the start and were penalized and put to the rear of the field.
That left Sherfick and Jordy Nelson to try and unseat Burch at the top. Nelson and Sherfick would give their best effort but it was all Burch downthe stretch. The win was worth $2,000 to Burch. More than that it was vindication for Burch as he came up inches short earlier this year from winning a feature at Thunder Hill. With the win Burch becomes the 7th different winner to take home a Modified Feature win at Thunder Hill in 2015. Sherfick would win the battle for the runner-up spot, 3rd would see Nelson grab the position, Eddie Ingram celebrated one of his best runs of the season finishing in 4th and former Thunder on The Hill Feature winner, Jay Noteboom, finished in the 5th position.
Heat race winners were Burch, Sherfick, Bowers and Ingram. The B Feature was won by Josh Blumer.

No driver has had a better season than Tyler Frye in the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods. This season Frye picked up 9 wins, a track championship and his 2nd IMCA N. Sport Mod National Championship while racing at Thunder Hill Speedway. What could he do for an encore? At the start of the N. Sport Mod Feature Luke Stallbaumer got out to the front of the pack in a hurry. Stallbaumer put down some extremely fast lap times early. Unfortunately for Stallbaumer something would go wrong with his hot rod and he would fall back in the field after fighting the problem as best he could. In the meantime, Frye was quickly working his way to the front and as Stallbaumer faltered Frye pounced on the opportunity. The yellow flag would fly several times in the feature event, but it wouldn’t slow down Frye. The racer from Belleville would maintain his hold on the top spot and sped off to win number 10 on the season at Thunder Hill Speedway. Kelly Kneisler would give his best effort of the year and finish in the 2nd spot, Minot, ND driver, Jeff Hooker, finished in the 3rd spot, former track champ, Jeremy Pittsenbarger finished 4th in his return to Thunder Hill and rounding out the top 5 was Roger Sluka. Heat race winners on the night were Stallbaumer, Frye and Kneisler. The B Feature was won by Eric Spreer.

In the Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock Feature event it was a sweet win for Tommy Fose. Fose spent all season long hauling to race at Thunder Hill Speedway from his hometown of Salina, KS. While his local track was also hosting a big event Fose drove by to race at Thunder Hill Speedway, a track he missed out on winning a championship by 1 lap. On the final lap of the season Fose lost his ride in a wild accident going for the championship. In his first return to the track since that wild night, Fose put together his best effort on Friday night. Tyler Garst, the 2015 track champ, got out in front of the field early on Friday night. A dry slick condition suited Garst’s driving style and it showed as he would lead a lot of the laps in the main event. Fose, who started in the 6th position, made his way past the competition and mounted a charge at Garst. As the two drafted one another around the track, Fose pulled off a move for the top spot coming out of turn 4. Not only did the move work for the lead but he also brought 3 time feature winner Tyler Hinrichs with him to the front of the pack. Hinrichs, started 14th in the feature and all night long his car sounded like it had big problems. Hinrichs must have figured them out as he would know challenge Fose for the win down the stretch. In the end it would be Fose streaking to the win just ahead of Hinrichs and Garst. The win was sweet revenge on the way his season ended a little over a month ago. The feature win was Fose’s 2nd of the season. Hinrich’s took in the runner-up spot, Garst finished in the 3rd spot, 4th would go to Bradley Sheetz and rounding out the top 5 from Blue Springs, NE was Eric Chab. Heat race winners were Chab, Garst and Nicholas Ronnebaum.

One of the most exciting classes in 2015 at Thunder Hill Speedway was the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car division. Friday night this class would not disappoint the fans. Jim Powell Jr. and Mat Stallbaumer were both multiple feature winners on the 2015 season. These two were prime candidates to battle at the front of the pack during Friday night’s feature and they did. Powell had a huge margin of victory early in the night in his heat race and it looked like it carried over into the feature. Stallbaumer would keep pace with Powell as the two went nose to tail for several laps. During the first few laps another feature winner, Brandon Conkwright, raced his way from his 11th starting spot to 3rd and then found himself getting around Stallbaumer for 2nd. It looked like Conkwright would overhaul Powell for the lead but a yellow flag would bunch the field back together a few times. On the restart Conkwright would have some issues and Stallbaumer would get back by for the 2nd spot. At the front was Powell. Powell was becoming comfortable at the front of the field. It’s where he would spend almost all of his time racing on Friday night. Win #3 would end up in the hands of Powell at the finish of the feature. The action behind Powell would be fast and furious as several spots were decided at the stripe by slim margins. Stallbaumer would finish 2nd, Conkwright would hang on for the 3rd spot, 4th would go to Josh Everhart and coming home in 5th was Jason Davis. Heat race winners were Powell, Everhart and Dominic Thyfault. The B Feature was won by Bryan Rigsby.

The 2nd night of Thunder On The Hill gets going tonight at 5 p.m. when the gates open. The driver’s meeting is set for 6:30 and the racing begins shortly after the conclusion of the driver’s meeting.

For more info log on to Thunder Hill Speedway’s website.

Anderson, Brown, Nieman & Marrant Go Out On High Note At Lakeside Speedway

October 11th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The 2015 race season officially came to a close on Friday night. Kerry Davis took home the championship in the USRA Modified division, Ed Noll capped off a great season in the USRA B Mods for the championship, in the USRA Stock Car division it was Brett Heeter celebrating his 4th Lakeside Speedway title and Tim Shields dominated on his way to the championship in the Grand Nationals. Before the titles were handed out, another night of racing had to be completed. Heading into the night the USRA Stock Car division had seen 2 drivers have great seasons, Kevin Anderson and Brett Heeter. Both drivers had won 9 features before the finale. Would one driver break the tie or would a new face go to victory lane?

Gary Donaldson and Anderson would get this one under way. It would be Anderson taking the early advantage on the night. In the end it would be a 3 car battle coming down the stretch to the finish. Unfortunately, the battle was for 2nd. Anderson had locked up the top spot and would run away with the win. The win was the 10th for Anderson on the season. It’s a small conciliation prize after not winning the championship, having the most wins on a single season is a good stat too. Donaldson would have some more success and finish with the runner-up spot, the points champ, Heeter, would finish 3rd, 4th went to Nate Barnes and Kevin McGinnis would bring home the 5th position. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Donaldson and Anderson.

Luke Nieman came into the night with a slim shot at the USRA B Mod Championship. To win the championship he would have to have some help. Ed Noll held a 42 point lead going into the night. Nieman got off on the right foot at the beginning of the feature. He would take out to the lead at the beginning of the feature. The only thing that Nieman had in his control is where he would finish at. He couldn’t do anything about Ed Noll’s finishing position. The night went exactly how it was suppose to go for Nieman on the track. He would wire the field and win his 2nd feature of the season, but Nieman couldn’t control Noll’s finish. A 9th place finish would give Noll the championship, but not before Nieman made it close (16 points) at the finish. Shad Turner raced his way to 2nd, after winning a week ago Doug Keller finished 3rd, Chad Clancy would bring home 4th and Nick Newton stormed his way from 10th to finish 5th.
USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Nieman, Turner, Clancy and Patrick Royalty. The B Feature was won by Blake Pierce.

For the past two weeks Aaron Marrant has been on fire! He won the ULMA Late Model Feature 2 weeks ago, last week he won the USRA Modified Feature going away and people wanted to know what he was going to do this week for an encore?
How about going out and winning his 2nd USRA Modified Feature in a row and his 3rd of the season? That’s exactly what Marrant did. From the drop of the green flag Marrant jumped on the competition andshowed them no mercy, again, for the 2nd straight week. Marrant has come into his own in the final 3 weeks of the season and he is hoping that carris over next week to the USRA Fall Nationals. Making the haul all the way from IA, Ryan Ruter finished 2nd, Darron Fuqua started on the pole and finished 3rd, 4th went to Terry Schultz and the points leader, Kerry Davis, rounded out the top 5. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Marrant and Davis.

In the Grand Nationals all the talk all season long centered around Tim Shields. Shield’s dominating performance overshadowed some strong efforts from other drivers. Donnie Brown is a driver that has turned in a solid effort in the last month of the season. This season Brown should be named the most improved driver. Week after week he has gotten better, he grabbed his 1st win a few weeks back in dominating fashion and Friday night at Lakeside he did it again. Starting from the pole position Brown dropped the boom on the competition. He sprinted out to the lead and never looked back on the way to his 2nd win of the season. With the win Brown joins Shields and Nick Newton as the only other drivers to win more than 1 feature on the season. Don Marrs pressured Brown a little but would have to settle for the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Nick Newton, Dave Powell raced his way to a 4th place finish and Nick Drew garnered the 5th spot.

Next week is the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships. October 15, 16 & 17th will see the best of the best in USRA competition at Lakeside Speedway. For more information log on to USRARacing.Com.

Doug Keller #77 out runs Mike Higley to the Finish for the Win at Lakeside

October 5th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – Several top notch aces came to compete last night at Lakeside Speedway. When it was all said and done there were 4 happy winners in victory lane. Nobody was more excited than the winner of the 1st ever Joe Berry B Mod Showdown Feature, that winner went home with $1500!

For the 2nd straight week a whopping total of 45 B Mod drivers showed up to compete at Lakeside Speedway. The Big Cash loomed over the field as the night got underway. Anytime you throw big money down you can expect anything and everything to happen once you get to the main event.

After picking up a heat race win earlier in the night, Shad Turner would start from the pole position. An extra 5 laps was added to the feature and all 20 laps would be needed before this one was decided. Turner would establish himself as the early leader during the feature. Ethan Isaacs would try to keep pace but it would be Turner building a bit of a lead. As we found out last week it’s never over until it’s over!

While the race went on and several drivers were moving there way to the front, Isaacs began to eat away at Turner’s lead. Lap after lap Isaacs knocked off a few tenths until he was at Turner’s back door. A yellow flag would give Isaacs the chance he needed to take the top spot. The restart saw the field bunched up once again and Isaacs finally was able to make his move and got around Turner for the top spot. As the two drivers hustled around the speedway contact would be made between the two in turn 3. It was a catastrophic error for both drivers. Each went from looking at a top 2 finish to being put at the back of the pack.

The finally yellow of the night would set up a dash to the finish. Doug Keller would inherit the lead as a pair of hot shoe Rage Chassis drivers, Mike Higley and Chad Clancy, would be hot on his tail. The restart saw Keller take the top spot and Higley would mount the best threat to Keller in the final few laps. The two drivers would go back and forth on the speedway. Keller would maintain the advantage as Mike Higley made one last bid for the top spot with a daring move that would come up just shy of giving him the lead.

Keller would hang on and get his 1st win of the night. The 1st Joe Berry B Mod Showdown Feature Winner would pocket $1500 and Keller also became the 12th different feature winner on the season in the B Mod division. The runner-up spot went to Higley, Chad Clancy motored from 13th to 3rd in the feature, Nick Newton found his way to 4th after starting 11th and rounding out the top 5 was last week’s winner, Eddie Schwope. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Gene Claxton, Turner, Keller, Sam Schuler Jr. and Lance Lincoln. The B Features were won by Jay Bailey and
Randal Schiffelbein Jr.

Aaron Marrant and Tad Davis brought the USRA Modified Feature to the green flag. The Modified Feature resembled a feature from last week, the ULMA Late Model Feature. Yes, it was a week ago that Aaron Marrant dominated the field in the Late Models and on Friday night looked to do the same in the Modifieds.

Marrant would battle early with Darron Fuqua, but Marrant would figure out where his car was the best and then worked it to his advantage. The race behind Marrant and Fuqua was a good one. Tim Karrick, Tad Davis, Kerry Davis and Terry Schultz. During the last 10 laps. Fuqua would put pressure on Marrant as the two traveled through lapped traffic. A late race yellow would end the dual at the front of the field. On the restart Marrant took to the top spot and went on to the victory on the night. The win was Marrant’s 2nd of the season in the Modifieds and his 2nd win in 2 weeks at Lakeside Speedway. Fuqua would hold on to the runner up finish, Tim Karrick got the better of a battle with Kerry Davis, the points leader, finishing 3rd, Davis finished 4th, 5th went to Tad Davis. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Town, Davis and Fuqua.

All season long it’s been a battle between the points leader in the USRA Stock Car division, Brett Heeter, and Kevin Anderson on who will end the 2015 season with the most wins. A week ago Heeter logged win #9, while Anderson was stuck at #8. Would the battle continue or would Heeter end it on this night? Anderson would gain the lead on lap 1 after starting outside the front row. A couple of X Factor Chassis teammates, Nate Barnes and John O’Neal Jr., would give a close chase. Working lap 6 Anderson would see his lead evaporate as he almost looped his car in turn 4. Barnes and O’Neal quickly closed on the leader. Lap 8 would see O’Neal take the top spot from Anderson, but it would be short lived as Anderson motored back around O’Neal coming out of turn 2. The battle was a dandy. In the final few laps Anderson would assert his dominance and streak to his 9th win of the season, tying Heeter with the most wins in the division.

Barnes would catch up to O’Neal in the final 3 laps and took 2nd at the stripe, O’Neal would come home 3rd, the Hard Charger was Heeter, who went from 18th to 4th in the feature and Gene Stigall fought his way to a 5th place finish.

USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners on the night were O’Neal, Stigall and Steve Herrick.

In the Grand National Feature it was a familiar car pulling into victory lane last night. Tim Shields took the night off last week, so this week he decided he should get things back to normal before next week’s championship night where he will be honored as the Grand National Champion.

At the start of the feature Shields got out to the early lead and then did what he has done all season long, run away from the competition. Shields would dominate the evenings main event leading from start to finish. The win was his 13th Feature win of the season.

Donnie Brown, last week’s feature winner, took home the runner-up spot, Don Marrs won the battle for 3rd, 4th would go to Nick Drew and rounding out the top 5 was Dave Powell.

Schultz, Hovden, Bryant, Gulbrandson lead USRA Weekly Racing Series title chase into final stretch

October 5th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–The 2015 USRA Weekly Racing Series is nearing the final lap, and the quest to become one of four USRA national champions gets hotter and hotter as the finish line gets closer and closer.

Terry Schultz of Sedalia, Mo., has been close enough to reach out and touch the USRA Modified title the last two years, finishing fifth in last years campaign and fourth in 2013 after leading the points battle at one time or another in both seasons.

This season Schultz finds himself within grasp of a USRA national championship once again as he sits atop the standings heading into the month of October. With 11 wins so far, he also has 36 top-five finishes and a whopping 43 top-ten efforts in his 50 starts.

Not far behind, young gun Jake Gallardo of Las Cruces, N.M., has Schultz in his sights as he tries to follow in the footsteps of his father, Fito Gallardo, who captured last years USRA Modified title. Gallardo also has 11 wins, but in less than half as many starts as the points leader.

Two-time USRA Modified national champion Brad Waits of Rochester, Minn. (2007-2008), has the most wins among the lead pack with a dozen trips to victory lane and a remarkable 23 top-fives in 27 starts. Fourth is 2012 champ Brandon Davis of Medford, Minn., with Webb City, Mo., racer Mitch Keeter in the fifth spot.

Mitch Hovden is looking to make history in the USRA Stock Car class. The driver from Decorah, Iowa, has two USRA Stock Car national championship trophies on his mantle from the 2011 and 2012 seasons, along with a USRA Hobby Stock national championship he earned in 2007.

Winning the 2015 USRA Stock Car title would put him alone at the top with four crowns, breaking a tie with three-time USRA B-Mod titlist Matt Jones.

Chasing Hovden is Las Cruces, N.M., wheelman Jaime Torres who is hoping to become the third straight pilot from the Land of Enchantment to claim the USRA Stock Car title.

Last years runner-up, Brett Heeter of Kansas City, Kan., is currently third, followed by Dean Wray of Jamesport, Mo., and Noah Hollingshead of Las Cruces, N.M.

At 15 years old, USRA B-Mod driver Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., is the latest teenage phenomenon to circle the dirt tracks in Americas heartland. While he has competed in a division-leading 57 events this season, he has turned 15 of those into trips to victory lane.

Bryant holds a slim 58-point cushion over Jeremiah Christensen of Sioux Falls, S.D., who has 11 wins to his credit, and sitting in third is the brother of the USRA Stock Car points leader.

Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, has 16 wins to match his car number and trails Christensen by a single marker entering the month of October.

Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., who came up one finishing position short in one main event from taking the 2013 USRA B-Mod national championship, rides in fourth with Erik Kanz of Winona, Minn., completing the top five that features races from five different states.

In nine years of sanctioning for the class, no driver has even won the USRA Hobby Stock national championship more than once, but Dustin Gulbrandson is in a fine position to do just that.

The driver from Sioux Falls, S.D., has a healthy 191-point cushion over second-place Steve Holthaus of Cresco, Iowa the first of five Iowa racers trying the track down the defending champ.

Fellow Cresco racer and 2009 USRA Hobby Stock national champion Chris Hovden is third, Decorah, Iowas Steve Larson is fourth and Brady Link of Waukon, Iowa, rounds out the top five.

There are just a handful of USRA-sanctioned races remaining on the 2015 calendar. Heres what has been submitted to the USRA headquarters from member tracks:

Friday, Oct. 9 Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods) Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. (USRA B-Mods) Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods) Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. (USRA Modifieds)

Saturday, Oct. 10 I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods) Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. (USRA B-Mods) Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods) Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (USRA B-Mods)

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 15-17 2nd Annual USRA National Championships @ Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks)

Friday, Oct. 23 Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods)

Saturday, Oct. 24 I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods) Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods) Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (USRA B-Mods)

Sunday, Oct. 25 Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods)

This years USRA National Championships event at the Lakeside Speedway, Oct. 15-17, will be a pivotal race in determining the 2015 USRA national champions. Each of the three nights will be a complete show of heat races and main events with USRA national points awarded each night.

Sweetening the pot for competitors at the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships is
the True Car Count Bonus awarded to driver in each class all three nights. Whereas a driver is awarded bonus points equal to the car count on any given night at USRA-sanctioned races, the maximum is set at 24 points for car counts of 24 or more.

However, at this years USRA National Championships each driver will earn a car count bonus equal to the actual car count with no maximum. Therefore, if 60 USRA Stock Cars are racing one night then each driver in that class will get 60 bonus points toward their nightly total. This could have a huge impact on USRA national points in all four divisions.

No USRA track points are awarded at any track during the three-day event, and national points are awarded at this event only.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night. USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card for Friday and Saturday. Drivers will duke it out on Thursday and Friday, with the combined points earned for both nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) setting the line-ups for Saturday.

Entry fees are $100 for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods; $50 for USRA Hobby Stocks. Entry fee and completed entry form must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, Oct. 5. Late or at-the-track entry fees are double. Call the USRA headquarters at 515-832-6000 or download the entry form at www.usraracing.com/downloads.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win Saturday. Saturdays championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions. Saturday will also serve as the final points race for the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

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Race Night Notes: Joe Berry B Mod Showdown Ready To Blow Up At Lakeside Speedway

October 3rd, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The ULMA Late Models rolled through Lakeside Speedway last Friday night. Now, this Friday night, October 2nd, Lakeside Speedway will host the Innaugural Joe Berry B Mod Showdown! The Showdown will pay the winner of the B Mod Feature $1500! Not only will it pay extra money to the winner it will also pay extra cash throughout the field. The fine folks at Lakeside Speedway continue to give back to the racers and fans with more than anyone ever expected. The action will be hot and heavy when the green flag drops at 7:30 p.m.

The regular weekly racing series classes will once again dominate another weekly show at Lakeside Speedway. The USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and Grand Nationals will strap in 1 more time before Championship Night next Friday night.

Last Week’s Recap… After being off a week due to Mother Nature, the racers of Lakeside Speedway got back to business as usual last Friday night. A total of 102 racers checked in to battle it out. Tim Karrick got passed Darron Fuqua
and held on to win his 4th Feature of the season. Brett Heeter cemented his superior season with win #9 on the year in the USRA Stock Car division. It was Eddie Schwope scooting by Andy Bryant in the final corner to pick up the win in the USRA B Mod Feature. Donnie Brown knew it would only be a matter of time before he would end up in victory lane and last Friday night was his night in the Grand National class.

Setting Up This Week’s Races… USRA Modifieds…

Tim Karrick was on a roll last Friday night. Karrick knocked down win #4 on the season, but he did with a solid performance. Karrick started 6th on the grid and drove to the win. Another win just might help Karrick in the USRA National Points.

A brake problem in the feature didn’t keep Darron Fuqua from giving it his all to run down Karrick in the feature. Fuqua struggled with his breaks all night and then lost them in the feature. He fought all the way to the bitter end and came up just short.

Kerry Davis is close to gaining the elusive Lakeside Speedway Track Championship. Davis is no stranger to championships and he has won championships before at Lakeside Speedway, in the Grand National division. Last week Davis through together another top 5 finish in 3rd. Davis also made a jump in the USRA National Points up to 12th. Karrick and Fuqua are also in the top 15 in points in the USRA National Points.

A couple of Hard Chargers were found in the feature of 25 cars that started the A Main. Tyler Schmidt went from 17th to 9th, Jeff Smith started 24th and finished 11th and Micky Burrell went from 23rd to 13th. Several drivers could be seen moving through the field.

A total of 25 cars started the feature last week. 67 is the number of different drivers that have raced at Lakeside Speedway in 2015, with 2 race nights left that number should get bigger.

11 is the number of different feature winners that have driven to victory lane in 2015.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Robbie Reed #5R, Mexico, MO.

Robbie Reed is an unknown commodity at Lakeside Speedway. Last week he showed up looking to see what he could do and quickly became someone to be concerned with. Reed has made a name outside the area racing Modifieds and winning races. It almost looked like he was going to show up at Lakeside and get the job done, unfortunately it wouldn’t work out for Reed that way. He did learn a few things about the track and he will have a few changes in store for this week. Keep an eye on this racer from Mexico, MO. We think he might just have something for the competition.

Early entry deadline looms for 2nd Annual USRA National Championships

October 2nd, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-The 2nd Annual USRA National Championships takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Now in its eleventh season of sanctioning weekly dirt track racing at dirt tracks across America, the United States Racing Associations super-event in the center of Americas heartland will feature all four of the organizations sanctioned divisions: USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night. USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete all three nights while USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card for Friday and Saturday.

Drivers will duke it out on Thursday and Friday, with the combined points earned for both nights (Friday only for USRA Hobby Stocks) setting the line-ups for Saturday.

Each night will be a complete show of heat races and main events, with USRA national points awarded each night. No USRA track points are awarded at any track during the three-day event, and national points are awarded at this event only.Sweetening the pot for competitors at the USRA National Championships is the True Car Count Bonus awarded to driver in each class all three nights. Whereas a driver is awarded bonus points equal to the car count on any given night at USRA-sanctioned races, the maximum is set at 24 points for car counts of 24 or more.

However, at this years USRA National Championships each driver will earn a car count bonus equal to the actual car count with no ceiling. Therefore, if 60 USRA Stock Cars are racing one night then each driver in that class will get 60 bonus points toward their nightly total. This could have a huge impact on USRA national points in all four divisions.

Entry fees are $100 for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods; $50 for USRA Hobby Stocks. Entry fee and completed entry form must be received or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, Oct. 5. Late or at-the-track entry fees are double.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will each be racing for $4,000 to win. USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win Saturday. Saturdays championship features will start three-wide in all four divisions.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14: The pit gate will open at noon and pre-race technical inspections will be open immediately thereafter. Practice night for all classes will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until at least 9 p.m., weather permitting. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each. Camping is $15 per night or $40 for the week. Please note that anybody not hooked up and pulling a racecar is considered camping unless they leave the premises. This will be the only night for hot laps unless needed briefly on one of the other three nights to shape and work in the track.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon (all cars must go through pre-race tech) and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10. Three-day reserved seats are $60, three day general admission seats are $45, a three-day suite ticket is $90 and three-day pit passes are $95. USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16: Heat races and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Drives will draw for heat race line-ups and passing points will be used to determine main event line-ups. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $20 for all ages. General admission seats are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $190, 7. $180, 8. $170, 9. $160, 10. $150, 11. $140, 12. $130, 13. $125, 14. $120, 15. $115, 16. $110, 17. $105, 18-30. $100.

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $105, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15-24. $75.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17: Last chance races, pole dashes and main events for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks. Points accumulated on Thursday and Friday will determine the starting line-ups for last chance races. Top 10 points-earners in each class will run a pole dash to determine the A Main starting line-up. The pit gate and tech area will open at noon and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race at 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating (top 5 rows, top ten rows in sections C & D) are $25 for all ages. General admission seats are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $35 each. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 6 to 10.

Pole Dash Payout (each class): 1. $300, 2. $250, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $150, 6. $140, 7. $130, 8. $120, 9. $110, 10. $100.

USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod A Main Payout: 1. $4000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $600, 12. $550, 13. $525, 14. $500, 15. $475, 16. $450, 17. $445, 18. $440, 19. $435, 20. $430, 21. $425, 22. $420, 23. $415, 24. $410, 25. $405, 26-30. $400; Tow is $200 if driver raced all three nights.

USRA Hobby Stock A Main Payout: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11. $200, 12. $190, 13. $180, 14. $170, 15. $160, 16-24. $150; Tow is $100 if driver raced both nights.

RULES & PROCEDURES: This event is sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and all USRA rules apply. The American Racer KK704 is the only tire permitted for Modifieds, Stock Cars and B-Mods. All drivers must have a valid USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). All competitors must have competed in at least seven (7) USRA-sanctioned events in the driver’s registered division (or at least four events at any given track that has completed eight or fewer races in 2015). RACEceivers and transponders are required and will be available for rent or purchase.

Every day, every division and every lap of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships will be broadcast live via pay-per-view. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Karrick, Schwope, Marrant, Brown and Heeter Log Wins at Lakeside Speedway

September 27th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It was a full night of racing at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night as 103 regular weekly racing series competitors, racing in 4 different classes, checked in to do battle! Oh, then you throw in the ULMA Late Models and it was a great night of racing for the racers and the fans! Yogi Berra, the famous New York Yankees catcher who passed away earlier this week, once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” This might have been something that some drivers thought about while competing Friday night.

In the USRA B Mod division a whopping number of 45 drivers checked in to see if they could take home the top prize. Eddie Schwope and Chase Galvan led the field to the green flag. Right from the start of the feature event it was a duel between Eddie Schwope and Andy Bryant, the National Points Leader in the USRA B Mods. A host of Lakeside’s finest B Mods would battle it out behind them, but it was the Schwope and Bryant show at the front. With 10 laps down the stage would be set as Bryant took the top spot. In the top spot Bryant started to put some distance on the Schwope as he kept the lead. Bryant might have got the breathing room he needed or maybe not? Racing to the white flag Bryant would have about a 10 car length lead over Schwope. As the two raced into the first corner lapped traffic showed as they raced down the back stretch. Bryant’s lead was cut in half as they headed into turn 3. As Bryant ran up on a lapped car, the lapped car bobbled and Bryant had to get out of the gas for a split second. That split second was exactly what Schwope would need as he slipped by Bryant on the low side coming out of turn four and held on to the checkers. The win was his 2nd of the season at Lakeside Speedway. Bryant would come home a close 2nd after leading a majority of the feature, Colten Stevens put a solid run together having a good finish in 3rd, 4th went to Tim Shields who celebrated his best B Mod Feature finish and Shad Turner raced his way from 8th to finish 5th in the main event. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Shields, Schwope, Bryant, Stevens and Patrick Royalty. The B Features were won by Tyler Lewis and Nick Newton.

The USRA Modified racers had a chance to watch the B Mod Feature and should have paid attention to the thought of giving it your all until you reach the finish. After an early yellow the field got underway as Darron Fuqua took to the top spot. A broken brake rotor plagued Fuqua in his heat race and the problem would rear it’s head in the feature. As he led the field he would lose his breaks. A huge problem when racing at Lakeside Speedway. Fuqua maintained his lead over the 2nd place runner of Tim Karrick and just behind Karrick was the point leader, Kerry Davis. Lapped traffic and more than 1/2 of the feature still remained. At the halfway mark Karrick and Davis put their assault on Fuqua. Karrick would get the best of it as he would dive under the leader and make the pass heading down the back stretch. Davis would suffer problems and couldn’t keep up with leaders. Karrick established a nice size advantage, but lapped traffic and a determined Fuqua provided for a ton of action coming to the finish. Karrick would hold the top spot as Fuqua stayed right on his back bumper. Fuqua would make some runs at Karrick, but would be unable to get the job done. Karrick would come out of 4 for the last time and took the checkers and the win in front of the appreciative crowd. The win would be Karrick’s 4th of the season. Fuqua would finish in the runner-up spot, the points leader, Davis, would take one step closer to the championship by finishing 3rd, 4th would be the USRA National Modified point leader, Terry Schultz and rounding out the top 5 was Tad Davis. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Kerry Davis, Fuqua, Robbie Reed and Karrick.

Brett Heeter and Kevin Anderson have dominated the USRA Stock Car class in 2015. The two drivers have a total of 16 wins between them and Friday night was another chance for these 2 drivers to display their talents. During the A main these two would drive away from the field setting up a duel to the checkers. Late in the race it looked as if Anderson’s handling was going away as Heeter started to amass a lead over Anderson. Just when you thought it was a walk in the park for Heeter, Anderson would find his stride in the final 4 laps. As the two came to the white flag lapped traffic would come into play. Anderson looked to make a move in the 1st turn on Heeter. Unfortunately, Anderson could not keep the run going as he would slip coming out of turn 2. Anderson would give chase the rest of the way but would come up just a bit short. Heeter stayed calm and ran his race all the way to the finish getting the win. It was his 9th win of the season. Anderson finished 2nd, Nate Barnes would race his way to another top 5 finish in 3rd, 4th went to Gary Donaldson who is becoming more familiar with his new ride and Gene Stigall started 9th and raced his way to a 5th place finish. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Heeter, Donaldson, Brad Whitney and Dean Hensler.

Fans who have watched the Grand National division all season long should have known that this night was coming. Steve Dibben, a feature winner this season, and Donnie Brown brought the field to the checkered flag on Friday night. At the drop of the green flag it was Brown asserting himself as the leader. All season long Brown has strung together some great runs but just couldn’t get the job done. Was Friday night the night that Brown would get it done? It would be Brown’s best run of the season. He led from the start and would hold on all the way to the finish. Brown would not see a challenge all race long. Win number 1 on the season for Brown would be an impressive win. He wired the field and won by a very large margin. Brown would also become the 5th different feature winner on the season. Dibben would win a tight battle with Don Marrs to finish 2nd, Marrs would finish 3rd, 4th went to Jim Baker and rounding out the top 5 was Dave Powell. The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Donnie Brown.

The ULMA Late Models made their first ever appearance at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night and the race seemed familiar. Aaron Marrant, former Modified Champ at Lakeside Speedway, would dominate the feature from start to finish. The familiar surroundings made Marrant feel comfortable in his temporary ride. Marrant would not miss a beat all race long as he would go on and pick up the $1,000 top prize. Clint Long would race his way to the runner-up spot, 3rd would go to Aaron Poe after winning the spot from the 4th place finisher, Jason Bodenhammer and rounding out the top 5 would be Tommy Cordray.

Racing action continues next Friday night, October 2nd, at Lakeside Speedway. For more information log on to Lakeside Speedway’s home on the world wide web…. www.lakesidepeedway.net.

ULMA Drivers Head to Lakeside Speedway for First-Ever Kansas Event!

September 25th, 2015

Lucas Cattle Company ULMA drivers were set to roll into Kansas last weekend; however, Mother Nature foiled plans with wet weather and forced postponement of the association’s first-ever visit to Lakeside Speedway. A makeup date was quickly established and drivers have another shot at claiming the first-ever ULMA win in the Sunflower State on Friday, September 25!

Several supporters will make the long haul to Kansas a little easier on the pocketbook for drivers by adding special bonuses for the event. When initially announced, the winning driver was set to take home $600 with start money at $80 but with the help of an outstanding list of generous sponsors the race will now pay $1,000 to win with increased start money added to the starting field as well.

Chris Ricketts and Mike Meise of Burlington Auto Repair in Kansas City and Bob Morton of Bob Morton Enterprises in Independence, Missouri, and John and Joy O’Neal, promoters of the Kart Stars Series, each added to the winner’s share making the win now worth $1,000!

Burlington Auto Repair is an auto repair shop located at 1041 Swift St, North Kansas City, Mo 64116. Phone them at (816) 283-0625. Bob Morton Enterprises is located at 11415 E 23rd St S Independence MO 64052. (816) 254-4043. The Kart Stars Series may be found online at www.kartstars.net/contact.html or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/crikartstars.

The Heartland Auto Racing Show, which is one of the fastest-growing motorsports Trade Shows in the nation informed ULMA they will sponsor a $100 Hard-Charger award for Friday’s event. The trade show may be found on the web at www.heartlandautoracingshow.com. This year’s show is scheduled for November 20 and 21, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. ULMA wishes to thank Bobby Penney for his assistance in securing this contribution.

A donor who wished to remain anonymous has posted $150, which will go to a pre-selected finishing position in the final main event. The lucky driver finishing in the pre-selected finishing position will be awarded the bonus upon conclusion of the event.

Kluhsman Racing Components (KRC) of Lockwood, Missouri will award a new Throttle Linkage Kit to Friday night’s winner and to a “Hard Luck Award” driver. In addition, KRC will award a new set of lug nuts to Friday night’s Hard Charger! Find KRC online www.krcracing.com.

Ramsey Motors of Riverside, Missouri will award an extra $100 towards a hard luck award for a driver. Find Ramsey Motors online at www.ramseymotorsmo.com. You can trust Ramsey Motors because they are a family owned business doing business for over 38 years. They want to treat you like you were part of their family so you will tell your friends and family about them. There are no documentation fees or any hidden charges. Ramsey Motors may be reached at 1-866-603-3008.

Yeoman Race Engines is offering a $200 motor refreshening to a hard luck driver to be selected at the conclusion of the main event. Yeoman Race Engines is located at 724 W. 7th Street, Galena, Kansas 66739. Phone (620) 783-5041. Find them on the web at www.yeomanraceengines.com.

G.W. Farms and Gary Wilhelm have posted a $100 bonus to a mystery finishing spot for Friday’s main event. The bonus will be awarded to a pre-selected finishing position in the main event and announced after conclusion of the main event.

Brubaker Farms and David Brubaker added $200 to be placed throughout the bottom of the finishing order! Select Hardwoods of Golden City, Missouri has contributed $200 towards ULMA’s inaugural race at Lakeside Speedway. In business since 1985 specializing in hardwood floor repair, Select Hardwoods is located at 1037 E County Rd U, Golden City, MO 64748 and may be reached at (417) 537-4718. Contact David Brubaker.

ULMA’s 2015 Champion driver Jon Melloway of Hallsville, Missouri leads the charge of drivers expected to compete this weekend. One of those drivers is Chris Smyser, who is coming off of his fifth win of the season at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) last weekend in a non-points earning event at RCR. Smyser has experience at the big track and is scheduled to make the long haul across the state line to compete.

Long-time Later Model racer Tommy Cordray of Browning, Missouri expressed his intent to compete in the event as have Jason Bodenhamer, Wesley Briggs, Jon Binning, Cody Holtkamp, Kevin Coyne, Clint Long, Steve Clancy, and Bobby Penney. Note, mention of driver name does not guarantee race appearance.

The Lakeside Speedway Driver’s Meeting takes place at 6:30 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30. The planned order of events for Friday night is Grand Nationals, Stock Cars, B-Mods, ULMA Late Models, and USRA Modifieds. All pit passes are $30. Pits open at 4:30 followed by grandstands at 5. Adult general admission is $12, Seniors, Military, and Students w/I.D. are $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6, five and under are free.

Contact Lakeside speedway on their Raceday Hotline by dialing 913-299-9206 or find them on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net. Lakeside Speedway is a three-eighth mile, semi-banked, dirt oval located at 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kansas 66109. The track is located one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR5 north east of the Legends Mall and Kansas Speedway.

Remaining 2015 ULMA Schedule (as of 9/23/15)
Friday, Sept 25 – Lakeside Speedway – Inaugural event! Non point’s race.
Saturday, Oct 24 – ULMA Championship Banquet, Isle of Capri – Boonville, Mo. (Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 28th and must be purchased in advance, details will be announced on 9/28/15).

For complete standings, results, calendar of events and license information be sure to visit ULMA online at www.ulmaracing.com. ULMA Temp Licenses are sold at each affiliated track for $10 per event entered. Drivers must either be a paid in full ULMA member or purchase the temp license to compete in ULMA events. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com, and Photographics by Shelly Payne. For more information on ULMA, visit www.ulmaracing.com.

Inaugural Visit to Lakeside Speedway up Next for ULMA Late Model Drivers!

September 17th, 2015

Although the regular point’s season for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Models Drivers officially came to a close last weekend, motors are set to refire once again this Friday, September 18 when ULMA drivers make their first-ever appearance at the popular Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas!

The arrangements for the event have been ongoing for several weeks and were finalized in time enough to officially announce the race a few weeks before the end of the season to allow drivers time to prepare for their appearance at the Kansas speedplant. In recent post-season surveys taken by active ULMA drivers, Lakeside Speedway consistently ranked high on the list of tracks ULMA drivers wished they could compete on.

Several drivers have expressed to the association their desire to compete this weekend including this season’s ULMA Champion Jon Melloway, who became ULMA’s eighth different champion in nine years! Missouri-based veterans Steve Clancy, Kevin Coyne, and Bob King are hopeful contenders as are 2014 ULMA Champion Jon Binning and 2008 ULMA Champion Jason Bodenhamer. Wesley Briggs, Cody Holtkamp, and Jake Williams have also expressed hopes of taking home a Lakeside win!

Bobby Penney, John O’Neal Jr., and Gary Billings plan to represent the greater Kansas City metro in keeping the win close to home base. Billings has been out of late models for a period of time but plans a return to the late model ranks this weekend at Lakeside Speedway. O’Neal has already posted a ULMA victory this season, his first in a ULMA Late Model. Bobby Penney also posted his first-ever ULMA victory during the 2015 season.

Chris Smyser of Lancaster, Missouri expressed his desire to compete with ULMA officials as he plans to make the long haul to compete. Smyser’s experience behind the wheel of a Late Model on larger-sized tracks will definitely keep his name high on the list of potential winners when Friday rolls around. Smyser recorded multiple victories this season at the high-banked Randolp County Raceway (RCR) in Mobelry, Missouri. Please note, the drivers listed here are drivers who expressed to ULMA their expected participation in the event, mention of any driver name does not guarantee race appearance!

Technical inspection will be conducted throughout the night at the discretion of ULMA and track officials! ULMA drivers will follow Lakeside Speedway general track rules and must be in compliance with all ULMA car class rules as written. All ULMA drivers must attend the Lakeside Speedway driver’s meeting at 6:30 on Friday.

The Lakeside Speedway Driver’s Meeting takes place at 6:30 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30. The planned order of events for Friday night is Grand Nationals, Stock Cars, B-Mods, ULMA Late Models, and USRA Modifieds. All pit passes are $30. Pits open at 4:30 followed by grandstands at 5. Adult general admission is $12, Seniors, Military, and Students w/I.D. are $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6, five and under are free.

ULMA wishes to thank Lakeside Speedway owners and promoters Don and Donna Marrs and their staff for working with and offering the association a race date at the speedway. ULMA also wishes to thank John O’Neal for his dillegence in helping secure a race date at the speedway. A rain date of Friday, September 25th has been established by Lakeside Speedway should inclimate weather settle in over the area on Friday.

Contact Lakeside speedway on the Raceday Hotline at 913-299-9206 or find them on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net. Lakeside Speedway is a three-eighth mile, semi-banked, dirt oval located at 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kansas 66109. The track is located one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR5 north east of the Legends Mall and Kansas Speedway.

An outstanding list of generous sponsors have informed ULMA officials of various incentive money and contingency prizes and ULMA wishes to thank all of the sponsors for their contribution and generosity to the Lakeside Speedway event. Thanks to Chris Ricketts and Mike Meise of Burlington Auto Repair in Kansas City and John and Joy O’Neal, promoters of the Kart Stars Series, the race will now pay $1,000-to-win!

Burlington Auto Repair is an auto repair shop located at 1041 Swift St, North Kansas City, Mo 64116. Phone them at (816) 283-0625. The Kart Stars Series may be found online at www.kartstars.net/contact.html or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/crikartstars.

The Heartland Auto Racing Show, which is one of the fastest-growing motorsports Trade Shows in the nations informed ULMA they will sponsor a $100 Hard-Charger award for Friday’s event. The trade show may be found on the web at www.heartlandautoracingshow.com. The show is scheduled for November 20 and 21, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. ULMA wishes to thank Bobby Penney for his assistance in securing this contribution for the event.

A donor who wished to remain anonymous has posted $150 that will go to a certain designated spot in the finishing order. The donor wished for us to keep their name and the finishing position a secret … we will pay the lucky driver at the end of the night who finishes in this designated position and will announce the position the donor pre-selected for the bonus award!

Additionally, Kluhsman Racing Components of Lockwood, Missouri informed ULMA they will award a new Throttle Linkage Kit to Friday night’s winner and to the “Hard Luck Award” driver. In addition, they will award a new set of lug nuts to Friday night’s Hard Charger! Find KRC online www.krcracing.com. Ramsey Motors of Riverside, Missouri informed ULMA they will award an extra $100 towards a hard luck award. Find Ramsey Motors online at www.ramseymotorsmo.com. ULMA would like to thank Ramsey Motors and all of the event business partners for their generosity to make this event special for the participating drivers!

RCR has one more event planned on the dirt track this season. Although it is not a point’s race, it is another opportunity for drivers to race their cars one more time in 2015. From the track’s website, which is found at www.randolphcountyraceway.com, the event details read: on Saturday, September 19th RCR’s final night of racing will take place with all classes running. At intermission the top 5 points finishers in the track’s devisions will receive their trophies from this season’s final point standings. Prior to the races, Log Boat Brewery presents Moto Bash, an afternoon of music games and fun for all ages followed by Saturday night racing.

Remaining 2015 ULMA Events
Friday, Sept 18 – Lakeside Speedway – Inaugural event! Non point’s race.
Saturday, Sept 19 – Randolph County Raceway – Non point’s race.
Saturday, Oct 24 – ULMA Championship Banquet, Isle of Capri – Boonville, Mo.

For complete standings, results, calendar of events and license information be sure to visit ULMA online at www.ulmaracing.com. ULMA Temp Licenses are sold at each affiliated track for $10 per event entered. Drivers must either be a paid in full ULMA member or purchase the temp license to compete in ULMA events. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com, and Photographics by Shelly Payne. For more information on ULMA, visit www.ulmaracing.com.

Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Winner at Lakeside

September 14th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The racers and fans joined at Lakeside Speedway to honor a great racer from the past, Tom Karrick. A large sum of $1,500 awaited the winner of the USRA Modified Feature. As the excitement built for the big event Tim Karrick and Kevin Blackburn brought the field to the green flag.

Blackburn would hold a slim lead over Karrick for the 1st lap, but Karrick would overtake Blackburn for the lead at the end of lap 2. Terry Schultz, Kerry Davis, Nic Bidinger and Matt Dotson were battling it out to get to Karrick at the front. At lap 10 of the race Karrick would have some company at the front of the field. Davis had moved past Schultz to take over 2nd, Dotson moved to 3rd behind Davis and Schultz went back to 4th. The battle was on at this point. Dotson, who started in the 8th position, decided on lap 10 that he had better try something different. He moved his line up on the race track and it was the correct adjustment. Dotson would go by Davis coming out of turn
4 and then would overhaul Karrick in turn 1. One Dotson was at the point he checked out on the rest of the competition. Sprinting to a $1500 pay day, Dotson picked up his 1st win of the season at Lakeside Speedway. In doing so Dotson becomes the 11th different feature winner on the season in the division. Davis, the points leader, got by Karrick to take home 2nd, 3rd would be Schultz, Karrick held on to finish 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Darron Fuqua.

It was just a week ago that Kevin Anderson raced his way to win #8 on the season in the USRA Stock Cars. The win broke a tie that he and the points leader, Brett Heeter, shared in overall wins for 2015. Friday night’s event gave Heeter another chance to tie Anderson or it would give Anderson a chance to build on his win total. Brett Heeter would start from the pole position in the main event, but it wouldn’t be an easy sprint to the winner’s circle. Between the first 4 cars starting the A Main there was a total of 17 wins this season between those drivers. John O’Neal Jr. and Anderson were right behind Heeter ready to apply pressure throughout the night. Anderson would take the lead from Heeter after an early yellow. Heeter would keep pace as O’Neal and Jake Newman battled for 3rd. Heeter and O’Neal would go side by side for a few laps as they chased down Anderson at the front. It was an entertaining battle for the fans in attendance. Heeter would fall back to 4th before the next yellow fell on the speedway. Just after another restart on lap 10 the trio of Anderson, O’Neal and Heeter met up at the front once again. This time it was a 3 wide exit out of turn 2 where Heeter would thread the needled through the middle and exited with the lead. O’Neal tried to keep pace with Heeter but would lose control of his hot rod in turn 4 and spin around. On the restart Heeter had to move up to the high side and it was the right move for him on the night too. The momentum allowed Heeter to roll passed Anderson. Heeter would hang on to the top spot as Anderson began to fade late in the race. Late in the race Chad Walker and Newman would put some pressure on Heeter, but it wouldn’t work as Heeter raced his way to win #8 on the season. It, again, puts him in a tie with Anderson for the most wins on the season and it also helps him pad his points lead. Walker, who started 8th, finished a strong 2nd, 3rd went Jake Newman after starting 9th, Bobby Tavis finished 4th and Steve Herrick came home 5th after being sent to the rear earlier in the night for a yellow.

The Grand National Feature another repeat winner was standing in victory lane at the end of the night and it wasn’t Tim Shields. Nick Newton, a 2x feature winner on the season, jumped out to the early lead in the feature. It would be a lead he wouldn’t relinquish all night long. Newton would heat all of his marks and never bobble for the 12 lap main event as he would take home the win. Tim Shields, who had to start at the back of the pack in the feature, roared up to finish 2nd, Donnie Brown maintained a solid run all night coming home in 3rd, 4th went to Don Marrs and Marshall Jewett racked up another top 5 finish in 5th. Newton wouldn’t be done on the night as he raced in the USRA B Mod division too. Starting from the pole position in the main event, Newton would have a good shot at getting his 1st double win night. At the start of the A Main Newton would jump out to the lead over Terry Bivins and Gene Claxton. A couple of cars back Luke Nieman moved up to the high side and started to make his way to the front of the field. Nieman would work his way into a battle with Claxton and would win that battle as he moved into 2nd looking to chase down Newton. Andy Bryant, the USRA National B Mod points leader, also came to battle with Claxton and the others at the front of the field. Coming to lap number 10 the fans got what they were wanting, a great race. Nieman had worked his way to Newton and made his way into the lead. Newton wouldn’t go away as he would race Nieman side by side down the stretch. It would be a barn burner the final 5 laps.

On the final lap a lapped car would get in the way on the final turn. The two would hustle down the back stretch side by side with Nieman having a slight advantage over Newton. Into the middle of the turn the momentum swung in Newton’s favor as he slid up and took away Nieman’s line. It was all Newton would need to pick up his 2nd feature win of the evening. The first driver to pull off this feat in 2015. Newton’s win would be his 1st of the season in the B Mods and he becomes the 11th different winner in the class. Gene Claxton finished a close 3rd behind the leaders, the hard charger of the night was Shadren Turner who started 18th and finished 4th and Bryant held on for a 5th place finish.

The action at Lakeside Speedway continues next Friday night, Sept. 18, with an added bonus! The ULMA Late Models will be joining the Grand Nationals, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and USRA Modifieds! It will be a show that you won’t want to miss.

Race Night Notes; USRA Racing & Lucas Oil Late Models At Lakeside Speedway

September 7th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – Fans of Lakeside Speedway are spoiled! They are spoiled with all the great racing action and the great number of special events that the 2015 season contains. Friday night, Sept. 4, the fans are not only going to see their 3 great USRA Weekly Racing (Modifieds, Stocks Cars and B Mods), they will also get to see some of the best Late Model drivers in the Midwest as the Lucas Oil MLRA roll into KC! The action will get started at 7:30 p.m. when the first green flag flies!

Last Week’s Recap…
It was just a week ago that Darron Fuqua regained his swagger from a year ago and picked up his 2nd USRA Modified Feature win. Brett Heeter maintained his dominance over the USRA Stock Car class with feature win #7. Chase Austin showed that he is one of the hottest drivers (if not the hottest) at Lakeside Speedway in the past month as he won his 3rd race in 4 weeks. Win #12 came to Greg Shields in the Grand National main event.

Setting Up This Week’s Races…

USRA Modifieds…
It was a year ago and Darron Fuqua was rolling into Victory Lane quite frequently. This season it’s been an UP and mainly down season for Fuqua. Fuqua has suffered a lot of mechanical failures that weren’t his fault. Now he has a new piece under the hood and it’s paying dividends. Last week he not only won at Lakeside, but he also took home a Sunday night win at Humboldt Speedway.

With only 5 races left before Championship night Kerry Davis has a commanding lead over the competition. Davis can’t rest easy just yet. We have seen all kinds of weird things happen when it comes to points battles.

Twenty-two competitors checked in for action last week in the USRA Modified division. As some tracks end their season before Lakeside Speedway it’s possible for some new faces to give Lakeside Speedway a try before the end of the year.

One of those drivers to give Lakeside Speedway a try last week was former 2007 Lakeside Champ, John Allen. Allen was the points champ at Humboldt Speedway this season, didn’t have the return he wanted but did come home with a top 5 finish coming home in 4th.

Three of the top 15 in USRA National Points raced at Lakeside Speedway last Friday night. John Allen 5th in national points was 4th, Tim Karrick 6th in national points was 3rd and Aarron Marrant 15th in national points finished 22nd.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week…

Tim Karrick #1K, Basehor, KS.

Tim Karrick has been the Driver to Watch This Week before. Karrick is feeling a resurgence. This season he has rolled a few wins together, not only at Lakeside Speedway but also at CMS, another USRA sister track. Strong runs at both tracks have him in the top 5 in points at both tracks and he is in the top 5 nationally with the USRA. This has got to be a boost in the arm for Karrick and running down the last 6 races, look for Karrick to make a charge. He has been running strong week after week it should only be a matter of time before another win comes his way.

USRA Stock Cars…

Brett Heeter is having a banner year. Win #7 was an easy one. Heeter is getting closer and closer to his 3rd straight title. If he can get it done it will be his 4th title overall. If the next few weeks go like the last month, Heeter will close it out in style.

Heeter is currently 7th in the USRA Stock Car National point standings.

One has to wonder what would the outcome have been if Kevin Anderson hadn’t missed a few races after his hard crash early in the season? Would there be a big battle at the top for the points? Anderson has matched Heeter with 7 wins, but the races he missed hurt a lot in the standings. Bench racers will have to chat about this one for days.

Nate Barnes is a driver that wants to get the job done. He is hungry for a win but right now he keeps stalling out inside the top 5. Will Barnes get it done before the season ends?

The USRA Stock Car division has stalled out with 6 different winners on the season. Is this weekend the time for winner #7?

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week…

Gary Donaldson #28D, MO.

Gary Donaldson has been slowing getting his feet back into the racing game. The former Grand National 2013 Track Champ at Lakeside Speedway, decided to get a USRA Stock Car this season and give it a go. Last week in the feature he raced his way to a 4th place finish. In just a few races Donaldson has become a factor. Everyone that knows Donaldson, knows he is a competitor and a winner. It shouldn’t be long before he races his way into victory lane! It could be as soon as this Friday night.

USRA B Mods…

Chase Austin is on fire in the past 4 weeks. In the past 4 weeks Austin has picked off 3 wins and a runner-up finish. Austin has raced at the highest levels of racing professionally, but now finds himself back at home racing on the local short tracks that he cut his teeth on. One reason Austin might be having such a turnaround is that he has no pressure. He is just having fun and sometimes that’s all anyone ever needs.

Last week’s ‘Hard Charger’ might have been Chase Galvan. Garlvan hustled his way from a 23rd place starting spot to finish in the 12th position. It could be a sign that Galvan might be one of the drivers to watch down the stretch.

Ed Noll finished 5th last week. Another top 5 finish keeps him on top of the standings for another week as he leads Luke Nieman by 79 points.

Speaking of points, Lakeside Speedway regulars Ed Noll and Shad Turner are 10th and 11th in the most recent USRA B Mod National Point Standings.

Two more new drivers showed up last week and that now raises the total number of drivers to accumulate points in 2015 in the B Mods to 75! The most of any class.

The USRA B Mod can also boast that they have 9 different feature winners on the season.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week…

Schwope started the season battling for the points lead. He didn’t get a win but each and every week, early, he seemed to find his way into victory lane. After not running every single event Schwope has found himself out of the points chase. It’s ok with him. He races for the love of the sport. It’s something him and his family have been doing for decades. Look each week as Schwope goes out to do better than he did the week before. Don’t be surprised if he does better than he did last week! If he does, that would put him in victory lane.

Race Night 411…

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $18, kids 6 to 10 are $6, children 5 and under are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $15 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539or Pete Howey at 913-752-7154.

Fuqua, Heeter, Austin & Shields Top The Competition at Lakeside Speedway

September 2nd, 2015

Kansas City, KS – CARB Night at Lakeside Speedway was a good time for all in attendance on Friday night. The action on the track was well worth the price of admission on this special night.

In the USRA Modified Feature an extra bonus of $500 was on the line for the winner courtesy of Kenny’s Tile Racing. CARB also put money into the purse on this night as well. So that meant that the drivers had something extra to battle it out for and it would show on the track. Former track champ, John Allen, got out to the early lead. A strong battle went on behind Allen as Kerry Davis, Nic Bidinger, Jared Steins, Tim Karrick and Darron Fuqua were all mixing it up. Lap number 8 would see Davis go by Allen for the lead as a lapped car got in the way. Davis, a 7 time feature winner this season, started to establish a big lead as the race wore on. Just passed the halfway point Darron Fuqua started to close the gap on Davis and would set the stage for a battle at the top spot with lapped traffic starting to get in the way. As the two front runners cleared lap traffic it was Davis still at the point. Fuqua, who had been running the bottom, decided to move up to the top of the track in turns 1 & 2. It might have been the right choice.

Fuqua’s moved to the top of the track allowed him to carry some momentum as he would pass Davis on lap 15. At the front of the field it was all Fuqua to the finish. Fuqua started 7th on the grid and would drive to his 2nd win of the 2015 season.

Davis, the points leader, would hang on to the runner up spot at the finish, 3rd went to Karrick, the early leader, Allen, finished in the 4th position and Bidinger would round out the top 5 in 5th.

Chase Austin might be the hottest driver currently at Lakeside Speedway. In the past 3 features Austin has 2 wins and a very close 2nd. His streak would make him a driver to watch on Friday night. In the early part of the feature it was Eddie Schwope taking the top spot. Schwope would hang on to the top spot passed the halfway point. Luke Nieman and Chase Austin put on a great duel for the 2nd spot. Tight wheel to wheel racing for several laps was evident. A caution would come out and change the complexion of the race. On the restart it was Schwope, Shad Turner, who charged up to the front, and Chase Austin in the top 3. Another yellow would come, this time as a drive shaft came out of the 2nd place car of Turner!

The green flag would wave and the racing action would intensify at the front of the pack. Austin would make a run at Schwope for the the lead with 4 laps remaining. Austin working the high line would make the pass coming out of turn 2 on lap 13. Once in the lead Austin would close the door on the competition and speed off to the checkers. The win was his 3rd of the season. The runner-up spot would go to Schwope, Nieman, who is 2nd in points, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Nick Newton, who started 9th, and the points leader, Ed Noll, came home in the 4th position.

In the USRA Stock Car Feature it would be Brett Heeter, the points leader, and Tom Fogarty bringing in the field to the green to start this race off. A big duel would develop at the top between Heeter and Kevin Anderson. A whopping total of 13 feature wins between these two drivers made this rivalry what it is. Heeter would grab control after an early restart and never relinquished the top spot the rest of the way. Anderson would pressure him but he never got close enough to mount a full scale assualt. Heeter raced his way to his 7th feature win by the end of the night. Heeter remains in the points lead with a handful of races left on the season. Anderson would finish in the 2nd spot, 3rd was Nate Barnes, 4th would go to Gary Donaldson and Tom Forgarty finished in the 5th position. The winningest driver at Lakeside Speedway this season, Tim Shields, had another winning effort on Friday night. After two straight races with someone other than Shields in victory lane, Shields looked to regain his winning form.

At the drop of the green flag Shields took to the top of the field and proceeded to check out on the competition. For the entire race Shields would stay in command at the front and scooted to win #12 on the season. Donnie Brown and Don Marrs had a great battle to the stripe for the 2nd spot. Brown would win the battle for 2nd, Marrs would settle for 3rd, 2nd in the points, Marshall Jewett, finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Dave Powell.

USRA Racing action will continue again next Friday night, Sept. 4, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will join the USRA Modifieds, Stock Cars and B Mods!

Rodney Sanders Extends USMTS Hunt Lead with Lakeside Victory

August 28th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders claimed his second Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) victory of the season in his Swan Energy #20 MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified with a $3,500 triumph on Friday evening at Lakeside Speedway.

Rodney Sanders made the trip to Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) on Friday for the next round of the Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup. Drawing a field of thirty-five cars, Sanders scored a 3rd place finish in his heat, transferring him into the A-Main. With $3,500 on the line, Rodney charged from his 11th place starting spot to capture his 22nd victory of the season. Ousting Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, and Shad Badder, Rodney Sanders improved ten spots in the 35-lap feature.

“This was a big night for our team because not only did we get the win, but we were able to stretch our advantage atop the standings,” said Sanders. “Hats off to my team for giving me a great car each and every night, and special thanks goes to my sponsors, who help make this happen.”

Sunday night’s event at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) fell victim to rain and will not be rescheduled.

With the win Rodney extended his advantage atop the latest USMTS Hunt of the Casey’s Cup standings as he pursues his third-straight, series title. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup will enjoy a break in action this weekend. Sanders will take advantage of the opportunity to grab some rest and relaxation as he prepares for the homestretch of the season. Next on tap for the Happy, Texas racer will be a five-day swing over the Labor Day weekend. Action includes events from September 2nd – 6th at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa), Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota), Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota), Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota), and Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa). For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

Sanders soars to decisive victory at Lakeside Speedway

August 22nd, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 21) ‘Rodney Sanders took a big step toward his goal of winning the USMTS National Championship Friday at the Lakeside Speedway in scoring his second win of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Polesitter Shad Badder led the first three laps of the 35-lap main event while Ryan Gustin, who started in the third row, and 11th-starting Rodney Sanders quickly began their marches toward the front.

The event was slowed after a caution on the second lap when the tracks medical had to attend to an emergency in the grandstands. A red flag during the incident paused the race for just over 20 minutes.

Back under green, Gustin pounded the cushion around the high side of the half-mile oval and zoomed past Badder to lead the fourth lap.

Meanwhile, Sanders broke into the top five by the third lap and made his way to second with six laps in the books.

For the next six laps, the duo that wears the last four USMTS crowns battled it out in a thrilling high-speed slugfest.

Sanders shut the door to lead for the first time on lap 13, but Gustin did not fade away. Meanwhile, Badder, Stormy Scott and 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn tried to keep up with the streaking young guns.

The yellow flag waved on lap 18 for debris just as the leaders had reach the back of the field, and Sanders took advantage of the restart to jump out to a ten-car-length lead one lap later.

Badder slipped by Gustin on the restart, but The Reaper raced back into second on lap 20. However, Sanders was running away at this point with nearly a full straight-away cushion over his chasers.

Krohn moved in to claim second on lap 24 and, with four laps to go, Gustin ducked into the infield with mechanical troubles. Sanders sailed the rest of the way to register his second main event win of The Hunt and his 18th of the 2015 campaign. The $3,500 triumph which included a $500 bonus from Kennys Tile helped the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, pad his points lead and gave him the 63rd win of his USMTS career just eight shy of matching Justins mark of 71.

Krohn, making his first USMTS start since February, claimed the runner-up spot while Johnny Scott fended off his brother, Stormy Scott, for second. Badder notched a career-best fifth.

Jesse Sobbing, Philip Houston, Dereck Ramirez, Darron Fuqua and Grant Junghans rounded out the top 10. Junghans, who started third, was the recipient of the lap-2 yellow flag and fought his way past 17 fellow competitors over the final 33 orbits.

The USMTS will award $20,000 to the 2015 National Champion, unless that driver is Sanders. By virtue of his three regional titles this season, a $100,000 paycheck awaits if he can capture his third straight crown.

The gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday for what promises to be yet another classic nail-biter. All military veterans and active duty get in free of charge on Salute to Veterans Night presented by Bob Hart Chevrolet.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their first appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway Aug. 27, 2004. He returned to the tracks winners circle two more times when the USMTS visited in 2013.

Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Bryan Rowland and Jeremy Payne have also tasted victory at Salina, while Ryan Gustin has three checkered flags here. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps get going at 6:30 and the first green flag waves at 7
p.m. with the always-exciting sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) also in action, plus 360 Modifieds and Pure Stocks too.

Tickets for adults are $20, kids are $10 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission re available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Wagoner and Tahlequah, as well as Siloam Springs on the Arkansas side of the border.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

The Reaper returns to USMTS racing Friday at Lakeside Speedway

August 21st, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–Two-time USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin has announced that he will be suited up and ready to battle this weekend when the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental returns to Americas heartland for a pair of critical clashes in the battle to become the 2015 champion of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Two weeks ago, the 24-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, became a father for the second time with the birth of his daughter, Ivey, and The Reaper will be making his first start with the USMTS since June 18 when action kicks off Friday, Aug. 21, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first of two $3,000-to-win blockbuster events.This will be the 13th time the USMTS has circled the historic Lakeside Speedway since making its debut there three years ago. Gustin won the inaugural race during his second straight USMTS National Championship season in 2012.

Since then, Jeremy Payne has won three times while two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders has two wins. But Terry Phillips leads all drivers with four victories at Lakeside, including the most recent visit on May 1.

2013 USRA Modified National Champion Matt Dotson and defending Lakeside Speedway track champion Nic Bidinger each have one USMTS victory both coming during the 2013 Sunflower Showdown.

Fridays Salute to Military Night presented by Budweiser will feature all military personnel getting in to witness the spectacle for just $10, and all fans can enjoy beer specials all night long. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will also be turning laps on Friday night.

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $18, youth ages 13-16 and military personnel with valid ID are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge. A limited number of seats in the air-conditioned V.I.P. suites are available for $25. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Kansas City, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City, Nashua and Shawnee. Joe Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans in person at the Caseys General Store located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City from 12-2 p.m. Listen to 610 Sports Radio on your AM dial to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 22, the gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for what promises to be yet another classic nail-biter on the steep clay oval with all military veterans getting in free of charge on Salute to Veterans Night presented by Bob Hart Chevrolet.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their first appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway way back on Aug. 27, 2004. He returned to the tracks winners circle two more times when the USMTS visited in 2013.

Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Bryan Rowland and Jeremy Payne have also tasted victory at Salina, while Ryan Gustin has three checkered flags here.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps get going at 6:30 and the first green flag waves at 7 p.m. with the always-exciting sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) also in action, plus 360 Modifieds and Pure Stocks too.

Tickets for adults are $20, kids are $10 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission re available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Wagoner and Tahlequah, as well as Siloam Springs on the Arkansas side of the border.

In 2011, the unique racetrack reopened after sitting idle for many years and the new owners refurbished the entire facility, including a brand new office and tech garage building on the pit side, and a pit area that can accommodate over 200 race teams with room to expand.

The grandstand side of the facility is a welcome surprise for race fans with new grandstand seating that will accommodate up to 5,000 spectators and, by late afternoon, is completely covered in shade. There is also a new covered 4,000-square-foot open air concession area, a new beer barn, picnic tables and patio seating with awnings. The grandstand concessions, gift shop and restrooms are also totally remodeled.

The real surprise though is the V.I.P. area. Located on the second level of the front stretch grandstand complex overlooking Lake Hudson is a four-star restaurant. The Finish Line Restaurant is open year-round, Thursday through Sunday. V.I.P. passes are available to the general public during the racing season to sit in air-conditioned comfort, enjoy great food and drink, and watch some of the most competitive racing in the Midwest.

Furthermore, V.I.P. suites with home theatre seating and accommodations for up to 16 people can be leased for the season.

But the real draw to the Salina Highbanks Speedway is the track itself. The high-banked oval is 3/8 of a mile at the bottom and close to a half-mile long at the top. The corners are banked nearly 30 degrees while the front- and back-stretches are nearly 20 degrees steep. The clay surface and the layout offer drivers multiple racing grooves which is conducive to close, two- and three-wide racing.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

America heroes honored Aug. 21-22 at Lakeside, Salina USMTS clashes

August 20th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental returns to Americas heartland this weekend for a pair of critical events in the battle to become the 2015 champion of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Action kicks off this Friday, Aug. 21, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first of two $3,000-to-win blockbuster events. Then on Saturday, Aug. 22, the USMTS Modifieds return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.

This will be the 13th time the USMTS has circled the historic Lakeside Speedway since making its debut there three years ago. Ryan Gustin won the inaugural race during his second straight USMTS National Championship season in 2012.

Since then, Jeremy Payne has won three times while two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders has two wins, but Terry Phillips leads all drivers with four victories at Lakeside, including the most recent visit on May 1.

2013 USRA Modified National Champion Matt Dotson and defending Lakeside Speedway track champion Nic Bidinger each have one USMTS victory both coming during the 2013 Sunflower Showdown.

Friday’s Salute to Military Night presented by Budweiser will feature all military personnel getting in to witness the spectacle for just $10, and all fans can enjoy beer specials all night long. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods
will also be turning laps on Friday night.

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $18, youth ages 13-16 and military personnel with valid ID are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge. A limited number of seats in the air-conditioned V.I.P. suites are available for $25. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Kansas City, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City, Nashua and Shawnee. Joe Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans in person at the Caseys General Store located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City from 12-2 p.m. Listen to 610 Sports Radio on your AM dial to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for what promises to be yet another classic nail-biter on the steep clay oval with all military veterans getting in free of charge on Salute to Veterans Night presented by Bob Hart Chevrolet.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their first appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway way back on Aug. 27, 2004. He returned to the tracks winners circle two more times when the USMTS visited in 2013.

Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Bryan Rowland and Jeremy Payne have also tasted victory at Salina, while Ryan Gustin has three checkered flags here.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps get going at 6:30 and the first green flag waves at 7 p.m. with the always-exciting sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) also in action, plus 360 Modifieds and Pure Stocks too.

Tickets for adults are $20, kids are $10 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission re available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Wagoner and Tahlequah, as well as Siloam Springs on the Arkansas side of the border.

In 2011, the unique racetrack reopened after sitting idle for many years and the new owners refurbished the entire facility, including a brand new office and tech garage building on the pit side, and a pit area that can accommodate over 200 race teams with room to expand.

The grandstand side of the facility is a welcome surprise for race fans with new grandstand seating that will accommodate up to 5,000 spectators and, by late afternoon, is completely covered in shade. There is also a new covered
4,000-square-foot open air concession area, a new beer barn, picnic tables and patio seating with awnings. The grandstand concessions, gift shop and restrooms are also totally remodeled.

The real surprise though is the V.I.P. area. Located on the second level of the front stretch grandstand complex overlooking Lake Hudson is a four-star restaurant. The Finish Line Restaurant is open year-round, Thursday through Sunday. V.I.P. passes are available to the general public during the racing season to sit in air-conditioned comfort, enjoy great food and drink, and watch some of the most competitive racing in the Midwest.

Furthermore, V.I.P. suites with home theatre seating and accommodations for up to 16 people can be leased for the season.

But the real draw to the Salina Highbanks Speedway is the track itself. The high-banked oval is 3/8 of a mile at the bottom and close to a half-mile long at the top. The corners are banked nearly 30 degrees while the front- and back-stretches are nearly 20 degrees steep. The clay surface and the layout offer drivers multiple racing grooves which is conducive to close, two- and three-wide racing.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

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Nic Bidinger runs away to win #2 on the season

August 17th, 2015

An exciting feature event shaped up in the USRA Modified division Friday night at Lakeside Speedway. Four cars battled at the front of this main event in the early part of the feature. Nic Bidinger, last year’s champ, got to the front first with Kerry Davis, Darron Fuqua and Aaron Marrant all giving chase.

Bidinger looked like he regained his form of a year ago as he held on to the top spot as Davis applied some pressure.
Marrant would bring out the first yellow of the night as mechanical problems would plague him after the good start. The restart would see Bidinger, Davis and Fuqua slice and dice it up at the front of the pack. Lance Town had also worked his way into the mix at the top! Bidinger would stay out in front while Fuquak, Davis and Town all traded spots behind him. It’s exactly what Bidinger wanted to see. The 3 contenders were knocking each other out giving Bidinger a free run at the top spot.

The track was smooth and dry slick from top to bottom. Both Bidinger and Fuqua found a home running on the extreme high side of the track. Inches away from imminent danger lap after lap. One false move could end their night. The top 2 drivers would separate from the rest of the competition as they set up the battle to the finish. Lapped traffic would help Fuqua mount a serious challenge for the lead. While working through lapped traffic Fuqua would get by Bidinger but he would lose his grip and slid up into the turn 2 wall. This bobble would push Bidinger right back by Fuqua. Instead of being a showdown to the stripe, Bidinger would pull away for win #2 on the season. Bidinger couldn’t have picked a better night to regain his swagger as the USMTS comes to town next week. Fuqua would come home 2nd, 3rd would go to Davis, the points leader, Town
finished in the 4th spot and Tim Karrick would round out the top 5.

It was just one week ago that Chase Austin notched his 1st win at Lakeside Speedway in the USRA B Mods. Could he do it again? The start of the race might have been an indicator for the answer to that question. Austin blasted to the lead and drove away from the field in the first 3 laps of the main event. A yellow would erase the lead and bunch the field up once again. Austin would show that it was no fluke when the green flag waved he took back out to the lead. Austin, would again, extend the lead until the yellow would fly once more. Eddie Schwope would apply some token pressure on the restart, but Austin was just to tough on this night. Win #2 would come easier than it did one week ago. Austin maintained a solid lead all the way to the checkers. It was a great battle from 2nd on back in the main event. The points leader, Ed Noll, showed his strength again as he drove to a 2nd place finish, Andy Bryant would drive from 7th to finish 3rd, 4th was Schwope and Shad Turner finished in the 5th position.

Dean Hensler got the early jump on the field in the USRA Stock Car Feature. Hensler would hang on to the top spot for a few laps, but Brett Heeter, the points leader, was currently running him down and setting up his opportunity to take the top spot. As the two came out of turn four Heeter put on the power move and drove by Hensler on the high side and took the lead. A yellow would erase any advantage Heeter put up, but once the green flag came out again it was Heeter to the point. Hensler would apply some pressure but Heeter would meet the challenge and run away with his 6th win of the season. Hensler would finish in the 2nd spot, Bobby Tavis III would race his way to a 3rd place finish, it was an awesome battle from 4th thru 10th as you could have thrown a blanket over them! In the end 4th would go to Marshall Jewett and Brent Alverson finished out the top 5 in 5th. For the first few laps of the Grand National Feature it would be Don Marrs and Nick Newton battling at the front of the field. Marrs would gain the upper hand and take to the lead. Not only would he take the lead but Marrs, a former feature winner, began to extend the lead lap after lap. It appeared if win #2 was on the horizon. On lap 7 Marrs’ lead and dreams for win #2 came crashing down out of turn number 2. Marrs would drift high out of turn number 2 and brush up against the wall. The move would drop Marrs back to 4th as he gathered himself on the back straight.

Newton, another former feature winner, blasted to the lead. For the final 8 laps of the feature it was all Newton. He maintained a nice lead all the way to his 2nd win of the season. After several runner-up finishes a win was in order.
Donnie Brown had a good battle all night long with the points leader, Tim Shields. Brown would edge Shields at the stripe and take 2nd, Shields finished 3rd, 4th went to Marshall Jewett and Steven Dibben, last week’s winner was 5th.

The action at Lakeside Speedway will be at an all time high next Friday night, Aug. 21st at the USMTS invades Lakeside Speedway.

Austin & Dibben 1st Time Winners At Lakeside Speedway

August 12th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – A pair of first time winners highlighted another great race night at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night. It was also a night that 2 drivers continued their domination of the race season! The entire 2015 season in the Grand National division has been dominated by Tim Shields. Shields, heading into Friday night, had won 11 features on the season. The way his season has gone #12 should have been on the way. Shields would have to wait on his next win as another driver turned in a dominating performance, Steven Dibben.

The opening lap saw Dibben shoot out into the lead. His only scary moment of the night was a slight wiggle coming out of turn 4 on the opening lap. This lap would be the only time the competition would be that close to Dibben. Dibben hit every mark that he needed to hit, kept his car straight and never bobbled all night long on the way to his 1st win of 2015. A good 3 car battle behind him for 2nd between Nick Newton, Tim Shields and Don Marrs, allowed Dibben to extend his lead lap after lap. With the win Dibben becomes the 4th different feature winner of the season in the Grand Nationals. Newton would hold on for 2nd, Shields raced his way to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to a hard charging Donnie Brown and Marrs rounded out the top 5.

The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Marrs.

Chase Austin brought the USRA B Mod field to the green flag for it’s feature. The first 4 laps were all Austin at the front of the board until a couple of consecutive yellows halted the race and forced a restart. On the 2nd restart Austin received some pressure from Gene Claxton, last week’s winner, who would take over the top spot from Austin. The lead would be short one for Claxton as Austin would ride the high line back to the front of the pack. Ed Noll, the current points leader, also joined the battle at the front of the pack. As the race progressed it was a tale of two lines on the track. Austin the high line and Claxton the low line. In the end it would be the high line and the momentum it carried taking Austin to his 1st win of the season. Not only was it Austin’s first win, but it also meant that 9 different drivers have won features in the B Mod class. The most of any division at Lakeside. Claxton would hold on for the runner-up spot, the points leader, Ed Noll, would finish 3rd and put a strangle hold on the points, 4th went to Sam Schuler Jr. and Lance Lincoln marched from 9th to finish 5th.

USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Austin, Schuler and Don Marrs. A class that has provided Fireworks all year long has been the USRA StockCars and Friday night they wouldn’t disappoint the crowd in attendance. Two heavy weights would start off at the front of the main event, Brett Heeter and Kevin Anderson. The 2 drivers combined have won more than 10 features on the season. It would set up a good showdown. As the green flag waved Heeter jumped out to the advantage and would extend a good sized lead until the first yellow of the night came out. On the restart Anderson would start to apply some pressure. A 2nd yellow and restart would see the top 5 cars get a little more vested in the battle up front. At least for the time being. Heeter and Anderson would break away from the pack, until another yellow would set up another restart. On this restart Anderson would take the lead from Heeter, but he would drift high coming out of turn 4 and it allowed Heeter to drive under him and retake command of the feature. Heeter, a master at the dry slick track, would fend off Anderson’s last couple of charges and take the win on the night. The win was #5 on the season for Heeter and it put him one step closer to his chance at a 3rd championship. Anderson would finish a close 2nd, Nate Barned put together another top 5 finish in 3rd, 4th was Bobby Tavis III who started in 8th and 5th would go to Clint Hedge.

USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Heeter and Anderson. Kerry Davis has probably seen a few craps tables in his lifetime. Every now and then you might catch him at one of the local casinos having some fun. Friday night Davis was looking for Lucky #7! Entering the night Davis had 6 wins and a strong lead in the points. Number 7 would solidify his chances for the track championship. Davis started on the pole next to Luke Driskell at the beginning of the feature. At the end of the lap 1 Davis rolled his 7. Lap 1 would be the closest chance the competition would have of seeing Davis as lap after lap he extended his lead until he took the checkers almost a half a lap ahead of the 2nd place car of Nic Bidinger. Behind Davis there were some great battles on the speedway. Bidinger, the defending 2x track champ, drove from 6th to finish 2nd, Tim Karrick would finish 3rd after starting 8th on the grid, Justin Johnson finished 4th and Aaron Marrant finished in the 5th spot.

Next Friday night, August 14th, will see more awesome USRA action as the gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.).

Marrant Hangs ‘W’ At Lakeside Speedway

August 2nd, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It was a hot, steamy night that greeted the racers and fans on Friday night. The return for the fans that dared the warm temperatures was a great show!

Kerry Davis has been the King of the USRA Modifieds to this point at Lakeside Speedway. Heading into Friday night’s races, Davis has won 5 features and sits on top of the point standings. Was there anyone to battle Davis? Aaron Marrant started off the season with a blown motor and then sat out a few weeks before getting back into the action. Since his return Marrant wasn’t tearing up the speedway, but he was getting better each week. After last week’s top 5 finish, it appeared that the former champ was back to his old ways.

At the start of the feature Marrant got out to the lead over Davis. It would set up a showdown that would last for all 20 laps of the main event. Right from the beginning Marrant was back in familiar territory, out in front and riding on the top of the track. He would extend his lead over Davis as the laps began to click off. Davis would give chase as Darron Fuqua would run behind Davis, Lance Town and Logan Martin would also try and run down the leader. An early caution for Mark Schafman would bunch up the field. With the green flag waving again Marrant shot back out to the front of the field. Laps 12 thru 14 Davis would get close, but Marrant would answer the challenge. Two laps remained when Davis and Marrant would have contact and the two would battle it to the final corner. Davis was in the middle of the speedway with Marrant still hugging the high line. On the white flag lap into the final corner, Marrant used lapped traffic to his advantage to secure the win as Davis got held up on the track. Marrant would become the 9th different feature winner on the season. Davis held on to the top of the standings with a 2nd place finish, 3rd
went to a consistent Lance Town, 4th was Terry Schultz and Tim Karrick battled back to finish in 5th.

Two drivers in the USRA B Mod division that have been battling at the top of the point standings this season, Ed Noll and Shadren Turner, brought the field to the green flag to start the B Mod A Main on Friday night. At the end of the first lap it was Ed Noll asserting himself as the alpha male of B Mods. A place he has come to know well this season at Lakeside after having won multiple times. It wasn’t a runaway lead for Noll both Turner and Andy Bryant, both
feature winners, were hot on Noll’s tail. Brad Smith, another feature winner, was also working his way to the front as all 4 drivers were ready to battle it out. The action at the front would get hot and heavy as Bryant went to make a
move on Noll, but it would be for naught as Colten Stevens took a wild ride in turn 3 and brought out a red flag situation. A yellow would quickly follow the red and racing would resume. Once the green came back out Turner would take the lead from Noll on the restart. Turner would only hold the lead until turn 4 as Noll would return the favor and pull back in front of Turner with 4 laps to go. The action still wasn’t done as the top 4 cars were nose to tail. Turner would bobble which gave Bryant 2nd and then Brad Smith made a move on Bryant that would give Smith the 2nd spot. This was all done in 1 lap. All the tight racing behind Noll allowed him to sneak away from the competition.
A late race yellow set up a green, white, checkered finish.

Noll would re-establish the lead and take the win. It was his 4th win of the season and it also meant he would put a little more cushion in the points lead. Bryant would edge out Brad Smith by inches for 2nd and 3rd, 4th went to Luke Nieman and Turner would hold on to the 5th spot. If you don’t like door-to-door, wheel-to-wheel racing action I would advise you not to watch the USRA Stock Car Feature ever! Kevin McGinnis would shoot out in front of the competition early in this one, but just before the halfway point Jason Ryun would take over the top spot and establish a sizable lead. Several cars were in the hunt behind Ryun and moving forward. McGinnis, Brett Heeter, Kevin Anderson and Nate Barnes were all moving to the front and battling one another as the did so. Ryun would lose control in turn 4 and drop from the top spot. McGinnis would retake the lead but only for a moment as Heeter would roll passed McGinnis for the top spot. It looked like win #5 coming for the point leader, Heeter, but a yellow for a right front issue dashed Heeter’s hopes of another win. McGinnis would be back in the lead once again. A three wide battle out of two would see Jason Ryun retake the lead, as he made contact with McGinnis and it would cause McGinnis to fall back. Anderson would now take up the mantle and battle Ryun for the lead with just a few laps to go.

The two would stay close at the front but Anderson would win the battle for the top spot and led the final 3 laps to pick off win #6 on the season. It’s the most wins of any USRA Stock Car driver this season. Ryun would finish in the runner-up spot, Marshall Jewett would have one of his best finishes of the year in 3rd, 4th would be Tom Fogarty and rounding out the top 5 was Nate Barnes.

A week ago in the Grand National Feature it was only the 3rd time all season that Tim Shields was kept out of victory lane. The only other time Shields came off a week where he didn’t win he followed it with a convincing win. A good sign that you might have picked Shields on Friday night. At the start of the feature it was Shields to the front like a bullet. Once at the front of the field he would open up an insurmountable lead. Shields would scream to the checkers picking up win #10. Nick Newton logged another 2nd place finish, Donnie Brown finished in the 3rd spot after battling with Nick Drew (4th) and Dave Powell, who finished 5th.

Next Friday night, July 31st, the spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D. For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.).

Lakeside Speedway Fires Back Up Friday Night

July 24th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It doesn’t matter how you stack it! Lakeside Speedway is the Home of Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City. This season is no different. This season has seen the ups and downs of racing from both perspectives, the fans and the racers. Awesome racing happens every time Lakeside Speedway opens their gates. So when the gates open up on Friday night, July 24, 2015 get ready for more of the best racing in the Midwest. At 7:30 p.m. the green flag will wave and the engines will come to life one more time as the best racers in the Midwest continue their quest for a championship!

Last Week’s Recap…
Last week’s races saw a couple of first time winners at Lakeside Speedway. Luke Nieman did everything right as he rolled to his 1st win in the USRA B Mod Feature. The Grand Nationals saw Tim Shields stay out of victory lane for just the 2nd time all season as Don Marrs got the win in the Grand Nationals. Kevin Anderson returned to his winning ways in the USRA Stock Car ranks and it was Kerry Davis blasting his way to win #5 on the season.

Setting Up This Week’s Races… USRA Modifieds…

Kerry Davis is having a magical 2015 season. Last week was win #5 and it was an impressive win as he led from start to finish. Davis has been on his ‘A’ game all season long and the competition should be nervous. In a post race interview last week Davis said that he gave 3 races away this year, so that means he could have had win #8 last week if not for handing those wins away. The veteran racer is enjoying the type of success that he used to have earlier in his career.

Another driver that has having a resurgence this season is Tim Karrick. Karrick the former champ has pulled in to victory lane at Lakeside Speedway and Central Missouri Speedway and put those runs together with some other great finishes it puts Karrick in the 5th spot in National USRA Modified Points.

Speaking of Karrick. Did anyone see the race between him and Aaron Marrant last week in the feature? It was a good battle all the way to the end where Karrick ended up 4th and Marrant 5th.

Nic Bidinger’s quest for a 3 peat could be in jeopardy. Davis maintains a 62 point advantage over Karrick and a 111 point margin over Bidinger. There is some time left but Bidinger will need to log some wins and he will need some help from the racing Gods.

A total of 16 USRA Mods checked in last week to battle it out.

Over the course of this season the Modified division has produced 8 different winners.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Aaron Marrant #70, Orrick, MO.

This season has been a slow one for Aaron Marrant. A blown engine at the beginning of the season kept him out of competition for a little while and since returning, Marrant hasn’t found the success that he has grown accustomed to. Last week might be the thing that puts Marrant on the right path. He started 13th and drove all the way up to 5th and was close to pulling out 4th. This strong finish might be the shot in the arm that gives Marrant some confidence. Keep an eye on the #70 this weekend and see if he doesn’t pull one out!

USRA Stock Cars…

Last week we saw the return of the Kevin Anderson that dominated the early portion of the race season. Anderson looked strong out in front of the competition last Friday night as he pulled off win #5.

A huge melee on the opening lap last week saw Jeff Elder take a wild ride coming out of turn 4. The accident collected a lot of cars. Hopefully, Elder will be able to put his ride back together or get a new one. He was having a nice season up to last week’s event.

Double duty! One of the Lakeside Stock Car drivers, John O’Neal Jr., is getting a chance to run a Late Model at a different track on Saturday nights the past few weeks. Last week he drove to victory lane in the late model. Will that win give him a boost of confidence and propel him to a win at Lakeside Speedway this week?

In the USRA National Stock Car Points Brett Heeter is sitting in the 11th position. Heeter is also the points leader at Lakeside Speedway and has been at the top of the standings for most of the season. Heeter is on a quest for his 3rd title.

The Hard Charger from last week had to be Jason Ryun. Ryun went from 16th to 5th in the A Main as he put on a whale of a run.

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week… Nate Barnes #29, Kearney, MO.

In 2015 Nate Barnes debuted a new car. It took him a few weeks to get a handle on this new ride, but he has a good grip on it now. Unfortunately, it hasn’t landed him in victory lane yet. A place where Barnes has visited a time or two over his career. Barnes is a competitor and he is not going to be happy running in the top 10 or top 5! He wants a win and he can taste it. Last week’s 3rd place finish was another one of those good finishes, but it wasn’t a win. Six different winners have rolled into victory lane this season and Barnes wants to be #7. Look to see if Barnes can make this all happen Friday night.

USRA B Mods…

If their was a most popular driver award that was voted on by the drivers of Lakeside Speedway, Luke Nieman just might be that guy. Nieman is one to never really argue, voice a loud opinion and he is always there to lend a hand or part to a fellow racer. It was nice to see Nieman come out on top last week with his 1st win at Lakeside Speedway in the USRA B Mods. It showed the nice guys do finish 1st, sometime.

With the win last week Nieman became the 7th different winner on the season at Lakeside in the B Mods. Is it possible that this division will reach double digit winners by the end of this season? I would say that it would be a safe bet.

Ed Noll continues to hold down the top spot in the point standings. This class has the tightest points race so far as Noll is only 26 points ahead of Luke Nieman.

Andy Bryant, who finished 2nd in the feature last week, is currently leading the USRA B Mod National Points. Other Lakeside racers, Brad Smith and Shadren Turner, are both 4th and 9th in National Points respectively.

Last year’s USRA National Champ, Chad Clancy, had a good run last week as he finished 3rd after starting in the 12th spot. Don Marrs parlayed his win in the Grand National A Main into a 10th place finish in the B Mod Main. Not a bad run considering he started 19th.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week… Andy Bryant #28, Fort Scott, KS.

Andy Bryant is an on again off again racer at Lakeside Speedway. He races there on a need to basis. This season he hasn’t competed in every race, but he has gained a victory earlier in the year. As the season works it’s way down the stretch, you might see Bryant at Lakeside more often. He is in the quest for the National Championship. He will need wins and points. What a better track than Lakeside Speedway, which produces a full field of cars every week and it also contains other drivers competing for that title. Bryant is a mover and a shaker, look for him to rise to the occasion this week as he just might end up in victory lane.

Grand Nationals…

Don Marrs, yes the same Don Marrs that owns the track, became only the 3rd different winner on the 2015 season in the Grand National division. Marrs who not only worries about the track, but his race program (which also includes a USRA B Mod) put everything together last week as he sped away with an impressive win. Marrs had a challenge from Nick Newton early, but ran away from the field on the way to his 1st win.

Nick Newton logged another runner-up finish. It’s safe to say that if Newton doesn’t win he ends up in 2nd.

The man of the year, Tim Shields, suffered problems last week and it relegated him to an uncharacteristic 6th place finish. As Shields has built up a 174 point lead in the standings, he can afford a few of those uncharacteristic nights.

Grand National Driver To Watch This Week… Tim Shields #42T, Kansas City, MO.

Tim Shields is our pick as the driver to watch this week for numerous reasons. First every time Shields has not won this season, he has come back to win the next week. Second, Shields has won 9 times already this season. Lastly, Shields odds of staying out of victory lane are slim at best. Shields is a racer and racers want to win each and every night out. It’s a tough feat that most drivers can obtain but this has been one of those magical seasons for Shields. There has been only 11 Grand National Features this season and Shields has won 9 of 11. That means that Shields wins 82% of the time. Lets see if he doesn’t make good on the numbers this week.

Race Night 411…

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539or Pete Howey at 913-752-7154.

Marrs, Davis, Nieman and Anderson All Pick Up Wins at Lakeside Speedway

July 20th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The weather was hot on Friday night but the fans and racers turned out for another great night of racing at the Home for Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City; Lakeside Speedway.

In the Grand National division it’s been the Tim Shields Show all season long. Only once this season has he not taken home the top honors. Friday night it was Don Marrs’ turn to run at the front of the pack. Marrs would start from outside the front row and get the early advantage on the competition. Nick Newton and Shields would be hot on his trail, but Marrs would keep them at bay as they battled with each other for the 2nd spot. Contact between the two would ensue and shortly after Shields would bow out with problems. Ending his chance at another victory. It was Marrs that continued on at the front of the field as he ran away from Nick Newton in the 2nd half of the feature. Lap after lap he would extend his lead and take home the win. It was his 1st of the season and he becomes the 3rd different winner in the Grand National division. Newton would hold on to 2nd, 3rd went to Donnie Brown, 4th was Dave Powell and James Glackin finished in the 5th position. The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Nick Newton.

The USRA Stock Car main event got started on a wild note as Jeff Elder, who has been running strong lately, came off the bottom of the track in turn 4 on the opening lap that caused him to flip and several cars to sustain damage. After a red flag the race would resume. As the green flag waved once again Kevin Anderson got the advantage early over Jake Newman and John O’Neal Jr. Anderson came into the night with 4 wins to his credit and starting from the pole position #5 looked like a strong possibility. Newman would suffer problems running down Anderson and would pull off the speedway, it would bring out the yellow and set up a restart late in the race wiping out Anderson’s big lead.
Anderson got right back out to the lead on this green, white, checkered restart and it was smooth sailing to the finish as he would pick up win #5 on the year, the most in the USRA Stock Car division. John O’Neal would have no challengers as he came home in the 2nd spot, Nate Barnes finished in the 3rd spot, the points leader, Brett Heeter
rolled to a 4th place finish and the hard charger of the night was Jason Ryun who went from 16th to 5th in the feature. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Anderson, Newman and O’Neal.

A pair of hot shoes, Andy Bryant and Brad Smith, started off at the front of the field for the USRA B Mod Main event. Smith would lead lap 1, but Bryant would capitalize on a Smith bobble and it put him it put him into the lead. Luke Nieman, who has been having a good season, worked his way around Gene Claxton for 3rd and was looking to run down the top two. The Smith and Bryant battle would see Smith go back into the lead. Smith would have trouble as he would get turned around in turn 2 just after a restart for a previous yellow. Bryant would now start as the leader on the field. Chad Clancy and Ed Noll, feature winners from earlier in the season, were also in the top 4 on the restart waiting to make a move. Nieman would be be the hero on this night. On the restart he got a good run coming out of turn 2 and put his hot rod to the middle of 3 and 4 exiting with the lead over Bryant. It would be a lead that Nieman would not give up for the rest of the race as he roared to his 1st win of the season at Lakeside Speedway. Bryant won the battle for 2nd over Chad Clancy who finished in the 3rd spot after starting 12th, the points leader, Ed Noll, raced to a 4th place finish and Gene Claxton came in the 5th position. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Nieman, Noll, Smith and Bryant. Don Marrs won the B Feature.

Another pair of fast racers, Nic Bidinger and Kerry Davis, brought the field to the green flag to start off the USRA Modified Feature. Davis would get the advantage on Bidinger out of turn 2 on the opening lap. Bidinger would give chase. Davis, who came in as the points leader and the racer with the most wins (4) in the class, scooted out to a big lead in this race. As Davis continues to fire on all cylinders he wouldn’t be denied on this night as he roared to win #6 on the season. Bidinger would finished in the runner-up spot, Mark Schafman raced his way to 3rd and the best battle of the night saw Tim Karrick, who slipped up early, get by Aarron Marrant for 4th while Marrant settled for 5th. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Bidinger and Karrick.

Next Friday night, July 24th, the spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D. For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy. Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.).

Heeter Takes Command With Win #4 At Lakeside Speeday

July 6th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The fans of Lakeside Speedway enjoyed a night full of racing followed by a fireworks extravaganza!

On the track there was just as much action as the fireworks that followed. In the USRA Stock Car Feature event one driver, Brett Heeter, is starting to show that he is the ‘Alpha Male’ of the bunch. Heeter raced his way to another win on Friday night. It was his 2nd straight and 4th win of the season.

Starting from the 2nd row outside position it didn’t take Heeter long to blast past the competition and take the top spot. At the front of the pack he ran away with win #4.

At this point and time Heeter has taken command of the Stock Car points by opening up a 41 point lead on the competition. It was just a few weeks ago that he was only 6 points up on Jim Powell Jr. If Heeter’s season remains this way it could be possible that he would achieve a 3 peat.

The racing action behind Heeter was impressive too. Jeff Elder continues his strong runs at Lakeside with a runner-up finish, racing his way up from 10th to take 3rd was Jim Powell Jr., 4th went to Nate Barnes and completing the top 5 was Tom Fogarty.

USRA Heat Race Winners were Heeter and Kevin Anderson. Luke Nieman and Ed Noll brought the USRA B Mod Feature to the green flag on Friday night. It wouldn’t be the last time these two were together. Neither one would get away from the other as they mixed it up all night long at the front of the pack. Noll, the current points leader, would take the upper hand in the race and put his B Mod out in front of the field. Nieman, who is currently 2nd in the points, gave chase but would have his hands full fending off Brad Smith and Chad Clancy.

Meanwhile back at the front the points leader, Noll, put together a solid performance and scored his 3rd win of the season. The win ties Noll with Smith for the most wins in the class on the season. Nieman would win the battle for 2nd, 3rd would go to Smith, Clancy held down 4th and Andy Bryant scored the 5th place spot at the finish.

USRA Heat Race Winners were Noll, Nieman & Clancy.

The USRA Modified Feature almost sent the fireworks off a little sooner than expected on Friday night.

Tim Setzer and Kerry Davis led the field to start the A Main. Davis, the current points leader and 3x feature winner, jammed out to the lead as he has done many times before this year. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be an easy ride to the finish. Nic Bidinger would make his way to the front and battle Davis to the end. As the two mixed it up, the laps would click off and set up a showdown at the finish.

Coming to the white Bidinger would get in hard chasing Davis and spin out, ending his hopes at the win. It would also put Bidinger in the rear of the field for a restart with only a green, white, checkered left. A tough break for Bidinger, who is chasing Davis for a points title, who also had a great run going on the evening.

It was deemed that the USRA Modified Feature went 1 lap to long. The white flag was thrown on lap 20 instead of lap 19. The competition director decided to revert the finish back to the running order as the drivers came across the stripe starting lap 20.

Davis was the winner, getting his 4th victory of the year (most in the class), 2nd would go to Bidinger, Tim Karrick still enjoying his resurgence finished 3rd, 4th was Jared Steins and racing from 10th to 5th was Mark Schafman.

USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Bidinger and Steins. The Grand National main event saw a good race that looked familiar or at least had a familiar winner.

It was a week ago that Tim Shields was knocked off the top of his perch for the first time all season. Nick Newton drove to the win.

All season long Shields has dominated this division until that point. Friday night Shields jumped back out to the lead starting from outside the front row. As it has been during most of his wins, Shields would run away from the competition. This night would not be like those nights.

Newton has finally figured something out in the ride that he pilots for Bill Ruisinger. Newton started out the night with a heat race win and looked to double up in the feature.

Throughout the feature the two drivers battled it out at the top of the board. At the stripe it would be Shields edging out Newton by about 1/2 a car length. Shields would race his way to win #9 on the season, but he was pushed all night long by Newton.

Newton finished 2nd to Shields, Donnie Brown raced his way to a 3rd place finish, 4th was Steven Dibben and Nick Drew brought home a top 5 in 5th.

The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Newton. Friday night, July 10th, the spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.).

Karrick Does It Again, Newton Knocks Off Shields, Heeter Wins #3 & Turner Tames B Mods at Lakeside

July 1st, 2015

Kansas City, KS – A warm Sunday night welcomed race fans to Lakeside Speedway for a special night of racing. Rain early morning on Friday night forced Lakeside Speedway officials to reschedule for Sunday night. Big Ed Beckley and the weekly racing series at Lakeside Speedway put on one whale of a show.

Kerry Davis has been on a roll in the USRA Modified division. Heading into Sunday night, Davis had won 3 features on the season. No other driver in the division this season has won multiple features. At the start of the main event it was 2x defending champ, Nic Bidinger, jumping out to the point position. A caution near the 1/2 point would bunch the field up and Davis, who started 5th, was ready to battle for the top spot. As the green flag dropped to restart the race Davis got by Bidinger for the top spot. Unfortunately for Davis, he had company coming with him to the front of the pack. Tim Karrick, who also has a win on the year, stayed right on the back bumper of the leader. With 3 laps remaining in the feature the action on the track began to heat up. Karrick and Davis decided to mix it up during this time. Back and forth the two would swap the top spot with Davis the leader coming to the white flag. Karrick still wouldn’t go away and on the final lap he would make his move and get the better of Davis and take the late race win.
Davis finished a close 2nd, Bidinger raced his way to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Darron Fuqua and rounding out the top 5 was Lance Town. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Karrick and Davis.

Sooner or later Tim Shields streak of consecutive feature wins in the Grand Nationals would come to an end. Sunday night at Lakeside Speedway was that time.

Shields spun early in the feature and had to go to the tail of the field. Not a bad break for Shields considering he has been having such an awesome 2015. It wouldn’t have been a bad break if Nick Newton didn’t look so good on this night. Newton got to the front of the field from the beginning and he wouldn’t give up the lead. Shields did a masterful job getting through the field but he didn’t have enough in the tank to take down Newton. Newton hit all of his marks lap after lap and made it look easy driving to win #1 on the season. Shields still garnered a respectable runner up finish, Marshall Jewett raced to 3rd, 4th went to Nick Drew and Dave Powell got the 5th position. The Grand National Heat Race Win went to Shields.

It was a great feature event in the USRA B Mod main event.

Everyone has been waiting for Gene Claxton to pull off his 1st win of the 2015 season. Claxton has been a winner in whatever he drives and this season he has been working hard but coming up just short. Several racers put forth a great effort on Sunday night. Luke Nieman was the first driver to take his car to the front of the field. Nieman started on the front row with Don Marrs and got out to the quick start. Claxton would work his way past Nieman for the lead. Ed Noll was also in the running but would fall to trouble later in the feature. Claxton appeared to be on his way. That was until Shadren Turner kept quietly working his way to the front of the pack. Tuner has had an up and down season so far. The youngster at one point was points leader, but a couple of bad weeks put him back down the ladder. Sunday night Turner was reminding the fans and competitors that he may be young, but he is talented to. Late in the race Turner made his move on Claxton and sprinted to his 1st win of the season. Claxton would settle for 2nd, 3rd went to Nieman, Nick Newton, fresh off his Grand National win, drove from 8th to 4th and Marrs rounded out the
top 5. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Turner, Nieman and Marrs.

Heading into Sunday night’s races, Brett Heeter held a 6 point lead in the USRA Stock Car division. Two wins and several top 5 finishes have put Heeter in the top spot, but as we all know this is a tough class to race in. Brent Alverson would lead early as he had done a few weeks ago. Alverson couldn’t keep it up as he would give up the top spot. Several drivers were having a good run during the feature, but it was Heeter moving to the front. In the toughest division Heeter has been the most consistent driver and it showed again Sunday night.

John O’Neal Jr., Lucas Conely, Dean Hensler and Bobby Tavis III were all mixing it up trying to run down Heeter. From top to bottom positions were being battled for all over the speedway. In the end nobody would catch up to Heeter as he would go on to win his 3rd feature of the season. It was not only his 3rd win but it also helped him expand his lead in the points as he looks to win another title. O’Neal finished 2nd, after winning last week, 3rd went to Conely, Hensler started 10th and finished 4th and Tavis would come home 5th after starting the feature 11th. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Heeter, Conley and O’Neal.

Big Ed Beckley, the world’s largest motorcycle dare devil, wowed the crowd in attendance as he made his jump over 14 vehicles on the front straight. It was well worth the price of admission.

Racing action at Lakeside Speedway will see double duty this weekend. Wednesday, July 1st will see the rescheduled World Of Outlaws Sprint Car event with the USRA B Mods and then Friday night it’s another USRA Weekly Racing Series event with a Fireworks extravaganza!

For more info on the World of Outlaws event, log on to the Lakeside website for more info.

Friday night, July 3rd, the spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Everything Back To Normal At Lakeside, Karrick, Anderson, Bryant & Shields Win!

June 15th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It finally felt normal again at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night. The weather, which had played havoc on the Midwest this season, finally took a break and let the racers, fans, workers and sponsors get back to what they love doing the most; dirt track racing.

In the USRA Modified Feature it was a former multiple time track champion, Tim Karrick, driving to the win on Friday night. Darron Fuqua, who has been riding a hot hand, jumped out to the early lead in the main event. Even though Fuqua has picked up some feature wins at other USRA tracks, he has only 1 win so far at Lakeside this season. This night he would not get number 2. Karrick, on the other hand, got off to a good start with a heat race win earlier in the night and his strong performance would follow to the feature. Karrick would run down Fuqua and get by him for the lead and with an open track in front of him Karrick would be tough to beat. Lap after lap Karrick hit his marks. That was until the white flag lap. On the final circuit Karrick missed his mark just once and that’s all that 2x feature winner this season, Kerry Davis, needed. Davis pulled up along side Karrick and the duel was on. Karrick would show just how much he wanted this one as he sailed it deep into the turn and then took away Davis’ line to hold on for the win. Since Lakeside Speedway returned to dirt, no other driver has won more Modified Features than Tim Karrick. This season there have been a total of 8 different feature winners. Davis would settle for 2nd and would also maintain the points lead, 3rd would go to Fuqua, 4th went to a hard racing Terry Schultz and Lance Town brought home the 5th place finish.

USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Karrick, Schultz and Matt Johnson.

Earlier this season, Kevin Anderson had a stranglehold on the USRA Stock Car division. Anderson pulled down 3 wins early in 2015, but had a bad accident during the USAC Race at Lakeside. The wreck would destroy his car and put a halt to any momentum he had. Anderson would take some time off and put a new ride together. He raced for the first time on Friday night. Starting outside front row for the feature didn’t hurt Anderson’s chances for a strong finish. Upon returning back to Lakeside competing wasn’t the only option for Anderson, he wanted to win. Anderson didn’t need to knock any rust off early as he won the 2nd heat of the night. A good starting spot for the A Main would give him the opportunity to start where he had left off. Jumping out in front of the pole setter, Brent Alverson, Anderson drove to the front of the pack and would hold on for magic win #4 on the year. His 4th win of the season is 2nd most of any driver (Tim Shields has the most wins with 7). Even though Anderson would drive on for the win there was a lot of great racing action going on through the field. Brett Heeter raced his way to the runner-up spot, substitute driver, Jason Ryun, showed why he is a good choice after finishing 3rd, Jim Powell Jr., the points leader, finished 4th and Thomas Roberts rounded out the top 5.

USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Anderson, Seifert and Heeter.

The Tim Shields freight train rolled on once again in the Grand National A Main. It would be the 7th time this season that Shields would roll into victory lane. Shields has posted a victory in every Grand National Feature this season. An impressive accomplishment, to say the least. Shields started in the 3rd row but it didn’t take him long to find the front of the pack. At the front he flexed his muscle for win #7. Nick Newton had one of his best runs this season finishing 2nd, 3rd went to Marshall Jewett, 4th was Nick Drew and Dave Powell came in 5th.

The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Shields.

A large field of 30 USRA B Mod aces showed up to battle it out on Friday night. All season long Lakeside Speedway fans have been treated to some dominating performances in the B Mod division. Tonight would see another 1st time winner in victory lane and he got there in impressive fashion. Andy Bryant is one of the best B Mod racers in the area, if not the entire Midwest. Friday night Bryant would come home 2nd in his heat race. Not bad considering he started 5th. It gave him a front row starting spot for the feature. Bryant parlayed his front row spot into the lead spot at the start of the main event. Unlucky for the rest of the competition he wouldn’t relinquish that spot all night long. There were a few yellows that hindered progress during the night, but Bryant answered the bell for each restart and would take control all the way to the checkered flag. It was Bryant’s 1st win of the season and he also became the 5th different winner on the season. Ed Noll, who has 2 wins on the year, drove from 9th to 2nd in the feature, 3x feature winner, Brad Smith finished 3rd, 4th went to Luke Nieman and rounding out the top 5 was Eddie Schwope, who started the main event in 11th.

USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Smith, Shadren Turner, Colten Stevens and Tim Powell.

The USRA B Mod B Feature was won by Vic Tranckino.

Racing action continues next Friday night, June 20th, 2015. The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.).

Lakeside Speedway Readies For Another Week

May 30th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – As most race tracks are still feeling the sting of Mother Nature, Lakeside Speedway once again got another show in the on the 2015 season. Racers and fans, alike, will be looking to get back to racing action this Friday night for another weekly battle.

Friday night, May 29th, at 7:30 p.m. the green flag will fly and the weekly racing at the Home of Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City; Lakeside Speedway.

The USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and Grand Nationals will once again slug it out looking to gain the upper hand in the run to a championship!

Last Week’s Recap…

Another week of beating out Mother Nature resulted in another night of great competition amongst racers at Lakeside Speedway. Josh Everhart scored his first win at Lakeside Speedway in the USRA Modified division. Brett Heeter showed some dominance in winning the USRA Stock Car Feature. After a few weeks of getting things sorted out in the USRA B Mod Feature Chad Clancy put it all together and got the win. In the Grand National division it was the same as it has been all season with Tim Shields getting the win.

Setting Up This Week’s Races…

USRA Modifieds…

Kerry Davis was staring down the barrel of win number 3 on the season last Friday night. We know that he came up just short as Josh Everhart got by for the win after a late restart. Davis has nothing to hang his head about. He finished 3rd and has opened up a 30 point lead over Tim Karrick in the USRA Modified Point Standings.

The Modified division has been one of the most competitive this season. In just 7 races there have been 6 different winners on the year. Kerry Davis is the only one to win more than 1 feature. That means, if this trend stays the norm, you have an 86% chance of seeing another new feature winner on Friday night.

Three Peat Watch! If you are watching the exploits of the reigning 2x defending track champ, Nic Bidinger, you will see that he has climbed up the rankings and now sits in 3rd 40 points out of the top spot. It’s going to take some work, but this driver could be up to it.

A shout out for a driver having a strong season and a candidate for the most improved driver is Lewis Jackson. Jackson has been having a solid season so far and is currently 6th in the point standings.

Another question is when will Darron Fuqua pick up a win this season? Fuqua has visited victory lane quite a few times in the past but has yet to get there in 2015. Fans know that he has it in him, but when will he put it together. He could add to that stat line this weekend of different winners.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Josh Everhart #21J, Osage City, KS.

Everhart is feeling good about making his home at Lakeside Speedway 2 races ago. Everhart has enjoyed some success this season also gaining a win at Humboldt Speedway and after last week, Lakeside Speedway. The 2015 season has been a good one so far. Everhart has made it to Lakeside in previous years, but he never found much success. So far in 2 races this season he has a win and a 4th, not too bad. Eyes will be on Everhart this Friday night to see if he can keep it together.

USRA Stock Cars…

Brett Heeter made a statement last week with his win. He is the defending champ and is looking just as strong as ever. He will need to keep it up to keep pace with Jim Powell Jr. Powell leads the early part of the standings by 25 markers.

Speaking of Powell. Was it a surprise when he debuted a new hot rod last weekend? He has been running strong with his first car and some would say that you don’t mess with success. If you know Mr. Powell you know he is always looking for anything to make him faster and he took a chance at getting it done with a new ride. A runner-up finish isn’t a bad first night out!

Each year it seems the technology advances big time in the USRA Stock Car division. This year it looks as if new body styles are becoming more and more popular. These cars are the closest things to resemble street cars on the track and older models are coming hard to come by and they don’t provide the aerodynamic positives that the newer designs do. Keep looking for more newer looking cars on the track.

Eight features have been run this season in the Stock Car division and Lakeside has seen 5 different winners in victory lane. That means that race fans have a 63% chance of seeing another new winner this Friday night. Great odds!

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week… Justin Seifert #37, Kansas City, KS.

Seifert is a driver that is capable of winning on any given night. He has won, many times, in the past. This year it has been a slow start for Seifert. Unfortunately for Seifert he has not found victory lane this season, but it could be unfortunate for the competition too. Everyone knows that Seifert won’t stay down for long. Last Friday night he rolled to a 4th place finish. There is nobody that is expecting more out of his racing performance than Seifert. Watch this week and see if he continues to build on last week’s top 5. Could a win be possible this week?

USRA B Mods…

Chad Clancy has been on a 180 degree turn from where he was at last year. It seems like he was winning on a nightly basis and running away to the USRA National Championship. This year he is in a new Rage Chassis and teaming with Prime Racing Products, Clancy has been taking it slow this season providing feedback and getting feedback. He debuted a new wrap last Friday night and it looked like the Clancy of old taking the win. He could have gained some MOmentum!

Good battle at the top of the points standings between Eddie Schwope and Shad Turner. Turner was the early leader in the standings and he had a bad week and it gave the top spot to Schwope, but a strong run for Turner last week has put the youngster in a tie for the top spot. Both drivers have been running strong this year and don’t look for them to slow down. I will go out on a limb and say both should find victory lane before the season is up and it’s a fun battle watching them up front.

After missing week 1, Brad Smith and his 3 wins have put him only 2 points out of the top spot. Ed Noll is also right there with only 5 points separating him and the #1 spot. These 2 racers could play a part in the race for the championship.

Seven races in on the 2015 season and we have seen only 4 different winners. That’s still providing a new winner 57% of the time. Still good odds. Brad Smith has won 3 of the 7 already this year.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week…

It has been done in the past. A driver wins a track championship without ever having won a single feature on the season! It’s an impressive feat because that means that a driver has to finish consistently in the top half of the field all season long. Eddie Schwope still has time to get a win on the season, but he has finished up front enough to have a share of the points lead early this season. Right now Schwope shares the top spot with Shadren Turner. This class contains so much competition that Schwope will need to win a race or two throughout the season. Could this be the week for win #1.

Grand Nationals…

Tim Shields is mowing down the competition week after week. Last week was win #6 out of 6 races. Shields is dominating the season to this point. Can he keep it up or will another driver step up to the plate. We ask this question every week. Some where the competition will step it up.

Donnie Brown has celebrated a good season. Right now he is 2nd in points and the driver to watch this week. Brown has the equipment to end up in victory lane. The question is can he get it done?

Grand National Driver To Watch This Week… Donnie Brown #26, Lancaster, KS.

Again goes another week for someone in the Grand National division to knock Tim Shields off the top spot. This week we are wanting people to keep an eye on Donnie Brown. Brown has the car that is capable of getting the job done. The years of experience that he has should also give him a boost in the confidence category. If there is a driver that is up to the task, it could be Brown. Last week it was a 3rd place finish for Brown, could this week be #1?

Race Night 411…

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539or Pete Howey at 913-752-7154.

Everhart Sneaks Out Win Late In Mods; Clancy, Shields & Heeter Also Win At Lakeside

May 24th, 2015

(Kansas City, KS) Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in the USRA Modified Feature it looked as if it was over or at least everyone thought so.

Kerry Davis, the current points leader and 2 time feature winner, took the top spot from the start of the race and held on to it for 18 laps. Davis appeared to be in command and on his way to win #3 of the season. A late race yellow on lap 18 would change the complexion of this race in a bad way for Davis. A green, white checkered finish would bring the feature to a close.

As the green flagged waved on the restart Davis ran back out to the front, but Josh Everhart was in hot pursuit. Everhart came to Lakeside a couple of weeks ago for his 1st time this season and had a strong run. Tonight he proved it was no fluke as he was in a position to win on his 2nd night of the season. Everhart would make a late race move on Davis and took the lead late. Davis would try and battle back but couldn’t get the job done. Everhart would take home his 1st USRA Modified Feature win at Lakeside Speedway. Mark Schafman put another strong run together to get by Davis late in the race to finish 2nd, 3rd went to the points leader, Davis, 4th was Nic Bidinger and Tim Karrick raced his way from 10th to 5th. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Darron Fuqua, Schafman and Everhart.

The USRA Stock Car Feature packed a lot of action in a short amount of time! It was another great race for this highly competitive class. Jim Powell Jr. came into the night with the points lead in the division and tonight he brought with him a new car. A bold move considering that his old car seemed to be getting the job done. Powell’s new ride wasn’t too bad either. For the first 6 laps of the main event Powell held down the top spot. Unfortunately for Powell, Brett Heeter was back on his A game tonight too. After winning on opening night and some solid runs, Heeter has been off his game for awhile. He would got back on the winning track tonight. Heeter worked on Powell and was able to get by working lap 7 and after taking the top spot he was gone. Heeter would go the rest of the way to the checkers picking up win #2 on the season. Powell finished 2nd and maintained the points lead, 3rd went to Thomas Roberts, 4th was Justin Seifert and rounding out the top 5 was Bobby Tavis III. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Tavis and Roberts.

Chad Clancy had an unbelievable run last year in the USRA B Mod division. A run that saw him win more than 20 features on the season and it ended up with two track championships and a national championship. A move to a new chassis and a limited schedule in 2015 has hindered Clancy from repeating last year’s run. Heading into Friday night’s race, Clancy had yet to get into victory lane. Sporting a new wrap Clancy came out of the gate strong winning the 2nd heat of the night and after the redraw he would start inside of row number 2 to begin the A Main. His luck was starting to turn. In the A Main Clancy worked his way to the front of the back. During the main event Clancy would get some pressure from Andy Bryant. Fromer points leader, Shad Turner, would also march up to the front of the pack. The action in the field was hotly contested. Clancy wouldn’t be denied on this night as he would sprint to the checkers first. It was his 1st win of 2015 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After missing a race early due to work, Clancy will be a long shot to repeat as the champ but who knows? Bryant finished 2nd, 3rd went to Turner, 3x feature winner, Brad Smith, finished in the 4th spot and coming home in 5th was 2x feature winner, Ed Noll. A whopping 35 B Mods checked into race Friday night. USRA Heat Race Winners were Clancy, Turner, Bryant, Randal Schiffelbein Jr. and Eddie Schwope.

For the 6th time this season Tim Shields charged to the front of the Grand National Feature to pick up the win. Shields started outside the 2nd row and quickly took the top spot. From there it was a repeat of the first 5 races of the season with Shields running away to the win. Don Marrs came home in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Donnie Brown, Marshall Jewett brought home another top 5 finish in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Dave Powell.

#7 Race in the books for Lakeside

May 15th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It was another chance for Mother Nature to dampen the spirits of the racers at Lakeside Speedway, but for yet another week the fine folks at Lakeside Speedway were able to get he race in one more time. It seems like for several weeks the rain flirts with Lakeside but it never hits it hard enough to cancel the show. Whatever the folks at Lakeside Speedway are doing, knock on wood and keep ole Mother Nature on the losing side. Several race tracks are struggling to get races in and Lakeside is just the opposite.

Friday night, May 15th, at 7:30 p.m. the green flag will fly and the weekly racing at the Home of Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City; Lakeside Speedway.

The USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and Grand Nationals will once again slug it out looking to gain the upper hand in the run to a championship!

Last Week’s Recap…

Last week was another night of racing on a heavy, fast race track. In the USRA Modified Feature Kerry Davis took home his 2nd win of the season. Jason Ryun, subbing for Anthony Whitham, rolled to his 1st USRA Stock Car win in just 2 starts! Brad Smith’s freight train was derailed by Randal Schiffelbein Jr. as he won his 1st USRA B Mod Feature of the season and Tim Shields flexed his muscle for win #5 in the Grand Nationals. Last week’s races set up another good showdown for this Friday night.

Setting Up This Week’s Races…

USRA Modifieds…

Kerry Davis’ win in the Modified division last week kept him at the top of the point standings, but don’t count his chickens before there hatched. Darron Fuqua has won several track championships, but none at Lakeside
Speedway. Tim Karrick holds multiple titles in the Modified division at Lakeside to go with a ton of wins. Nic Bidinger is coming off of two straight championships and is closing quickly too. These 4 have separated from the pack and could have a great battle to the finish. Keep an eye on this race. Where is Tim Setzer? After picking up the win 3 weeks ago, he has yet to return to Lakeside Speedway to race. Is that good news for the competition or will Setzer be coming back to see what else he can do for 2015.

Hats off to Josh Everhart last week in the Modifieds. Everhart made his first trip to Lakeside Speedway. He picked up a heat race win and after having to go to the back of the A came back up for a 4th place finish. Not to shabby.

Since blowing a motor on the opening night this year, Aaron Marrant has struggled to get his program on track. Fans know that this will not last long. One would have to think that Marrant will get the ship going in the right direction. I am sure the competition will hope that he doesn’t. Last week the Modifieds saw just 14 cars check into compete, will the field jump back up again this week?

Davis is seeing a resurgence in his race program at Lakeside Speedway for 2015. It all got started on week number 1 with a win, several top 5 finishes and another win last week have kept him at the top of the point standings. What is it that has Davis rolling this year? He, his dad and the rest of the crew have been together for years and that could be it. Maybe it could be that Davis has finally caught up to the rest of the field with technology and setups. Maybe it could be that Davis is firing on all cylinders and has it going right on all fronts! Davis is one of the drivers at Lakeside that has won just about everything there is to win at Lakeside, but he is still looking for a Modified Track Championship. Keep an eye on him this week and see if he can continue his good season.

USRA Stock Cars…

Jason Ryun is a driver we talked about a week ago. He is subbing for Anthony Whitham this year while he is out injured and it was just 2 weeks ago he made his 1st start during the Iron Man event. Whitham didn’t make a bad choice. Ryun has won Stock Car Features before at Lakeside and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he is running up front. Then again maybe it is…. Will he keep the momentum up this week?

Jim Powell Jr. has gotten off to a good start this year. Right now he found the top of the point standing and he has done it without winning a feature. It means that week after week Powell is finishing somewhere near the top spot. Championships have been won before without winning a feature all season long. It’s an impressive feat, but it’s very tough to do.

Since having a tough start to the season, Nate Barnes is still continuing to get better week after week in his new XFactor Chassis. Last week Barnes turned in a runner-up finish and it pushed him up to 3rd in the points. Where will he land this week.

The Stock Car class was down a little last week, look for those numbers to climb back up this week.

This week I think the fans should keep an eye on Brett Heeter this week. Heeter is seeking to win his 3rd Stock Car Championship and for the first time this season finds himself out of the top spot in the points. Rocky would say it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down but rather what you do when you get knocked down! Will Heeter come back this week and make a statement? Can he get into victory lane? In just about 24 hours we will know the answer. I know that it’s early in the season, but everyone knows it’s easier to be out in front than it is to come from behind.

USRA B Mods…

Last week we were talking about how hot Brad Smith was on the 2015 season and by any means don’t think he has cooled off. Yes, he didn’t win the feature but he did score a 2nd place finish. It also closed him into the 2nd place in the point standings even though he skipped opening night. It’s safe to say he cooled off a couple degrees, but Smith is still red hot!

Just like Powell in the Stock Cars, Eddie Schwope has taken the top spot in the points in the early going. He has yet to get a win, but consistent finishes has has put him at the top. It’s a dog-eat-dog world in this division and the top 4 are separated by a mere 13 points. Last week’s leader, Shadren Turner, fell from 1st to 4th in one week. The competition level is super high in the USRA B Mods.

Even though a feature is suppose to start 24 cars last week 27 cars made up the A Main lineup. Several times this year there has been 26 to 27 cars and instead of having a B Feature to eliminate 3 cars, Lakeside Speedway has let everyone into the A Main. I applaud this move as it’s great PR for the track and how they respect their competitors.

Did Schiffelbein Jr. break the damn last week? With his win will he open it up for others to jump into victory lane. Gene Claxton, Tim Powell, Chad Clancy, Luke Neiman and a host of others are able to get into victory lane. The big question is are they ready to jump up and take the spot.

It just seemed like a few years ago this driver was beginning his racing career in the Pure Stocks at HPT. He went on to several wins and a championship in his rookie season. Pure Stock racing lasted for 1 year as he would pick up a B Mod and jump right in. Schiffelbein has traveled around the Midwest racing against the best and it’s helped him with his program. It also doesn’t hurt that he is another one of the Prime Racing Customers that seem to supply a lot of B Mod knowledge. Last week Schiffelbein showed off his skills as he held off Brad Smith and got win #1 of the season. Watch his encore performance this week.

Grand Nationals…

Tim Shields is doing everything he can to repeat as track champion in the Grand National Division. He has 5 wins, in just 5 races, this season and he already has a 70 point lead in the point standings. Right now the wheels would have to come off for Shields to struggle. I thought that his B Mod might take his concentration away from the Grand National, but it hasn’t done that at all. He is focused on the title!

Marshall Jewett has recycled an older Grand National of Kelby Ostrander and former champion, Nic Bidinger. He is still trying to get a handle on it, but the fans have been having a hard time figuring out it’s Jewett in the car! Year after Year, Jewett has been on the track in an old wagon, a 57 Chevy and on old Corvette! Fans want to see the old Jewett flare on the speedway. Just maybe….

The Grand Nationals are still looking for an infusion of competitors. There are still cars and drivers out there, will they be coming back to give this class a shot in the arm? Time will tell.

Each week we wonder who will it be to get Tim Shields out of victory lane. Well last week it was Don Marrs chance to get it done. Marrs held on to the top spot for about 1/2 of the feature, unfortunately for Marrs a yellow and a restart bunched the field up and once back to green Shields got around Marrs and went on to the win. Marrs has a lot of eyes on him because he is the owner of Lakeside Speedway, but when it comes down to it Marrs is a racer at heart. His wife and step-son have taken the reigns of the track and it leaves Marrs to do what he loves race. Marrs gets a ton of laps as he races a B Mod and Grand National each week. See if that helps him get back to the front again in the GN this week.

Race Night 411…

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539or Pete Howey at 913-752-7154.

Schiffelbein Knocks Off Smith In B Mods At Lakeside

May 13th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – For another race night during the 2015 season the folks at Lakeside were able to out fox Mother Nature, yet again. Friday night’s races were contested on a surface that had been plastered with moisture all week long. It meant that the drivers were going to see a heavy race track one more time this year and that usually means horsepower comes into play.

Coming into Friday night’s action Brad Smith, in the USRA B Mod class, was the hottest driver at Lakeside Speedway. Smith had won the last 3 features and was looking for #4 Friday night. Smith would have his work cut out for him as Randal Schiffelbein Jr. and a 2 time winner, Ed Noll, would make up the front row to start the main event. Both of those drivers would be tough to beat from the front. Schiffelbein, who has been racing at Lakeside regularly after missing opening night, got off on the right foot by winning the first heat of the night. Schiffelbein was a rocket.

The success carried over into the feature event. Schiffelbein got out to the early lead, but could he hold the likes of Smith, Noll, Nick Newton and Eddie Schwope? Only time would tell. Schiffelbein kept his lead all night long. The strong race was going on behind him for 2nd as Smith and Noll went back and forth at one another. Each would keep Schiffelbein in their sites but couldn’t mount a real charge. In the end it would be Schiffelbein securing the win, as he became the 3rd different feature winner in the B Mods this season. Smith won the battle for 2nd over Noll who finished 3rd, 4th went to Newton and Schwope finished in 5th. Schwope’s top 5 finish propelled him into the points lead at the end of the night.

Don Marrs, the owner of Lakeside Speedway, is a racer too. In the Grand National division, Marrs has been a mainstay over the years. Friday night it looked like Marrs was going to pull off the impossible and keep Tim Shields out of victory lane. Marrs shot out to the lead quickly in the feature event. He amassed a good advantage and would hold it for nearly half of the race. A yellow flag would change the complexion of the race. Marrs would see his lead evaporate with the yellow. The field bunched up and prepared for a restart. On the restart someone woke up Shields as he would take this opportunity to take the top spot from Marrs. At the front of the field Shields, for the 5th time this season, would not be denied. Shields would sprint to the checkers uncontested. Marrs finished 2nd, 3rd went to Dave Powell, 4th was Marshall Jewett and rounding out the top 5 was Donnie Brown. The Grand National Heat Race was won by Shields.

The USRA Stock Car division saw a lower than normal car count, but they still provided some of the most exciting racing of the night. Jeff Elder started his night off with a strong run in his heat race and it would carry over to the start of the feature event. Kevin McGinnis and Elder would bring the field to the green flag. Elder would take the top spot and looked solid at the front of the field. Several drivers were jockeying for position behind the leaders. Drivers who started further back were starting to clear traffic and make their way to the front. Elder, meanwhile, kept on chugging out front. He would hold the lead until troubles would take him out of the running. Ready to pounce after Elder’s trouble was Jason Ryun. Ryun is filling in for Anthony Whitham after he got injured and unable to race. Choosing Ryun was a good one. Ryun stayed out in the front the rest of the way taking the win. Ryun becomes the 5th different winner in the USRA Stock Car division this season. The Stock Cars have the most winners of any class at Lakeside Speedway. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Elder and Ryun.

Kerry Davis took home the win in the USRA Modified class on opening night. Since then he has had some good runs, but he hadn’t gotten back into victory lane since that night. Friday night Davis knocked the door down to victory lane once more. Starting on the outside of the front row of the A Main it didn’t take long for Davis to take the lead on the opening lap. Not only did he grab the lead at the start, but he would hold it for the entire race on the way to win #2 of the season. Darron Fuqua made a couple of charges at Davis but wasn’t able to get the job done. While Fuqua was working a plan to get around Davis, he didn’t see last year’s champ, Nic Bidinger, coming on to challenge him in the last few laps. In the end Bidinger would take the battle for the runner-up spot. Fuqua finished 3rd, 4th went to Josh Everhart and Larry Clawson took home the 5th spot. USRA Modified Heat Race Wins went to Davis and Everhart.

Racing action continues next Friday night, May 15th, 2015. The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D. For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at , Don & Donna Marrs at (track info) or Pete Howey at (technical).

Race Night Notes 6: Back To Business At Lakeside Speedway

May 11th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The USMTS Modifieds have moved on down the road for now. You can also throw the Holley Iron Man Stock Cars and B Mods in with them. Last Friday night was a great show, but now it’s time for the racers of Lakeside Speedway to get back down to business! Friday night, May 8th, at 7:30 p.m. the green flag will fly and the weekly racers of Lakeside Speedway will continue their hunt for a championship. Back in action Friday night will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and the Grand Nationals. It’s shaping up to be another great night of racing on the River’s Edge!

Last Week’s Recap…

In the USMTS Modified Feature it was a repeat of the last one as Terry Phillips out dueled Rodney Sanders to take home the win. Darron Fuqua was the highest finishing track regular coming home in 8th. Steven Jackson drove from Iowa to Kansas to storm the field in the Iron Man Stock Car Feature event. Jackson got around Jason Ryun on a restart at lap 9 and then drove off to the win. Brad Smith took home his 2nd straight Iron Man win at Lakeside Speedway last Friday night. Not only was it Smith’s 2nd Iron Man win, it was also his 3rd straight feature win at Lakeside in 2015.

Setting Up This Week’s Races…USRA Modifieds…

Don’t look now there has been another change at the top of the point standings in the early part of the season. This time it’s Tim Karrick at the front of the field. Karrick, a multiple time champ, has been getting stronger each week and looks to be regaining his old form. 8 is the number! That’s the number of regular weekly racers that made the A Main last week with the USMTS. Darron Fuqua (8th), Tim Karrick (13th), Mark Schafman (14th), Nic Bidinger (15th), Lance Town (18th), Tyler Schmidt (19th), Aaron Marrant (22nd) and Kerry Davis (24th). Fuqua had a top 5 run going until a late race accident slowed him down. The last regular weekly Modified Feature saw Tim Setzer get the win. Setzer wasn’t able to make the USMTS show do to family obligations and he is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel soon. In his quest for a 3rd straight track championship, Nic Bidinger, is finding things a little tough this season. Gremlins have plagued him and currently he sits in 5th place in the points (35 off the leader).

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Mark Schafman #34, Edwardsville, KS.

Schafman has had some good runs over the years at Lakeside Speedway. There has been some victories sprinkled in with a lot of top 10 & top 5’s. Schafman moved up from the Grand Nationals a few years back and his skills get better each and every year. This season Schafman has had some good runs. Last week Schafman had a good nigh with the USMTS last week. A smaller budget that most teams, Schafman and his dad work hard to find speed where others don’t and it shows. Watch this week and see if Schafman is in the top 5 this Friday night.

USRA Stock Cars…

Hands down, this class, has put on some of the best racing this season. Each and every week they continue to amaze the fans of Lakeside Speedway. A total of 4 different drivers have picked up wins in just 6 races. Kevin Anderson was the only driver in the division to take home multiple wins so far this season. Unfortunately, a bad wreck during the USAC Feature, has slowed down Anderson’s hot season, but trust me that someone is ready to take his place.  Brett Heeter, who is looking for championship #3, is still sitting on top of the standings. Heeter currently leads Jim Powell Jr. by 9 points after 6 races. Heeter is coming off a strong run last Friday night where he finished runner-up in the Iron Man Feature. Jason Ryun, a former Stock Car driver, took the wheel of Anthony Whitham’s hot rod and looked like he was going to get the win. Ryun would finish 7th after leading the first 9 laps. Too bad for Lakeside fans he is not racing on a full time basis in 2015. John O’Neal Jr. had a good run last Friday night going from 12th to 5th in the main event. Another local driver that did well was Justin Seifert, who went from 16th to 9th.

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week…

This week I am going with a long shot in the Stock Car division. Christopher Smith is an unknown so far this year. Smith is a great competitor and is well respected by his fellow racers. His car looks good and he has kept his nose clean in the first 6 races. As he continues to work on his program, watch to see if he can break into the top 10. Going into this Friday night, I have got a feeling that Smith is due for an enormous run.

USRA B Mods…

Brad Smith has caught fire in the B Mod division. Three straight wins and it looks like Smith isn’t going to slow down. After Ed Noll’s 2 straight to start the season, it’s been all Smith since week 3. Chad Clancy, last season’s track and national champion, is off to a rough start in 2015. Currently, Clancy is sitting 9th in the points standings (he missed one week due to a work obligation). Last year was a dream season for Clancy. Don’t think Clancy won’t make another run this season, he is figuring out his new chassis and week after week he is improving. A 3rd place finish last week with the Iron Man series should be proof. Shadren Turner has quitely jumped to the top of the points standings in the early part of the season. Turner has turned in the most consistent finishes week in and week out and this has placed him in the top spot. Thirty five B Mods checked in last week to do battle. This has been the most popular class in 2015. For the weekly racing series a total of 41 different drivers have logged points this season. Colton is an up and comer at Lakeside Speedway. It seems like just a few years ago Stevens was beginning his racing career in the B Mods. Now a few years later, Stevens is getting better each week. Stevens has become a customer of Prime Racing and has been picking the brain of former Modified hot shoe Dustin Boney. A little help never hurts anyone. Stevens has taken to the advice and it can be seen on the race track. If he can stay away from trouble out on the speedway it’s possible that he might have the chance to pull into victory lane. Keep an eye on Stevens this Friday night.

Grand Nationals…

Is there anyone having a better season at Lakeside than Tim Shields? Shields is undefeated on the season. Four up and 4 down. At this rate Shields could be staring at another championship. As Shields continues to dominate, the question now becomes who is going to be the first driver to win a feature besides Shields? The list of drivers that are capable of doing it is long. Anyone can do it, it’s just going to take a great performance and a little luck. If there has been one driver that has had the chance to knock Shields off it was Houston Johnson. Johnson is a young driver that has shown he has what it takes. It was just a few weeks back that he raced Shields as hard as anyone has all season long. More time behind the wheel is going pay big dividends for this young man. It also helps that his brother, Austin, is also a racer and good old fashioned sibling rivalry could help make Houston better. This week look for Johnson to put the pressure on Shields this week and possibly pull off a win.

Race Night 411…

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D. For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy. Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at , Don & Donna Marrs at (track info) or Pete Howey at (technical).

Jackson, Smith shine in Holley Iron Man shoot-out in Kansas City

May 5th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.==The Holley Iron Man Series was back in action Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway as Steve Jackson claimed the $1,000 top prize for USRA Stock Cars while Brad Smith conquered the USRA B-Mod main event.

From the outside of the front row, Smith wrestled command away from polesitter Andy Bryant when the green flag waved, and then proceeded to build an eight-car-length cushion before the first of several cautions flew on lap 8.

On the restart, defending USRA B-Mod National Champion Chad Clancy used the opportunity to pounce on the front-runners and stole the lead away as they completed the ninth orbit.

His lead was short-lived, however, as he left the top side open for Smith who powered back to the front two laps later and just before the races next yellow flag.

This time Smith took away Clancys low line when the green flag reappeared, and the Belton, Mo., ace cruised the rest of the way to claim the $750 top prize.

Bryant got past Clancy to finish second, with 14th-starting Shadren Turner taking the fourth spot and Ed Noll rounding out the top-five at the flagstand.

In USRA Stock Car action, local favorite Jason Ryun controlled the first nine laps of the 20-lap feature race, but a slow start after a lap-9 caution sealed his fate when Jackson blasted into the lead.

Defending track champion Brett Heeter moved by Ryun two laps later and applied pressure to Jackson the rest of the way, but was unable to mount a serious challenge to the three-decade full-fendered veteran from Polk City, Iowa.

Former Holley Iron Man Series and USRA Stock Car National Champion Tom Schmitt raced from 11th on the starting grid to third at the checkered flag, with Kyle Falck claiming the fourth spot and John O’Neal Jr. rounding out the top five.

Both main event winners were presented with a new watch Polaris watch, valued at nearly $200 each, from Joslin’s Jewelry in Overland Park, Kan.

On Saturday, May 2, the too-tough-to-tame series invades the high banks of the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., for the first time ever. Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 and racing begins at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-14 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Along with the USMTS Modifieds, the racing card will be rounded out with ULMA Late Models, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders.

The Randolph County Raceway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call 660-651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

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Phillips fends off Sanders again in USMTS battle at Lakeside Speedway

May 4th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-The USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental kicked off the month of May at the Lakeside Speedway Friday night with a stacked field featuring the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing.

The cream of the crop usually rises to the top, and two drivers Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders continued their stranglehold at the top of the heap when the United States Modified Touring Series invades the historic 4/10-mile Kansas City clay oval.

Just like he did last August, Phillips fought off the challenges of Sanders to pocket the $3,000 top prize in Fridays MSD Central Region barnburner.

Things might have been different had Phillips not rebounded from a mishap in his heat race. While battling for fourth, the Springfield, Mo., veteran looped his No. 75 GRT Modified in turn 3, forcing a caution and tagging the rear of the pack.

In a matter of five laps, Phillips weaved his way through the field to garner a runner-up finish behind a long-gone Sanders. It earned him the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award and he redrew the number one starting spot while Sanders drew seventh.

Early on in the 30-lap main event, Grant Junghans gave Phillips all he could handle. While Phillips ran the high line, Junghans scooted the short way around and edged out Phillips for the lead on the second lap.

Phillips regained the lead on the fifth lap, but Junghans came roaring back to regain the top spot with nine laps in the books.

But two laps later, Phillips took control for good and held on through three cautions while Sanders worked his way to a second-place finish.

It was the second straight time Sanders followed Phillips to the checkers at Lakeside after the roles were reversed last July with a Sanders-Phillips one-two finish.

In addition to earning $3,000 for the victory, Phillips also netted a $500 bonus check from Kennys Tile and RacinDirt.com. It was his fourth career USMTS win at the Lakeside Speedway a series best in twelve stops here.

Jason Hughes, who captured the King of America V event a little more than a month ago, continued his string of strong runs as he raced from 20th on the starting grid to third at the checkered flag.

Ryan Gustin maintained his points lead in the MSD Central Region with a fourth-place effort ahead of Johnny Scott. Junghans held on for a solid sixth, followed by Cade Dillard, Darron Fuqua, Jesse Sobbing and Stormy Scott.

The evening kicked off with Karsyn’s Krusaders hosting a pre-race party featuring a raffle, cookout and meet & greet with several drivers. Later on, several young cancer survivors served as honorary starters for the feature races and were able to wave the green flag to start the shows.

Special thanks to Ramirez Motorsports, High Maintenance Racewear and Varsity Sports for making the event come to life. To learn more about Karsyns Krusaders and help them kick cancers butt one lap at a time, visit www.karsynskrusaders.org.

On Saturday, the series returns to the Randolph County Raceway for the first time since 2010. After being shuttered for several seasons, new ownership breathed life back into the former 24 Raceway, and fans across the social media spectrum have been chattering about the USMTS returning to the Moberly, Mo., high banks on May 2.

The first trip to the facility has its place in history as the only USMTS feature to ever end in a tie. Zack VanderBeek and Jon Tesch crossed the finish line in a dead heat, but both the naked eye and photo finish could not determine a clear winner. Both drivers were awarded the victory.

The following season, the USMTS implemented the AMB timing and scoring system for all events, and although dozens have been incredibly close, technology has prevented another split podium. Tesch returned the following year to get the win uncontested.

The last visit in 2010 for the series saw Jason Krohn take the win in a race that was featured on the Dirt Knights docu-drama for a national television audience. Jason Hughes also won here earlier in 2010 with Michael Long taking his first USMTS win here in 2009.

Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 and racing begins at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-14 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans looking to save a couple bucks on the price of an adult ticket can pick up $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Stores locations in Higbee, Madison, Moberly and St. Paris.

To find the Casey’s General Store nearest you, visit www.caseys.com/locations. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

The Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will also be in action, along with ULMA Late Models, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders.

The Randolph County Raceway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call 660-651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Lakeside Speedway, Randolph County Raceway in USMTS crosshairs

April 28th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–Everybody is invited to join the United States Modified Touring Series as the series heads for a doubleheader in the heartland of America this Friday and Saturday, May 1-2.

Oh, Mother Nature? Shes not invited.

Action in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports kicks off this Friday, May 1, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first of two $3,000-to-win blockbuster events. Then on Saturday, May 2, the USMTS Modifieds return to the high banks of the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

This will be the twelfth time the USMTS has circled the historic Lakeside Speedway since making its debut here less than three years ago. Ryan Gustin won the inaugural race during his second straight USMTS national championship season in 2012. Since then, Jeremy Payne and Terry Phillips have both won three times while two-time defending USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders has two.

2013 USRA Modified National Champion Matt Dotson and defending Lakeside Speedway track champion Nic Bidinger each have one USMTS victory—both coming during the 2013 Sunflower Showdown.

Pit gate opens Friday at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $18, youth ages 13-16 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Seating in the V.I.P. suites are $25. Pit passes are $35.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, the series returns to the Randolph County Raceway for the first time since 2010. After being shuttered for several seasons, new ownership breathed life back into the former 24 Raceway, and fans across the social media spectrum have been chattering about the USMTS returning to the Moberly, Mo., high banks on May 2.

The first trip to the facility has its place in history as the only USMTS feature to ever end in a tie. Zack VanderBeek and Jon Tesch crossed the finish line in a dead heat, but both the naked eye and photo finish could not determine a clear winner. Both drivers were awarded the victory.

The following season, the USMTS implemented the AMB timing and scoring system for all events, and although dozens have been incredibly close, technology has prevented another split podium. Tesch returned the following year to get the win uncontested.

The last visit in 2010 for the series saw Jason Krohn take the win in a race that was featured on the Dirt Knights docu-drama for a national television audience.

Jason Hughes also won here earlier in 2010 with Michael Long taking his first USMTS win here in 2009.

Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 and racing begins at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-14 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The Randolph County Raceway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call 660-651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

Both events will also feature the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. ULMA Late Models, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be racing Saturday in Moberly.

With two races in the books in the MSD Central Region, Gustin holds a four-point cushion over Stormy Scott in the regional points standings. Dereck Ramirez, Keith Foss, Cade Dillard, Sanders, Casey Arneson, Joe Duvall, Austin Arneson and Kelly Shryock round out the top-ten.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Holley Iron Man Series doubleheader looms May 1-2

April 28th, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-A big weekend is on the horizon for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods as the Holley Iron Man Series braces for a doubleheader May 8-9 in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds.

Action kicks off this Friday, May 1, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. home of the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships, Oct. 15-17.

Then on Saturday, May 2, the too-tough-to-tame series invades the high banks of the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., for the first time.

USRA Stock Cars will compete for a $1,000 top prize on Friday and $750 to win Saturday. A $750 check goes to the USRA B-Mod feature winner and Saturdays main event winner gets $600.

LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY MAY 1

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $18, youth ages 13-16 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Seating in the V.I.P. suites are $25. Pit passes are $35.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

RANDOLPH COUNTY RACEWAY MAY 2

Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 and racing begins at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-14 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. ULMA Late Models, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be racing.

The Randolph County Raceway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24 (5 miles east of Moberly). For more information, call 660-651-8599 or check out www.randolphcountyraceway.com on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or cell 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Smith Goes Back To Back At Lakeside Speedway, Shields, Setzer & Anderson Also Winners

April 27th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – The eminent threat of weather plagued Lakeside Speedway once again in the month of April. The staff would do a nice job in hurrying the races along all night. In the end, once again, Lakeside Speedway was able to dodge the bullet and get in the entire show.

Last week’s feature winner in the USRA B Mods, Brad Smith, along with youngster, Jayden Bears brought the field to the green flag for Friday night’s A Main.

It was Smith leading the charge from the start of the racing. Smith took to the point position but had a challenger with him in Dustin Gilbert. Lap number 5 would see Gilbert wrestle the lead away from Smith. Gilbert looked strong on this night as he held the lead. On lap number 9 Gilbert dropped to low in turn 3 and appeared to hit the tires just enough to upset his car and momentum that he was carrying. It allowed Smith the opportunity he needed to retake the lead. As the field came to start lap 10, Smith would retake the top spot on the grid. It would be the last lead change of the night. Smith would scoot to the checkers for his 2nd consecutive feature win. Gilbert would hold on to his best finish of the season in 2nd, 3rd went to Shadren Turner, Randal Schiffelbein Jr. put on a drive to 4th after
starting in the 11th position and Matt Pugh drove to a 5th place finish.

USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners on the night were Gilbert, Pugh, Turner and Bears.

Tim Shields might want to go to the Hollywood Casino near the track or maybe Shields should just buy a lottery ticket. In 2015 everything has gone Shields way in the Grand National division. Friday night Shields took home his 4th straight win of the season in just 4 races! That’s right folks on the 2015 race season he is unbeaten. Friday night’s feature would see Shields lineup outside of row number 2 and it wasn’t long before he was at the number 1 spot at the end of lap 1. Shields domination of the Grand Nationals would continue on this night. Lap after lap Shields hit his marks and made it look easy as he….. wait a minute just because a guy has 4 wins don’t think for a second he doesn’t face the threat of being beaten. Young gun, Houston Johnson, ran a strong race Friday night and tracked down Shields and made a bid for the top spot on the white flag lap. Unfortunately for Johnson it was the line he wanted to take into turn 1. Johnson would slide up in the middle of the turn and Shields would pull the crossover move to retake the lead. Johnson wouldn’t go away as he would stay on Shields back bumper to the checkered flag.

Nick Newton came home in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Donnie Brown and rounding out the top 5 was Marshall Jewett.

The lone Grand National Heat Race was also won by Shields.

A total of 21 USRA Stock Cars made the call for the A Main Friday night at Lakeside Speedway. When the smoke cleared at the end of the night a new, Power Player, is emerging in the name of Kevin Anderson. Anderson has picked up feature wins during weeks 2 and 3. Friday night Anderson was hungry for another win. Justin Seifert and Jim Powell Jr. brought this exciting field to the green flag. Powell would take the lead early in this one while Anderson was held up battling back in the 4th position. Powell would hold on to the top spot for the next 10 laps. At lap 11 it started to heat up. Anderson had to work his way up to Powell and the two would swap spots heading into lap 13 when Anderson was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage. As Powell had trouble getting by the lapped car, Anderson would use it to retake the lead from Powell. This would allow him to pick up his 3rd consecutive win in the USRA Stock Car class. Anderson’s 3rd straight win is an impressive feat when you consider the amount of talent that he is racing against. Powell finished a close 2nd, Seifert celebrated a good 3rd place run, 4th went to Thomas Roberts and Sean Foster rounded out the top 5.

USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Powell, Anderson and Roberts.

It was wild feature event in the USRA Modified division on Friday night.

Tim Setzer and last week’s feature winner, Lance Town, put a repeat performance on at the top to the field. Setzer would lead from the opening lap, but it was Town keeping pace and applying the pressure the entire way. A couple of yellows were brought out on the feature by Larry Clawson, the last one coming at lap 10. The restart on lap number 10 would be cause for some excitement. Setzer and Town were still at the top spot, the battle was being waged for 3rd thru 6th right behind them. Heading into turn 3, heavy contact was made by Lewis Jackson and your points leader, Kerry Davis. Davis would suffer damage and have to go to the back as did the 2nd place driver in the points, Darron Fuqua. Fuqua stopped to avoid running into the action in front of him. The green flag would fly again and at the front the battle was still all Setzer and Town. Setzer, unlike a week ago, wouldn’t let this one slip away. Setzer would close out the race just as he had started it, in the top spot. It was the 1st win on the season for Setzer.
Town would finish 2nd, Tim Karrick drove to a 3rd place finish after starting 7th, 4th went to Jackson and Austin Johnson raced his way to a 5th place finish. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Fuqua and Davis.

Racing action this week will continue on Sunday evening as Lakeside Speedway hosts the USAC Sprint Cars for the Weld spring Classic. Pit gates open at 3:00 and tickets are $35.00 per ticket. Front gates open at 4:00. All tickets are General Admission 11 and older are $25.00 per ticket, under 10 are free and all Suite tickets are $35.00 per ticket. Racing start at 7:30.

Race Night Notes 4: Double Dip At Lakeside Speedway This Weekend

April 25th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – Week number 4 at Lakeside Speedway offers race fans a double dip of action this weekend. Friday night April 24 the regular weekly racing series takes center stage, but Sunday night it’s a special for the ages; the Weld Spring Classic featuring the stars of the USAC Amsoil Sprint Car National Championship.

Friday night will have the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods & Grand Nationals as the main performers and on Sunday night it will be the USAC Sprint Cars and USRA Stock Cars providing a full night’s entertainment.

Sunday’s races will see the pit gate open at 3 pm, spectator gate will open at 4 pm, drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and the first green flag drops at 7:30 pm! GA 10 and under Free! 11 and up is $25.00, Suite Tickets are $35.00 per person. Call Donna for tickets 913.888.0539 or the Lakeside Speedway Office 913.299.9206! You will want to make sure you are at the track Sunday for this great racing experience.

Last Week’s Recap…

For the second straight week Mother Nature gave the racers at Lakeside Speedway another curve ball. A late rain shower about an hour before hot laps put down a lot of moisture on the track.

The track took a little extra time to get worked in but, by the time for features, it came in really nice. It was a track that favored horse power and a determination to stand on the throttle without letting up!

One racer, Tim Shields, is undefeated on the season after last week in the Grand National division. Shields has lined up for 3 week straight in the main event and mowed down the competition. Last week he started from the front row and wired the field in his 3rd win of the season. Lance Town used a little lapped traffic to work his way by Tim Setzer to take the win in the USRA Modified Feature. In the USRA Stock Car division, Kevin Anderson flexed his muscle by winning for the 2nd straight week. Brad Smith won the USRA B Mod after starting 12th in the main event.

USRA Modified Preview… Congrats to Lance Town for winning his 1st A Main at Lakeside Speedway. Town took the win in the USRA Modified Feature last week.

So far on the season, Town has raced 2 out of the 3 nights, opening night he came away with an 11th place finish. Last week’s result showed that Town is a contender to win and he still has room to improve from week to week.

Tim Setzer gets ‘Hard Luck’ award from last week. Setzer looked to be going to victory lane by the end of the night but found himself getting into the back of a lapped car. The contact caused a problem that would be evident with 4 laps to go as he would brush the wall in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the yellow.

There was a change at the top spot in the points and in the early going it’s a tight race. Darron Fuqua came in with the points lead after the first 2 races, but a 4th place finish would drop him from the top spot by 1 point. Kerry Davis took over the top spot with his 3rd place finish on the night. There is a long way to go, but it’s nice to pay attention from time to time.

Last week Tim Karrick celebrated his best finish at Lakeside Speedway in 2015 by coming home in the runner-up spot. Karrick is looking to get back into victory lane at Lakeside Speedway. Since returning to dirt back in 2000, Karrick holds the record for the most Modified wins and as competitive as Karrick is, after not getting there in awhile, he is certainly chomping at the bit to get another win to his credit.

Nic Bidinger is seeing the ups and downs of racing in the first 3 weeks of the season. Opening night mechanical issues relegated him to an abnormal finish, he rebounded for the win in week 2 and last week he had to run the feature in Mark Hoover’s car as mechanical issues plagued him again. It looks as if Nic is looking to get his bad luck portion of 2015 over with in the early part of the season.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Tim Karrick #1K Basehor, KS.

Karrick has won more races than any other Modified driver since Lakeside Speedway returned to dirt, Karrick has won 4 championships since 2000 and Karrick has won just about every big time race that Lakeside Speedway has had to offer. Last week’s runner-up finish should tell folks that Tim Karrick is alive and well. The competition, the equipment and the times change. Tim Karrick has been racing for decades and he knows all of this too well. It’s what’s made him one of the best drivers to have raced in this area. Watch this week and see if he comes back towards the front of the field.

USRA Stock Car Preview…

The USRA Stock Car Feature provided some more excitement last week. Kevin Anderson drove to his 2nd straight win at Lakeside Speedway in the division. An impressive feat considering all the competition that this class has to offer.

Three Wheelin around Lakeside Speedway Anderson made it work to his advantage. He tracked down John O’Neal Jr. and would get by for the win. After missing opening night the two straight wins pushed Anderson into the top 10 in the point standings.

John O’Neal Jr. gave a valiant effort last week and came up just short. O’Neal lost a power plant the week before and had to borrow one last week. It must have been a good loaner. O’Neal led a few laps before having a great battle with Jim Powell Jr. take the 2nd spot in a drag race to the finish.

Speaking of Jim Powell Jr.! He has been steadily improving each week. Powell has finished 6th, 5th and 3rd in each of the first 3 USRA Stock Car Features. Could a win be in the cards soon? Time will tell.

The early season points leader remains to be Brett Heeter. Heeter, your defending USRA Stock Car Champ, knows how to win titles and he continues to land in the top 5 week after week. Throw in a couple of victories with a lot of top 5’s and no DNF’s, you got a championship.

The ‘Hard Charger’ from last week’s race had to be Nate Barnes. Barnes started 12th on the feature and wound up in the 4th spot. After struggling in week #1, Barnes as got his new XFactor working in the right direction.

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week… Jim Powell Jr. #20P Lecompton, KS.

Jim Powell Jr. has been a Stock Car racer for quite some time. He is one of the best in the area and he is starting to make Lakeside Speedway his home. As most people that have followed Powell’s career know that he is capable of winning both races and championships. This season he has started out with 3 good runs, will this be the week that he gets over the hump and knocks down the door? It just as well might. If you look at his 3 finishes on the season each week he is improving. If this trend follows it might put him in victory lane.

USRA B Mod Preview… Holy cow! Brad Smith was on the move last week.

Smith picked up the win in just his 2nd night of the season at Lakeside Speedway and he did it by starting in the 12th spot. Smith took no time in working his way into the top 5 and after a restart on lap 7, Smith worked his way around the leader, Gene Claxton, and checked out on the field. The question this week will be can he keep that pace up?

Great movement was evident in this class last week. Several drivers started deep in the field only to work their way to the front. Smith went from 12th to 1st, Eddie Schwope drove from 8th to 2nd, last year’s National Champ, Chad Clancy, went from 10th to 4th, Dustin Gilbert raced from 19th to 6th, Sam Shuler finished 10th after starting 20th and Curtis Berry, in his first time racing at Lakeside, went from dead last (24th) to 11th! There was a lot of passing going on in this feature.

After winning the first 2 B Mod Features of the season, Ed Noll had an off night. Ed had to run the B Feature and the A Main last Friday night. Noll would start 22nd in the feature and would finish 12th. The old saying goes, ‘you can’t win them all!’ but you sure want to. Improving by the end of the evening should have had Noll happy.

The early season points race in this division is a tight one. A total of 8 points is the difference between the top 4 drivers (Schwope, Noll, Shadren Tuner and Claxton).

Last week Lakeside Speedway had to host their first B Feature of the season. Thirty one B Mods showed up to compete last week, it marked the largest turnout for a single class in 2015, so far.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week… Terry Bivins #53 Lebo, KS.

What can you say about this veteran driver? A lot! He has raced everything from your weekly short tracks (dirt and asphalt) and he has even competed on the highest level of stock car racing, NASCAR. This character is a fun guy to talk to and a fun guy to watch race. Last week wasn’t a strong week for Bivins as he missed out on making the A Main event. This is the reason that we are making him our driver to watch this week. Bivins will not like the fact that he didn’t make the A Main last week and it will make him drive 10x as hard this week. Keep an eye on the orange #53, you might be surprised.

Grand National Preview… Tim Shields is one tough competitor.

Last week Shields started on the front row and wired the field on the way to the win. How will he respond this week? Or should the question be how will the competition respond?

Don’t for a minute think that this field of racers is going to lay down for Shields week after week. They are racers. Each one of them will go to the shop and start to figure out what they have to do to catch Shields.

It might take a little time but you will have to remember luck for a driver can always change to. Just as Shields is running out in front of this class, drivers know that things can change in an instant. Shields is definitely doing his home work as well. He has to figure out week after week what he needs to do to stay in front of the competition.

Grand National Driver To Watch This Week… Steven Dibben #69 Smithville, MO

This week’s driver to watch is the driver that has gotten the closest to knocking Tim Shields out of victory lane. Dibben is a longtime racer in the Grand National division. Not only is he a longtime racer, but he has won his fair share of Grand National races too. Last week wasn’t his best performance and knowing Mr. Dibben it stands to reason that he is working extra hard this week to come back out and have a solid showing. Not only do I expect him to have a solid showing, it could be possible that you might see the #69 in victory lane!

Race Night 411… The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539 (track info) or Pete Howey at 309-360-6123 (technical).

Big Night of Racing at Lakeside!

April 23rd, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It looked for a minute tonight at Lakeside Speedway like things were going to go south for the night. A shower popped up around 5:40 p.m. and the rain threatened the cancellation of race night #3 on the season.
Good thing for the crew at Lakeside Speedway they were ready for the rain and it didn’t stop the show from going on as they say.

A whopping 31 USRA B Mods checked in for action Friday night.

Ed Noll came into Friday night’s event having won the last 2 races and alleyes were on him. Unfortunately it wasn’t Ed’s night. This night would belong to Brad Smith. At the beginning the feature Gene Claxton moved quickly to the front of the pack. Claxton would battle it out with Nick Newton until lap number 7 when Newton would have a mechanical failure and bring out the yellow flag. On the restart it was Smith who would rocket to the front. Smith, who started 12th on the grid, looked fast as he worked his way by the leader, Claxton, for the top spot. Once at the point position Smith wouldn’t be denied on this night. Lap after lap he would extend his lead until he took the checkered flag. The win was Smith’s 1st on the season. The battle behind Smith was a good one too. Eddie Schwope won the battle for 2nd with Claxton, holding on to 3rd was Claxton, last year’s champ, Chad Clancy, finished 4th and Shadren Turner brought home a 5th place finish. USRA B Mod Heat Race Winners were Claxton, Matt Pugh, Newton and Don Marrs. The B Feature win went to Dustin Gilbert.

3 in a row for Tim Shields.

When you are on the top, you only have one place to go, down! Good thing for Tim Shields that you can also remain on the top. In the Grand National Feature Tim Shields, the winner of the season’s first 2 races, started on the pole position. The way that Shields has his program set up, it didn’t bode well for the competition. At the drop of the green flag Shields sprang out in front of the field. He would wire the field leading every single lap in route to win #3 on the season. Houston Johnson raced his way to 2nd, Donnie Brown held down the 3rd spot, 4th went to Don Marrs and rounding out the top 5 was Steven Dibben in 5th. The Grand National Heat Race Winner was Tim Shields.

If I said that the USRA Stock Car Feature is one of, if not, the best feature of each and every week, I would be lying. Friday night was another prime example. John O’Neal Jr. looked to get his 1st win of the season and also gain some redemption from last week. A week ago O’Neal was near the front of the pack when motor problems plagued the veteran driver. Using a borrowed motor O’Neal was having a good night. It started out with a heat win and then got even better as he would start on the pole for the main event. O’Neal got the advantage on the competition by getting the early lead. It was a lead he would for 5 laps, for last week’s winner, Kevin Anderson, was on his back pumper and pressuring O’Neal since lap 3. Anderson didn’t look like he had complete control of his car as he kept 3 wheeling around the speedway. To prove everyone wrong, Anderson’s overall speed was just way to much for the competition.
On lap 6 Anderson would slide by O’Neal for the lead and then never looked back. Anderson would go on to claim his 2nd straight win of the 2015 season. It was a great battle behind Anderson. Jim Powell Jr. & O’Neal would go side by side for several laps. Finally on the last corner of the last lap, O’Neal drove it in deep and on the bottom giving him just enough steam to get by Powell for 2nd. One of the big movers of the night was Nate Barnes. Barnes started 12th but he would work himself into a 4th place finish on the night. Opening night winner, Brett Heeter, logged a 5th place finish. USRA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were O’Neal & Powell.

It’s the 1st win for Lance Town.

The capper of the night was the USRA Modified Feature and did it hold some excitement. Veteran racer Tim Setzer made his appearance at Lakeside Speedway Friday night and by all intents and pruposes it looked as if he was going to end up in victory lane at the end of the night. Setzer jumped out to the lead and was dominating the feature. As the laps clicked off it was on lap 12 where the excitement began. Setzer started to work lapped traffic and on the front stretch he came upon the lapped car of Austin Johnson. Setzer tried to make a move around Johnson but the two would cross paths. Setzer got into the back of Johnson and for that split second it was enough time for Lance Town to make his move and take over the number 1 spot. Setzer would continue to lead and then with 4 laps to go Setzer would suffer a mechanical setback and it sent him into the wall. It would bring out the last yellow of the night. On the restart Tim Karrick, Kerry Davis and Darron Fuqua gave their best shots to stay up with Town, but just couldn’t muster up enough speed to catch the racer from Wellsville. Karrick scored his best Lakeside finish with a runner up spot, opening night winner, Kerry Davis, finished 3rd, 4th was the current point leader, Darron Fuqua and Justin Johnson celebrated a fine run in the 5th position. USRA Modified Heat Race Winners were Setzer, Karrick & Johnson.

Lakeside Speedway Race Night Notes #2: Here Comes The Boom!

April 9th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – If there were any doubts on what Lakeside Speedway was going to be like under the direction of Don and Donna Marrs, they got there answer last Friday night; EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT!

Some would say it was even better than alright. On a night to where it didn’t look like many fans would not turn out due to cold weather several fans returned to Lakeside Speedway. Those fans were treated to a night of great racing and more!

This Friday night April 10, 2015, the spectator gates will open up for race #2 on the season. The USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods & Grand Nationals will be on display, front and center once again.

Last Week’s Recap… As the first green flag waved of the night the racers were ready to display the talents of the best drivers in the Midwest. A grand total of 75 racers, in 4 classes, showed up to do battle and they would not
disappoint the chilly crowd that was in attendance.

Fans had to make a choice on what was the best race of the night because they saw so many great races.

In the USRA Stock Car ranks it was Brett Heeter, last year’s champ, making an incredible run from 16th to 1st. At the white flag Heeter would take the lead from Joe Smith Jr. by a mere inches and then held on for the final circuit to win his 1st feature of 2015. Kerry Davis made a strong run in the USRA Modified Feature. Davis started up front and held the lead from the outset, but while he navigated lapped traffic Darron Fuqua closed the gap and the last lap was one for the ages. Davis and Fuqua sprinted out of turn 4 to the stripe with Davis winning by about the length of his
hood. The USRA B Mod Feature went to Ed Noll. The sentimental fan favorite hat has been around racing for quite some time has come close to winning since returning to racing a few years back but hadn’t quite got over the hump. Last Friday night he kicked the door down as he held off the competetion to win the A Main. Tim Shields left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is still the man to beat in the Grand National division. The 2 time, defending champion made it look easy on the way to the opening night win.

USRA Modified Preview… Last week’s USRA Modified Feature was about as exciting as you will find. A race that was decided by a few feet. Fans of Lakeside Speedway should get comfortable with that kind of ‘on the edge of your seat’ type of action! The racers in this class are some of the best in the Midwest. Kerry Davis showed last week that he has done his homework and is ready to get back into victory lane more often this season. Several others are ready too.

Darron Fuqua gave his best effort in coming up just a few feet short of the win last Friday night. If Fuqua would have only started closer to the front? Maybe it would have been a different outcome, maybe not. This season at Lakeside Speedway they are utilizing a passing point system to determine the lineups for the features. Also new for this year is the number of laps that will be run in a feature will depend on the number of cars that checked in that night to race.

A big mover in last week’s feature was Austin Johnson. Johnson, the youngster from KC, MO, worked his way up to an 8th place finish after starting 18th on the grid.

The ‘Hard Luck’ award was a toss up in this division. Nic Bidinger, the 2x defending champion, was moving to the front in the feature before a hail of sparks in the rear half of his hot rod would force him to pull off and finish 17th. Then there was Aaron Marrant. Marrant didn’t even make it out of his heat race after blowing a motor and this would make him watch the A Main from the crowd.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week… Nic Bidinger #3B Perry, KS. Bidinger is your man to watch this week in the Modified division at Lakeside Speedway. There is a lot of racing still to go, but if he wants to win championship #3 (in a row), he will have to put last week behind him. Bidinger was fast before his mechanical problems and that’s a good sign. This week he will be itching to run back up front again. Watch as he will put the pressure on as he heads to the front half of the field. You don’t win championships by running at the back of the field. My guess he will be looking for a win, if not, at least a top 5 finish.

USRA Stock Car Preview…
This class was stellar last week. A total of 7 cars were in the hunt for the win at the end of this race. Each week, year after year, the USRA Stock Car division puts a great product on the track week after week. The Stock Cars tend to get overlooked. Each week they won’t go overlooked if they keep providing great finishes. Brett Heeter’s win last week could be just the tip of the ice berg for what fans might get to see for the entire 2015 campaign.

Heeter flexed his muscle last week in winning the feature on opening night. Not only did he get the win, but he also started 16th in the feature lineup and that finish would also make him the ‘hard charger’ on the night. A great way to start out on his quest for a 3 peat.

I was right there is what Joe Smith Jr. could have been saying after the event ended. Smith had control of this race for close to 3/4 of the event only to see it slip away in the end. It’s a good thing that these cars don’t have mirrors. If so, Smith would have seen a lot of cars breathing down his neck to take the win.

It was nice to see some new faces at Lakeside Speedway in the Stock Car class last week. One driver, Rich Boyden, is returning to the action after having been away from the Home of Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City for a long time. The last time Boyden competed on a full time basis it was in the Grand National class.

Hard Luck award in this class would go to Scotty Moore. Moore led the start of this race only to see him give up the lead to Smith. A few laps later he would make contact with another competitor and be sent to the rear of the field. His hard luck night ended in a 12th place finish.

Would you believe that Brett Heeter made that monster run last week and it wasn’t even in his primary car? That’s right it was one of his old cars. I don’t think he wants to retire that one anytime soon!

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week…
Nate Barnes #29 Kearney, MO. Barnes has had a lot of success at Lakeside Speedway over the years. Victory lane has been kind to Barnes. Last week wasn’t so kind to the racer from Kearney. Barnes was almost the Hard Luck award winner in his new xFactor Chassis. Working on a new car is always tough as you try to work the bugs out. Unfortunately Barnes will have to wait and see just how good his new car is. Watch him this Friday night. A week of working on his
car, visiting with chassis builder John O’Neal Jr. and another week behind the wheel might be what the Dr. ordered.

USRA B Mod Preview…
The USRA B Mods had the most competitors who checked in last week. A total of 26 race cars checked in to duke it out. The feature started all 26 cars. This is a great move in my opinion. It saves running a B Feature to eliminate 2 racers. Paying some extra dough and letting those 2 extra drivers race the feature will do more for track PR than one might think.

Ed Noll showed the way during the entire feature as he got win #1 in 2015. It appeared that Noll might have some mechanical issues during the main event. Noll could have went from the hero to the zero if something would have failed. It didn’t and many fans were up on their feet cheering for Noll on the huge opening night win.

The Hard Charger award goes to Eddie Schwope for his run from 13th to 4th in the A Main. Schwope, who usually runs an IMCA N. Sport Mod, made the trip to Lakeside last Friday night and has to be happy with a top 5 finish.

Gene Claxton and Tim Powell put on a great show battling for that 2nd spot. The two veterans went at it door-to-door and wheel-to-wheel for several laps giving the fans something to stand up and shout about! In the end Powell got the better of the battle finishing 2nd to Claxton’s 3rd.

After the feature event Don Marrs had to be tired. The veteran racer and owner of Lakeside Speedway raced in both the Grand National A Main and USRA B Mod Main. By the end of the night that is close to 60 laps of racing. Take the time of working on your car at the track plus racing, I know I would have been tired.

Reigning champ, Chad Clancy, had his work cut out for him last week. Clancy finished 3rd in his heat. Not happy with his run, he put in some work and would end up with a positive after having started 11th in the main and finishing 6th. A new car might slow him down while he dials it in but don’t expect it for very long.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week…
Gene Claxton #42 KC, MO. Most drivers would be happy with a 3rd place finish in the feature event. Not Gene Claxton. Gene has been racing for what seems to be a half a century and racing up front is what he has done for that time frame. Last week it seemed that Claxton’s handling wasn’t what it should have been. Even though he had the problems he is still a talented enough driver that he can get up on the wheel and drive a ill handling car to a top 5 finish.
If Claxton gets things figured out, lookout! Claxton has a good car, a fast car and he is an exceptional talent. Watch for him to try and rebound this Friday night after running 3rd a week ago.

Grand National Preview…
Tim Shields put on a dominating performance in winning the feature last Friday night. Shields like Bidinger is looking for that elusive 3 peat. He answered most of the critics when he came out and won the way he did. At lap 8 Shields finally made his move to get by the leader and once he did Shields checked out on the competition. It looks like everyone else will have to elevate their programs to that next level.

A driver who has shown some improvement is Eddie Ingram. Ingram lead the first 7 laps of the feature only to see it wrestled away. Ingram should hold his head high. He was strong enough to finish in the 2nd spot. A strong start to the season.

Houston Johnson went for a wild ride in his heat race. The youngster appeared to have a hose or radiator problem and the car got caught up in it’s own fluid and pushed the driver hard up into the turn 3 wall. The Lakeside Speedway Safety Crew showed why there are some of the best in the business. You never know how you are going to react to a situation until you get put in that situation for real.

In an exciting heat race, Nick Newton, driving for Bill Ruisinger, took a wild win over Tim Shields. The 2 drivers shot it out to the flag stand. The fans were up on their feet as it was only a matter of inches that separated the two.

Grand Naitonal Driver To Watch This Week…
Nick Newton #711 KCK If there is a favorite going into Friday night in this class it would be Tim Shields. Last week fans got a glimpse of what could be a good rivalry in this division between Shields and Nick Newton. Newton has been in the Grand National division before and has now set his sites on the B Mod ranks. Last week Newton returned to his Grand National roots and gave it a go. He came up short after mechanical issues took him out of the race. If he returns to the track again this week watch for him to give the Dark Knight all he can handle.

Vendor Spotlight: Reed Bros. Racing Photos The Reed Bros., Ronny and Donny, have been taking pictures at race tracks for decades. This season they have become the official photographers for Lakeside Speeway. Great prices and great photos put the Reed Bros. Racing Photos to a whole other level. Special Orders are welcome. Stop by and visit Reed Bros. Racing Photos in the Budweiser Shack just south of the tower.

Special Thanks: Gary Joslin of Joslin’s Jewelry Last week if you were living under a rock you might not have heard Rodney White say that each feature winner would be presented a $200 watch thanks to Gary Joslin at Joslin’s Jewelry. It was great to see Joslins back and involved with Lakeside Speedway once again. Joslin’s Jewelry is the perfect jewelry store for all your needs. Don’t think Gary Joslin won’t be back out before Father’s Day or Mother’s Day!!!

Race Night 411…
The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539 (track info) or Pete Howey at 309-360-6123 (technical).

Lakeside Started a New Beginning last Friday

April 6th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – It was a new beginning at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night. Cold weather, rain and other elements played games with the staff at Lakeside Speedway but in the end the track was ready to go on Friday night. The fans, that braved the elements, were treated to some great races on opening night.

Dalton Kirk and Kerry Davis brought the field to the green flag to start the USRA Modified A Main. Davis took command of the feature right from the start. For the first 6 laps it was Davis at the front of the field with Mark Schafman applying some pressure at the top spot. Several drivers were working their way to the front as the laps clicked off. Last year’s champ, Nic Bidinger, started his move to the front but would find mechanical problems during lap number 6. This trouble would force him from the race.

Davis still had control of the race. Darron Fuqua worked his way up from 9th to 3rd by lap 9. Fuqua ran into a little bit of a problem as Schafman began to display engine troubles. It would only last a couple of laps and on the 9th circuit Schafman would pull into the infield. Fuqua would now have smooth sailing to catch Davis. The feature was only set for 20 laps, so he would have to hurry. Davis, at the front of the pack, needed to just hit his marks and come home with the win. Unfortunately for Davis lapped traffic would get in the way and it allowed Fuqua to close the gap.

As they came to the white flag, Davis still held the top spot but Fuqua was going to make a run at the top spot. As the two made their way around the track it all came down to the final turn. Fuqua took to the extreme high line on the track and made one last ditch effort as they pulled side by side in the middle of the final turn. “I saw him in the end,” said Davis, “I saw his nose and told myself, ‘I got this one!’ The track was awesome, it’s a great opening night.”

The two drivers came off turn 4 to drag race down the front straight. Slight contact would be made between the two and Fuqua made contact with the front straight wall! Davis took the checkers 1st by a little less than half a car lenghth for the 1st victory of the season. It was an exciting way to end the night for everyone in attendance. Fuqua, started 9th and came home 2nd, 3rd went to Tim Karrick, Tyler Schmidt started inside of row 3 and finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Jared Steins. Heat race winners in the USRA Modified division were Schafman, Schmidt and Karrick.

Another nail biter occurred in the USRA Stock Car Feature event. Scotty Moore jumped out to the early lead, but Joe Smith Jr. was hot on his trail and by lap 4 he would be the new leader. Behind the leader a strong battle brewed between Moore, Sean Foster and Jake Newman. A yellow would come out after Moore and Newman got together bunching the field up as 8 laps were down. During the majority of the laps several drivers were in the contention for the win, but one driver was working his tail off.

Starting deep in the field, the 2014 Stock Car Champ Brett Heeter was making his way to the front. The green flag waved and Heeter quickly went to the 3rd spot and would pick up another before chasing down the leader, Smith. As the racers came to the white flag, Heeter had the advantage by just a tiny fraction. For the last lap Heeter would hang on and take the win. It would be a strong statement for the driver who has won 2 straight track championships. Smith would hold on to 2nd, Nick Whalen drove through the field to finish 3rd, 4th went to Sean Foster and Anthony Whitham raced his way to a top 5 finish in 5th. USRA Stock Car heat race winners were Newman, Whalen and Smith.

Ed Noll was looking to get a strong finish on opening night in the USRA B Mod division. He would get his wish. Noll ran out to the point position right from the start. In the early part of the feature it was Gene Claxton giving Noll fits. Fortunately for Noll, Tim Powell was on the move and he soon would shoot it out with Claxton for the 2nd spot. A yellow would slow the pace down and bunch everyone up for another restart. Noll would once again take control of the feature but a little smoke started to show from the back of Noll’s hot rod. Could Noll’s engine hang on? It did and Noll would take the first win of the season in the B Mod class. Powell gave it his all and came up 2nd, Gene Claxton was 3rd, 4th was Eddie Schwope and Shadren Turner finished in 5th. USRA B Modified heat race wins went to Sam Schuler Jr., Powell and Don Marrs.

The Grand National Feature went to last year’s track champ, Tim Shields. Eddie Ingram scooted out to the early lead. At the front of the pack he looked unbeatable, but someone forgot to tell Tim Shields. On lap 8 Shields wrestled the lead away from Ingram and never looked back on the way to the win. Ingram finished as the runner-up, 3rd went to Marshall Jewett, Don Marrs came home in 4th and Donnie Brown rounded out the top 5. Grand National heat race wins went to Marrs and Nick Newton.

An added bonus on the night was handed out by Gary Joslin of Joslin’s Jewelry. Each feature winner received a watch that was valued at $200. Racing action continues at Lakeside Speedway next Friday night, April 10. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children 6 and under are Free and military personnel, seniors and students all get in for $10 with proper ID.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

Rodney Sanders Guns Down USRA National Championship Foes

October 7th, 2014

Happy, Texas- Rodney Sanders continued his record setting 2014 season over the weekend as he entered the inaugural United States Racing Association (USRA) National Championships at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) and came away with the $5,000 victory in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Wichita Tank Racing/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified.

Sanders went into battle against a strong field of forty-five entries on Friday night, but unfortunately, struggles in heat race action forced him to run a b-main. Rodney charged from twelfth in his b-main to claim the win, earning him the seventeenth starting spot in the 20 lap preliminary feature. Despite starting near the back of the pack, Sanders advanced to a sixth place finish behind race winner, Nic Bidinger, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, Jake Gallardo, and Darron Fuqua.

Via his preliminary night performance Rodney started twelfth in Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win finale. When the race went green, Sanders methodically worked his way forward in the 40 lapper and eventually slipped past race-long leader Jesse Sobbing with fifteen laps remaining. Sobbing settled into the runner-up spot while Terry Phillips, Nic Bidinger and Jeremy Payne completed the top five. The win marked his 33rd of the 2014 season.

“It sure wasn’t warm this weekend, but it’s funny how a win will make you feel nice and warm,” laughed Sanders. “Thanks again goes out to my great sponsors, crew, and fans.”

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.USRARacing.com .

Rodney plans to get behind the wheel of his Swan Energy #20 Club 29 Super Late Model this weekend, October 10th-11th, with a trip to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri). On Friday evening a $3,000-to-win event will be contested, and on Saturday night $5,000 will be up for grabs. For more information on the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) event, please visit www.MLRARacing.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net.

Sanders, Anderson, Higley, Stanton claim victory at USRA National Championships

October 8th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–After a wild and entertaining four days, Rodney Sanders, Dillon Anderson, Mike Higley and Eric Stanton each left the Lakeside Speedway Saturday night as winners at the inaugural USRA National Championships presented by McCarthy Auto Group.

Sanders, who turned 25 years old the night before, methodically worked his way forward from the 12th stating spot in the 40-lap USRA Modified main event and eventually slipped past race-long leader Jesse Sobbing with 15 laps remaining.

Celebrating his 33rd birthday Saturday, Sobbing was in control from the start until Sanders roared ahead late in the race and sailed away for the $5,000 victory.

Terry Phillips followed Sobbing to the finish line with track champion Nic Bidinger holding off Jeremy Payne for fourth.

Jake Gallardo, Kelly Shryock, Darron Fuqua, Jim Moody and Tim Setzer rounded out the top 10 while NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader finished 11th after starting 29th.

In USRA Stock Car action, drivers from the town of Decorah in Northern Iowa invaded the historic half-mile clay oval and claimed five of the top six finishing positions in their 30-lap main event.

Polesitter Kevin Anderson paced the first two laps until veteran Steve Jackson took charge as the duo traded paint through a pair of corners.

Dillon Anderson, who started sixth, worked the high side of the track throughout the contest and streaked past Jackson as the came to the flagstand to complete the 15th lap.

Six laps later, the red flag waved when Dean Wrays engine erupted in a cloud of smoke on the front stretch, resulting in a multi-car melee in turn 1 which saw Bobby Tavis rolling over.

Tavis was uninjured and, in fact, returned to join the field as they went back to green.

While you could practically throw a blanket over the top five cars, Anderson was flawless over the final nine laps and the 2012 USRA Hobby Stock national champion claimed the USRA Stock Car feature win and pocketed $3,000.

Fellow Decorah drivers Kyle Falck and Mitch Hovden finished second and third, Jackson was fourth and another pair of Decorah drivers Kevin Donlan and Bryan Webb wound up fifth and sixth.

USMTS boss Todd Staley came home seventh after starting 18th, Anderson held on for eighth, Justin Seifert was ninth and 24th-starting Lucas Conley rounded out the top 1.

An elated Mike Higley parked his machine on the front stretch and gave the fans an emotional roof dance after conquering a thrilling USRA B-Mod finale.

Higley, who started second, tucked in behind polesitter Logan Martin at the drop of the green flag and followed in the tire tracks of the West Plains, Mo., youngster for the first three laps before sneaking by on the outside to take the lead.

But that was only the beginning of the Higley-Martin title bout.

Diving in and out of lapped traffic, Higley put about four car-lengths between himself on lap 10, but Martin used traffic to reel Higley back in and used a slide job to blast back into the lead on lap 16.

Two laps later, Martin went low while Higley went high to split a lapped car with Higley coming out with the lead on lap 18.

The races third caution waved with three laps to go to set up a final dash to the finish. Martin pulled up to Higleys rear bumper as they took the white flag and went for a race-winning slide job as they entered turn 1.

But Higley was ready, and the Kansas City, Mo., ace turned left and launched off the cushion to cross underneath Martin as he slid to the top.

Higley came around to take the checkered flag ahead of Martin and collect the $3,000 winners share of the prize money.

Nick Newton came from 19th on the 30-car grid to finish third, with J.C. Morton and USRA B-Mod national points leader Chad Clancy claiming the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Shadren Turner, Toby Thompson, Chris Cain, Dan Hovden and 31-starting Dan Wheeler completed the first ten to the flagstand.

A disqualification after finishing second in Fridays preliminary saddled Eric Stanton with the 14th starting spot in Saturday nights USRA Hobby Stock finale.

It took the Hartford, Iowa, driver just four laps to grab the lead and he held off Friday nights winner, Justin Regnerus, for the $1,000 triumph in the first-ever event at the Lakeside Speedway for the USRA Hobby Stocks.

Brady Link was third, Steve Holthaus finished fourth and Mich Ross rounded out the top five.

More than 200 cars and drivers competed over the four days, which turned into three nights of racing thanks to Mother Nature wiping out Thursdays program.

Details about the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships in 2015 will be announced in the near future.

Two more weeks remain for drivers battling for national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series. The final points date is Sunday, Oct. 19.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv

Hunt, Anderson, Martin, Regnerus earn pole positions for Saturday’s USRA National Championships finale

October 6th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–After 36 races and nearly 500 laps of green flag racing Friday night, 60 drivers in four divisions locked themselves into the main events for Saturdays USRA National Championship finals.

Although Mother Nature didn’t pay a visit to the Lakeside Speedway for the first time in three days, make-up features from Wednesdays rain-shortened program plus a complete program of qualifying heats and main events made for an dirt track racing marathon last lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes with the last checkered flag waving at 2:41 a.m. Saturday morning.

In qualifying action for the USRA Modifieds, Trevor Hunt scored the win in the make-up A Main ahead of Jesse Sobbing and Fito Gallardo.

Those three will make up the front row for Saturdays championship main event.

In the regularly-scheduled feature race, track champion Nic Bidinger held off Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne. Those three will make up the second row Saturday night.

In USRA Stock Car action, Kevin Anderson took the win in the make-up feature followed by Kyle Falck and Mitch Hovden.

Steve Jackson wired the field in the second main event with Bryan Webb and 19th-starting Dillon Anderson finishing second and third.

Logan Martin put on a clinic in the USRA B-Mod make-up feature with Mike Higley and Chad Feather following him to the finish line.

In the second feature race, Dan Hovden was awarded the win after apparent winner Gene Claxton was disqualified in post-race tech.

Trevor Drake and Doug Keller got second and third in a race that saw three of the top five finishers disqualified.

Kris Jackson and Randal Schiffelbein Jr. were also found to be outside the lines of the USRA rulebook.

The USRA Hobby Stocks joined the program for the first time this week Friday night. Justin Regnerus beat veteran Steve Holthaus to the checkered flag to pick up the win, followed by Jamie Songer, Chad Olson and Tim Gebel.

On Saturday, USRA Modifieds will be racing for $5,000 to win, USRA Stock Cars for $3,000 to win, USRA B-Mods for $3,000 to win and USRA Hobby Stocks for $1,000 to win.

The SLMR Late Models will also join the program with a $2,000-to-win show. On Friday night, Corey Zeitner bested Kyle Berck and Ryan Gustin for the victory.

A complete show of Last Chance Races, B Mains and A Mains will be staged.

Thirty cars will start the main event on Saturday for the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods while 24 will start the USRA Hobby Stock finale.

Saturdays show is also the final event for the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

On Saturday, general admission tickets are $25, reserved seats and suite tickets are $30 and pit passes (all ages) are $35.

Every division and every lap of the USRA National Championships finals will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Gallardo, Whitham, Christensen pace opening night qualifiers at rain-shortened USRA National Championships

October 4th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–Weather forecasters proclaimed throughout the day that the green flag would never be seen at the Lakeside Speedway Wednesday, but 15 qualifying heats and one of six B Mains were in the books when Mother Nature finally visited on opening night at the inaugural USRA National Championships presented by McCarthy Auto Group.

With heat races complete, the balance of the show five more B Mains, three A Main Qualifiers and Race of Champions qualifying heats will kick off Thursday’s festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by another complete program.

Fans in attendance or watching live via pay-per-view at www.RacinDirt.com on Thursday will witness more than 40 races.

In Wednesday night’s heat races, the best of the United States Racing Association from border to border converged on the historic half-mile clay oval.

In fact, all but four of the 30 drivers currently ranked among the top 10 in USRA Weekly Racing Series national points were suited up.

With the A Main Qualifiers being set by heat race passing points, Fito Gallardo made the 15-hour haul from Las Cruces, N.M., worth his while as he earned the pole position for USRA Modified A Main Qualifier while 15-year-old Trevor Hunt will roll off from the outside of the front row in front of his hometown fans.

In USRA Stock Car action, Anthony Whitham of Kansas City, Mo., matched Gallardo’s feat by racing from eighth to second in his heat race and will start on the pole of the postponed A Main Qualifier for the full-fendered division with Alamogordo, N.M., racer Jon McDaniel joining him on the front row.

Miah Christensen of Sioux Falls, S.D., turned in the best performance of the night, charging from eighth on the grid to win the third USRA B-Mod heat. He’ll be joined on the front row by another local ace, Mike Higley.

After wrapping up the unfinished business from Wednesday’s rain-shortened program, the second round of the inaugural USRA National Championships presented by McCarthy Auto Group goes off Thursday night with another round of heat races and main events for the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

USRA Hobby Stocks and SLMR Late Models join the party on Friday and Saturday.

General admission tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday and $25 Saturday. Reserved seats and suite tickets are $20 Thursday, $25 Friday and $30 Saturday. Pit passes (all ages) are $30 Thursday or $35 Friday and Saturday.

Every day, every division and every lap of the USRA National Championships will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

300 drivers eligible for Race of Champions at inaugural USRA National Championships!

September 30th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– With the kick-off of the inaugural USRA National Championships set for this Wednesday, Oct. 1, the list of those drivers eligible to compete in the Race of Champions stands at 300. The list includes 98 USRA Modified, 46 USRA Stock Car, 123 USRA B-Mod and 33 USRA Hobby Stock drivers.

In addition to more qualifying races and main events than you can shake a stick at, this year’s mega-event set for Oct. 1-4 at the Lakeside Speedway will feature a Race of Champions for any driver that has won a USRA-sanctioned feature race in 2014.

To be eligible, the driver must have possessed a USRA Competitor License and competed on American Racer tires at the time of the feature win. Any past USRA national champion or Iron Man Challenge champion is also eligible.

USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete in RoC qualifying heats on Wednesday and Thursday. All four Race of Champions main events will happen Friday night with 20 cars battling for 20 laps in each contest.

The following drivers are eligible to compete in the Race of Champions event during the inaugural USRA National Championships Oct. 1-4 at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City Mo.

The Race of Champions payouts are as follows:

USRA MODIFIEDS 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11. $275, 12. $250, 13, 225, 14-20. $200.

USRA STOCK CARS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $290, 9. $280, 10. $270, 11. $260, 12. $250, 13, 240, 14. $230, 15. $220, 16. $210, 17-20. $200.

USRA B-MODS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $290, 9. $280, 10. $270, 11. $260, 12. $250, 13, 240, 14. $230, 15. $220, 16. $210, 17-20. $200.

USRA HOBBY STOCKS 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $175, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $90, 14. $80, 15-20. $75.

There will be a $25 entry fee per driver in each class for the Race of Champions (no entry fee for USRA Hobby Stocks). The entry fees collected will go right back into the purse. For example if there are 50 cars entered for the USRA Modified Race of Champions that is an additional $1,250 that will be added to the purse for the USRA Modified Race of Champions. This money will be split evenly between all drivers in the Race of Champions.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night with the top six A Main finishers on Wednesday Thursday and Friday being locked in to Saturdays championship features which will start three-wide in all four divisions.

On Saturday USRA Modifieds will be racing for $5,000 to win, USRA Stock Cars for $3,000 to win, USRA B-Mods for $3,000 to win and USRA Hobby Stocks for $1,000 to win. Thirty cars will start the main event three-wide and ten rows deep on Saturday for the top three divisions while 24 drivers will start the USRA Hobby Stock finale.

USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will all race every night with the USRA Hobby Stocks and special guest SLMR Late Models joining the party on Friday and Saturday.

There will be bonus awards and a feature race purse paid out each of the three qualifying nights The following A Main payouts are posted for each USRA division on qualifying nights: 1-6. $50 (advance to Saturdays finale), 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $125, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $80, 14. $70, 15. $60, 16. $55, 17. $50, 18. $45, 19-30. $40.

For Saturdays championship event the following cash awards for A Main competitors and non-qualifiers are posted:
USRA MODIFIEDS 1. $5000, 2. $3000, 3. $2200, 4. $1800, 5. $1600, 6. $1500, 7. $1400, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1000, 12. $950, 13. $925, 14. $900, 15. $875, 16. $850, 17. $825, 18. $800, 19. $790, 20. $780, 21. $770, 22. $760, 23. $750, 24. $740, 25. $730, 26. $720, 27. $710, 28-30. $700, Tow $250 (if raced all four nights).

USRA STOCK CARS – 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $475, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14-30. $400, Tow $200 (if raced all four nights).

USRA B-MODS 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $500, 9. $475, 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $390, 14. $380, 15. $370, 16. $360, 17. $350, 18. $340, 19. $330, 20. $320, 21. $310, 22-30. $300, Tow $200 (if raced all four nights).

USRA HOBBY STOCKS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10., $225, 11., $200, 12., $190, 13., $180, 14., $170, 15., $160, 16-24., $150, Tow $100 (if raced both nights).

All competitors at the USRA National Championships must have a USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). USRA national points are up for grabs each night and this will be the only event anywhere from Oct. 1-4 that awards USRA track or national points.

Entry fees for the inaugural USRA Nationals will be $100 for USRA Modifieds, $50 for USRA Stock Cars, $50 for USRA B-Mods and $30 for USRA Hobby Stocks. USRA Hobby Stocks run Friday and Saturday only. You must compete all four days to be guaranteed tow money.

Drivers: Need another way to get paid? The USRA will be awarding 10 for each of your wins during the 2014 season through the end of September. In order to collect this bonus you must pre-enter the USRA National Championships. Again you must be there to receive this award and you must pre-enter.

The following tentative schedule of events has been posted for each day of the USRA National Championships:

WEDNESDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the inside row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod RoC qualifying heats.

THURSDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the middle row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod RoC qualifying heats.

FRIDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stock heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the outside row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stocks RoC main events; Heats and main events for SLMR Late Models.

SATURDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stock last chance races and championship main events; Heats and main events for SLMR Late Models.

Every day every division and every lap of the USRA Nationals will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Phillips outguns Sanders for USMTS Hunt win at Lakeside

August 24th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–A hurt engine in his heat race forced Terry Phillips’s crew to change the powerplant prior to the USMTS main event Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway and the driver paid them back by winning the feature race.

Points leader Rodney Sanders drew the pole for the 35-lapper and jumped out to a big lead in the first six laps before the races first caution slowed the pace and brought the field back together for a bumper-to-bumper restart.

Back under green, Phillips disposed of Jeremy Payne for second and set his sights on Sanders. Three laps later he blasted around the outside of Sanders and won the race to the flagstand to complete lap 10.

For the next 25 laps, Sanders remained in Phillips’s shadow but was never able to make a move, and Phillips led Sanders to the checkered flag with a car-length to spare.

The 20th career United States Modified Touring Series triumph for Phillips and third during the first eleven races in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup netted the Springfield, Mo., veteran a cool $3,000.

Payne dropped back to fourth late in the race but nipped track points leader Nic Bidinger for third with a last-lap last-corner pass while Jason Krohn followed close behind in fifth.

Austin Siebert snagged a sixth-place paycheck, Stormy Scott finished seventh, Zack VanderBeek came from 13 on the 24-car starting grid to grab eighth, Darron Fuqua was ninth and Kerry Davis rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Round 12 of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup takes place Saturday as the series returns to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., for what promises to be yet another classic battle on the steep clay oval on Salute to Veterans Night.

Fans can choose to view the racing from the grandstand bleachers, the upper deck beer garden, the full service Finish Line Bar & Grill or from one of the special VIP suites. Tickets for adults are $15, kids ages 5-12 are $10 and children ages 4 and under are free. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 kids) are available for $40. VIP seating is $25 or a seat in the beer garden is $15. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps get going at 6:30 and the first green flag waves at 7 p.m.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

The gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS wrap up their weekend on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Outlaw Motorsports Park in Oktaha, Okla., with gates swinging open at 4 p.m. and racing at 6.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Return to Lakeside Speedway kicks off Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup tripleheader Aug. 22-24

August 21st, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-With 10 of the 19 events in the books, rounds 11-13 in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-24, with a tripleheader trek through Kansas and Oklahoma.

Each of the three events will award $3,000 to the winner, plus dozens of other bonuses and contingency awards for the Best of the Best in open-wheel dirt modified racing.

The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., kicks things off this Friday, Aug. 22, with the final visit by the mud-slinging USMTS monsters to the famed half-mile clay oval. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 and racing begins at 7:30.

USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Grand Nationals will also be on the card. Adult general admission tickets are $18, kids ages 7-12 are $6 and children 6 years of age and under are free. VIP suites are $25 and pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission can be found at Caseys General Stores locations in Kansas City, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City and Shawnee. Kelly Shryock and his No. 3 Snickers Skyrocket will be at the 13000 State Ave. location in Kansas City from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 for a meet n greet with fans. Over at the Casey’s location at 950 Eisenhower in Leavenworth, John Allen
will have his No. 98 Oreo/Sour Patch Kids GRT on display during the same two-hour time span.

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the series returns to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., for what promises to be yet another classic battle on the steep clay banks with all military veterans getting in free of charge on Salute to Veterans Night.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps get going at 6:30 and the first green flag waves at 7 p.m.

Fans can choose to view the racing from the grandstand bleachers, the upper deck beer garden, the full service Finish Line Bar & Grill or from one of the special VIP suites. Tickets for adults are $15, kids ages 5-12 are $10 and children ages 4 and under are free. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 kids) are available for $40. VIP seating is $25 or a seat in the beer garden is $15. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

The gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS wrap up their weekend on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Outlaw Motorsports Park in Oktaha, Okla., with gates swinging open at 4 p.m. and racing at 6.

Tickets are $15 at the gate, kids ages 8-12 and seniors are $7.50 and children ages 7 and under get in for free. Active duty military and veterans can also enjoy the show free of charge.

The Outlaw Motorsports Park is a 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval located 7 miles south of Muskogee on Hwy 69 at the Wainwright exit; 11 miles north of I-40 on Hwy. 69. For more information call 918-687-7077 or visit www.outlawmotorsportspark.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Sanders snags fourth straight at Caney, ties Krohn on USMTS all-time wins list

July 18th, 2014

CANEY, Kan.-Less than 24 hours after winning the feature race for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy on the half-mile oval at Lakeside Speedway, Rodney Sanders repeated the feat with a victory Wednesday night on the feisty bullring at the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway. His third-place finish in C&R racing Heat Race #1 was enough to make the redraw among the top eight passing points earners, and for the second straight night The Rocket drew the pole position for the main event.

While he led all but one of the 35 laps the previous night, the defending USMTS national champion paced all 40 of the orbits on the quarter-mile of clay in Caney,
Kan., to nab his 13th victory of the 2014 campaign. In the 16-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series, Sanders triumph also drew several parallels to another former USMTS champ, Jason Krohn, who captured his first and only title in 2007.

Sanders has been dating Krohns oldest daughter, Samantha, for a little more than three years, and the two drivers often share hauler space and work shops when
traveling between their home states of Texas and Minnesota. After tonight, both drivers are now tied for sixth on the all-time wins list with 31 career USMTS victories. Kelly Shryock sits atop the heap with 181 career wins, followed by Jason Hughes (123), Ryan Gustin (68), Tommy Myer (42) and Jon Tesch (36) in the top five.

Not far behind, 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year Zack VanderBeek came up about four car-lengths short of capturing his 27th USMTS victory and settled for the runner-up spot. Joe Big Daddy Duvall turned a seventh-place starting spot into a third-place finish to record his career-best USMTS result while John Allen took
fourth and current Rookie of the Year candidate Dylan Smith finished fifth. Smith, who started 15th, earned his first Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger
Award and climbed to third in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region behind Sanders and VanderBeek.

USRA Modified national points leader Jeremy Chambers garnered a sixth-place finish, nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock was seventh, 2013 Rookie of the Year Trevor Hunt placed eighth, Lance Town took ninth and Travis Smith rounded out the top 10. Action moves to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, for the 4th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals where the USMTS Modifieds will once again share the spotlight with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The event drew rave reviews last year as two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin steered his dirt late model from the 34th starting position to take the lead on lap 47 against the best drivers in the business. Later, Gustin tangled with a lapped car, taking himself out of contention while series champ Jimmy Owens went on to take the $27,000 payday.

Sanders comes into the Silver Dollar Nationals with dollar signs in his eyes. Not only did he sweep both ends of last years event for the USMTS, but he
returned to I-80 Speedway this past April and won the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown driving a dirt late model. He’ll be competing in both classes this weekend.

Once again, the USMTS will be running complete shows on both Friday and Saturday lights, culminating with the crowning of the Major League Bowhunter Central Region
champion and the last group of drivers to qualify for this years USMTS Hunt for the Caseys National Championship.

Friday’s main event pays $3,000 to win and the winner of Saturday’s feature race will pocket a cool $4,000. For those unable to witness the Silver Dollar Nationals in person, both nights will be carried live via pay-per-view at [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001bvEam4y9j-4Z5-OBES98Hfa0je6nkeVKBWgy1s4ck7w3dM4Njdzj76eemVr0KcMUL7a3_9v6Xjr_1aX0WlutB1fLE4NRwzbgeQyCmmP2VDyj4H4at-Z0BUgJKF9h7Dw_rCVstWd5JI-VKIENU1JL1gYk9dn8C-_TEbRzXrJ8S3Y=&c=YwXGIwQwAEMTDOx83yDoVY-O7N4Ys-qusMgfeNQMURHtROLyEoXtTw==&ch=vtDevpO52QLITlRMNLgMt5b7bWLb4flK6CmkTHHfSPQ4Rjt8LwgusQ==].

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The month of July wraps up the following week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24-26, the USMTS joins forces with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with no less than $15,000 going to the winner of Saturdays 100-lap main event.

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Sanders extends win streak with Clash of the Titans score

July 17th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Defending USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders rolled into Lakeside Speedways Clash of the Titans Tuesday as the points leader in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports, and rolled out with another win and $3,000 in his back pocket.

The 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, set the tone under the Kansas City sun by earning the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award during heat race action.

Little changed after the sun went down as The Rocket led all 35 laps of the main event from the pole and recorded his fifth win in the region. His first came here at the same half-mile oval on April 11. ]A couple of late-race cautions erased a comfortable lead for Sanders and allowed defending track champion Nic Bidinger, and then Terry Phillips, to show the leader the nose of their cars. Phillips, in fact, slid in front of Sanders and led the 25th lap, but Sanders returned the favor and withstood the challenge.

He pulled away from the field over the final handful of laps and sailed away to his 12th triumph of the 2014 season and 30th of his USMTS career. It was also his third straight win.

Phillips, who started 11th, held on for the runner-up paycheck while Bidinger remained third at the finish with Zack VanderBeek and Trevor Hunt coming home fourth and fifth.

Stormy Scott, Kelly Shryock, Jordan Grabouski, Dereck Ramirez and Dylan Smith rounded out the top 10 finishers.

On Wednesday night, July 16, the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy steamroller blasts into the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan., for
the first trip to Kerry Gorby quarter-mile semi-banked bullring since the 2010 season.

Under the direction of Gorby, the Caney Valley Speedway reopened in 2008 after sitting idle and in disrepair for the four years prior to that. Gorby and his staff
have given the facility a complete top-to-bottom facelift since then, including new restrooms, concessions and pit buildings, plus the addition of an air-conditioned press tower, a new and improved p.a. system and thousands of gallons of fresh paint.

A challenging short track, the Caney oval is inviting to drivers as it requires more talent than talk, more about whats under the helmet rather than whats under the hood, said Gorby. Its more likely to scare off cubic dollars than anything else because those dollars dont spend well here. Jason Hughes picked up the first win for the USMTS in 2009, with Morgan Bagley and Dustin Boney following in second and third. In the series return the following year, Johnny Bone Jr. held off Jeremy Payne and a 20-year-old up-and-comer named Rodney Sanders to garner the victory. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps are at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Also on the evening’s schedule of events will be Pure Stocks and B-Mods.

Tickets are just $15 and race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons on Wednesday at the Casey’s General Stores location in Caney and Coffeyville.

The Caney Valley Speedway is located 0.8 mile west of the junction of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600. For more information visit www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net on the World Wide Web. You can also find them on Facebook.

Action moves to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, for the 4th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals where the USMTS Modifieds will once again share the spotlight with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Owens Gives Competition a Nightmare on Wednesday Night at Lakeside Speedway

July 17th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, KS – Tonight, Jimmy Owens showed why he is the 3-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion. Owens dominated the “Clash of the Titans” on Tuesday Night at Lakeside Speedway. Owens took the lead on lap 19 from Scott Bloomquist and ran off from the field in winning by over eight seconds.

Terry Phillips charged from ninth to finish second, and was faster in the closing laps than Owens, but was still nearly a half-a-lap behind, with two laps remaining. The race went caution-free, which enabled Owens to open up a huge advantage over his nearest competitors. Bloomquist finished third, followed by Brandon Overton, and Don O’Neal.

“What a car we had tonight! We could drive it anywhere. On these hard tires, it takes a while for them to get going. We had a heck of a race with Scott. The handlingon his car started to go away enough that I could pull alongside him coming off of turn number four when we took over the lead. Traffic wasn’t that much of a problem. I have to thank Mike Reece, who is here again tonight. He is my good luck charm.”

Bloomquist made his first-ever appearance at the track tonight and was looking for a clean-sweep of the night’s activities. He set fast time, easily won his heat race, and started on the pole of the 50-lap main event. Bloomquist held on to the lead as long as he could before Owens, who started third charged by him on the outside off of turn four.

“It’s only our second time here,” said the winner, who notched his seventh series win of the year and now has 51 career victories with the series. “We learned a lot last year, but of course this year we had the Club 29 Race Car and I don’t think it looked as easy as it appeared out there. I didn’t know how big of a lead I had. To run like this with this caliber of competition here tonight is just unbelievable. I have to thank Reece Monument Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, Sunoco, Keyser, Ohlins, C&C Trucking, Edge Services, FORD, and Cornett Racing Engines.” Phillips had just finished second in the modified feature then jumped into his late model and motored to another second-place finish in tonight’s main event. “I don’t know if running the modified feature helped; it’s a completely different ballgame with these guys. I may have learned that line around the top was the way to go. I should have gotten up there earlier. I wasn’t going to run Jimmy down, even with a caution flag, he was in another time zone tonight. I have to thank Andy’s Frozen Custard, Don Babb Motorsports, Midwest Sheet Metal, and Rocket Chassis, the car was really strong tonight and this is definitely one of my favorite tracks to run on.”

Bloomquist maintained his third place position in the series point standings, and said something went amiss in his car. “We had some kind of part failure underneath the car. I am not exactly sure what it was. We will look tomorrow. The car was a handful. There were tacky spots and then slick spots out there. I was up on the wheel for most of the race, just to hang on for third. I want to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Base Race Fuels, and everybody else with this race team. We will go to I-80 and shoot for the win.”

Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Jason Feger, Ryan Gustin, Jared Landers and Rodney Sanders, who won the modified feature earlier. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 16.870 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 17.245 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Jared Landers won their respective heat races.
Billy Moyer and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective B-Mains.

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Jaw-dropping July heats up USMTS summer, kicks off mid-blowing second half of season

July 16th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–While they have enjoyed time with family, tended to business, relaxed on the lake, harvested crops, garnered some extra nap time or, in some cases, rode into one or more special events and off with the loot like a one-armed bandit, the summer vacation is over for USMTS drivers and crew members and school is back in session. If the second half of the 2014 campaign is anything like the first, race fans are in for some serious entertainment.

With a break in the action that started when the checkered flag waved on June 29 at the Outlaw Motorsports Park, the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series roar back into action full speed as they join the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the second annual Clash of the Titans this Tuesday, July 15, at the historic Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy main event will pay $3,000 to the winner, and kick off the final four nights of racing in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Spectator tickets are $32 at the gate, while kids ages 7-12 are $10 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating. A limited number of seats in air-conditioned V.I.P. suites are also still available for $40 each. Pit passes are $40. The pit gate will open at 2 p.m. and spectator gates open at 4. There will be an autograph session for fans from 5:30 to 6, with hot laps set for 6:45, late model time trials at 7:15 and racing to follow.

Racing action in both classes will be broadcast LIVE at www.RacinDirt.com. A single-day V.I.P. pass is just $24.99 and will take you from the national anthem to the final checkered flag on this historic night.

On Wednesday night, July 16, the USMTS steamroller blasts into the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan., for the first trip to Kerry Gorby’s quarter-mile semi-banked bullring since the 2010 season.

Under the direction of Gorby, the Caney Valley Speedway reopened in 2008 after sitting idle and in disrepair for the four years prior to that. Gorby and his staff have given the facility a complete top-to-bottom facelift since then, including new restrooms, concessions and pit buildings, plus the addition of an air-conditioned press tower, a new and improved p.a. system and thousands of gallons of fresh paint.

A challenging short track, the Caney oval is inviting to drivers as it requires more talent than talk, more about what’s under the helmet rather than what’s under the hood,” said Gorby. “It’s more likely to scare off cubic dollars than anything else because those dollars don’t spend well here.”

Jason Hughes picked up the first win for the USMTS in 2009, with Morgan Bagley and Dustin Boney following in second and third. In the series return the following year, Johnny Bone Jr. held off Jeremy Payne and a 20-year-old up-and-comer named Rodney Sanders to garner the victory.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps are at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Also on the evening’s schedule of events will be Pure Stocks and B-Mods.

Tickets are just $15 and race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons on Wednesday at the Casey’s General Stores location in Caney and Coffeyville.

The Caney Valley Speedway is located 0.8 mile west of the junction of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600. For more information visit www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net on the World Wide Web. You can also find them on Facebook.

Action moves to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, for the 4th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals where the USMTS Modifieds will once again share the spotlight with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The event drew rave reviews last year as two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin steered his Late Model from the 34th starting position to take the lead on lap 47 against the best drivers in the business. Later, Gustin tangled with a lapped car, taking himself out of contention while series champ Jimmy Owens went on to take the $27,000 payday.

Defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders comes into the Silver Dollar Nationals with dollar signs in his eyes. Not only did Sanders sweep both ends of last year’s event for the USMTS Modifieds, but he returned to I-80 Speedway this past April and won the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown. The Rocket will be competing in both classes this week.

Once again, the USMTS will be running complete shows on both Friday and Saturday nights, culminating with the crowning of the Major League Bowhunter Central Region champion and the last group of drivers to qualify for this year’s USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s National Championship.

Friday’s main event pays $3,000 to win and the winner of Saturday’s feature race will pocket a cool $4,000.

The I-80 Speedway is located one block north of I-80 at exit 420, about halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. The physical address is 13909 238th St., Greenwood, Neb. For more information, visit www.I-80Speedway.com or call 402-342-3453. You can also stay up to speed on Facebook and Twitter.

The month of July wraps up the following week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24-26, the USMTS joins forces with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with no less than $15,000 going to the winner of Saturday’s 100-lap main event.

From there, the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s National Championship powered by Swan Energy begins on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Batesville Motor Speedway near Locust Grove, Ark.

It’s about to get real.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads to Kansas Tuesday Night for “Clash of the Titans”

July 15th, 2014

WAYCROSS, GA – The stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will travel to Kansas City, Kansas on Tuesday July 15th for the 2nd Annual “Clash of the Titans” event at Lakeside Speedway. The premier national tour will visit the pristine facility where NASCAR Star and former Lakeside Speedway track champion Clint Bowyer honed his skills. Clint is scheduled to attend and sign autographs and watch his two current LOLMDS drivers Don O’Neal and Steve Francis compete. There will be a complete show with Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races and B-Mains, followed by the 50-Lap feature event – paying $10,000 to win. Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is the defending race winner. For tickets and information about the event visit the track website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

As part of this special event titled the “Clash of the Titians” the United States Modified Touring Series will also be in action in conjunction with the LOLMDS at Lakeside Speedway. The USMTS is the premier dirt open wheel modified series in the country and fans can expect to see the best modified drivers competing for a $3,000 to win first place prize. Several drivers are expected to pull double-duty racing in both the LOLMDS event and the USMTS event on Tuesday Night. Drivers planning on this huge task include Ronnie Sanders, 2010 USMTS national champion and current Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year driver on the LOLMDS Jason Hughes and second-generation star Terry Phillips. For more information about the USMTS visit their official website at www.usmts.com.

“The series is thrilled to return to Lakeside Speedway again this year and see all of the great fans from the Kansas area. We appreciate Clint Bowyer taking time from his busy schedule to attend this event and see all his hometown family and friends.Also having the USMTS competing with us will make for a great show and some entertaining racing. We look forward to having a big show on Tuesday night and hope all our great fans can make it out Tuesday to Lakeside Speedway”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Don O’Neal is leading the current LOLMDS championship point standings with a slim point lead in the over the hottest driver in the country right now, Jimmy Owens. Scott Bloomquist sits in third in the chase for the LOLMDS National Championship, followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Francis, John Blankenship, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., and Jason Hughes rounds out the top ten in the series championship point standings.

Jason Hughes holds a slim lead over Jason Papich in the chase for the 2014 Dunn-Benson Rookie of the Year title. Both rookie drivers continue to improve each week, as they compete at new tracks for the first time this year on the series. For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

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Best of the Best of both worlds collide July 15 at Lakeside Speedway for Clash of the Titans

July 11th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan-Just one more week until the Best of the Best of both worlds cross paths for the second straight year with the United States Modified Touring Series and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series share the spotlight for the second annual Clash of the Titans doubleheader.

This summers hottest ticket in dirt track racing will take place at the historic half-mile Lakeside Speedway dirt ovals in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday,
July 15, with the nations hottest open-wheel dirt modified and super late model drivers fighting for their moment in the limelight.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will be battling for $10,000 to win while the competitors in the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy will race for $3,000 to win the Major League Bowhunter Central Region main event.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series boosts a roster of premier Late Model pilots such as defending event winner Billy Moyer Jr., defending series champ Jimmy Owens, hall-of-famer Scott Bloomquist, John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Jared Landers and current points leader Don O’Neal driving for former Lakeside Speedway track champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer.

The USMTS is the premier dirt modified series in the galaxy, and fans can expect to see the best of the best on the planet including defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders, nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock, twin titans Johnny and Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Trevor Hunt, Jeremy Payne and more. Several drivers are also expected to pull double-duty, racing in both divisions throughout the night. Among the names planning on putting in overtime Tuesday night are Sanders, 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes and second-generation superstar Terry Phillips.

Fans will also see the two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin as The Reaper pilots his familiar blue #19R late model in search of his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Reserved and general admission tickets are on sale now by calling 913-299-9206 or 816-668-1714. Adult tickets are $28 in advance or $32 on race day. Advance ticket sales will be accepted by credit card until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 14. Special discounted kids tickets and seating in the air-conditioned V.I.P. suites are also available.

The pit gate will open at 2 p.m. and spectator gates open at 4. There will be an autograph session for fans from 5:30 to 6, with hot laps set for 6:45, late model
time trials at 7:15 and racing to follow. For those fans unable to attend, Tuesdays blockbuster will be broadcast live online via pay-per-view by the folks at RacinDirt.com Fans can place their pay-per-view orders at www.racingdirt.com for just $24.99.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts , follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Schmitt, Smith seize spotlight in USRA Iron Man Challenge at Lakeside Speedway

April 14th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods battled it out at the Lakeside Speedway Friday night for the inaugural Iron Man Challenge event at the historic clay oval in Kansas City, Kan.

In the end, two drivers who had to settle for runner-up finishes in points championships last year came out on top. Two-time USRA Stock Car National Champion Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, patiently worked his way forward in his main event after starting 13 in the field.

After Jay Barnes and Marshall Jewett entertained their audience with five lead changes during the first 11 laps, the sixth lead change of the race went to Schmitt and he rolled on to score the win and pocket the $750 top prize.

Mitch Hovden, who edged out Schmitt in last year’s Iron Man points chase, was unable to do the same Friday night and wound up second at the finish line.

Joe Smith Jr. charged to a third-place finish while Justin Seifert got around Jewett for fourth in the 18-lap affair.

Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., started third in the USRA B-Mod main event but was in control by the second lap after disposing of front row starters Chad Feather and Chad Clancy.

Jake Richards gave chase for most of the contest but was unable to reel in the smooth-driving Smith, who finished second in the final 2014 USRA B-Mod national points.

While Smith netted $600 for his efforts, Yancy Shepard passed 17 of his fellow competitors in 18 laps to earn the runner-up paycheck with Richards, Feather and Clancy rounding out the top five.

Three straight nights of racing awaits the drivers in the Iron Man Challenge two weekends from now with the USRA B-Mods kicking things off at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, on Thursday, April 24.

The USRA Stock Cars will join them the next two nights when the two too-tough-to-tame divisions invade the Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, Iowa, on Friday, April 25, and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday, April 26.

The Iron Man Challenge will share the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds at all three events to give the fans a behemoth bang for their buck.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Late caution dooms Scott, lifts Sanders to USMTS triumph at Lakeside Speedway

April 14th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -Rodney Sanders was happy to see the caution light shining with four laps to go in Fridays United States Modified Touring Series event at the Lakeside Speedway.

Stormy Scott no so much.

With 26 laps complete in the 30-lapper, Scott was well on his way to his fifth USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy victory of the 2014 campaign when the yellow flag waved after Mike Petersilie tagged the back-stretch wall.

Meanwhile, Sanders had worked his way through the field from the 11 starting spot and was a distant second when the race came to a halt. After the restart, the defending USMTS National Champion powered around the outside of Scott on lap 27 and then held on through one more caution to score the victory. Scott, who built up a huge lead throughout the last half of the race after passing early leader Hunter Rasdon on the fifth lap, held on to take the runner-up spot despite breaking off the right side of his rear spoiler when he brushed the turn 2 wall on lap 17.

Zack VanderBeek started 14th and finished third and added the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award to his take-home pay while Dereck Ramirez and Jake Gallardo completed the top five. Johnny Scott, Tim Karrick, Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top ten.

With the win, Sanders claimed the top spot in the points standings for the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports. Scott is 24 points behind (196 to 172), followed by VanderBeek (169), Gallardo (168) and Ramirez (159).

Rasdon, who came into the event as the points leader, retired from the main event with three laps to go and fell to sixth place with 154 points. Austin Siebert (147) and Johnny Scott (143) are seventh and eighth while Dylan Smith and nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock are tied for ninth with 140 markers apiece. The stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series make their way to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., on Saturday. Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. All regular weekly classes will also be in action.

Adult general admission tickets are $15 while kids ages 5 to 12 are $10. A family ticket (two adults and two kids are just $40. For fans looking to upgrade to VIP seating, those tickets are $25 each and the beer garden is $15. Pit passes are $35 for adults, and $25 for kids ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under get in for free through the grandstands or pits.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

The series wraps up the weekend on Sunday at the Outlaw Motorsports Park. The high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval is located southwest of Muskogee on I-40 to US 69, then 10 miles north to the Wainwright Exit, then 0.1 mile east. For more information call 918-687-7077 or 918-302-0366 or visit www.outlawmotorsportspark.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS TripleHeader Launches Friday at Lakeside

April 10th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-The high-powered modifieds of the USMTS Cup powered by Swan Energy are back in action this weekend for a three-race stint that kicks off Friday, April 11, at the historic Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

From there, the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., on Saturday, and then wrap up the tripleheader on Sunday night at the Outlaws Motorsports Park near Muskogee, Okla.

Each show will pay $2,000 to the main event winner and all three blockbuster events will award valuable points in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

USMTS Rookie of the Year contender Hunter Rasdon comes in as the points leader after winning the lone race in the region back on March 14, but not far behind is defending USMTS National Champion and reigning King of America, Rodney Sanders.

This will be the ninth time that the USMTS Modifieds have battled at the half-mile oval since their debut in 2012. Ryan Gustin won the inaugural event, but Jeremy Payne has captured three of the last seven here.

Other winners at the Lakeside Speedway include Matt Dotson and Nic Bidinger, both of whom won preliminary events in last Octobers Sunflower Showdown. Dotson is the defending USRA Modified National Champion while Bidinger is the defending track champion and coming off of a win this past Sunday.

Terry Phillips has two wins at Lakeside, including the last visit in October when he pocketed $10,000 in the Sunflower Showdown.

A full slate of racing action is on tap for Friday with the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods plus Grand Nationals rounding out the card.

Adult tickets are $18, kids ages 7 to 12 are $6 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Suite tickets are $25 and pit passes are $35. Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstand gates open at 5:00, hot laps are at 7:00 and racing gets underway at 7:30.

Race fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission by visiting Casey’s General Stores locations in Leavenworth, Lenexa, Shawnee and Platte City, Mo., on race day. To find the location nearest you, check out www.caseys.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, April 12, its a return to another popular venue when series heads back to the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their first appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Aug. 27, 2004. He returned to the tracks winners circle when the USMTS visited in 2012 and again in 2013.

Terry Phillips and Stormy Scott have also tasted victory at Salina, while Ryan Gustin has three checkered flags here, including last Octobers Sooner Showdown.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

On Sunday, April 13, the series makes it’s way back to the Outlaw Motorsports Park for the first time since the 2011 campaign. Past winners include Ryan Gustin, Kelly Shryock and Johnny Scott.

The Outlaw Motorsports Park is a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located southwest of Muskogee on I-40 to US 69, then 10 miles north to the Wainwright Exit, then 0.1 mile east. For more information call 918-687-7077 or 918-302-0366 or visit www.outlawmotorsportspark.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USRA sanctioning returns to Lakeside Speedway; USRA Stock Cars added to weekly lineup in 2014

November 5th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Lakeside Speedway is continuing its affiliation with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 2014 racing season, officials from the track and USRA announced today.

In addition to USRA Modifieds and USRA B-Mods, the tracks Factory Stock division will transform to USRA Stock Cars for the weekly programs at the historic 4/10-mile clay oval in Kansas City, Kan.

Non-sanctioned Grand Nationals will round out the four-class card on Friday nights. Since purchasing the Lakeside Speedway prior to the start of the 2013 season, owners Mike Johnson and Don Marrs have invested in track improvements to the 25-year-old facility.

One of their first decisions was to sanction the tracks Modified and B-Mod classes with the USRA, and it paid off with some of the biggest weekly car counts in the nation.

During the 2013 campaign, Lakesides fervent fan base witnessed and average of 26 USRA Modifieds and 35 USRA B-Mods with several drivers challenging for USRA national championships in both divisions.

Nic Bidinger captured the 2013 track championship for the USRA Modifieds while the season-long title for the USRA B-Mods went to Aaron Marrant. Bidinger will earn $1,500 for his efforts and Marrant will pocket $500 from the Lakeside Speedway points fund.

Matt Dotson of Clark, Mo. (USRA Modified) and Troy Hovey of Decorah, Iowa (USRA B-Mod) will be awarded $10,000 and $2,000, respectively, for their 2013 USRA national championships.

At the end of the 2014 season, a first-time USRA Stock Car track champion will also be crowned at Lakeside. This years USRA Stock Car national champion Donovan Flores of Las Cruces, N.M.—garnered a $1,500 payday for his first crown under the USRA banner, plus $600 each for his track championships at the El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park and Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces.

Track management is currently working to finalize the 2014 racing schedule. The season will begin in March and continue through the first annual USRA Nationals. Next years calendar will include events for the USMTS Modifieds and other touring series to be announced.

For more information on special events, ticket information or sponsorship, call the Lakeside Speedway office at (913) 299-2040 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net online. You can also find Lakeside Speedway on Facebook at or on Twitter at .

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Jackson, Asplin & Simpson Score Big at Lakeside

October 7th, 2013

Kansas City, KS – Birch Tree, Missouri’s, Justin Asplin picked up his first ever super late model win in the #77 B&A Pallet, Hatfield Racing Engines, Rocket, at Lakeside Speedway. Asplin won his heat Friday night and started on the outside pole of the 35 Lap, $3,000 to win event. Rain and severe weather shortened the night just as the feature hit the track. Asplin rolled back onto the 4/10 mile oval on Saturday to finish what he started, and led every lap from the green flag to the checkers. Chris Simpson cruised to a second place finish finish followed by James Shereck, Brad Looney and Will Vaught.

In the second feature of the evening, Terry Phillips fresh off his $10,000 USMTS Modified win, rolled form the pole and led until late when Chris Simpson was able to slip underneath him and hang on to the checkers. The win in Simpson’s second at Lakeside Speedway. Phillips was second and Vaught ended the evening third. Tony Jackson Jr and Jesse Stovall completed the top five.

Seventh and fifth place finishes for Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson Jr. were enough to earn the 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship. It was a dream season for Jackson who took his program to new heights this season. In the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year chase, Travis Dickes came out on top.

The championship banquet is the final thing on the calendar for the year. It will be held at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Friday, November 15th.

Phillips cruises to $10,000 payday in Sunflower Showdown presented by Kenny’s Tile

October 9th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– Terry Phillips took the lead when the green flag waved and crossed the finish line 50 laps later with a nearly five-second cushion over runner-up Jeremy Payne as he dominated the non-stop main event Saturday night at the inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile at the Lakeside Speedway.

Phillips, who collected $5,000 in August when he won the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup race here, left the historic 4/10-mile clay oval with $10,000 this time.

The main event began with Phillips on the pole with USRA Modified national points leader Matt Dotson and Thursdays A Qualifier winner Jeremy Payne sharing the front row for the three-wide start.

Phillips beat the field to the first turn, and by the fifth lap had a ten-car-length advantage over his former teammate, Payne.

While the 47-year-old racer from Springfield, Mo., dominated out front, the battle for positions behind him was nothing less than spectacular. Payne built up a big advantage over his nearest competitor early on, but had to fight off Stormy Scott over the final five laps to keep the $6,000 runner-up prize.

Scott finished third, but unfortunately was disqualified during post-race technical inspection for an engine setback infraction. That moved nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock up to third in the final rundown.

He came out on top in a wild four-car battle over the last ten laps with reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders and 2011-12 titlist Ryan Gustin rounding out the top 5.

Sixth through tenth in the finale were 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, defending USRA Modified national champion Brandon Davis, 2013 USMTS Rookie of the Year Trevor Hunt and Dotson.

The inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile was co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and United States Modified Touring Series. USRA Weekly Racing Series national points were awarded while it was a non-points special event for the USMTS.

The same holds true this coming week when the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., hosts the inaugural Sooner Showdown, Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 9-12.

The event will be highlighted by the USRA/USMTS Modifieds. The USRA Modified 8,000 RPM chip rule will be in effect.

There will be an open practice on Wednesday, qualifying events Thursday and Friday and culminating with Saturday’s finale featuring a $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start main event.

The top eight drivers in overall points on Thursday and Friday will be locked into Saturdays main event. Last Chance races, along with a C Main and B Main on Saturday will complete the starting line-up for the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 30-car A Main. Fans will get to witness 30 cars start the main event three-wide on the insanely popular high-banked clay oval.

In addition to the lightning-fast Modified action, fans will get to see Factory Stocks and 360 Mods on Thursday. Factory Stocks will return on Friday along with Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods. Saturday’s show will have the Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods back in action. Both nights for the USRA B-Mods will award USRA Weekly Racing Series national points. The event will also be broadcast live via pay-per-view on www.RacinDirt.tv.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Payne wins USRA Modified main, Smith scores big in USRA B-Mod finale on second night at Sunflower Showdown

October 7th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Jeremy Payne left Lakeside Speedway with a $5,000 check from the USMTS back in July, and after winning Thursday night A Main Qualifier for the co-sanctioned USRA/USMTS Modifieds he’ll look to double that effort in Saturdays $10,000-to-win finale for the inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile.

Surrounded by heavy-hitters in the 20-lap main event, Payne worked his way around Ryan Gustin on lap 4 and then led the rest of the way to earn a spot in Saturdays championship race. The race got off to a rocky start when second-row starter Darron Fuqua lost control in front of the field as he exited the fourth turn to complete the first lap.

The ensuing melee collected nearly a quarter of the starters and saw the end of the night for Johnny Scott, Matt Dotson, Logan Martin and Fuqua. Terry Phillips, who won the USMTS Hunt race here in August, led the restart with Payne, Gustin and Rodney Sanders following in his tracks.

Gustin took control the next time around but a second yellow flag for debris on the racing surface slowed the pace with five laps in the books. Payne used the restart to slide in front of Gustin, and that was as close as anybody got to him again.

Phillips closed to within three car-lengths by the end of the race, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Nevertheless, his efforts left him atop the overall points for the night and in position for a front-row start in Saturdays main event.

Fourteenth-starting Jason Hughes passed 11 cars to take third while Gustin and Sanders were fourth and fifth. Travis Saurer, 20th-starting Jon Sheets, Tim Setzer, 26th-starting Tim Karrick and Thomas Tillison Jr. completed the top 10. Phillips and Payne led Thursdays 43 entrants in points earned with Gustin, Hughes, Sanders and Setzer also locking themselves into Saturdays finale.

In the USRA B-Mod main event Thursday night, several drivers attempted to take away the win from Brad Smith but the Belton, Mo., racer withstood every challenge and led every lap en route to a $2,000 payday. Wednesdays winner, Yancy Shepard, got the advantage over Smith at the drop of the green flag but Smith used the high side cushion to roar around the outside and lead lap 1 by a bumper.

Smith stretched his lead out to about eight car-lengths over the next eight laps until the first caution of the event erased his advantage. On the restart, Mike Higley rode in Smith’s shadow for the next eight laps before ducking down to the low side to show the leader his nose on the 16th lap.

Steering through the slick part of the track in turn 4, Higleys machine spun and he found himself facing the oncoming traffic. The rest of the field avoided his stopped USRA B-Mod, but his chances at a win evaporated. On the restart, Aaron Marrant drove hard and fast through the low side of turn 3 and attempted to slide up in front of Smith. Finding the same slick surface that Higley did, Marrants slide didnt end until he tagged the turn 4 concrete wall as Smith drove by on the inside to keep the top spot.

It was smooth sailing from there for Smith as he beat Tim Karrick, Marrant, USRA B-Mod national points leader Troy Hovey and 23rd-starting Jake Richards to the finish line. Shepard wound up sixth with Jacob Bleess, Chad Clancy, Nick Newton and Randal Schiffelbein Jr. rounding out the top 10.

The inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile continues Friday for the final Seeburg Muffler Qualifying Night where the USRA Modifieds will be joined by the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models with a complete program of qualifying races and main events in both classes. The top six in overall points for the USRA Modifieds will once again be locked into Saturdays show to complete the 18 pre-determined starters for the big dance. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models finish Friday nights program off with a $3,000-to-win feature.

Saturdays explosive finale will see another complete show for the fearless full-fendered division with a $5,000-to-win main event that will determine the 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA points champ. USRA Modifieds will compete in a series of Last Chance Races and preliminary main events before capping off the night with the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start finale.

General admission tickets are $20 Friday and $25 Saturday for adults (17 and older), $10 Friday and $15 Saturday for juniors (ages 13-16) and $5 Friday and $10 Saturday for kids (ages 6-12). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free in general admission seating each night.

The top 10 rows in each of the six main grandstand sections are earmarked for reserved seating, with the lower five rows and two upper high-rise bleachers available for general admission. Reserved seats (all ages) are $25 Friday and $30 Saturday.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online both nights with flag-to-flag action of both divisions from start to finish. Fridays broadcast is $24.95 and Saturdays is $29.95 or get a two-day package for just $49.95. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Visit www.RacinDirt.TV to witness it for yourself.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 1/2-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Bidinger dominates opening night of Sunflower Showdown presented by Kenny’s Tile

October 7th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Newly-crowned Lakeside Speedway USRA Modified track champion Nic Bidinger cruised to victory in the USMTS Modified A Main Wednesday on opening night of the inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kenny’s Tile.

Bidinger took the lead from Rick Beebe with six laps in the books, and then rode the high side in the caution-free 20-lapper to win going away over a tough field of racers in the event co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association (USRA).

Beebe, who was second-quick in his qualifying group and passed two cars on the final lap to win his heat race, jumped out front at the start of the main event with Kelly Shryock , Zack VanderBeek and Bidinger in pursuit.

Bidinger grabbed third on the first lap and got around Shryock three laps later before tracking down Beebe and slipping around the outside as they raced to the flagstand to complete lap 7.

From there, Bidinger sailed to his eight win at the historic half-mile clay oval this season and his first-ever win under the USMTS banner. After an exciting three-way battle, Stormy Scott emerged with the runner-up finish ahead of Ryan Gustin, who started 11 on the 28-car grid.

Shryock was fourth and Austin Siebert rounded out the top 5. Sixth through tenth were VanderBeek, Beebe, Dereck Ramirez, Rodney Sanders and John Allen. With his fourth-place finish, coupled with fast time in his qualifying group and a runner-up results in his heat race, Shryock emerged with the most overall points for the first of three nights of qualifying. The top 6 in points are locked into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win “A” Main. In addition to the nine-time USMTS national champion, also making the big dance were Bidinger, Scott, Siebert, Beebe and VanderBeek.

The inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile continues Thursday with another complete program of USRA Modifieds plus Last Chance Races and A Mains for the USRA B-Mods ($2,000 to win), Factory Stocks ($1,200 to win) and Grand Nationals ($1,200 to win). The MLRA Late Models will also have two practice sessions during Thursdays event.

The top six in overall points for the USMTS Modifieds will be locked into Saturdays $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start A Main, along with another six on Friday. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models join the party on Friday and Saturday.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online every night. Subscribers will witness a complete program each night with flag-to-flag action in every division. One-, two and three-day packages are available each day beginning Thursday. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Visit www.RacinDirt.TV to learn more. The Lakeside Speedway is a 1/2-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv

Bidinger Dominates USRA Modified Qualifier

October 4th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Newly-crowned Lakeside Speedway USRA Modified track champion Nic Bidinger of cruised to victory in the USRA Modified A Main while Yancy Shepard avoided a last-lap melee to claim the USRA B-Mod main event Wednesday on opening night of the inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile.

Bidinger took the lead from Rick Beebe with six laps in the books, and then rode the high side in the caution-free 20-lapper to win going away over a tough field of racers in the event co-sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS).

Beebe, who was second-quick in his qualifying group and passed two cars on the final lap to win his heat race, jumped out front at the start of the main event with Kelly Shryock , Zack VanderBeek and Bidinger in pursuit.

Bidinger grabbed third on the first lap and got around Shryock three laps later before tracking down Beebe and slipping around the outside as they raced to the flagstand to complete lap 7.

From there, Bidinger sailed to his eight win at the historic half-mile clay oval this season and his first-ever win under the USMTS banner.

After an exciting three-way battle, Stormy Scott emerged with the runner-up finish ahead of Ryan Gustin, who started 11 on the 28-car grid.

Shryock was fourth and Austin Siebert rounded out the top 5. Sixth through tenth were VanderBeek, Beebe, Dereck Ramirez, Rodney Sanders and John Allen.

With his fourth-place finish, coupled with fast time in his qualifying group and a runner-up results in his heat race, Shryock emerged with the most overall points for the first of three nights of qualifying. The top 6 in points are locked into Saturdays $10,000-to-win A Main. In addition to the nine-time USMTS national champion, also making the big dance were Bidinger, Scott, Siebert, Beebe and VanderBeek.

The USRA B-Mod A Main was highlighted by five lead changes in 15 laps, including the final lap where third-running Troy Hoveys flat tire ignited a six-car crash in the final turn of the race.

Jerry Hoffman led the first three laps from the pole position, but the next 11 laps were a back-and-forth rollercoaster ride between Brad Smith and Mike Higley.

Running fourth when the field took the white flag, Shepard took the low side in turn 2 in a three-wide race for the lead. He crossed beneath the checkered flag with a half-car-length to spare over Smith and Higley, with Aaron Marrant and 17th-starting Chad Clancy taking fourth and fifth.

Involved in the final-lap excursion were Hoffman, Carter VanDenBerg, Jacob Bleess, Sam Schuler, Logan Martin and Hovey. Hoffmans machine tipped over onto its roof, but all drivers walked away uninjured.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Tim Karrick and Tim Powell wound up sixth, seventh and eighth to join the top 5 with a guaranteed spot in Thursday nights finale for the USRA B-Mods.

The inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kennys Tile continues Thursday with another complete program of USRA Modifieds plus Last Chance Races and A Mains for the USRA B-Mods ($2,000 to win), Factory Stocks ($1,200 to win) and Grand Nationals ($1,200 to win). The MLRA Late Models will also have two practice sessions during Thursdays event.

The top six in overall points for the USRA Modifieds will be locked into Saturdays $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start A Main, along with another six on Friday. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models join the party on Friday and Saturday.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online every night. Subscribers will witness a complete program each night with flag-to-flag action in every division. One-, two and three-day packages are available each day beginning Thursday. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Visit www.RacinDirt.TV to learn more.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 1/2-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Decided at Lakeside

September 29th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Lakeside Speedway, next weekend, marks the final two shows of the 2013 season for the Lucas Oil MLRA. The Championship is up in the air and will be decided, along with the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year. Two rising stars in the sport of Dirt Late Model racing have emerged to contend for Rookie of the Year honors.

Madison, Nebraska’s Travis Dickes decided early this year to venture out a bit more than in the past and found a home racing with the LucasOil MLRA. Dickes has the help of several good sponsors, but a rash of engine trouble left him a little lighter on equipment than he had hoped. Al and Lori Humphrey stepped up and have recently loaned Dickes a power plant to finish off the year. “If it wasn’t for Al and Lori, we wouldn’t be racing right now. They have bailed me out
two or three times already. I can’t thank them enough for helping us get through the year.”

Looking back over the course of the season, Dickes is glad the team chose this route. “It’s been fun. Racing this year has definitely helped us be faster when we have gone home to race. As far as the Rookie points, I’d like to win it because that’s what we set out to do. We’ll just have to go out and race and see what happens. I’m not stressing about it.”

While Dickes brought a new team on the tour, Manhattan, Kansas’ Chase Junghans stepped into a team which has as much experience on the tour as anyone. Junghans father, Greg, has fielded cars for the past several years, winning three championships with standout driver John Anderson.Junghans credits Anderson for helping to speed up his learning curve. “It’s been a great advantage to have John on our side. All of his experience and success is a big help.”

The season has ben kind of up and down for both drivers. “It seemed like we started off better than Dickes, but then we struggled and he got to running better,” said Junghans. “I really think we are both pretty equal right now. I haven’t paid a ton of attention to the rookie points. I just try to go out and race and not let it affect what I do on the track.” Sunoco Race Fuels has long been a partner with Shop Quik Racing and Junghans wanted to thank them for supporting the Rookie of the Year Program. “Sunoco has supported our team for a long time. It has been an honor to go out and run for them in this Rookie chase all season.”

Now down to the nuts and bolts. Dickes holds a 38 point advantage over Junghans. For the fans in attendance and those watching live on RacinDirt.tv next weekend there are two ways to earn championship points. Drivers score points in the heat race and feature. In the heat, the winner earns 10 points with the top five finishers earn two less markers than the finishing spot ahead of them. In the feature the winner accumulates 70 points, with the same two point incremental drop
throughout the field.

All of the race particulars and additional information can be found by clicking here.

The USMTS will also be in action with a $10,000 to win feature running on Saturday, October 5th.

Tickets on sale now for inaugural Sunflower Showdown Oct. 2-5 at Lakeside Speedway

September 5th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Sunflower Showdown set for Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 2-5, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The crown jewel event will feature co-sanctioned USRA and USMTS Modifieds all four nights, culminating with a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday night. Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and USRA B-Mods will race on Wednesday and Thursday. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models join the party on Friday and Saturday with a $5,000 top prize at stake Saturday night.

The top six finishers in the Modified feature each of the first three preliminary nights will be locked into Saturdays main event. Last-Chance Races, along with a C-Main and B-Main on Saturday will complete the starting line-up for the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start A-Main.

On Wednesday, the top 12 drivers in Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and USRA B-Mods will be locked into Thursdays A-Main with the remainder of the Thursday night starting grids filled by B-Main transfers.

The Late Models will have a complete program both nights with a $3,000 top prize on Friday and $5,000 on Saturday. Late Models will also have practice on Thursday night.

The top 10 rows in each of the six main grandstand sections earmarked for reserved seating, with the lower five rows and two upper high-rise bleachers available for general admission. Reserved seats (all ages) are $25 the first three nights and $30 on Saturday.

General admission tickets Wednesday-Friday are $20 for adults (17 and older), $10 for juniors (ages 13-16) and $5 for kids (ages 6-12). On Saturday, adults are $25, juniors are $15 and kids are $10. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free in general admission seating each night.

A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 Wednesday-Friday and $40 Saturday.

To order tickets, call 515-832-7944 or 515-832-6000, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Tickets on sale now for inaugural Sunflower Showdown Oct. 2-5 at Lakeside Speedway

September 5th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Sunflower Showdown set for Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 2-5, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The crown jewel event will feature co-sanctioned USRA and USMTS Modifieds all four nights, culminating with a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday night. Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and USRA B-Mods will race on Wednesday and Thursday. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models join the party on Friday and Saturday with a $5,000 top prize at stake Saturday night.

The top six finishers in the Modified feature each of the first three preliminary nights will be locked into Saturdays main event. Last-Chance Races, along with a C-Main and B-Main on Saturday will complete the starting line-up for the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start A-Main.

On Wednesday, the top 12 drivers in Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and USRA B-Mods will be locked into Thursdays A-Main with the remainder of the Thursday night starting grids filled by B-Main transfers.

The Late Models will have a complete program both nights with a $3,000 top prize on Friday and $5,000 on Saturday. Late Models will also have practice on Thursday night.

The top 10 rows in each of the six main grandstand sections earmarked for reserved seating, with the lower five rows and two upper high-rise bleachers available for general admission. Reserved seats (all ages) are $25 the first three nights and $30 on Saturday.

General admission tickets Wednesday-Friday are $20 for adults (17 and older), $10 for juniors (ages 13-16) and $5 for kids (ages 6-12). On Saturday, adults are $25, juniors are $15 and kids are $10. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free in general admission seating each night. A limited number of suite tickets are also available for $30 Wednesday-Friday and $40 Saturday.

To order tickets, call 515-832-7944 or 515-832-6000, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Phillips banks $5,000 in USMTS win at Lakeside

August 26th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Lakeside Speedway Friday night with Terry Phillips becoming the eighth different winner in 11 rounds of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

When the series visited the historic Kansas City clay oval back in July, Jeremy Payne dominated the feature race, and early on it looked like he would repeat the feat.

Payne shot around polesitter Corey Dripps as the race got underway and tried to run away and hide from the field. A caution on the second lap, however, kept his pursuers nearby.

Running the high side just inches from the concrete wall, Rodney Sanders blasted around the outside of Payne to lead the seventh lap and then proceeded to pull away to a huge advantage.

With Sanders cruising, Phillips was embroiled in a battle behind the leader which also featured Ryan Gustin, Payne, Johnny Scott and Stormy Scott.

A late-race caution with 11 laps to go erased the ten-car-length lead for Sanders, and Phillips took advantage on the restart to snag the spot. In the next corner, Gustin, who started 13th, followed into the runner-up spot when Sanders polished the outside wall with his rear quarter panel.

Gustin kept Phillips in sight, but was unable to challenge the 47-year-old from Springfield, Mo., and had to settle for his second second-place finish in the last three races while Phillips notched his 16th career USMTS victory and the $5,000 top prize.

Sanders held on to register a third-place finish with Stormy Scott finishing fourth and Zack VanderBeek coming home with a top-five finish.

Steve Whiteaker Jr. raced from 19 on the 26-car starting grid to sixth and earned his third Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the year. Payne, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott and 25th-starting Dereck Ramirez completed the top 10 in the final rundown.

With six races left in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, Johnny Scott leads Sanders by a dozen markers (1047 to 1035) while Hughes is third with 983 points. The rest of the top 10 are Stormy Scott (973), Payne (928), VanderBeek (842), Kelly Shryock (812), Chris Brown (811), Ramirez (787) and Trevor Hunt (752).

On Saturday, the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster. Gustin and Phillips picked up wins here last season while Stormy Scott walked away with the hardware most recently this past April. Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made an appearance in 2004.

The Salute to Veterans Night will also feature the highly unpredictable sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series as the track salutes the service veterans that have served our country with pride and honor. Dale Settle will parachute into the racetrack during pre-race ceremonies and there will also be a fly over by Paul Mackey and the Warbirds.

Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Fans can choose to view the racing from the grandstand bleachers, the upper deck beer garden, the full service Finish Line Bar & Grill or from one of the special VIP suites.

Tickets for adults are $20, kids ages 5-12 are $10 and children ages 4 and under are free. A Family Ticket is also available for $45. VIP seating is $35 or a seat in the beer garden is $25. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

For those unfortunate souls unable to see it in person, the event will be broadcast live online. You don’t have to miss a single lap, visit www.RacinDirt.tv and order now.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Marrant sails to first Iron Man Challenge win, tops USRA B-Mods at Lakeside Speedway

August 25th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Aaron Marrant of Orrick, Mo., sailed to his first Iron Man Challenge win Friday night as he topped the 20-lap USRA B-Mod main event at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The current USRA B-Mod track points leader passed veteran Gene Claxton on the outside to take the lead on lap 8, and then set sail to score a convincing win and pocket the $500 winner’s share of the prize money.

With the win, Marrant became the 12th different USRA B-Mod winner in 16 Iron Man Challenge events this season.

Troy Hovey, who sits atop the USRA Weekly Racing Series national points for USRA B-Mods, made a late-race charge to get around Claxton for second while Mike Higley charged from 18th on the starting grid to finish fourth ahead of Iron Man Challenge points leader Corey Crapser.

Chad Clancy, Terry Burner, Thursday night winner Mason Daughters, Chad Feather and Dan Wheeler rounded out the top 10 at the finish line.

Crapser remains the USRA B-Mod points leader in the Iron Man Challenge over Wheeler and Hovey. Jared Timmerman is fourth, followed by Dakota Foster, Jacob Bleess, Jake Richards, Daughters, Steve Goodman and Brad Smith.

The next event for the Iron Man Challenge will be when the USRA Stock Cars join the USMTS Modifieds on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. On Sunday, Sept. 1, action heads south to the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, where both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods share the card with the USMTS Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods on tap Thursday at Valley Speedway, Friday at Lakeside Speedway

August 22nd, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will be back in action this week with stops at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 22, and the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 23.

The USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds on the ticket both nights. Both events will pay $500 to win the USRA B-Mod main event with a minimum of $75 to each “A” Main starter. The entry fee is $20 for licensed or $30 for non-licensed drivers.

Corey Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., leads the Iron man Challenge points battle for the USRA B-Mods. Dan Wheeler is second, followed by Jared Timmerman, Troy Hovey and Jacob Bleess. The rest of the top 10 are Dakota Foster, Steve Goodman, Shawn Strong, Austin Kaplan and Jeremy Chambers.

On Thursday at Valley Speedway, gates open at 6:00 and hot laps are at 7:00 with racing to follow. Mufflers are required at this event.

General admission adult tickets are $16, reserved seats are $18 and seating on the party deck is $20. Kids ages 6-12 years of age are $5 and children under 6 get in for free. Pit passes are $30.

On race day, fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Stores locations in Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Blue Springs.

The Valley Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

On Friday the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods returns to the Lakeside Speedway for another barn-burner at the historic half-mile oval on the edge of the Missouri River. Earlier this year, veteran racer Gene Claxton used his 40-plus years of racing experience to show the way from start to finish in Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mod feature here.

Gates will open at 4:00, hot laps start at 7:00 and the nights first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30. Local Factory Stocks will also be in action. Adults are $17, juniors ages 13-16 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

The next Iron Man Challenge event features the USRA Stock Cars and takes place on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they join the USMTS Modifieds at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Both divisions will be in action on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.

Remaining Iron Man Challenge Events:
Aug. 22 … Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (USRA B-Mods)
Aug. 23 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (USRA B-Mods)
Aug. 31 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (USRA Stock Cars)
Sept. 1 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa (USRA Stock Cars & USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 14 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (USRA Stock Cars)
Sept. 19 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 21 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 28 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (USRA Stock Cars & USRA B-Mods)

Final points are determined by the best 10 finishes for USRA Stock Cars and best 15 finishes for USRA B-Mods during the 2013 campaign. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Billy Moyer Takes Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win at Lakeside

July 18th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, KS – Hall-of-Famer, Billy Moyer, took over the lead on lap 19 and went on to win the first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Model Series event on Tuesday Night at Lakeside Speedway. Moyer pocketed $10,000, in scoring his first LOLMDS win of the season. He also became the 13th different winner this year.

Steve Francis started 18th, and came roaring through the field to finish second. He was followed by Don O’Neal, Jared Landers, and John Blankenship, who started 15th.

Landers grabbed the lead at the start of the 50-lap race and held the point until Moyer passed him with 19 laps scored. Landers remained in second until his Clint Bowyer teammate, Francis, took the spot away from him on lap 27.

Moyer held a sizable lead over Francis until a caution came out with 20 laps to go. Francis tried to overhaul Moyer, closing to within a car-length with five laps left. Moyer was able to use lap-traffic to his advantage and was able to hold off Francis at the checkers.

“This has been a rough year for us so far,” said Moyer, who registered his fifth overall win of the year. “We had a rough weekend at Wheatland, so we went home and worked our rear ends off to get this car ready for tonight! I have to give a special thanks to Sparks Racing, as well.”

“I have to thank all my sponsors. There are several that have been with me for a long time. I’d also like to thank all my product sponsors as well, without any of them we couldn’t do this,” said the driver of the Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, Midwest Sheet Metal, L&D Trucking, Clements Racing Engines, Moyer Circle Chevrolet.

Francis, who was coming off his first series win of the season last Friday Night at Tri-City (IL) Speedway nearly, came home with the victory again tonight. “We wanted to win so badly for Clint here tonight, especially with it being his home track. We had to dig deep after qualifying. I didn’t think we could ever recover from that. I have to thank Barry and Lance Wright, they had to work on two cars tonight and I hope Clint is pleased with our efforts,” said the driver of the Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Race Cars #15.

O’Neal ran second, for the first 15 laps of the race, brought his Optima Batteries, MasterSbilt house-car home in third. “We had a good car all night, we switched to the bigger Jay Dickens engine and it really performed well. We hung in there with Landers early on, and then the car started to push a little, but in the last few laps, we got back going and was catching Francis.” Completing the top ten were Tyler Reddick, Mike Marlar, Ryan Gustin, Terry Phillips, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the overall time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 17.011 seconds. Tyler Reddick set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 17.356 seconds. Tony Jackson Jr., Tommy Weder, Jared Landers, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races. Eddie Carrier Jr. and Steve Francis won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue its July Midwest swing this week. Hamilton County Speedway will host its first-ever LOLMDS event on Wednesday, July 17. The event at Hamilton County will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events. For more information, log onto www.hamiltoncospeedway.com. The series will round out its July Midwest swing with the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The event will include a practice session on Thursday, July 18. There will be two rounds of heats on Friday night, July 19. Capping off the trip to I-80 on Saturday, July 20, there will be B-Mains and the 80-lap main event. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Lucas Oil Late Models, USMTS Modifieds converge for Clash of the Titans

July 17th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- This summer’s hottest ticket in dirt track racing is just a few hours away as the inaugural Clash of the Titans will take place at three historic dirt ovals in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska this Tuesday-Saturday, July 16-20.

Featuring the stars and cars of both the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and United States Modified Touring Series, this is the week that race fans have been talking about all year long, and will continue to discuss for generations to come.

The hottest names in dirt late model and open-wheel modified dirt track racing will share the spotlight for what promises to be the years hottest can’t-miss events on any serious dirt racing fans calendar.

Worlds collide on Tuesday, July 16, at the legendary Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The following night on Wednesday, July 17, the jaw-dropping action moves to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the biggest show ever to hit the dirt in the Hawkeye State. The swing wraps up on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will be battling for $10,000 to win each night on Tuesday and Wednesday while the competitors in the USMTS Caseys Cup Series will race for a possible $5,000 to win each night.

The event in Webster City the biggest ever at the historic half-mile oval will also be the final points race for the USMTS in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. After the checkered flag waves, another handful of drivers will punch their ticket to challenge in this years Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

Both the Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway are new venues for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with the two venues each hosting their first-ever series events. The USMTS has been to each track twice over the past three seasons, and the first three Fall Jamboree events were staged at Hamilton County from 1999-2001.

Both races are expected to attract a star-studded field of competitors, highlighted by an impressive list of the brightest stars in each division.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series boosts a roster of premier Late Model pilots such as defending series champ Jimmy Owens, hall-of-famer Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer Jr., John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr. and more.

The USMTS is the premier dirt modified series in the galaxy, and fans can expect to see the best of the best on the planet including former USMTS national champions Kelly Shryock, Jason Hughes, Jason Krohn and Tim Donlinger. Other superstars such as twin brothers Johnny and Stormy Scott, Joey Jensen, Zack VanderBeek, Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Trevor Hunt, Corey Dripps, Ron Jones, Jeremy Payne and more are expected.

Several drivers are also expected to pull double-duty, racing in both divisions at one or more of the events. Among the names planning on putting in overtime this week are two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin and second-generation veteran Terry Phillips.

A pair of well-known NASCAR superstars are also entered for this week. Clint Bowyer will be competing with the Lucas Oil Late Models on Tuesday at Lakeside while Ken Schrader will race his USMTS Modified at Lakeside as well as both Friday and Saturday at I-80 Speedway.

Tickets are $30 for adults, kids ages 13-16 are $15 and children ages 6-12 are $10. Pit passes are $40 each night. On both days, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 4. There will be an autograph session for fans from 5:30-6 p.m. each day, with hot laps set for 6:45 and racing to follow.

For those fans unable to attend, both events will be available live online via pay-per-view at DirtonDirt.com. Fans can place their pay-per-view orders now at www.dirtondirt.com/liveevents.php. Prices are set at $18.99 for each event.

Two-day packages are available for the Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway events, as well as for both nights of I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals. DirtonDirt.com subscribers can order a two-night package for a discounted price of $35, while the price for non-subscribers is $37. Non-subscribers receive a free one-month DirtonDirt.com subscription with any pay-per-view broadcast order. For more information on how to purchase the pay-per-views, visit www.DirtonDirt.com.

The events at Lakeside and Hamilton County will rank among the biggest races either track has ever hosted. Visit www.lakesidespeedway.net for more information about Lakeside Speedway and www.hamiltoncospeedway.com for more information about Hamilton County Speedway.

After a night off, the teams head for another doubleheader with the two-day 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway on Friday and Saturday. Brian Birkhofer claimed a $26,000 payday in last year’s event, while the inaugural running of the event saw Don O’Neal claim a victory worth $25,000. This year’s winner will walk away with $27,000.

Driving double duty, Terry Phillips picked up the checkers in the USMTS Modified main event last year at I-80 while his former teammate, Jeremy Payne, captured the inaugural event win two seasons ago. The USMTS main events will pay up to $4,000 to win Friday and $5,000 on Saturday (with the Big Dog Buy-In).

More information about I-80 Speedway and the Silver Dollar Nationals can be found at www.i-80speedway.com.

For the latest news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the LOLMDS website at www.lucasdirt.com, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Clint Bowyer to compete Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway

July 15th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — NASCAR superstar Clint Bowyer will return to his former stomping grounds this Tuesday, July 16, when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and United States Modified Touring Series team up for the Clash of the Titans event at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Bowyer, who owns the #15 Georgia Boot dirt late model driven by Steve Francis and the #5 Peak Motor Oil dirt late model driven by Jared Landers, will be behind the wheel of a third Georgia Boot-sponsored team car.

Georgia Boot is thrilled for Clint to get back into the Georgia Boot Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series #15 dirt late model. It’s even more exciting that he’s able to do it at his home dirt track of Lakeside Speedway, said Seann Anderson, Sponsorship Manager of Georgia Boot. We’ll have Georgia Boot giveaway items at the track, give fans the chance to win a free pair of Georgia Boots and have information on how to enter our Walk in our Boots sweepstakes that features Clint and Steve Francis.

Originally from Emporia, Kan., Bowyer grew up racing in the Kansa City area and has made many laps around the legendary at Lakeside Speedway where he won more than 30 feature races and two track championships from 2000-2003.

Bowyer has fielded two full-time dirt late model teams on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the past two years and will be looking to mix it up with some of the nation’s top drivers on the series at Lakeside Speedway. When his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule has allowed, he has driven dirt late models and modifieds in the past, including several USMTS events.

Georgia Boot will have a display booth at both Lakeside Speedway on Tuesday and Hamilton County Speedway on Wednesday, July 17. Fans can visit the Georgia Boot display at both race tracks and see all the latest shoes and apparel. The company has put together a unique promotion this year with the Walk in our Boots sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a 2013 3600 Bobcat 4×4 UTV, a pair of Georgia Boots, a Georgia Boot Comfort Core Loggers T-shirt and a Georgia Boot hat.. Enter to win Georgia Boots Walk in our Boots contest at www.georgiaboot.com/sweeps.

Advanced tickets are $25 for adults, kids ages 13-16 are $10 and children ages 6-12 are $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.usmts.com/shop/tickets.asp through Sunday, July 14. At the gate on race night, adult tickets are $30, kids 13-16 are $15 and children 6-12 are $10. Pit passes are $40 each night.

On both days, pit gates will open at 2:00 and grandstands open at 4:00. There will be an autograph session for fans from 5:30 -6:00 each day, with hot laps set for 6:45 and racing to follow.

For those fans unable to attend, both events will be available live online via pay-per-view at DirtonDirt.com. Fans can place their pay-per-view orders now at www.dirtondirt.com/liveevents.php. Prices are set at $18.99 for each event.

Two-day packages are available for the Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway events, as well as for both nights of I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals. DirtonDirt.com subscribers can order a two-night package for a discounted price of $35, while the price for non-subscribers is $37. Non-subscribers receive a free one-month DirtonDirt.com subscription with any pay-per-view broadcast order. For more information on how to purchase the pay-per-views, visit www.DirtonDirt.com.

For the latest news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the LOLMDS website at www.lucasdirt.com, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online, like the USMTS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow the USMTS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out the USMTS YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Worlds collide July 16-17 as Lucas Oil Late Models, USMTS Modifieds combine for two hottest one-day tickets on dirt

July 3rd, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- This summer’s hottest ticket in dirt track racing is just around the corner as the inaugural “Clash of the Titans” will feature the LucasOil Late Model Dirt Series and United States Modified Touring Series in a pivotal
swing through Kansas and Iowa, July 16-17.

The hottest names in Late Model and Modified dirt track racing will share the spotlight for what promises to be the year’s hottest can’t-miss events on any serious dirt racing fan’s calendar.

Worlds collide on Tuesday, July 16, at the legendary Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The following night on Wednesday, July 17, the jaw-dropping action moves to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the biggest show ever to hit the dirt in the Hawkeye State.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will be battling for $10,000 to win each night while the Modified competitors in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series will race for a possible $4,000 to win (with the Big Dog Buy-In) each night.

The event at Webster City will also be the final points race for the USMTS Modifieds in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, with another handful of drivers punching their ticket to challenge in The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

Both the Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway are new venues for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with the two historic half-mile ovals each hosting their first-ever series events.

Both races are expected to attract a star-studded field of competitors, highlighted by an impressive list of Lucas Oil Series regulars and USMTS competitors. The Lucas Oil Series boosts a roster of premier Late Model pilots such as defending series champ Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr. , Billy Moyer Jr. and more. Visit www.lucasdirt.com for more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The USMTS is the premier dirt Modified Series on the planet, and fans can expect to see the premier Modified drivers on the planet, including two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin and former USMTS national champs Kelly Shryock, Jason Hughes, Jason Krohn and Tim Donlinger plus super stars such as twin brothers Johnny and Stormy Scott, Joey Jensen, Zack VanderBeek, Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Trevor Hunt, Corey Dripps, Ron Jones, Jeremy Payne, Terry Phillips and more.

For each event, advanced tickets are $25 for adults, kids ages 13-16 are $10 and children ages 6-12 are $5. Tickets for both events are available now by calling 515-832-7944 during normal business hours, or get them any time online at www.usmts.com/shop/tickets.asp.

The deadline for advance ticket sales in July 14 or while supplies last.

At the gate on race night, adult tickets are $30, kids 13-16 are $15 and children 6-12 are $10. Pit passes are $40 each night.

On both days, pit gates will open at 2:00 and grandstands open at 4:00. There will be an autograph session for fans from 5:30 -6:00 each day, with hot laps set for 6:45 and racing to follow.

The events at Lakeside and Hamilton County will rank among the biggest races either track has ever hosted. Visit www.lakesidespeedway.net for more information about Lakeside Speedway and www.hamiltoncospeedway.com for more information about Hamilton County Speedway.

After a night off, the teams head for another doubleheader with the two-day 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20. Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, claimed a $26,000 payday in last year’s Silver Dollar Nationals, while the inaugural running of the event saw Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., claim a victory worth $25,000. Driving double duty, Terry Phillips picked up the checkers in the USMTS Modified main event last year while his former teammate, Jeremy Payne, captured the inaugural event win two seasons ago.

More information about I-80 Speedway and the Silver Dollar Nationals can be found at www.i-80speedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Rodney Sanders Increases 2013 Win Tally to Nine with Lakeside Victory

May 3rd, 2013

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders took part in an ultra-busy four day swing of racing action over the weekend in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified, and when the final checkered flag of the weekend had dropped his 2013 win tally was increased to nine.

On Thursday evening Rodney Sanders opened a tripleheader with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds with a $4,000-to-win event in his home state of Texas. The action was contested at Texas Thunder Speedway (Killeen, Texas), and Sanders started the night with mechanical struggles in heat race action, which left him starting deep in a b-main. With the top six finishers advancing from b-main action to the 40 lap finale Sanders impressively advanced ten spots from his fifteenth starting spot to finish fifth, which locked him into the twenty-first starting spot for the feature. In the main event Rodney again passed ten cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.

Friday night found the USMTS tour making its first ever trip to Kennedale Speedway Park (Kennedale, Texas) as another $4,000-to-win affair was contested. In heat race action Sanders didn’t disappoint his home state fans with a third to first run as he earned a spot in the evening’s redraw for the 40 lap feature. After receiving the fifth starting spot Sanders went on to race to a second place finish in the evening’s finale behind race winner, Johnny Scott.

The busy three day stretch with the USMTS competitors drew to a close on Saturday evening at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma). Forty-two competitors converged on the speed plant in pursuit of the $4,000 prize, and Rodney would need a second place finish in b-main action to race his way into the main event. In the feature he started fifteenth on the grid for the finale before advancing ten spots to record a fifth place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, and Chris Brown.

Rodney continues to lead the standings in the Allgayer Inc. Southern Region. Full results from all three events are available at www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders made the last minute decision to travel to Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) on Sunday afternoon for an USRA Open Wheel Modified program. It would prove to be a good decision as he raced to his ninth win of the 2013 season.

Twenty-four competitors took part in the program, and a fifth to second run in his heat race positioned Sanders starting the feature event in the seventh starting spot for the 20 lap finale. By the time the caution flew on lap 12 of the main event Sanders had raced his way into the second spot behind race leader, Aaron Marrant. On the ensuing restart Rodney jumped to the lead only to have Marrant go back around him. Over the final few circuits of the event the duo battled side by side with Sanders claiming the win by a bumper at the checkered flag over Marrant!

Full results from the event are available at www.LakeSideSpeedway.net .

As has been the case for much of the first part of 2013 Mother Nature is threatening events across the country this coming weekend, so the team is currently evaluating their options on where to race. Stay tuned to www.RodneySandersRacing.net for the latest schedule and team news.

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

USMTS Lakeside Speedway tilt to Payne

April 22nd, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jeremy Payne picked up his first USMTS Casey’s Cup Series main event win of the season Friday night as the mighty mud-slinging Modifieds invaded the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

After nearly two weeks of rain and cold, sunshine broke through in the afternoon and allowed track officials to toil on the weather-beaten track surface which held up for most of the night.

Jason Hughes started on the pole for the 30-lap feature race, and after the green flag flew it was apparent that he would soon have some company as Payne and two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin began charging through the field.

Payne moved into second in just three laps, and then roared past Hughes as the pair came to the flagstand to complete lap 8.

Meanwhile, Gustin was clawing his way from 14th on the starting grid and broke into the top three with a dozen laps complete while Hughes bounced back to challenge Payne for the top spot.

A pair of mid-race cautions gave Hughes and Gustin an ample shot at the leader, but Payne was too strong and pulled away on each restart.

He crossed the finish line six car-lengths ahead of Gustin to earn the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money and his 12th career USMTS victory.

Rodney Sanders finished fourth behind Gustin and Hughes while Johnny Scott rebounded from an early-race tire problem to round out the top five.

Kurt Kile, Terry Phillips, Thomas Tillison Jr., Austin Siebert and John Allen completed the top 10.

On Saturday, April 20, the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster featuring the USMTS Modifieds.

Gustin took down one of the two events in 2012 while Phillips captured the other checkered flag. Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made its only prior appearance in 2004.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Claxton cashes in with Iron Man Challenge win at Lakeside Speedway

April 20th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Veteran racer Gene Claxton used last Sunday’s season opener and his 40-plus years of racing experience to show the way from start to finish Friday night as the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods invaded the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Claxton, who has 11 track championships at Lakeside dating back to 1980, started on the outside of the front row and led every lap despite pressure throughout the 20-lapper from 2009 Grand National track champion, Chad Clancy.

While Claxton collected $500 for his efforts, Clancy settled for the runner-up paycheck with Minnesota’s Jacob Bleess third. Seventeenth-starting Troy Carlyle finished fourth and fifteenth-starting Jake Richards rounded out the top five.

With a sixth-place finish, Corey Crapser took over the Iron Man Challenge points lead with Richards climbing to second.

The next Iron Man Challenge event for the USRA B-Mods happens Friday, May 3, at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. USRA Stock Cars will make their 2013 Iron Man Challenge debut with the USRA B-Mods on Saturday, May 25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Both events will share the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Weather woes continue to haunt Grain Valley; USMTS still a go for Lakeside Friday, Salina Saturday

April 20th, 2013

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event slated for Thursday, April 18, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., has been postponed due to rain and cold.

Officials are working on a “mulligan” for the show, likely to be May 9 or 16.

The events on Friday, April 19, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and Saturday, April 20, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., are still on as scheduled.

Both events will award valuable points in the USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The “Big Dog Buy-In” will be in effect each night to create a possible $8,000 take-home pay for one driver. Each race pays $2,000 to win, but the Big Dog Buy-In allows any driver to gamble an extra $100 at the time of registration to compete for an extra $2,000 cash for taking the win. In eight events this season, a gambler has won the main event seven times.

Last July, the USMTS made its maiden voyage to the historic Lakeside Speedway and the fans filling jam-packing the grandstands got a classic battle that ended with Gustin claiming the victory en route to his season-long title.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods and local Factory Stocks will also be in action. Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, with hot laps at 7 p.m. The night’s first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check them out the track’s official website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, April 20, the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster featuring the USMTS Modifieds. Not surprisingly, Gustin took down one of the two events in 2012 while Terry Phillips captured the other checkered flag. Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made its only prior appearance in 2004.

Support classes for Saturday’s show will be Grand Nationals, 360 Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Factory Stocks presented by MCH Kenworth. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 6:30.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Best of the Best of both worlds team up as USMTS Modifieds, Lucas Oil Late Models set for Summer Speedweek July 2013

December 17th, 2012

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Just in time for Christmas and race fans to submit their time-off days for the coming new year, officials from the United States Modified Touring Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have announced two new doubleheader events to create the ultimate dirt track racing fan’s dream vacation, July 16-20, 2013.

The Best of the Best of both worlds will share the spotlight for four nights of racing over the course of five days at three historic racetracks beginning on Tuesday, July 16, at the legendary Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

From there, both series head north to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for a Wednesday, July 17, tilt at the big half-mile fairgrounds facility.

“These are going to be two of the biggest shows ever for fans at Lakeside and Webster City,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “We fully expect fans to head home after these races grinning from ear to ear. With this kind of talent packed into one program, you won’t see anything else like it. We can’t wait for July to get here.”

USMTS drivers will be battling in 40-lap features for at least $2,000 to win both nights, while both events will feature 50-Lap main events and pay $10,000 to win for the Lucas Oil Late Models.

“We are very excited to add such great venues to our schedule,” stated LOLMDS director Ritchie Lewis. “Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway are both so historic in their communities and we look forward to being a part of these two venues, and having them as integral pieces of our Midwest swing in July.”

Tickets for both events go on sale Monday, Dec. 17, and can be purchased by calling 515-832-7944. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on race day. Students ages 13-16 are $15, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free.

The Lakeside Speedway originally opened on April 17, 1955, and moved to its present location in 1988 where it operated as an asphalt track through the 1999 season. In 2000, it was again under new management, which converted the speedway to a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt track. Since then, the track has seen many great racers in victory lane, including NASCAR star Clint Bowyer, who won back-to-back modified track championships in 2001 and 2002. Mike Johnson and Don Marrs recently purchased the famed speedplant, and look forward to the 2013 season with great enthusiasm and bringing the best talent in the country to the facility.

The USMTS Modifieds made their debut at Lakeside this past summer, with eventual series champion Ryan Gustin taking home the hardware in front of a packed house. Building upon that success, the series will return to Lakeside on three separate occasions in 2013.

The Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa, opening in July 1910. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The half-mile, semi-banked dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year.

The first three Featherlite Fall Jamborees were held at the Hamilton County Speedway from 1999-2002. Nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock won the first race on Oct. 7, 1999, while Ron Jones went on to capture the first Jamboree title two days later. Since then, drivers such as Kevin Pittman, Tommy Myer, Willy Kraft, Mark Noble, Johnny Saathoff, Jason Hughes and Ryan Gustin have found glory here, with Shryock winning the most recent race on Aug. 20, 2011.

The ultimate speed week for dirt racing freaks wraps up on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for the 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. In 2012, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series shared the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds for the first time ever at the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. The event was a rousing success which kept fans talking well past July after Brian Birkhofer captured the top prize for the late models while Terry Phillips snagged the modified portion of the program while serving double-duty in both classes.

Building on that success, race fans throughout the Great Plains will now have a chance to catch the Best of the Best of both worlds at three tracks in three states over the course of five days. The Thursday, July 18, program at the I-80 Speedway will consist of open practice for late models and modifieds plus a complete racing program featuring the SLMR/CDM Super Late Models, 360 Sprints and B-Mods.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com. Follow them as well at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

The 15th season for the USMTS begins in a little over two months at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the 4th Annual USMTS Spring Nationals, Feb. 21-23, 2013.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Dotson Claims $2,000 Mod Win At Lakeside Speedway

October 22nd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – The 2nd night of the Capitol Federal presents the Clyde Ellis Lucas Oil Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout provided some great racing action once again.

Over 50 modified drivers packed the pits once again. The quality of competition was more evident on this 2nd night.

The winner from night number 1, Ryan Gustin, made it to the A main by the skin of his teeth in the B main, Chase Junghans, who finished runner-up to Gustin the previous night, did not make the feature and the track champion at Lakeside Speedway who had 6 wins on the season, Tim Karrick, did not make the main event for the 2nd straight night. That should have told the average fan just how tough it was to make the show.

The 24 car, star studded, field made it’s way around the track in a 4 wide salute prior to starting the feature. Kenny Wallace and Nic Bidinger would make up the front row after the redraw.

Wallace and Bidinger were heat race winners on the night along with Kerry Davis, Ken Schrader, Mark Dotson and Kelly Shryock.

As the green flag waved, Bidinger took the early advantage and jumped into the lead. Bidinger, who had a strong season at Lakeside in 2012, would be pressured early as Dotson and Shryock were quick to move up from their 3rd row starting spots.

Shryock would get around Bidinger on lap #3. Dotson would soon follow. From that point on it was a battle up front between the two veteran
drivers.

Jason Hughes, Schrader and Zach Vanderbeek were also slicing and dicing it up for positions inside the top 5.

Last night’s feature winner, Ryan Gustin, had a long road to go as he would start in the 23rd position. It would take some time but Gustin would work his way through the crowd. In doing so he would have the crowd on it’s feet seeing if he could do the impossible.

Shryock was still leading Dotson as the laps started to click off. Several times Dotson would make a hard charge at Shryock, but each threat would be answered by Shyrock. The 9x USMTS Champ, Shryock seemed to be on his way another Shootout feature win, but unfortunately trouble would find him.

Just inside of 10 laps to go Shryock would develop a problem that would take him out of the lead. His car began to slow on the track. The consummate professional, Shryock, was able to limp his car off the speedway without bringing out a yellow flag. It was also the break Mark Dotson would need.

Dotson would inherit the lead and from there would work lap traffic to perfection as he would go on to take the $2,000 top prize.

Hughes would finish in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Zach Vanderbeek, Gustin would finish 4th after starting all the way back in 23rd and rounding out the top 5 would be Ken Schrader.

Dean Mahlstedt would turn in a solid effort going from 18th to 6th in the feature, finishing in the top 10 for the 2nd night in a row was Nic Bidinger in 7th, Austin Seibert would come home 8th, 9th would be Kenny Wallace and John Allen picked off 10 spots coming home in 10th.

The Modifieds put on a great show both nights this past weekend. A total of 55 laps of A Main racing were completed and there was a ton of passing and not a single yellow flag for the the 2 nights of feature racing.

Reaper Continues To Dominate At Lakeside Speedway!

October 20th, 2012

Driving to his 2nd feature win of the year at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night was the 19R of Ryan Gustin. Reed Bros. Racing Photos. Kansas City, KS – Friday night’s Clyde Ellis Modified Shootout was filled with a who’s who of modified racers from the Midwest. When the 1st night was over it was one of the best standing tall in victory lane, Ryan Gustin.

A total of 54 drivers checked in on Friday night. It was to be a star studded event as the first green flag dropped on the night. Gustin, who won the innaugural USMTS feature at Lakeside back on Juyly 13th, got off to a fast start picking up the win in heat race #4. John Allen, Rick Beebe, Chase Junghans, Nic Bidinger, and Kelly Shryock would join Gustin as heat race winners on the night. Each driver would redraw for their starting spots for the 25 lap A Main event.

Most of the racers knew that it was going to be a tough task as Gustin put himself on the front row, drawing the number 2 starting spot for the feature. Right from the drop of the green flag it was Gustin that would get out of the gate first. Gustin, who also drove in the Late Model portion of the show, needed only that brief second at the beginning of the feature to take the top spot and hang on.

As Gustin began to extend his lead, the competition could only hope for a yellow flag that could bunch the field up and bring them closer to the USMTS National Champ. It wouldn’t happen as there would not be a single yellow flag during the feature event.

This would be Gustin’s 2nd win at Lakeside Speedway in 2012 as he rocketed to the win. C. Junghans put together one of his best races of the season and wound up with a runner-up finish to Gustin.

Hughes and Allen would tangle for the 3rd spot in the feature. Hughes would get the better of the deal as he worked his way past Allen at the midway point and held on to the 3rd spot. Allen would finish in 4th. The 9x USMTS National Champ, Shryock, drove his way up to 5th rounding out the top 5.

Al Purkey and Mark Dotson were two of the hard chargers on the night. Dotson began the feature in the 18th position and finished 8th, Purkey, meanwhile, started 23rd and finished in 11th.

The 2nd night of the Capitol Federal presents the Clyde Ellis Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout gets going Saturday night with the spectator gates opening up at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Early Bird Special Friday at Lakeside Speedway

October 20th, 2012

Buckner, MO – The first 200 fans through the gates tonight at Lakeside Speedway will receive a gift card courtesy of O’Reilly Auto Parts. Company representatives will also be on hand to share information about how they can be an asset to you and your vehicle. The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank O’Reilly Auto Parts for their support of the racing action this weekend.

Lakeside Speedway Information
Gates: Grandstand 5:00 PM, Pits 11:00 AM Friday
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: $22 in advance, $25 day of race, limited reserve seating available call 913-299-2040, $40 pit passes or $60 for a two day pit pass
Support Class: Modifieds ($1,500 to win Friday and $2,000 to win Saturday)

Website: Lakeside Speedway.net

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products,AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels,
MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Lucas Oil Products Secures MLRA – Lakeside This Weekend

October 19th, 2012

Buckner, MO – Lucas Oil Products, yesterday, announced the purchase of the Lucas Oil MLRA from Allen (Cowboy) and Harriett Chancellor. For the past sixteen years, both Harriett and Cowboy have been at the helm of the nation’s second
longest, continually operating, Dirt Late Model sanction. “I’ve enjoyed it, we both have,” commented Harriett on their time spent running the series. “Hopefully we’ve done it some good too. We really had to work at it year round. It isn’t just a summer thing for us. We met a lot of fantastic people along the way too.” The Chancellors inherited a series void of a title sponsor following the 1996 season, and quickly brought on O’Reilly Auto Parts. Later they partnered with Lucas Oil Products, first as a presenting sponsor, then for the last three seasons as the title sponsor.

With this upcoming weekend’s two features, the Lucas Oil MLRA will have contested 551 features, good enough for third overall among active Late Model sanctions. Harriett and Cowboy oversaw 355 of those shows. Five different drivers secured championships over their tenure. Leslie Essary and Rex McCroskey each notched one. With this year’s title, John Anderson will have three. Alan Vaughn took four of his five, racing for Cowboy and Harriett. Al Purkey, who was undoubtedly the face of the series for many years, scored all seven of his series Championships in the sixteen year time frame.

“Of all the series I raced, Cowboy and Harriett did it because they loved racing and not for the money,” commented Purkey. “Racers knew they were fair with everybody. They just genuinely loved the sport. It’s going to be a sad time for sure.” Purkey’s forty-nine wins places him second on the Lucas Oil MLRA All-Time Wins list. He plans to compete at Lakeside Speedway this weekend, albeit in his new modified.

Harriett and Cowboy will continue to see the series through the Championship Banquet held November 20, 2012, at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager, Dan Robinson, was appointed Series Director. He and his staff will operate the series from their Wheatland, Missouri offices.

The last race of the 2012 season will take place this weekend at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. There is always a loaded field for the mega event, encompassing many of the top drivers in the Midwest. The Friday show will pay $3,000 to win, and Saturday will pay the winner $5,000.

Lakeside Speedway Information

Gates: Grandstand 5:00 PM, Pits 11:00 AM Friday

Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:30 PM

Admission: $22 in advance, $25 day of race, limited reserve seating available call 913-299-2040, $40 pit passes or $60 for a two day pit pass

Support Class: Modifieds ($1,500 to win Friday and $2,000 to win Saturday)

Website: Lakeside Speedway.net

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Mother Nature Dominates Championship Night At Lakeside Speedway

October 15th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Championship night came and went on Friday night. Unfortunately, for the employees, sponsors, fans and racers, it didn’t go they way everyone wanted to go.

During a year that has seen only a couple of rain outs after a year that was flooded out, Mother Nature cast a spell on Lakeside Speedway that brought rain to the 1/2 mile track in Wyandotte County.

On the night only 1 feature, the Factory Stock, hit the speedway. It wouldn’t be a long feature. The Factory Stocks made it to the halfway mark before a yellow came out and during the yellow the rain started to come down.

Nate Barnes would work his way to the front of the field in those 7 laps. Barnes started in the 8th position and wasted little time getting to the top spot. As the cars made laps under yellow, they were then sent off the speedway.

Marc Olson and his staff went to the radar to see what Mother Nature had in store for them. As they looked over the situation and assessed what they already had, the decision was made to pull the plug. Barnes would receive the win in the Factory Stock Feature, Jason Park would be the runner-up, Vic Tranckino went from 14th to 3rd, 4th went to Tom Fogarty and rounding out the top 5 was Justin Seifert. When the race was called, it brought the season points racing at Lakeside
Speedway to an end with little fan fare.

Justin Seifert would be crowned the champion in the Factory Stock division. The only driver that had to race for his championship on the final night. Seifert ended up with a 42 point margin of victory after the heats and feature.

In the B Mod division Nick Newton finally celebrated his 2012 championship. The youngster from KCK got his 1st championship at Lakeside Speedway. This might have been the most exciting feature of the night. The 2nd place driver in the points, Gene Claxton, looked strong in his heat race and only trailed Newton by 13 points going to the features.
Unfortunately, as the rain came down Claxton would lose his chance.

The other big battle in the evening was shaping up in the Grand National division. After the heat races it was another first time champion, Kelby Ostrander, taking the crown. Ostrander, the former Factory Stock racer, pulled in his best season at Lakeside and it was good enough to win the championship.

Tim Karrick was the only driver that came into championship night with a title already in hand. Karrick closed out his 3rd Modified championship last week.

The racing season isn’t over with yet. Capitol Federal presents the Clyde Ellis Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout next Friday and Saturday night, October 19th & 20th. Tickets are on sale at the track Monday thru Friday and they can be purchased by calling 913.299.2040.

For more information on the upcoming races at Lakeside Speedway, check out their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net

Lakeside Speedway Coming Up

October 14th, 2012

Buckner, MO – One of the most anticipated weekends on the Lucas Oil MLRA calendar is drawing closer. Capital Federal Presents the Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. With the NASCAR weekend going on just up the road, you’re never quite sure who will stop in at Lakeside to compete or spectate.

This season the race weekend will culminate with the crowning of John Anderson as the 2012 Lucas Oil MLRA champion. While the top spot isn’t in question, second place is certainly up for grabs. Currently , 2012 Rookie of the Year Mark Dotson holds a four point lead over Jesse Stovall.

A limited amount of reserved seating is available. Tickets can either be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more on ticketing information for the event, visit LakesideSpeedway.net. Lakeside Speedway also has camping available.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be joined by two complete days of Modified racing as well. The Modifieds will pay $1,500 to win the first night, and $2,000 to win the second night.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels,
MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Budweiser Points Championship Friday Night At Lakeside

October 12th, 2012

Kansas City – Points titles are important. The last points night of the season is always chalked full of excitment at Lakeside Speedway. Who can forget Kerry Davis & Gene Claxton in a wild melee to finish off a wild Grand National Championship? How about Tom Charles winning a Modified points title without ever winning a single feature? What about Danny Charles winning a Factory Stock championship in his rookie season? Then there was the time that Nic Bidinger lost his Grand National championship when lead weight fell of his car in the feature.

There are always memories to be made on the final points race of the season. This Friday night, Oct. 12, it’s time for the Budweiser Season Points Championship night at Lakeside Speedway. Almost 16 racers, in 4 divisions, were still alive before last week’s races. This week that number has been cut down once again.

Three drivers are going to battle it out in the B Mod division. Nick Newton is the front runner. His 2nd place finish in last week’s feature maintained his advantage at the front of the pack. Right now, Newton has a slim 14 point lead over the 2nd place driver in the class, Gene Claxton.

Claxton has won 3 championships since Lakeside Speedway returned to dirt. It’s a good possibility he could be looking at #4 this week, but his work is cut out for him. If there ever might be a driver to fear, it could be Claxton. The craft veteran has been around for awhile and he has been in this position before and knows how to handle himself. The final driver with a shot in the B Mods is Jake Richards. Richards got hot late on the season and it’s put him still in the hunt. It will take a lot for Richards to hoist a championship, but there is still a chance!

In the Grand National division there is a shootout as well. It’s a shoot out that could have a much different complexion.
Gary Donaldson has had an up and down season, he picked off his 7th win of the season last week. Wow, 7 wins and he isn’t on top of the point standings. This season he has had to deal with a suspension, DNF’s and mechanical failures. If he could have avoided these things, the points story would be heavily in Donaldson’s favor.

As Donaldson persevered, Kelby Ostrander and Darron Kling stepped up to the front. Ostrander is the Grand National points leader right now by 22 markers. Donaldson is in 2nd with Kling right behind him in 3rd. This could be one that is up for grabs. Ostrander needs to maintain and not have any troubles. I would say this would be a good week to go over the car twice. Over the years the Grand National championship has held a lot of drama. This season has been filled with drama in the Grand Nationals. Keep your eyes peeled on this final 20 lap feature. Justin Seifert took control of his own destiny last Friday night when he went out and won the feature. In doing so, he knocked a couple of contenders and put a little cushion between him and the only competitors left with a shot, Joe Smith Jr. & Scotty Moore.

This season the Factory Stock class has seen the most competition. Smith and Moore will need a lot of help to win the championship. Since there is so much competition in this class, it will be tough to make up a large amount of points on Friday night. Then again you never know. That’s why were are still going to run the races on Friday night. Tim Karrick is the only driver that can celebrate early on Friday night. After last week Karrick finished 5th in the Modified Feature, it was enough to clinch his 3rd Budweiser Season Championship.

Karrick joins, Chad Lyle in being the only two drivers to have more than 2 championships in the division. Darron Fuqua has been on a roar lately in the Modified class at Lakeside. Last week Fuqua won feature number 6 on the season. It tied him for the most wins in the division with Karrick. If it weren’t for several mechanical failures on the season, Fuqua might have made a harder charge in the points.

The spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always free.

Next week at Lakeside Speedway it will be the final race of the season, Capitol Federal presents the Clyde Ellis Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout. Tickets are on sale now at the Lakeside office (913.299.2040) or for more information log on to www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Hot Racing Action Warms Up Cool Night At Lakeside Speedway

October 7th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – On a frigid night at Lakeside Speedway the fans were treated to some hot racing action on the fast 1/2 mile in the Dotte. Ninety eight cars packed their way into the pit area on Friday night. As 2 races remained it was time for the drivers in contention to make a move and for the drivers in the lead to seal the deal in the Budweiser Championship points standings.

In the Modified division it was a heart breaker for one competitor.

Bubba Harvey and Mark Hoover brought the field to the green flag to kick off the Modified A main. In a short 2 laps, Darron Fuqua, had worked his way up front 6th on the starting grid to 1st before the first yellow flag would come out on the night. Fuqua has been on fire as of late. Coming in to Friday night’s race he had amassed 5 wins and a strong runner-up finish at the Jayhawk Modified Classic. It looked like win number 6 could be coming his way, but then again there was the driver who started in 17th in the feature, Aaron Marrant. Marrant was making short work of the racers one-by-one. He darted high, he went low and passed in the middle of the track. There wasn’t anything wrong that Marrant could do. On the restart it would be a 3 way shootout between Fuqua, Marrant and 3x feature winner, Cody Agler. The fans were finally getting some heat on the night and it was from the hot action going on in front of them. Marrant wouldn’t be denied as he would take the lead. One would have thought that Marrant might have stormed off and left the competition on the way to the win. Then again, that’s why the feature is 25 laps instead of 15 or 16 laps. As Marrant worked his way in and out of lapped traffic, his left front tire started to go flat. As he battled his race car into the 1st turn he got too low and spun his car off an implement tire. It would end his night and put Fuqua back in the lead. Fuqua would need no other help in racing his way to his 6th victory at Lakeside Speedway in 2012. Once the race got back underway Fuqua led the entire way to the finish. Kerry Davis would race his way to a strong 2nd place finish, 3rd went to Perry Driver, Nic Bidinger, 4th was Austin Siebert and rounding out the top 5 was Tim Karrick. Karrick, with his 5th place finish, guaranteed him the 2012 Budweiser Modified Track Championship at Lakeside Speedway. This is Karrick’s 3rd track championship. It ties him with Chad Lyle for the most Modified Championships won at Lakeside.

In just a few races Brad Smith picks up another win. The B Mod feature turned into the Brad Smith Show early in the night. Smith, the Belton, MO native, has raced at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night only a handful of times. If he keeps continuing to get the winning results, he might have to think about making it his weekly track. Tim Billings and Terry Bruner got out front early, but it was Smith that would come through just a few laps later and split the difference in between both drivers and take the lead. As Smith ran at the front of the field, it was the action behind him that would get the attention. Gene Claxton was trying to clip off some points to get closer to the leader, Nick Newton, Jake Richards was trying to get to Smith to see if he could get his 3rd win and Newton was just trying to get to the front of the field, period! Claxton would lose some grip and fall back to a 6th place finish. The field continued to mix it up behind the leader, Smith. Newton had finally made his way through the competition and had a chance to battle Richards for the runner up spot. Not only would they have a chance to battle it out for 2nd, a late race yellow would now put them in an opportunity to race Smith for the lead and the win. Smith jumped on the throttle as the green flag came out again. This time Richards and Newton would keep pace with the hot shoe. At the white flag the two Lakeside regulars would charge at Smith. Coming out of turn 4 Smith was able to maintain a slight lead as he won, Newton was able to get by Richards by a mere matter of inches for the runner-up spot. Richards, who has been on a roll lately, came in 3rd. Bruner would lock down 4th and the youngster, Chad Feather, logged another top 5 finish in his short B Mod career.

Gary Donaldson storms his way to win #7 on the season! Tim Shields has been another driver that has been on a hot streak as of late. Coming into the night, Shields was riding a 2 race win streak. A strong heat race and a quick start to the main event had people in the crowd thinking that #3 was just around the corner. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the driver with the most wins in the Grand National division that Sheilds was suppose to win, Gary Donaldson. The race could have had a different outcome on the night. It was actually two different drivers out in front early in the main event. Don Marrs, a former feature winner, and Frank Littrell were battling door-to-door at the front of the field. Coming down the front straight the two would make slight contact, Marrs would perform the slide job to take the lead and as he slid up in front of Littrell coming out of 4, Littrell would hit Marrs in the rear and spin both of them out on the front stretch. Shields and Donaldson were happy to take over for these two. The green would come out and Shields would get the drop on the rest of the racers. As he maintained the lead, the battle from Donaldson was just around the corner. Lapped traffic would come into play during their run. This is where Donaldson would take advantage of the situation and stormed by Shields on the high side. In the top spot Donaldson would run away with win #7 on the season. Shields would settle for 2nd on the night, the points leader, Kelby Ostrander, finished 3rd, Darren Kling was 4th and finishing 5th was Darren Kling.

#37 Justin Seifert stays atop the point standings by winning another feature. To win a points championship you need to be consistant, to win a points championship you need a little bit of luck and to win a points championship you need to take matters into your own hands. Justin Seifert headed into Friday nights action as the points leader in the division and with only two race remaining all he has to do is keep close pace with the other drivers in the points race. On Friday night Seifert did what he had to do, he went out and won his 4th feature of the 2012 season. There is nothing like helping out your own cause. Not only did Seifert keep pace with the other drivers, he kept them all behind him all night long. Heading into next week’s championship night, he will be in the drivers seat. Seifert won’t be alone as the two drivers that finished 2nd and 3rd in Friday night’s feature are also the drivers who sit in 2nd and 3rd in the points standings, Joe Smith Jr. and Scotty Moore. Bobby Tavis would finish in the 4th spot in the feature and coming in 5th was Nate Barnes.

The points season will conclude next Friday night at Lakeside Speedway with the Budweiser Points Championship night. Only 1 driver has locked up a championship, so that means that there are 3 other classes that will come down to the lap of next Friday night’s event. A total of 9 drivers still have a chance at a championship in 3 different divisions. Make plans
now to come out and celebrate Lakeside Speedway’s 2012 Budweiser Track Champions Friday night, October 12, 2012.

For more information log on to www.lakesidespeedway.net for more information.

Jayhawk Classic Win To Dustin Boney For A 2nd Time!

September 27th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Everything is better the 2nd time around, or so they say. If you ask Dustin Boney he might say this too, since he just picked up his 2nd McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic at Lakeside Speedway. A win that pocketed the driver a cool $5,000.

Last season when Boney announced his retirement, most fans figured it wouldn’t last that long. They were right.

To start out the 2012 season, Boney and his wife, Blythe, decided to start a parts business, Prime Racing Products and Custom Fabrication. The business has been successful from the start, but it did one thing. It kept Dustin around racing and racers. Fans knew that it wouldn’t be too long before Boney would be back behind the wheel of a Modified. It started out at Heartland Park Topeka where he would drive in a few weekly racers, his friend Darren Bennett would also get him behind the wheel and then TC Noel and his family would reunite with Boney for the Jayhawk.

Boney, thru the A Scramble on Friday night, drew the 3rd row outside starting spot for the feature event. He wasted little time trying to stay with Darron Fuqua and Brian Bolin, the 1st and 2nd place cars. Boney would slice past Cody Agler and then make his run on the leaders. Fuqua would fend off Bolin for 12 laps at the front of the field before the only yellow of the night would come out for Ron Keith spinning in turn 1. The double file restart would set the stage for the battle at the front of the field.

Boney roared to the high side on the restart and would pressure Fuqua. At the end of the lap Boney would have the lead and would hold on to it to the finish. Boney would build on his lead as the laps wore on. As no yellow flags came out the rest of the way his advantage would hold up to the finish. Fuqua would duel with Bolin through the majority of the race for the 2nd and 3rd positions on the track. Fuqua would hang on for the 2nd spot and Bolin would finish in 3rd.

Johnny Bone Jr., who started in the 5th spot, fell back early in the race but was able to come back up through the field and finish in the 4th position. Finishing 5th was John Allen after starting 13th in the feature. Allen had to start the day with a different car after having problems on night number 1.

Kerry Davis had a 4th place finish in his sites but on the last couple of laps Bone and Allen were able to get by him and push him to a 6th place finish and Aaron Marrant drove his way to a 7th place finish in the feature. Other drivers in the top 10 were also able to rebound from problems on the first night. Chad Lyle, a former Jayhawk winner, had some handling issues that he got fixed before Saturday and finished 8th in the A Main after starting 17th, Nic Bidinger had to make an engine swap and finished 9th in the feature and Jordan Grabouski lost his brakes on the opening night and came back to qualify and finish 10th in the main event. Forty seven cars checked back in to do battle on the 2nd night of racing. The heat races were tightly contested as were the qualifying features leading up to the A Scramble and Feature Even.

Weekly racing at Lakeside Speedway will go on hiatus this week before returning on Oct. 5th & 12th to finish out the Budweiser Season Championship.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit their home on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Fuqua Wins A Scramble At Jayhawk, 12 Qualify & Only 5 Are Lakeside Regulars

September 23rd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – A total of 50 Modifieds checked into the 11th Annual McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic.

At the end of the night, twelve drivers locked up the first 6 rows for tomorrow nights main event. The wild thing about that stat is that only 5 of those 12 are Lakeside Speedway regulars.

One of those Lakeside ‘regulars’ that made the show on Friday night and is probably the hottest driver at Lakeside, Darron Fuqua. Fuqua is on a win streak at Lakeside he has won the last 2 features (3 if you count the scramble tonight).

After winning the 2nd heat race of the night, Fuqua drew the 3rd starting position for the A scramble.

Brian Bolin got out to the early lead from his front row starting spot. Fuqua didn’t let him get too far out in front and started to reel Bolin in a little at a time. When the laps began to wind down Fuqua found himself at Bolins back bumper, then at his door and then it was up on the high side as he went by and took the lead.

Fuqua took over the lead, but Bolin wasn’t going away. Fuqua would take Bolin’s line in turns 1 & 2, it gave him that lift of momentum and it took Bolin’s momentum away from him. Once getting by Bolin, Fuqua sped off to his 3rd straight feature win at Lakeside Speedway.

Bolin held on for 2nd.

It was a wild melee of cars from 3rd to 8th places. Jim Moody, a feature winner at Lakeside in 2012, started up front but lost a few spots before racing his way back up to 3rd, Cody Agler started in the 7th position and finished with a 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Johnny Bone Jr., who started 12th.

Other drivers qualifying through the scramble were, Dustin Boney, Aaron Marrant, Joe Walker, Mickey Burrell, Kerry Davis, Tyler Schmidt and Rick Beebe.

After 1 night of racing there are some big names that have been left on the dance list. Three time Jayhawk winner, Tim Karrick, got hung up in a crash in his heat and then did not transfer out of his C Feature, former track champions at Lakeside, John Allen and Tom Charles, are on the outside looking in, former track champion and Jayhawk winner, Chad Lyle, is still looking to get in and the 2011 IMCA Modified National Champion, Jordan Grabouski, would like to get a better start tomorrow night.

Saturday night’s McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic will pay $5,000 to the winner and $1,000 to just make the main event. It should be an awesome night loaded with races.

The action gets started with the spectator gates opening up at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $15.00 on Saturday night, kids 8 to 14 are $6.00 and children 7 and under are always free.

Fuqua Goes Back To Back At Lakeside Speedway

September 17th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Darron Fuqua was a satisfied driver in 2011 as he rolled to 11 wins and a track championship. The trouble for Fuqua was that he did it all at one track. He wanted more wins and he especially wanted wins at Lakeside Speedway.

Last season he never saw the checkered flag first at Lakeside, but early in the 2012 season he broke that barrier down.

As of last night Fuqua can lay claim to 10 total victories in 2012 and he has a whopping total of 5 at Lakeside Speedway. The victory was his 2nd straight win and it gives him the 2nd most wins in the division this season. Tim Karrick has the most with 6 wins.

When a diver gets a victory at Lakeside Speedway it’s never an easy task to repeat. The winner from the week before usually starts somewhere from rows 4 through 6, due to the tracks starting policy. After winning a week ago, Fuqua got the distinction of starting out on the outside of row number 4.

Nic Bidinger, another feature winner on the season, got out to a blistering pace. The driver from Perry, KS made it look easy as he built up a big lead.

Fuqua, in the meantime, had to work his way past a few cars before he found himself in the 2nd position. Once in 2nd, he took on the task of knocking Bidinger’s lead down. Lap after lap he was successful in getting up to Bidinger’s back bumber. Bidinger put up a solid effort in trying to keep Fuqua from making the pass. It wouldn’t be until lapped traffic
showed up before Fuqua could even attempt to make the pass.

As the two drivers worked their way into lapped traffic, Fuqua would blast around the high side of a lapped car and Bidinger would choose the bottom line to get around the same racer. When they came to the stripe it was Fuqua taking over the lead. It still wouldn’t be that easy as Bidinger and Fuqua put on a great show for the fans going door-to-door battling for that top spot. Fuqua would find an easier path navigating lapped traffic and it would push him to a large lead and the victory.

Bidinger finished in the runner-up spot, Kerry Davis drove from 9th to finish 3rd in the main event, MLRA Late Model ace, John Anderson started 12th and finished 4th and Cody Agler rounded out the top 5.

It was just 7 days ago that Tim Shields through the monkey off his back and finally got his 1st Grand National feature win of 2012. It must not have been a monkey, but a gorilla because Shields has gotten so fast that a ton of weight must have been lifted off his back!

Shields pulled down his 2nd straight Grand National feature win on Friday night in impressive fashion.

Starting 8th on the grid, Shields wasted little time getting to the front where he would battle Don Marrs for the point position. The battle was one that wouldn’t last too long. Shields has figured something out in his race program that has restored him to his former self at Lakeside Speedway. It also doesn’t hurt that for the past two weeks, Shields has also stayed away from the mechanical problems and oddball trouble that has followed him this season.

At the end of the night when the checkered flag dropped on the field, Shields easily raced his way to win #2 on the season. Gary Donaldson, racing with a new engine, came home in the 2nd position, Ben Kyle was able to finish 3rd after having been involved in an accident early in the feature, 4th was Jeff Miles and the points leader, Kelby Ostrander, had to borrow a car to finish in the 5th position.

Racing against a tough field of B Mods, Mike Higley took down his 7th win of the season on Friday night. Win #7 was also special for Higley as he picked up an extra $200, thanks to MasterTech Automotive (Riverside)!

As most B Mod features have gone in 2012, Higley’s win on Friday night came in exciting fashion.

Four laps remained in the B Mod feature and 4 of the best B Mod drivers, Higley, Nick Newton, Brad Smith and Gene Claxton, in the B Mod division were ready to shoot it out. At the drop of the green flag. Higley and Nick Newton, who have had some great battles in 2012 took to the top 2 spots. Smith worked the high line, Higley worked the middle line as they gave chase to Newton. Back and forth those two would go before Higley won the right to pull alongside Newton.

Higley, still working the middle groove, pulled closer to Newton on every lap until the two would come to the white flag door-to-door. On the final lap Higley would take a slight advantage into turn 3. As the two worked through the corner Newton would go up the hill and Higley would drive by Newton for the 7th win of the season.

Brad Smith finished a close 3rd, the youngster Chad Feather finished in the 4th position and Gene Claxton rounded out the top 5.

The points battle in the Factory Stock division has been a tight one over the past 5 weeks. After Friday night it’s starting to shape up as Justin Seifert picked up another victory on the season. Five drivers had a shot at the top spot during that time frame, but with the win, Seifert now heads into the final 2 points nights with a 29 point lead over Joe Smith Jr.

Friday night belonged to Seifert. He started on the pole position and from the top spot he never looked back on the way to an impressive win.

Vic Tranckino finished in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Joe Smith Jr., 4th was Bobby Tavis and Anthony Whitham finished in the 5th position.

Next week it’s the McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic at Lakeside Speedway. Nothing but Modifieds for two straight nights Sept. 21st and 22nd! $5,000 to win and $1,000 to start awaits the drivers who can make their way into the A main.

For more information log on to Lakeside Speedway’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Fuqua Blasts To Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Win!

September 14th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – The rain came down for about 2 hours straight on Friday afternoon. Marc Olson and his staff had to sit and play the waiting game during this time frame to see if Lakeside Speedway would be able to get in their annual Tom Karrick Modified Memorial presented by the McCarthy Auto Group. Once the rain stopped it was a quick assessment and the call to go ahead and race was made.

The members of Tom Karrick’s family go out and drum up support for this race. In 2012 the Karrick family brought in an additional $7,500 dollars to be added on to the regular purse on Friday night. This meant that the winner would get $1,600. Every spot in the feature event was guaranteed extra money. Just to make the race paid $260. New drivers rolled into Lakeside in hopes of taking home the big prize.

At the start of the feature Rick Beebe got the jump on everyone as he shot to the lead. Unfortunately for Beebe, track officials decided that he started a little too early. A yellow flag was thrown and they would have to start the race over again.

On the 2nd start Bubba Harvey took to the top spot at the drop of the green flag. Harvey has had a tough year in 2012. For the first half of the race it looked as if he had turned his luck around and had the possibility of cashing in on the big money.

On lap 13 Harvey would encounter his 1st lapped car. As he prepared to go into turn #1, the 2nd place car of Darron Fuqua blew past Harvey on the low side and took away the top spot. A surprising twist after Fuqua finished 5th in his heat race. Changes during the break turned him from a donkey to a stallion by the feature.

Fuqua would sit at the top spot and build a solid lead. Friday night was a different track surface after all the rain in the afternoon. It helped breed yellow flags during the feature. Fuqua, a 3x feature winner on season, would have his lead wiped out numerous times do to the yellow flags.

Action throughout the field was at a fever pitch. One driver in particular, former track champion John Allen, returned to put on a show for the Lakeside Speedway fans. Allen had a tough heat race and had to compete in the B feature just to make the main event. Allen would win the B Main and started 21st on the grid in row #11, by the time the last yellow of the night went in the air, Allen was in the 2nd spot. Allen drove like a man possessed as he rocketed past other 19 competitors. The last yellow of the night would set up a green, white, checkered scenario.

As the green came back out Beebe would get a good jump on Allen and reclaim 2nd for the time being. As Beebe and Allen battled it allowed Fuqua to get away, once again, and fly to the checkers for his 4th win of the 2012 season. The win was worth $1600 and it put his name alongside a high profile list of others who have won Tom Karrick Memorial features.

Allen would race by Beebe to finish 2nd, Beebe would hold on to finish 3rd, 4th went to Aaron Marrant and rounding out the top 5 was Tim Karrick. Tim Shields has been waiting for a victory in 2012. The former track champion and multiple time feature winner has seen a wild array of bad luck this season. From broken parts to lapped traffic, Tim Shields has had the worst luck of any driver in the past 10 years at the track. He can forget about all of that now as he drove to victory lane in the Grand National feature.

It wouldn’t take Shields long to get to the front of the field. He blasted to the top spot on the 1st lap of the night. He would lead lap after lap after lap. Shields had seen this before. He has led laps only to see it get yanked away in the final few laps of the main event. It wouldn’t be that way on Friday night. Yellow flags were the only time that the other competitors were able to get a good glimpse at Shields. For the first time this season he pulled down the victory.

Jim Baker finished in the 2nd spot, Don Marrs drove to a 3rd place finish, 4th was Kelby Ostrander and Gary Donaldson finished in the 5th spot.

The story of the night in the Grand National division was the bad luck of the points leader, Darren Kling. Kling lost an engine early in the feature event. Not only did the bad break cost him a motor, it also handed the points lead back over to Ostrander. Ostrander now has a 9 point lead on Kling with 3 points races left in the season.

There is a driver on a hot streak in the B Mod division! Jake Richards stormed to his 2nd straight win in the B Mod division on Friday night. Richards, like the other feature winners on the night, didn’t hesitate getting to the front of the field. As Richards piloted his way to the front, it appears that he has become comfortable in his B Mod. At the
beginning of the season Doug Richards, Jake’s father, was behind the wheel of this ride but as the season went on Doug decided to put Jake in the car to see how he would do. It took a little time, but it looks as if Jake has figured this car out from top to bottom and he has become a threat to win on any given night.

Twenty-seven B Mods checked in on Friday night and the racing action was hot and heavy. Just like in the Grand Nationals the big story of the night revolved around a points leader going down because of a mechanical failure.

Gene Claxton entered the night as the points leader in the division with a 29 point cushion. Early in the feature it looked like Claxton would suffer an engine problem taking him out of the race. Once out it left the door open for Nick Newton, the 2nd place driver in the points, to take the top spot. At the end of the night Newton would have the points lead by a mere 2 points.

Chad Feather, the youngster, finished with a strong runner up finish, 3rd went to David Holcomb, who debuted a new ride on Friday night, 4th was Rodney Schweizer and Nick Newton, the points leader, finished in 5th.

The Factory Stock division has been ultra-competitive in 2012. Almost every feature has been decided by a small margin. This is why it was no surprise that the Factory Stock feature went down to the wire, yet again! Caleb McClellan jumped out to the advantage from the drop of the green flag. At the front, Mclellan ran away from the competiton. A yellow flag
would be the one thing that could slow down McClellan’s momentum and it did. On the restart Barnes and Cliff Hedges Jr. provided viable threats to McClellan’s top spot.

As the green waved again it was McClellan and Barnes going toe-to-toe for supremacy. Barnes would chase down McClellan and then the battle heated up as the two went door to door. Barnes would take over the top spot, McClellan would get it back and they would both be in a dead heat coming to the white flag.

On the final lap, Barnes would get the advantage in the final turn and come out with a slim lead and the victory. Another great finish on the 2012 season.

Cliff Hedges Jr. would get 2nd, after McClellan would be disqualified, 3rd was Phillip Holcomb, Scotty Moore finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Kerry Ayres.

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September 7th, 2012

Tom Karrick Modified Memorial This Friday Night At Lakeside Speedway,
Sept. 7!

Kansas City, KS – The Karrick family name has become synonymous with racing in the Midwest. At Lakeside Speedway a tradition was started several years ago after the passing of the family patriarch, Tom Karrick.

The family of the fallen racer decided that they wanted to do something special in his honor. A decision was then made to have an annual memorial race at Lakeside Speedway. Each year the Karrick family goes out and drums up support from locals businesses, other family members and friends. The support that they receive usually comes in the form of a cash donation. All the money that the Karrick’s raise goes on top of the regular Lakeside Speedway Modified purse. Friday night, Sept. 9, 2012, the Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Presented By The McCarthy Auto Group will highlight this upcoming race night. In the years gone by, this night has produced some memorable races. The race remains the same as being one of the better paying shows at Lakeside Speedway and it’s a race that almost every driver wants to put their stamp on. You never know what will happen at this special event. The one guarantee is that fans will see the best racing that they Midwest has to offer each and every Friday night.

The 2012 season in the Modified ranks at Lakeside Speedway has been dominated by Tim Karrick, the son of Tom. Karrick has 6 wins to his credit this season and he has a nice cushion in the points standings with just 4 races left to go. Karrick might be a tired competitor this Friday night at Lakeside. Karrick will be racing 4 straight nights starting on Wednesday. A fellow racer in Iowa was injured a few weeks back and Karrick was asked to sub for him at the 30th Annual IMCA Super Nationals. Karrick has decided to try and qualify on Wednesday & Thursday in Iowa, he will then come back to Kansas City and race on Friday night and then return to Iowa on Saturday to complete his 4 day sweep. It will keep him busy.

Several other drivers in the Modified ranks will be looking to take down the top prize on Friday. As the Karrick family raises money up until the last minute, nobody knows what the purse will pay. Over the years it has been a nice payday for a weekly event. Sometimes it’s not the money that matters. When a prestigious event comes along, just winning it and being associated with that might be enough for the driver! Seven different drivers have pulled into victory lane in 2012. Nic Bidinger was the last feature winner. The competition level in this division has been heating up over the last month and fans should expect a wild one on Friday night.

Grand Nationals, B Mods and Factory Stocks will also be in action this Friday night at Lakeside to add even more to this special event. Darren Kling leads the point standings in the Grand Nationals and with a win last time out, he is in control of his own destiny. Kelby Ostrander is looking to take Kling down from the top of the heap. Kling leads Ostrander by 12 points with 4 races to go and it should be a 15 round bout that will go all 15 rounds before it’s decided. Gary Donaldson still has an outside shot at the championship, but he needs help.

The B Mod division has slowly shifted in the power balance at Lakeside Speedway. Nick Newton seemed to be the runaway leader in this class, but a crafty veteran who has won 3 track championships, Gene Claxton, has taken over the top spot. It was just a few weeks ago that Claxton was trailing Newton by 3 points going into the night, but when the night was over Claxton had a 29 point lead. Sometimes when it comes down to the wire, it pays to have the experience of being in this type of situation before. Jake Richards took the last win at Lakeside Speedway, but this is a whole new week and there are a lot of drivers capable of winning in this division. The points race in the Factory Stock division is the most exciting race of the season.

A mere 38 points separate the top 5 drivers in this class. That is the difference between one bad night and one good night. Only 4 races remain and the way that this class has been going, it’s anybodies game. Justin Seifert has the lead right now, but is that the place you want to be in. The pressure is with the driver at the top spot to see if he can maintain the lead. All the drivers behind him can “go for broke” as they do whatever they can to make up the difference. Marshall Jewett, the driver 5th in points, goes into Friday night’s race as a favorite. He has the most wins this season in the division and he has a two race win streak heading into Friday’s event.

Spectator gates open up at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always free at Lakeside Speedway. Lakeside Speedway is located 5615 Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, KS. For more information visit their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Great Night At Lakeside Speedway

August 26th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Friday night had a hint of rain in the forecast. Rain has been scarce in the summer of 2012 and it looked as if on Friday night that rain might have an impact on the area racing. Good thing for the fans and racers, the rain never came into play as it was a great night of racing in the ‘Dotte!

All the features on Friday night happened to be thrillers at Lakeside Speedway.

“You aren’t a fan of dirt track racing if you didn’t enjoy tonight’s races,” exclaimed one patron in the suites after the event.

It was a great night of racing for several different factors. Almost every feature contained an element of wonder (who was going to win?) in the final laps, 3 out of 4 features came down to the last corner and there was so much passing during each feature fans thought they were at the Chiefs game!

In the Modified feature it was Scott Crystal starting on the front row. Twenty-five racers filled the field for the action packed 25 lap feature. From the start of the feature it was Matt Johnson taking control running to the front of the field. The racing action was fast and furious from the outset. By the end of the feature all the drivers that finished in the top 10 had bettered their starting posititons. That equates to a lot of passing.

One driver, Nic Bidinger, was patiently taking care of business. Bidinger started off the feature with a good run, but then fell back just a bit. Not to be deterred he kept to his guns and as the race went on his Modified got better and better. One by one Bidinger was knocking off the competition. It wouldn’t be long before he found himself in the 2nd spot.
Johnson, still in command, had some lapped traffic coming up but with his position he didn’t have to worry about it. At least not until Bidinger got even stronger in the final 2 laps.

It was in turns 1 & 2 the Bidinger made his move. He pulled alongside Johnson in the turn and upon exit he flexed his muscle shooting out into the lead. As Terry Wantland displayed the white flag Bidinger had become the new leader. On the final lap Bidinger showed the fans of Lakeside Speedway that he was capable of a feature win by taking the checkers for
the first time this season. Bidinger’s win pushed the number of different Modified feature winners to 7.

Johnson would hold on for 2nd, points leader Tim Karrick charged his way up to 3rd, 4th went to Arron Marrant and Kerry Davis would round out the top 5.

The B Mod division saw another first time winner on Friday night.

Jake Richards, a former 2x Factory Stock Champion at Lakeside Speedway, has been on a little bit of a dry spell in the win column. The last time that Richards visited victory lane, George W. Bush, was in office. That’s right Richards hasn’t won a race at Lakeside Speedway since 2004. An amazing stat, knowing just how good a racer that Richards is. Competition in the B Mod division has been getting stronger week after week. This week’s race saw a lot of passing, but it was marred by a couple of yellows. A characteristic that has become common in most B Mod features. Once the green flag racing got underway the action was top notch. Richards, who started driving his father, Doug’s, B Mod a couple of months ago, has had some strong runs. The chassis was created by Doug Richards in their shop. It’s a bit of satisfaction seeing one of their own cars going to victory lane. It wasn’t an easy win for Richards. Five time feature winner in 2012, Mike Higley, pushed him to the brink. The two cars battled closely in the final laps of the A main. As the two came to the white flag, Richards had a 2 car length advantage over Higley, but the lead would evaporate as the they went into turn 1. The two would head into the final corner with Richards high and Higley low. The two would be in a dead heat at the center of the final turn, but coming off turn 4 Richards took the advantage and the win.

Higley was a close 2nd, Mike Ryun had a solid run in 3rd, 4th went to Brad Smith and the new points leader, Gene Claxton, finished in the 5th position. After you get the two new winners out of the way, how can a speedway top those stories. How about two great features that would come down to the final turn of the night in each race?

Tim Shields can’t buy a win right now at Lakeside Speedway. The former Factory Stock Champion has racked up a lot of wins over the years at Lakeisde Speedway and most fans (and Shields himself) expected that he would have a couple of wins this season.

Friday night looked to be the night Shields would break into the win column, that was until just after taking the white flag a lapped car spun in front Shields and hit the leader right in the door. What does Shields have to do to get a win in 2012? It would be a bad break for him but it would be good fortune for others.

Before the calimity that insued before the yellow, Darren Kling had been keeping the pressure on Shields and while he was doing that, Gary Donaldson was just trying to get to the party up front. On the restart for the green white checkered finish, Kling and Donaldson would battle it out to the end.

The two drivers would go side by side the entire way during the white flag lap. Kling on the bottom and Donaldson, with sparks flyin, on the high side. In the final turn it was Kling with a slight advantage, but Donaldson wasn’t going to give up. He put it to the wood on the high side only to spin down the front straight away. Donaldson would take the
checkered flag going in reverse. The fans stood and cheered his efforts as he sat in the infield.

Kling, the points leader in the division, came away with win #4 on the season. Kelby Ostrander drove to a 3rd place finish on the night, holding on to a 4th place finish was Shields and Don Marrs came home in 5th.

A fantastic finish in the Factory Stock class should be expected every single week at Lakeside Speedway. During this entire season fans should just fast forward to lap #12 in the feature. At this point in the race most fans will know which of the 8 to 10 drivers that will have legitimate shot at winning the main event. Marshall Jewett seems to have formula figured out on how to get a feature win in the Factory Stocks. Friday night Jewett drove to his 2nd straight win and it was his 3rd of the season. Jewett’s forumula consists of staying toward the front half of the field, avoid any altercations and drive like hell in the final 2 laps! It works!

Starting 10th in the feature, Jewett stuck to the plan or did he? He began the feature moving forward, he stayed out of a few yellows and with a few laps to go he was in the lead! That wasn’t the plan. After a late race yellow on lap 13, Jewett would have to hold off Justin Seifert, Nate Barnes, Phil Snodgrass and Scotty Moore just to name a few drivers that were going to have a shot at the win. Barnes and Jewett were the two drivers that were going to decide the feature on the final lap. Jewett looked to have taken it easy getting into turn 3 which would loose some momentum to Barnes. Barnes, on the other hand, drove his car into the corner harder than Jewett. Banes would have the lead heading out of turn 4, but he was sliding up the track. Jewett stuck to his guns and blasted around the high side of turn 4 and as Barnes was siding up the track, Jewett drove by for the win in the final 200 feet!

Seifert, the points leader, finished in 3rd, 4th went Scotty Moore and Snodgrass rounded out the top 5.

Ninety six cars in the pits and awesome racing action equaled another great night of racing at Lakeside Speedway.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway log on to their website at www.lakesidespeedway.com

Weekly Racing Series Resumes This Friday At Lakeside Speedway

August 23rd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway has seen some great action in 2012. This Friday night, Aug. 24, 2012, weekly racing action returns to Lakeside with Ed’s Trophies Night at the races.

Down the stretch of the last 6 races in the Budweiser Championship Series things should get even more spectacular. Drivers looking to win a championship, racers looking to secure a win and drivers looking to achieve a personal best will all be looking to accomplish these goals as the season comes to a close.

After the 2011 season, the 2012 season continues to be a shinning success. Two weeks ago more than a 100 cars were on hand in the 4 weekly divisions that race at Lakeside. On average this season, the track has a weekly car count average in the middle 90s. Not to bad. Several different winners have made it to the Johnsonville Victory Lane. The Factory Stock division has become accustom to having several different winners each season.

A huge storyline in this year’s Factory Stock division is the battle for the title.

Heading in to Friday night, there are 6 drivers sparated by 38 points. Justin Siefert holds on to the lead right now, but weekly anything and everything can happen at Lakeside Speedway. The 2nd season of B Mods, the first full season, fans have been delighted with some great racing action. Just like the Factory Stocks, several B Mod racers have won events in 2012. The competition level in this class is improving race by race.

It’s a title battle for the point championship in this division too. Nick Newton and Gene Claxton are the two horses that have appeared to break away from the pack. Newton has a mere 3 point lead on Claxton with 6 to go. Claxton, a 3X track champion at Lakeside, is familiar with competing for championships. Each week will be important.

Gary Donaldson has the most wins in the Grand National division this season, but it’s currently Darren Kling and Kelby Ostrander at the top of the heap for now. Ostrander and Kling have swapped the top spot back and forth this season. Donaldson and Jim Baker are longshots and they will need help down the stretch if they want to take home the gold.

Don Marrs was a surprise winner the last time out 2 weeks ago. Marrs has been a strong force in the division and for the first time all season he put 20 strong laps together to get the win.

Tim Karrick has dominated the point standings all season long in the Modified division. At this point in the game, Karrick enjoys a 90 point lead over Cody Agler in the standings. Agler has been strong this season winning 3 features. Mathematically he is still alive, but like the drivers in the Grand National division, he will need some help/luck down the final 2 months.

Modified racing at Lakeside Speedway has been exciting. Just 2 weeks ago Kerry Davis held off Karrick for the feature win. During that feature Darron Fuqua, a 3X feature winner in 2012, went from 21st to 3rd in the A Main. The competition level of all the competitors is rising in this division.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always FREE at Lakeside Speedway.

Lakeside Speedway is located at 5615 Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, MO. For more information on Lakeside Speedway log on to their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

2 New Faces, Billings and Marrs, Arrive In Victory Lane At Lakeside Speedway

August 12th, 2012

Kansas City, Kansas – Friday night at Lakeside Speedway everything was almost perfect in the racing world. The weather was gorgeous, the fans were heading out to watch great racing and 101 competitors packed into the pits in hopes of grabbing glory in victory lane.

For one driver, Tim Billings, he was looking for a good finish to go with an up and down season.

Billings is a former track champion at Lakeside Speedway in not 1 but 2 different divisions. In 2002 he won the Factory Stock championship and in 2007 he picked up the Grand National Championship. It should come as a shock to nobody that Billings is capable of getting a win, it’s probably a shock that it took this long to get there.

Friday night started off good for the former champ. Billings picked up the first heat race win of the night for the B Mods. By virtue of his finish from a week ago he would start on the outside front row for the main event.

At the drop of the green flag Billings drove to the front of the field after an early battle with Mike Ryun. Billings had a plan on where to run during the feature and he never wavered. The top of the track seemed to fit his driving style on Friday night and he rode it to perfection. Lap after lap, it looked like the same lap. As other drivers were all over the
place, Billings hit every mark. His strategy worked to perfection as he was able to hang on to the lead after several restarts on the track.

The final restart of the night would come on lap 11. Billings rocketed back to the top spot and drove away from the points leader, Nick Newton, to garner his first B Mod win of his career at Lakeside Speedway. Newton finished in 2nd, Gene Claxton, 2nd in the points standings, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Jake Richards and Terry Bruner rounded out
the top 5.

Billings wasn’t the only new face in the winner’s circle on Friday night, Don Marrs became the 5th different winner in the Grand National division as he annihilated the competition on Seeburg Muffler night at the races.

Marrs had to have an idea that the night was going to be a good as he started 5th in his heat race and finished 2nd. At the end of the night he would be stunned over just how good his car was during the feature.

David Holcomb jumped out to the early lead in the main, but on a restart at lap 3 it would be Marrs making his move to the front of the field. Once at the top spot, Marrs decided to flex his muscle. Lap after lap Marrs extended his lead. The Grand Nationals would not see another yellow flag on the night. This would be bad news for everyone chasing Marrs. It meant that they wouldn’t get close to him until after the race was over with.

In the closing laps Marrs worked his way easily through lapped traffic on the way to the easy win. It was his first win in the Grand National division since 2009.

Marshall Jewett finished 2nd, 3rd went to Kelby Ostrander, Gary Donaldson raced to a 4th place finish and the points leader, Darren Kling, came in 5th at the end of the feature.

The Factory Stock feature on a weekly basis provides more excitement and intrigue than a season ending cliff hanger on your favorite television show.

Week after week, the Factory Stock feature sees several drivers in contention for the win, several laps go by with 3 and 4 wide racing before the main contenders drive to the front and you never know who is going to win until they get out of their car in victory lane. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway it was another normal feature. Normal as in great racing
action.

Marshall Jewett, former 2010 Factory Stock track champion, got his 2 win of the season on Friday night. Jewett, who pulls double duty on a nightly basis racing in the Factory Stock and Grand National divisions, had to start outside of row number 4 at the beginning of the feature event. Driving from 8th to 1st is no easy task in this ‘ultra’ competitive
division. For the first 5 laps the lead changed hands a couple of times, each lap completed looked like the original start in of the feature and cars were mixing up for position from 1st to 26th. Jewett would not get to the top
spot until lap number 6. Jewett would get a good push on a restart at lap 5. He rode this wave of momentum into the top spot and from there he would maintain it to the finish. The win would be his 7th Factory Stock feature win at Lakeside Speedway.

Nate Barnes would wind up in the runner-up spot, Caleb Mcclellan drove to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Scotty Moore and the points leader, Justin Seifert, started 19th in the main event and drove to a 5th place finish. In the finale it was Kerry Davis getting his 2nd win of the season in the Modified feature.

Davis started off his evening with a strong heat race win, but it didn’t guarantee him a great starting spot for the feature. The driver from Parkville, MO would have to start inside the 5th row for the feature. A stout field of tough competitors were starting the main event in front of Davis. Drivers like Tim Karrick, who has 6 wins on the season, and Cody Agler, 3 wins on the year. It wasn’t going to be an easy task. Agler would lead the field in the first few laps. Davis, meanwhile, was having to drive past the competition on his way to the front. By the halfway point of the race Davis would move into the 2nd spot. He could see Agler and knew that he was cutting into the lead lap after lap. As lapped traffic came into play, Davis would make even bigger gains.

The field would get spread out and it was time for Davis to make his move. Working the bottom of the track, Davis pulled alongside Agler and passed him for the lead. There was no struggle between the two it would be Davis taking the lead and moving away from the rest of the field. Tim Karrick, the points leader, would make a late race run at Davis after a restart, but this night belonged to Davis as he got the win.

While Davis won the feature, a lot of eyes were on 3x feature winner Darron Fuqua. Fuqua had motor troubles in his hot lap session, he borrowed a car from fellow competitor Josh Henery and he was able to make 1/4 of the first lap in his heat race before something in the front end broke. His crew worked to get him back out and ready to go by the feature. Fuqua would start in the final row in the 21st spot. As the checkered flag dropped on the feature event, Fuqua worked his way up to 3rd giving the ans a lot of excitement as he worked through the field.

Karrick would finish 2nd, 3rd went to Fuqua, 4th was Agler and Nic Bidinger came home with another top 5 finish on the season in 5th.

The regular racers get a week of next week. Aug 24 the Budweiser Points races will get back underway. August 17th & 18th will be a 2 day show for the ASCS Warrior Region and the GOTRA.

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Seeburg Muffler Night at The Races At Lakeside Speedway Friday Night

August 9th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – A race season is long. Lakeside Speedway started their season in April and it runs to the 3rd week of October. Every now and then when it’s a struggle to get something accomplished on a consistent basis, people need a break. This Friday night, August 10, 2012, Lakeside Speedway will host Seeburg Muffler Night at the races. Next Friday the regular racers will get a night off.

It’s a well deserved break. It’s also break that a lot of drivers are looking forward to as the final 6 points races lay ahead.

Before the racers get their well deserved break, there is still another night of racing this Friday night.

This Friday is another night for the racers to make a move towards a victory or possibly to gain more points.

Tim Karrick is the only driver sitting in a comfortable position at the top of the points standings. Karrick has reeled off 6 wins and has an 86 point lead over 2nd place, Cody Agler. Last Friday night it was Aaron Marrant scoring his 1st win of the season. He will be looking to double up this week. The points might be spread out right now, but we have seen weirder things happen before the points championship night. A lot of drivers in this division will be looking to just score a win before the season ends.

Three other classes have great points battle shaping up. Darren Kling had the points lead heading into the Grand National feature two weeks ago. He left in 2nd place and 21 points out of 1st. This past week he picked off his 3rd win of the season and left with the point lead and a 16 point cushion. Kelby Ostrander struggled on the night, but look for him to challenge Kling down the stretch. The dark horse in the points battle is Gary Donaldson. If he could win out and the other 2 have trouble, then it could be a championship for him. Either way it plays out down the stretch this should be a good one.

In the B Mod division, Nick Newton seemed to be on his way to winning more features and securing the 2012 championship. That was until a guy named Gene Claxton jumped into the picture. That’s right the same Gene Claxton who has 3 championship titles in the Grand National division. For the past two weeks Claxton has chipped into Newton’s lead. As of this Friday night the lead is down to a single digit. Mike Higley won last week’s feature and that gives him 6 wins on the season, but down the stretch fans might be watching to see where Claxton and Newton are.

Several drivers have a shot at the Factory Stock championship. The top 6 drivers in the division are separated by 49 points. This is another class that drivers can move up and down the points ladder rapidly. Scotty Moore entered last Friday night with the points lead and he went home in the 5th position. This is a tough class! Justin Seifert leads the points right now, Joe Smith Jr. is only back of the leader by 8 points and any driver in contention can be one move away from going up or down in the standings.

Come out this Friday night, August 10th, and enjoy the action. Fans won’t want to miss a minute of the action as the championships come down to the wire.

The spectator gates open up at 5 p.m., hot laps get underway at 6:45 p.m. and the racing goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always free at Lakeside Speedway.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway log on to their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Marrant Gets 1st Mod Win Of 2012 At Lakeside Speedway

August 6th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – How does the old saying go? If at first you don’t succeed, try again? The 2011 Modified Track Champion, Aaron Marrant, has lived by that mantra this season. It all paid off on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway as he drove to his first win of the season in 2012!

Over the past few years, Marrant, has visited victory lane 5 times at Lakeside Speedway. The 2012 season hasn’t been a fun ride for the driver from Orrick, MO. At the beginning of the season a bad wreck, engine woes and more impacted his season. Limited funds for his race team kept Marrant in a tight spot, until an opportunity presented itself just near the
halfway mark of the season. Vic Austin was looking for a new driver for his Modified and offered Marrant the ride. Each week since taking the ride, Marrant has looked more comfortable in the car. Production began to improve until tonight when Marrant, Austin and the rest of the crew were standing tall in victory lane.

The win was an exciting one. Nic Bidinger would once again have a strong run on the night as he took the early lead on lap #3. He would hold to the top spot for nearly 5 laps, Marrant was working the high side of the race track and battling Bidinger for the top spot. Two and 3 grooves were evident around the track. Marrant would get by Bidinger and take the top
spot.

Several drivers were swapping spots from the 3rd position on back. Six time feature winner, Tim Karrick, and 3 time feature winner, Darron Fuqua, were also heading to the front after starting in the 3rd and 4th rows respectively. Another driver, Dalton Kirk, was having a great night as well. Kirk started outside row number 5 and quickly launched himself into
a battle with the top 5 cars.

Marrant maintained a sizable lead until a yellow flag came out. Lap 18 saw Marrant bring the the field to another restart and this time Karrick, Fuqua, Bidinger and Kirk knew that if they were going to make a challenge for the lead it was time to make the move. As Marrant went back into the lead, Fuqua won the battle to make a run at Marrant in the last few laps.
Fuqua moved his line up behind Marrant and mimicked him, hoping to erase some of his lead. The plan worked, but with just a few laps remaining it almost ended the night for both drivers. Marrant and Fuqua both got into the wall in turns 3 and 4 at the exact same time! It was just a glancing blow, but it was enough to knock them out of their rhythm.

Fuqua would try on the last lap to drop below Marrant in the final turn. It would not work and Marrant would not be denied his 6th career victory at Lakeside Speedway. Marrant also becomes the 6th different Modified feature winner of 2012.

Fuqua finished in 2nd, points leader, Tim Karrick, wound up in the 3rd spot, 4th was Nic Bidinger and Dalton Kirk finished in the 5th position.

Grand National racer, Darren Kling, has to be thinking what a difference a week makes! Last week Kling was leading the Grand National A main until he made contact with a lapped car and was sent to the rear of the field. The bad night saw him lose the race, but he also was knocked out of the points lead!

That was last week and this is a new week all together. Kling put his Grand National back out in front of the competition again. This time he was able to hold on and get his 3rd win of the season.

Coming into the night, Kelby Ostrander had collected 3 wins on the season and after last Friday night he also took over the points lead. When Friday night began Ostrander had a 21 point lead at the top spot. After Friday night Ostrander knows just how Kling felt last week. Ostrander got caught up in a couple of yellows on the night. The 2nd yellow would see Ostrander suffer enough damage that he had to pull off. In doing so, coupled with Kling’s finish, Ostrander is 2nd in the points standings with 7 races left.

Friday night belonged to Kling. As the track begin to go slick, Kling found a nice groove around the bottom of the race track. It’s a groove that Kling seems to fancy every week. Even as he sees other drivers go by him, he knows that his line will come to him as it did last night. For most of the feature Kling would keep a comfortable lead. He would see
some token pressure from Ben Kyle, Gary Donaldson, Frank Littrell and others. It would be Kling’s night as he would take the checkered flag for the 3rd time this season.

Kyle would finish in the runner-up spot, 3rd would go to Donaldson, Jim Baker made a monster run from 15th to finish 4th and Jeff Miles drove from 12th to finish 5th. This season at Lakeside Speedway Tim Karrick and Gary Donaldson both have
6 wins to their credit. B Mod racer, Mike Higley, joined this elite club on Friday night as he drove to his 6th win of the season at Lakeside.

It’s been a long 3 weeks for Higley. Back on July 13 Higley was involved in an accident that left his new Razor Chassis a little tweaked. OK! It was tweaked pretty bad. Bad enough that the car had to be taken back to the manufacturer, repaired, rebuilt and then back to Higley and out to the track. Friday night was the maiden voyage after all the repairs. When Steve Austin, the 6 Million Dollar Man, was recreated they made him better than he was before. Higley’s Razor Chassis just might have had the same doctors.

A strong finish in his heat race could have have been an indication that Higley was going to have a good feature. Even Higley couldn’t have dreamed up his run for the main.

Several drivers have visited victory lane in the B Mod division. As the season progresses the list of competitors and the high level of competition seems to increase week after week. Nick Newton, the points leader, got the early jump in the feature. He took to the top spot and looked strong at the point. After a tough week last week, Newton was looking for a positive night.

Several yellow flags would hinder the flow of the B Mod feature. The race, in the end, would have the total number of laps cut down due to time constraints.

On the first restart of the night, Higley would race his way from 8th to 3rd in the just 2 short laps. His car was coming in and he was moving to the front. Another yellow and restart would pit Higley behind Newton. The two drivers share the most wins in this division in 2012 and now was the chance to go Mano-e-mano!

The special matchup didn’t last long. On the restart, Higley would run by Newton and from there it was off to the finish. Higley would motor his way to win #6. Gene Claxton would make Newton’s night a little harder. Claxton, last week’s feature winner, would drive by Newton on the last lap. In the grand scheme of a points championship it cut Newton’s lead down to a single digit. Newton held on for a 3rd place finish, Jake Richards had another good night finishing in the 4th spot and Kevin Sloan continued his comeback season with a 5th place finish.

The Factory Stock division has seen the most excitement this season. When it comes to different winners, tight points race, close finishes etc. this class has it all. Emotions from drivers in this class Friday night took a roller coaster ride.

Nate Barnes was impressive driving to his 2nd win of the season. He took the lead early and held it through the entire race to get the win. Early on in the night he would have to fend off a couple of challenges from Justin Siefert and Marshall Jewett, but as the race would stay green Barnes was just too tough to tame on this night. The action though went on behind him with a feverish pitch.

Scotty Moore came into the night the hottest driver in the division. He left feeling battered and bruised. A wreck would collect up Moore early in the race. The 3 time feature winner, Moore, would leave the race and watch his points lead that he amassed vanish in front of his eyes. Moore dropped from 1st to 5th in the points and finds himself 30 markers out of the top spot with 7 races to go.

Justin Siefert finished in the 2nd spot on Friday night. It was a good enough finish for him to put him into the points lead after Friday night. Marshall Jewett raced his way to a 3rd place finish, Darrin Christy worked his way to a 4th place finish and coming home in 5th was Caleb Mclellan.

The action continues next Friday night, August 10, at Lakeside Speedway.

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Points Races Taking Shape Lakeside Speedway; Moore, Karrick, Claxton & Ostrander All Win!

July 28th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – For the 2nd straight week, it was another night of repeat winners driving to the Johnsonville Victory Lane at Lakeside Speedway. Scotty Moore (Factory Stock), Tim Karrick (Modified), Gene Claxton (B Mod) and Kelby Ostrander (Grand National) all drove to wins on Friday night, during Advanced Electronics Night at the races.

Scotty Moore has been on a hot streak as of late in the Factory Stock division. It was just last week that he picked off his 2nd win of the season in the Factory Stock division. This week he raced his way to win #3 on the season.

Because of his win a week ago, Moore was relegated to starting outside of row number 4 for the main event.

Tony Barnhart and Jason Ryun would bring the field to the green flag. Ryun, currently 4th in the point standings, held on to the early lead, but he would give way to a surging Vic Tranckino at that top of the chart.

Lap #4 saw a wild melee ensue, that would collect Barnhart, Jay Barnes and Justin Seifert. Once the smoke cleared the action at the front started to heat up. Scotty Moore had worked his way from the 8th starting spot into 2nd. As the laps continued he closed the gap on Tranckino.

Moore was able to move forward on the speedway using any groove that he wanted to during the A Main. He would start working the low line as he worked his way up through traffic, but he would move up to the high line once in 2nd to gain on the leader. Just before a late race yellow would come out on lap 11, Moore took over the lead. It would set up a 4 lap shootout to the finish.

Caleb McClellan had also worked his way to the front of the pack and appeared to be a player in the late race festivities. At the drop of the green, four cars separated themselves at the front of the pack. Moore, McClellan, Tranckino and Seifert were two by two, speeding around the track, trying to get the best of this feature. Moore would get the job done in the end as Tranckino, McClellan & Seifert would all come across the finish line nose to tail.

As Moore picked up win #3 on the season (the most wins in 2012 in the Factory Stock division), it also left him at the front of a tight points race.

Fuqua, Donaldson, Claxton & Moore Get Hot Wins At Lakeside Speedway

July 21st, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Temperatures have been running high all week long in the Midwest. As the sun went down on Friday night the temps went down, but the action on the track heated up yet again as it has done all season long at the fast 1/2 mile in Kansas City, KS known as Lakeside Speedway.

Darron Fuqua, earlier in the season, got his 1st Lakeside Speedway career Modified Feature win. Friday night he picked up another first for his Fuqua/Murphy Race Team, his 2nd consecutive Modified Feature win. Starting the feature inside the 3rd row, Fuqua rode the bottom of the track to move up to 2nd by the end of the 1st lap. Tom Charles shot to the early lead in the feature, but several cars were on his rear bumper and coming. The track conditions at Lakeside Speedway weren’t what most had expected during the extreme heat on Friday. By the end of the 2nd lap, Fuqua, had overtaken Charles for the top spot. The battle at the front still had more action in it. An early race yellow on lap 5 would bunch the field back up again and when the green flag fell on the Speedway, Cody Agler and Aaron Marrant also decided to join the party with Fuqua at the front of the competition. Agler, running the bottom of the race track, would take the lead away from Fuqua. The young driver from Emporia, KS would hold the lead for a few laps until the top side of the track began to put Fuqua back up in the top spot. The crafty racer, Fuqua, took the lead away from Agler and then dropped into Agler’s line to steal more of his momentum and keep him in the 2nd place spot. As Fuqua sped away from the field, Aaron Marrant locked horns with Agler for 2nd. In the battle a long green flag run would allow both the 2nd and 3rd place cars to cut into Fuqua’s lead. A yellow with 3 laps remaining would bunch the field together for what looked to be an exciting finish.

The excitement stayed with Fuqua on the restart. He would get a good jump and would hold on for his 3rd feature win of the season at Lakeside Speedway. After some bad luck at the beginning of the season, Fuqua, with the win, vaulted into the top 5 in the points race. Agler would hold race his way to a 2nd place finish during the feature, Aaron Marrant wound up in the 3rd position, racing from 19th to 4th, and maintaining his points lead, was Tim Karrick and rounding out the top 5 was Mark Hoover.

In the Grand National Feature Gary Donaldson returned to his winning ways as he rolled to win #6 on the season. At the end of the first 1/4 of the season it looked as if Gary Donaldson was going to win 80% or more of the Grand National races at Lakeside. As we have seen over the past month, everything isn’t always what it seems. Donaldson has struggled a little, that is, until tonight. Donaldson rocketed to the top spot at the end of the first lap. He would extend his lead on over the course of the feature. The Gary Donaldson, who had previously won 5 features, had returned. Lap after lap Donaldson ran consistent, smooth laps that kept him at the front of the field. His preferred line started out in the middle, but it was slowly creeping higher every lap. Unlike his domination in his previous 5 wins, the competition has been slowing getting better and better at Lakeside in this division. Not to mention that the track surface also in good enough shape to allow other lines of racing to remain competitive throughout the main event. David Holcomb worked his way around Lakeside on the bottom line for a large portion of the feature. In doing so he pulled up along the leader. A
couple of times it looked as if he would take the lead. Donaldson and Holcomb were set to go toe to toe. The handling on Holcomb’s car would go away late in the race, preventing him from taking down Donaldson. As Holcomb’s handling went away, Donaldson sped away with the feature win. It was his 6th on the season and it’s the most wins of any driver in any
division this season at Lakeside. A 4 car battle ensued as the handling as Holcomb fell from the 2nd place spot. Tim Shields had a strong runner-up finish on the night, Ben Kyle kept his hot streak of good finishes going in 3rd, 4th went to Jim Baker and Holcomb rounded out the top 5 on the night.

To get 1 win in the Factory Stock division says a lot at Lakeside Speedway. Picking up multiple wins on a season is a huge bonus to most drivers. Scotty Moore can join that elite fraternity of Factory Stock drivers to win more than 1 feature in 2012 after Friday night. As the first feature of the night got underway, Joe Smith Jr., the winner on opening night, raced out to an early lead on the competition. Moore worked his way into the 2nd spot in the opening laps. After a successful heat race win earlier in the night, the high line would catapult Moore into the lead. At the front of the field he continued to work the high side of the Speedway to perfection. He would extend the lead just enough to keep him comfortable. The close racing from 2nd to 10th place allowed him to ride up at the front with no pressure. Lap 10 would see a yellow flag come out and all bets were off. In the past weeks, late race yellows had produced many surprise winners. Would this happen again tonight? Scotty Moore answered that question as he took to the top spot once the green flag racing resumed. Not to be denied on the night, Moore blasted to win #2 on the season. Moore would also leave Lakeside on Friday night as the points leader in what appears to be a close points battle. The 2nd spot would go to Caleb Mcclellan, Smith finished in 3rd, 4th went to Brett Heeter and rounding out the top 5 was Justin Siefert.

There are a lot of veteran racers in dirt track racing. Lakeside Speedway is no different. They have their fair share of veteran racers. Gene Claxton is one of those veterans and he isn’t out riding around for fun. Claxton is out to win every race he competes in and if a points championship happens to be in the way, he might be willing to take that too.

Friday night, Claxton chalked up another victory at Lakeside Speedway in the B Mod division. It was his 2nd win of 2012. Over the years Claxton has picked off wins in 3 different divisions and he also has won a feature every year at Lakeside since 2003. It did not look like Claxton or anyone had a shot at the win on Friday night as Nic Newton started on the front row. Newton entered the night with 4 race wins to his credit and by virtue of starting on the front row, his odds looked good for number 5.

Newton shot to the early lead, but 16 year old, Chad Feather gave Newton a strong run on the inside of the track. Lap after lap he cut into Newton’s lead. Feather’s line on the track gathered more momentum with each lap he took. Claxton, meanwhile gave chase in the 3rd spot and Terry Bruner was closing in 4th. All 3 of those cars must have known something because they were all racing the same line and it was moving them up quickly on the competition. It didn’t take long for what looked to be a promising night Newton, to take disastrous turn. Mechanical problems set in on the Newton and he would be forced to leave the track.

Feather took over the lead. The young driver was now going to square off with one of the elder statesmen. The battle didn’t pan out to be much. Feather was working the bottom line and at the top spot had a huge bobble coming into turn 4. It was the only mistake Feather would make on the night and it was all that Claxton needed to shoot by into the point position. The race would stay clean of yellow flags and it allowed Claxton to race to his 4th B Mod feature win in 2 years at Lakeside Speedway. The win would also cut into the points lead as Claxton now trails Newton for the top spot by just 27 points.

Feather was able to salvage an impressive runner-up finish, 3rd went to former feature winner, Terry Bruner, Jake Richards raced his way to a 4th place finish and Chad Clancy finished 5th on the feature.

Next Friday night, July 27, the racing action will again return to Lakeside Speedway as the racers continue their quest for the Budweiser Season Championship.

Smith soars to River’s Edge Scrap Management Shootout victory at Lakeside Speedway

July 17th, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. ) – Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., captured his second Iron Man Challenge victory of the 2012 season Friday as the USRA B-Mods made their debut at the legendary Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Presented by River’s Edge Scrap Management, the main event featured 23 top-flight drivers and their machines in a 20-lap battle for a $500 top prize. Hometown favorite Nick Newton took the lead from the pole position, but his reign was short-lived as Smith took the lead with a pass on Newton’s outside as the leaders came to the flagstand to complete lap 4.

After an early caution slowed the pace on the first lap of the race, the remaining 19 circuits went off without a yellow flag as Smith roared to his second win in his third start with Newton trailing in the runner-up spot at the finish line.
Points leader Trevor Hunt of Liberty, Mo., clawed his way to a third-place finish after starting eighth on the grid while Steve McDowell of Independence, Mo., and Ben Kates of Tonganoxie, Kan., rounded out the top 5 finishers.

Sixth through tenth in the final rundown went to Bryan Rigsby, Mike Ryun, veteran Gene Claxton, Jake Richards and 20th-starting Dylan Book. The Iron Man Challenge returns to action with a pair of events next week for the USRA B-Mods as they accompany the USMTS Modifieds to Raceway Park in Jefferson, S.D., on Thursday, July 19, and then cross the border to battle at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., on Sunday, July 22.

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Gustin notches fifth USMTS National Championship Series win in Lakeside Speedway thriller

July 16th, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jeremy Payne, Ryan Ruter and Stormy Scott all took their turn at the front of the field Friday night, but it was Ryan Gustin who was on top at the end of the 35-lap main event as the United States Modified Touring Series made its debut at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

From the pole, Payne grabbed the lead at the start of the race with Ruter and Scott in tow. Meanwhile, Rodney Sanders was battling with Jason Hughes and Jon Tesch while Gustin, who started 13th, was looking for a way to crack the top 10.

A quick caution on lap 4 brought field back together after Ruter used an outside move on Payne to wrestle away the top spot just before the stoppage. On the restart, Payne fought back on the low side while Scott searched for a gap between the two front-runners.

After clearing Payne, Scott set his sights on Ruter and the pair swapped the lead twice before the race’s second yellow flag waved with seven laps complete. The next five laps were a sight to behold as Ruter and Stormy Scott exchanged blows
in every turn. While one would slide up in front of the other, the other would dive underneath and pull even in the long straight-aways. After they crossed beneath the flagstand to complete lap 11, Scott banged his machine off of the concrete wall in turn 1, but again cranked the wheel down and shot past Ruter down the back-stretch. As they raced through turn 3, however, Scott drifted up the track and quickly slowed before coming to stop with mechanical woes at the top of turn 4.

On the restart, Ruter retained the advantage with Sanders now in second, Payne third, Johnny Bone Jr. fourth and Gustin up to fifth. Gustin quickly made his presence known as he blasted by Bone and then worked underneath Payne as the entire
lead pack remained close. With Ruter taking the long way around the half-mile oval, Gustin tip-toeing through the middle and Sanders hugging the tires on the extreme low side of the track, The trio raced through turn 4 in tight formation to finish lap 14.

Again, each went their separate ways upon entry into turn 1, but exited turn 2 three wide with Gustin barely edging ahead and leading the next time by the flagstand.

At that point, Gustin and Ruter checked out and pulled away to settle it between themselves. Although he kept Gustin within a few car-lengths the rest of the way, Ruter never got the chance to make a serious challenge for the lead and followed the flawless Gustin across the line at the checkered flag. The win was Gustin’s fifth USMTS National Championship Series victory of the 2012 campaign, and 55th USMTS win of the 21-year-old’s young career.

Sanders held on for a third-place finish while Terry Philips bested Payne for fourth after the two former teammates gave the packed grandstand a great show over the final ten laps.

Hughes and Tesch wound up sixth and seventh with teammates Kelly Shryock and Chris Brown coming home eighth and ninth. Dereck Ramirez finished tenth after starting 19th.

The weekend tripleheader wraps up Saturday, July 14, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., for another $4,000-to-win USMTS National Championship Series tilt.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds and OCRS Sprint Cars, support classes for the Saturday, July 14, show will be local Grand Nationals and Pure Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30 with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m.

After the final checkered flag waves, fans are invited to enjoy live music in the Beer Garden featuring Coy and the Low Rent Rustlers.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located about 6 miles east of Pryor, Okla., on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Hunt completes Iron Man ‘hat trick’ with Winston win

July 14th, 2012

WINSTON, Mo. – Trevor Hunt continued to steamroll through the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge with his third straight USRA B-Mod victory Thursday night at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

Chad Clancy jumped out to a big lead at the drop of the green flag, but mechanical woes sidelined the Smithville, Mo., racer just four laps into the main event. From that point on, Hunt remained in charge and zipped to a $500 payday. Not only was it the third win in a row for the 13-year-old sensation from Liberty, Mo., but it was also his eighth top-5 finish in 11 starts, and padded an already healthy lead in the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge points standings. Nick Roberts, who captured his first Iron Man trophy in the season-opening doubleheader in March, made the trip from Des Moines, Iowa, pay off with a $400 runner-up finish while Doug Keller of Easton, Mo., charged from 15th on the starring grid to take third.

Nick Newton of Kansas City, Kan., was fourth and Mike Ryun of Pleasant Valley, Mo., finished fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Jacob Ebert, Brad Smith, Mike Tanner, Dylan Book and Jeremy Pittsenbarger. For thousands of race fans, Friday the 13th is their lucky day as the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods joins the USMTS Modifieds as they invade the historic Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first time ever. Presented by Kaw Valley Sand & Gravel, the event will also have local Factory Stocks in action.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Hot laps begin at 7 and the first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check them out the track’s official website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

Barnes, Fuqua, Higley and Kyle All Victorious At Lakeside Speedway

July 12th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – The temperature was in the triple digits all day long in the Kansas City area and it was no surprise that Lakeside Speedway had triple digits in race cars on Friday night for Capitol Federal Night at The Races!

The 12th race of the season marked the halfway point in the Budweiser Season Points Championship. All the championships are still up for grabs, but it is getting down to “go time!” Read the rest of this entry ?

USMTS National Championship Series makes long-awaited debut at Lakeside Speedway on Friday the 13th

July 10th, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For thousands of race fans, Friday the 13th in July is their lucky day.

One of the most anticipated events in the history of the Lakeside Speedway is just five days away as the United States Modified Touring Series makes its debut at the legendary dirt oval in Kansas City, Kan.

Now in its 14th season of delivering the planet’s most popular and competitive open-wheel dirt modified events featuring the undisputed best of the best drivers in the sport, this will be the first time the series has invaded Marc and Page Olson’s popular 3/8-mile dirt oval.

In addition to the USMTS National Championship Series waging a battle for a $5,000 winner’s share of the prize money, the Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning Summer Sizzler presented by Arbor Masters will also feature the high-energy Iron Man
Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods. Local Factory Stocks will also be in action.

Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan ‘The Reaper’ Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, leads the series points heading into the weekend, as the 21-year-old sensation looks to add Lakeside Speedway to his growing list of conquests.

Speed-hungry race fans can also expect to see a huge field filled with the nation’s best-known Modified aces, including nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa; 2010 titleist Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla.; and 2007 champ Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn.

Other marquee names expected to fill the pit area are Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Sanders, Johnny and Stormy Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Chris Brown, Chase Junghans, Zack VanderBeek, Mike Sorensen, Terry Phillips, Bryan Rowland, Rick Beebe, Jeremy Payne, Ron Keith, Austin Siebert, Ryan Ruter, Brandon Davis, Randy Timms, Mark Dotson and others, plus Dirt Knights stars Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Corey Dripps.

But the touring pros will face a tough challenge in their efforts to take home most the prize money from a tough field of Lakeside Speedway Friday night regulars such as three-time track champion Chad Lyle, two-time track champion Tim Karrick, Cody Agler, Joe Walker, Nic Bidinger, Darron Fuqua, Kerry Davis, Jake Richards, Luke Driskell and many others.

Thanks to events sponsors, an additional $1,000 has been added to the published purse. Of that amount, $500 will go to the highest-finishing driver that has never won a USMTS event, while $300 goes to the second-best finisher and $200 for the driver finishing third among those with no previous USMTS victories.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Hot laps begin at 7:00 and the first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30.

Officials have announced that fans can take advantage a one-day advanced ticket sale in order to head-off possible long lines at the ticket window on race day. Call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9, to get your tickets in advance.

General admission grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Seating in the VIP Suite is also available for $30. Pit passes are $35.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check them out the track’s official website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Bookend events will take place on Thursday, July 12, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., and Saturday, July 14, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Older Wray, Younger Wray, Wilson, Whitney and Stanton fly to wins at I-35 Speedway!

July 7th, 2012

Winston, Mo.–With temperatures well into the high 90′s it didn’t stop the I-35 faithful from showing up and putting on a great show for our fans. It was www.picturemeracing.com night at I-35 Speedway and our midseason championship night.

The night started out with the tightest points battle, the IMCA Stock Cars where the top seven are seperated by a mere nine points. Since it was midseason that meant we lined up by points.

Jon Boller Jr. and Dean Wray led the field to the green and from the drop of the green flag it was all Dean Wray. Wray led the entire fifteen lap feature as the Stock Cars proved once again why they are one of the smoothest classes in IMCA
racing going caution free. Wray (Jamesport) picked up his class leading fifth win of the season. Jon Boller Jr. (St. Joseph) keeps his slim point lead with a second place showing, Jake Cameron (Winston) was third, Pat Neely (St. Joseph) was fourth and Bruce Fair (Trenton) finishes fifth. Nic Hanes gained four spots to win the hard charger.

In “Border War” Grand National action it was Bud Wilson (Trenton) wiring the field and picking up win number five on the year. Wilson held off Gary Donaldson (Liberty) at the line. Donaldson finished second, last weeks winner Austin Johnson (Kansas City) had another good showing in third, Thomas Roberts (Kidder) with another top five in fourth and Jim Peeler (Milan) was fifth. Donaldson making his first start at I-35 gained eight spots to win the hard charger.

The IMCA SportMods had a great night, going thirteen laps before a caution came out. In the end it was Brad Whitney (Trenton) using a late restart to get by race leader and point leader Mike Tanner. On the restart Tanner lost his transmission and fell back to tenth. Whitney was followed by Randy Ainsworth (Excelsior Springs) who held off a good run by Jeremy Pittsenbarger (Cameron), who finished third, Dustin Miller (Pattonsburg) was fourth and Wes Bestgen (Osborn) with a good run was fifth. Mitch Booher gained eight spots to win the hard charger for the second consecutive week.

Eric Stanton (Hartford, Iowa) continued his winning ways as he rolled to his seventh IMCA Hobby Stock win on the season. Stanton had an early challenge by Alex Anderson until Anderson got turned around in turn two. Anderon (Trenton)rallied to a second place finish, third spot went to Mich Ross (Maysville), fourth went to Billie Hoover (Stewartsville) and Scott Treadwell (Trenton) was fifth. Alex Anderson got the hard charger award.

Cory Wray assumed the points lead and picked up his first win of 2012 in the IMCA Modifieds. Wray held off hard challenges from Darren Shaw to roll to his first victory. Shaw (Lathrop) rallied from an early mishap to finish second, Todd Wilson (Spickard) finished third, Jim Cameron (Cameron) finished fourth after an early spin and Spencer Wilson (Spickard) finished fifth with a left front flat. Todd Wilson gained four spots to win the hard charger.

Next week more great racing and our always popular fireworks spectacular. For all information like us on facebook, visit our website www.i-35speedway.net and for current points visit www.speednetdirect.com.

Kling Snares Grand National Win And Points Lead At Lakeside

July 4th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – The temperatures were in the triple digits for most of this week. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway it seemed as if the temperatures got even hotter as the sun went down. The drivers at Lakeside Speedway decided to turn the heat up on one another during a strong night of competition.

One week ago the Grand National A Main ended in a wild finish. The end result of last week’s finish saw the driver with the most wins in the division, Gary Donaldson, getting suspended for his actions during last week’s feature. That meant that this week, the point standings in the class were about to change.

At the beginning of the race it was Frank Littrell jumping out to the early lead. Littrell would hold the lead for a large majority of the race. It was a surprise to see Littrell running so well. In the heat race he had seemed to miss the setup on his car, but during the intermission he and his crew made the right changes as his lead was pretty lengthy. After working all week to rebuild his car Kelby Ostrander was back in contention. Ostrander gave chase early in the 2nd place spot, but there were some other cars that were also having some good runs Friday night. Darren Kling, Mike Busby and Marshall Jewett were all heading to the front of the field. Everyone looked to be running for 2nd as Littrell’s lead had been extended during the long green flag run. That’s when things changed again for the 2nd straight week. Littrell, on a late race restart, bobbled a little coming out of turn 4. It allowed Kling and Busby to amass an attack on the leader. Kling worked on the low side of the leader and Busby went to the high side of the leader. Three wide they all went around the track. The perfect set up seemed to leave Littrell as he started to push in the corners. In turn 1 & 2, Littrell barely escaped disaster when he was able to catch his car pushing up towards Busby on the exit of turn 2. He wouldn’t be so lucky in turn 3.

After making contact down the back stretch Littrell and Busby made their way into turn 3 and again Littrell pushed up the race track. This time he would make hard contact with Busby. Busby, who had just taken the lead on the last lap, went into the wall hard. It was a bad ending to what appeared to be his best run of the season. Once everything was cleaned up, the restart pitted a duel to the finish. Kling, who came in tied for the points lead, and Jewett worked side by side for the final 4 laps of the feature event. Kling to the bottom and Jewett to the high side. They would trade the top spot back and forth as they came to the white flag. On the final lap Kling got the better of Jewett and went on to win by a car length at the checkered flag. Third went to Kelby Ostrander, Jim Baker raced his way to a 4th place finish and Tim Shields overcame early problems to battle back for a 5th place finish.

Bobby Tavis was looking for redemption. Earlier this season he had picked off a coveted Factory Stock feature win, but in the post race tech inspection the win was stripped away. Since that time Tavis has been on a mission trying to show the competition and the fans that he could get the job done. Mission accomplished! Friday night Tavis had a strong run in his heat race and by virtue of where he finished a week ago in the main event, he was scheduled to start on the pole position. At the drop of the green flag, Tavis took advantage of the starting spot and rocketed to the lead.

The Factory Stock division is so competitive that you never know who is going to be challenging the leader, you just know it’s going to happen. The first two drivers to make that bid were Cliff Hedges Jr., Scotty Moore. Moore would take himself out of contention by spinning out in turn two and Hedges would suffer a majority of parts failures as he would spin on the front straight bringing out a yellow flag.

Jason Ryun would take the lead away from Tavis during the A Main. With 5 laps left Tavis decided to keep his car on the bottom of the race track. It would end up being a smart move. Lap after lap he began to edge into Ryun’s lead. Several other cars were right behind the two leaders, it was still anyone’s game. Coming to the white flag Tavis had regained his lead and the momentum would carry him to the checkered flag first as he out raced the competition to the checkered flag. Tavis becomes the 9th different winner this season in the Factory Stock division. Ryun would hold on for a close 2nd, coming all the way from 20th to 3rd was Brett Heeter, Jewett finished 4th after starting 14th and another strong mover, Caleb Mclellan, went from 18th to 5th in the feature.

The B Mod division appears to be developing a rivalry of shorts. Nick Newton had won 4 features and Mike Higley had 2 wins heading into Friday night’s feature. The competition level is high overall in the class, but it looks as if these two young racers could lock horns for many seasons to come. Rusty Trimble got the early drop on the competition as he would get the early lead. He would hold the lead until Chad Feather, racing in only his 2nd B Mod event, took the top spot. Feather, a former racer of Thunderlake Speedway (the kart track across the street from Lakeside), looked like a veteran of many years as he held onto the top spot. Back in the field Higley and Newton were working their way through the field. In doing so they made contact a couple of times and pushed each other to the limit as they made their way up from the 13th and 11th starting spots on the night.

A yellow flag would bunch the field up on lap 9. On the restart, Higley made his march to the front. Working the bottom of the track Higley went from 6th to the top spot in a matter of 2 laps. He would take the lead and extend it, but Newton was still hot on his trail. As Newton moved into 2nd he would have a clear shot to get to Higley, unfortunately as he was moving into 2nd Higley was getting the white flag. Newton made a valiant effort but would come up a little short as Higley scored win #3 on the season at Lakeside Speedway.

Newton finished 2nd, Feather, the rookie finished a strong 3rd, Trimble held on to finish 4th and Kevin Sloan roared his way to a 5th place finish.

The Modified division has seen a couple of different winners in the past two races. Jim Moody and Kerry Davis were both 1st time features winners in 2012 during that time frame.

Just like the season started, Tim Karrick raced his way to win #5 on the season.

Mark Schafman got out to the lead first in the A Main. It looked as if a hungry pack of wolves had been turned loose behind him. Karrick, Joe Walker, Cody Agler and Darron Fuqua were all on a march to run Schafman down. Walker and Karrick would be the first 2 drivers to get to Schafman. Karrick put the pressure on Schafman early. In doing so Schafman made a costly error clipping an infield tire, which sent him spinning across the track and into the front stretch wall. On the restart Karrick wasted little time wrestling the lead away from Walker. After taking over the lead Karrick flexed his muscle as he ran away from the rest of the field. Fuqua would give chase, but he didn’t have enough time to catch up to Karrick as the feature would stay green the rest of the way. Karrick bobbed and weaved his way through lapped traffic to the checkered flag. With the win, Karrick, maintains the points lead in the division and he ties Gary Donaldson for the most wins, in any division, this season at Lakeside.

Fuqua would find himself with another runner-up feature finish, 3rd would go to Walker, Nic Bidinger started 10th and finished with another top 5 in 4th and Bubby Harvey went from 18th to 5th in the main event. Lakeside gets it’s 2nd night of racing on the weekend as the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars take to the 1/2 mile along with the B Mods.

Spectator gates open up at 5:00 p.m. and the racing starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.slspromotions.com or www.lakesidespeedway.net

Wille picks up first feature win at L A Raceway this season

July 3rd, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. — Dean Wille picked up his first feature win at L A Raceway this season in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature after taking the lead from Terry Schultz with only five laps left in the event. Terry Schultz and Matt Dotson, both drivers who have made the trip to the KOKO winner’s circle this season, started on the front row. Schultz quickly took the lead leaving Dotson to battle with Wille. Wille took second three laps into the feature and set his sights on Schultz. A couple of cautions allowed the leaders to test different sides of the track to see where their race car ran better. The caution on lap 16 gave Wille the advantage he needed to take the lead. Wille sailed around the high side during the first set of turns and sealed his lead down the backstretch. As laps wound down, the leaders spaced out between each other and left the major battles in the middle of the field. Wilie, Schultz, Dotson, Kaleb Bray and Christopher Moon finished in the top honors for the feature.

Galen Hassler picked up his third consecutive win in the Jim’s Tire Service B Modified feature event. Hassler and Chad Staus started on the front row. Staus went to work on Hassler for the lead once the green flag flew. Tyler Lewis, last year’s track champion, had his sights set on Staus. Staus was holding strong in second place until he failed to negotiate turn three on lap 13 sending him to tail of the field. Hassler and Lewis crossed the finish line in the top two positions. Josh Calvert worked his way from his seventh starting position to finish third. Chris Brockway finished fourth and Adam Belt finished fifth.

In the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event, there were several strong, fast drivers that had an unlucky night. Marc Carter and Troy Turley made up the first row with several hard chargers near the back of the pack. Hurley quickly took the lead in the feature event with Carter chasing him. Kevin Perkins came all the way to third from sixth starting position in one lap. Larry Ferris was sitting in fourth until he spun out on lap five collecting John Brooks. Both tagged the tail of the field moving Scott Krause into fourth. Lap six and seven seemed to cause the most problems. On the restart of lap six, Perkins got tangled up with other cars and fell back three spots. Simultaneously, Ted Welschmeyer went off the back side of the track and lost several positions. He had already worked himself up into fourth from ninth. Turley still lead the pack with Carter, Krause and Victor Sims following pursuit. A few more lap seven restarts yielded Sims getting crossed up and looping his racecar in turns one and two. And the leader, Turley, looping his car in turns three and four. Turley called it a night and loaded his car on the trailer. When the field of cars were able to finally complete lap seven, Carter led with Perkins, Krause, Welschmeyer and Ferris rounding out the top five. Two laps later, Krause looped his street stock collecting Welschmeyer and Ferris. Carter picked up the feature win when it was all said and done. Sims took second. Perkins, Krause and Welschmeyer managed to pull off top five finishes.

Mitchell Moore picked up where he left off two weeks ago in his borrowed car during the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature event. Dwayne Benson gave him a run for his money at first. Tony Crank fell back to fourth when the race started, but was able to take third from Michael Schouten with only a few laps left in the feature event. As the checkered flag flew, Schouten seemed to lose power in his sprinter allowing Tom McGarry to sneak by for the fourth place finish.
Moore has only been beating twice this entire season at L A Raceway by McGarry and Chad Goff, who lent him his sprinter for the night. Michael Tyler picked up the Hobby Stock feature win with John Simpson, Will Register, Chuck Coffey and Rodger Detherage finishing in the top five.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them Friday, July 6, as the USRA A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks once again take the track for the battle to be named track champion. Gates open at 5:30, with hot laps starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

Double Dose Of Racing Excitement At Lakeside Speedway

June 29th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Sometimes racing fans need a little something extra. This weekend, Lakeside Speedway will give the fans and racers in the area something extra as Friday night, June 29 the Factory Stocks, B – Mods, Grand Nationals take to the track for their weekly racing series and on Saturday, June 30 the cars and stars from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car
Series invade the speedway.

Fans get more than what they ever could have bargained for.

Friday night’s weekly races have been phenomenal in the 2012 season. The racers and fans are getting primed for that stretch run down the 2nd half of the season.

Kerry Davis opened up the Modified division last week with his first win at Lakeside Speedway this season. It was his first Modified Feature win since 2009.

For the 2nd straight week it was a new face in victory lane for the Modified division. Tim Karrick and Cody Agler have won 7 features in 2012, but it looks like the trend might be swinging back in favor of the competition. The points battle is starting to shape up and Karrick holds down a large lead after 10 races this season. Competitors will have to
kick it into “high gear” if they want to m ke a run at Karrick for the championship, but there still is a long way to go. Everyone knows just how wild the points championship nights are at Lakeside!

In the Factory Stock feature last week it was anyone’s race to win coming down to the wire. Several cars were in contention. Heading out of turn number 2, Scotty Moore, Caleb Mclellan got together and forced a lot of cars to check up. When this happened, Darrin Christy, Nate Barnes and Jason Ryun made a bee line for the checkered flag. Going into turn 3
Barnes would get a flat and slid up in front of Ryun and Christy picked off his 1st win of 2012!

The competition will get even tighter as these drivers slice and dice their way to victory. Close, wheel to wheel and door to door action is exactly what the fans have come to expect and love. Eight different winners have been to the winner’s circle this season. This is just another characteristic of why the Factory Stocks are so popular at Lakeside
Speedway.

Nick Newton seems to have all cylinders firing on his B Mod program. Last Friday night Newton blasted to his 4th win of the season, and it was his 2nd consecutive victory. Not only is Newton having success behind the wheel in 2012, he is also having just as much success being a modified chassis builder.

It was another wild feature event. Luke Nieman found himself out in front after taking the lead from Adam Kates, but in the end Newton would overhaul them all going away to victory.

The points battle is shaping up in this division. Newton, with his 4 wins, is on top of the standings, but drivers like Gene Claxton, Terry Bruner and a host of others are ready to drive to a championship in 2012.

Kaotic is the only way to describe last week’s Grand National Feature.

Former Yankee great, Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” Good thing for Ben Kyle. Kyle ended up picking up the win after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cars all crashed on the white flag lap. Don’t think that Kyle got lucky with the win. He was moving up through the field and was holding down 4th until the melee broke out in front. It doesn’t matter
sometimes how you get the win as long as you get the win!

Darren Kling might come out ahead this weekend with a padded points effort. Kling and Kelby Ostrander are tied for the points lead, but if Ostrander isn’t able to get his car repaired he might miss this week’s race. The same could be said for Gary Donaldson, 3rd place in the points standings, if he has to much damage to his race car. This also might be a
week where some new drivers step into the spotlight.

Spectator gates open up at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the races start at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always free at Lakeside Speedway! Saturday night the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars roar into Lakeside Speedway. The best of the best in the sprint car world will be descending on the 1/2 mile speedway in Wyandotte County. Also on the card Saturday night will be the B Mods.

Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the races go green at 7:30 p.m. For ticket availability and pricing call 913-299-2040 or log on to www.slspromotions.com. Be Sociable, Share!

Wild Night Wins To Davis, Kyle, Newton & Christy At Lakeside

June 23rd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Johnsonville Brat Night at the races brought out a wild night of racing at Lakeside Speedway. It also turned out to be a great night of racing at Lakeside Speedway.

In a reversal of how the last few races have been at Lakeside, 3 of the 4 feature winners on Friday night were stepping into the Johnsonville Victory Lane for the first time. Kerry Davis (Modifieds), Ben Kyle (Grand Nationals) and Darrin Christy (Factory Stock) all worked their way to wins. Nick Newtwon (B Mods) was the only repeat winner on the night.

The first feature of the night was the Factory Stock feature. Each week this class is becoming more and more competitive.

Darrin Christy and Scotty Moore battled at the drop of the green flag for the top spot. These two drivers would go door-to-door for 7 laps. During those 7 laps, Nate Barnes, Marshall Jewett and Vic Tranckino were all getting ready to jump into the battle for the lead.

On lap number 8, Barnes, who started 8th in the feature, was knocking on Christy’s door looking for the lead. Just a couple of laps later, Moore, would move back into the 2nd place position. Late in the race it was anyone’s feature to win. A total of 8 cars had a legitimate shot at winning the feature.

With a couple of laps left to go in the feature, Scotty Moore got loose coming out of turn two and made contact with Caleb Mclellan. This transaction caused several drivers behind them to check up and lose their momentum. As the white flag displayed the feature would be decided by 4 cars.

Christy still had the lead, N. Barnes was now 2nd, 3rd was Jason Ryun, who started 9th, and holding onto 4th was Tranckino. As the group hit the backstretch coming to the checkers Barnes began to slow on the track, due to a flat tire. It took just enough away from Ryun and Tranckino and Christy sped off to his 1st win of the season and he was the 8th different winner. Christy, a fan favorite, had his supporters up on their feet cheering and screaming as he took in the win.

After 10 features this season, Lakeside has had 8 different winners in victory lane in the Factory Stocks. Ryun finished 2nd on the night, 3rd went to Tranckino as he started 12th, 4th went to Caleb Mclellan and rounding out the top 5 was Justin Seifert in 5th.

Nick Newton wins #4! PictureMeRacing.Com Nobody has their B Mod figured out like Nick Newton has his. Why shouldn’t Newton have his car figured out? After all he built the thing! On Friday night, Newton made it two straight as he won the B Mod feature for the 2nd straight week.

Young, Adam Kates, started on the pole position. He would lead lap number 1, but from there he would hand the lead off to Luke Nieman. Nieman would hold on to the lead for only a few laps. On lap number 4, Newton drove on the high side to the lead exiting turn 4.

The laps raged on as Newton, who started 11th, sat at the front of the field. It looked as if he was going to run away with win #4 on the season. Newton couldn’t seem to shake Terry Bruner. Lap after lap, Bruner would try and keep pace with Newton. As the laps came winding down, Bruner’s momentum starting to pick up on the track.

It would be a Cheetah Chassis showdown on the last lap. Coming out of turn two Bruner had pulled up to Newton’s back bumper. As the two leaders went into turn 3 Bruner made his move on the low line. He would get door to door with Newton and heading out of 4 Bruner would slip enough to give Newton his 4th win of the season. The win would help maintain Newton’s lead in the B Mod points race.

Third place went to Nieman, Gene Claxton took home 4th and rounding out your top 5 was Jake Richards.

It was pure excitement to watch Ben Kyle win on Friday night. What didn’t happen in the Grand National feature on Friday night? For the 1st half of the race it looked as if the battle up front only contained Mike Busby. Busby put up a solid lead, before his lead was wiped away by a yellow.

After the yellow the majority of the race was a 3 car battle up front. Gary Donaldson had built a nice lead, Darren Kling sat in the 2nd spot trying to find a way to get close to Donaldson and then there was Kelby Ostrander waiting in the wings. The top 3 drivers in the points were also the top 3 spots in the feature. Then things got really hairy on a 2nd try at a green, white, checkered. On the restart both Kling and Ostrander got great runs at Donaldson. While they were heading to the white flag, Ostrander took the two leaders 3 wide. Upon exiting turn 4, Donaldson would make hard contact with Ostrander. Kling received the white flag first. Donaldson would bury it in deep and pulled the standard “slide job” on Ostrander. Running up and under on Donaldson gave Ostrander a good run down the back stretch. Not only did he get a good run on Donaldson, he mounted one against Kling.

Kling’s front left and Ostrander’s right rear made contact. Kling would spin and Ostrander ran into turn 3 with the lead. The lead for a millisecond that is. Donaldson would catch Ostrander going into the corner. The two would make contact as full speed and slide up and into the wall. Two cars looked badly damaged as they were hauled off the race track one at a time.

Ben Kyle would be the racer that saw an immediate dividend from the on track troubles. Kyle would be the leader on the next restart. Once the race went back to green it was Kyle, a former feature winner getting the win. Kyle would become the 5th different winner in the Grand National division.

Jim Baker rode to a 2nd place finish, 3rd was Chris Littrell, Mike Busby finished a solid 4th and in 5th was Eddie Ingram.

It was a much needed victory for Kerry Davis. Kerry Davis would add another new face into victory lane in the Modified division. Justin Johnson would jump out to the early lead. He wrestled the lead away from Kirby Steins on lap 2. Unfortunately for Johnson, the race had more laps scheduled. A yellow flag would bring Johnson’s lead down to nothing. At this point when the green flag waved on the field, Davis worked to the inside of Johnson and exiting turn number 4 he would have the lead. Davis would go on to extend out his lead. He did a wonderful job working in and out of lapped traffic. After getting by Johnson, no other driver would mount a charge at Davis. His lead was just too strong without a caution. After a few bad weeks, Davis was happy to get back into victory lane and become the 5th different winner in the Modifieds.

Justin Johnson would finish in the runner-up spot, marching from 12th to 3rd in the main event was Darron Fuqua, Cody Agler finished out on a good night as well in 4th place and Mark Hoover had one of his best runs of the season finishing 5th.

Next week the action returns, June 29, 2012. Spectator gates open up at 5:00 p.m., hot laps 6:45 and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Moody Blasts To Victory at Lakeside Speedway

June 16th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – It was only Jim Moody’s 2nd night racing at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night. Over his career as a Modified racer he has raced at Lakeside only a handful of times. At the end of the night on PictureMeRacing Night at the races, Moody would be standing tall in victory lane.

Justin Johnson got the drop on the field as he took to the early lead in the Modified feature event. The youngster from Gardner started on the pole position and drove to the lead. Johnson would hang on at the top spot, until the first yellow of the night. Before the yellow, Joe Walker gave Johnson a run for his money at the top spot. Several cars were jockeying for position behind these two hot shoes. The preferred line on the race track looked to be the bottom in both sets of corners. On the restart, Jim Moody, didn’t wait long. Moody had his GRT Chassis dialed in for the feature event. Starting from the 3rd row it wasn’t long before Moody was knocking on Johnson’s back door. After the restart, Johnson would move off the bottom just enough to let Moody take control coming out of turn number two. Once in the top spot, Moody drove like a seasoned veteran of Lakeside Speedway. He didn’t miss a mark the entire night as he would go on to win his 1st Modified feature ever at Lakeside Speedway. Tim Karrick, the points leader, wound up in the runner-up spot after starting 10th, Nic Bidinger had his best run of the season finishing in 3rd, 4th went to Joe Walker and Mark Hoover celebrated his best race of the season finishing 5th on the night.

All eyes were on the hottest driver at Lakeside Speedway this season when the Grand Nationals rolled out for their feature, Gary Donaldson. Unfortunately, for Donaldson he suffered problems after his heat race and never made it out for the feature. One man’s bad luck is always someone’s good luck. Kelby Ostrander didn’t worry about any of the competition last night as he drove to his 2nd win of the season. May 18, 2012, Ostrander blasted to his 1st career Grand National feature win. On that night Ostrander was all over the track. Friday night he worked the bottom of the track from the drop of the green flag and dominated on his way to win #2. Ostrander started from the pole position and that’s all the advantage he would need. After a strong 2nd place finish in his heat race to Tim Shields, it appeared as if Ostrander had a good hot rod for the main event. His crew would give the car a couple of final adjustments before the main and the adjustments were right on. Ostrander was never challenged in the feature. He would lead from start to finish. The win for Ostrander also thrust him into the top spot in the point standings after the 9th race of the season. Donaldson, who had won 5 features before not starting last night’s race, slipped to 3rd in the standings. Frank Littrell would drive to a strong runner-up finish, 3rd went to a hard driving Darren Kling, who started in 7th, Ben Kyle gave Ostrander the most trouble at the front early, finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Don Marrs in 5th.

The Cheetah Chassis is manufactured by Nic Newton in KCK. Last night was the 2nd straight week that a Cheetah Chassis would drive to victory at Lakeside Speedway. This time it was none other than Newton himself getting the job done. Newton, the points leader in the B Mod division, had a long way to go in the feature to land at the front. By virtue of his strong finish a week ago, it got him a 5th row inside starting spot for the feature. In a division that has been flooded with great drivers, Rusty Trimble got the early lead on Friday night. After Trimble it was Aaron Marrant driving to the lead after working the extreme high side line at Lakeside. Several drivers were in the hunt during the early portion of the event. Trimble, Gene Claxton, Marrant, Jake Richards, last week’s winner, Terry Bruner, Steve McDowell and others were knocking heads at the front of the field as the green flag dropped. Newton was systematically working his way to the front. On a restart Marrant took over the lead by running the bottom of the track. That’s right! The bottom of the track. Once in the lead, Marrant moved back to the top. Meanwhile Newton stuck to his guns and laid on the bottom.

The bottom line and Newton would drive on to victory. The win would help Newton’s quest for a points championship and it was his 3rd victory of the season. The most wins by anyone in the B Mod division. Marrant finished 2nd, Claxton raced his way to a 3rd place finish, it was another strong run for Jake Richards in 4th and Steve McDowell celebrated a 5th place finish. When you take the checkered flag first at Lakeside Speedway, it means that you have won the race on the track. To get your win you also have to make it through a post race tech inspection. Bobby Tavis III drove won of his best races on Friday night as he would win, unfortunately for Tavis he didn’t survive the long arm of the law in the tech area.

In the tech area Tavis had an issue with his trailing arms that would, in the end, gain him a disqualification. All this action after the race meant that Justin Seifert, the driver who finished 2nd but made it through the inspection, was declared the winner. Seifert had a great run on the night. He started in the 10th spot and drove past some strong cars to finish in the top spot.

The Factory Stock class, overall, put on a great race. Coming to the checkered flag a total of 5 cars had a legitimate shot at winning the race. Brett Heeter finished in the 2nd spot, after starting on the pole position JR Billings would finish in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Jason Ryun, who started 13th in the feature, and Caleb Mclellan finished in 5th after
starting 14th in the main.

The action continues next Friday night at Lakeside Speedway for the 10th race of the 2012 season. For more information go to their home on the world wide web, www.lakesidespeedway.net

Lakeside Speedway Readies For Prime Time Friday Night

June 15th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – It was one week ago that the Factory Stocks, B Mods, Grand Nationals & Modifieds lit up the fast 1/2 mile of Lakeside Speedway.

Metro Sports came to Lakeside to show the viewing area just what goes on at Lakeside Speedway on Friday nights. The night ended up being a success as the action on the speedway shines brighter than any light at the track. This Friday night, June 15, the fans, employees, racers and tv crew will do it all over again for PictureMeNight At The Races.

Eight races into the season and it has been a solid success for Lakeside Speedway. The car count has been averaging triple digits each week, the racing action is as good as it has ever been at Lakeside and in the early part of the season Mother Nature has restored order at Lakeside.

Last Friday night in the Modified division Cody Agler roared to his 3rd win in 2012. Agler made short work getting to the front of the field. From the point position, Agler went off and hid from the competiton.

This season the Modified class has been dominated by two drivers Agler and Tim Karrick. These two drivers have won 7 of the 8 features. It appears that the off-season tinkering has paid dividends to these two drivers. Look for the rest of class to start working overtime to try and match the efforts of Karrick and Agler.

The early season points lead is in the hands of Karrick. Cody Agler, Joe Walker, Nic Bidinger and Bubba Harvey are the rest of the top 5.

Gary Donaldson had to work hard for his win last Friday night. It was his 5th win of the season for Donaldson. He worked his way to the front of the field late in the race and a slip by the leader, Marshall Jewett, allowed Donaldson to head to the top spot. From there it was all Donaldson to the finish.

The points battle is taking shape as Donaldson leads the division by 32 points. Kelby Ostrander, Darren Kling, Jim Baker and Marshall Jewett are in the top 5 looking to move up this week.

One class that is getting better each and every week is the B Mod class. Terry Bruner took over the lead from Luke Nieman with 4 laps to go last week on the way to his 1st win of the season. The main event saw several drivers battle it out. Three, four and five wide racing could be seen on the track. B Mods are slowly becoming a fan favorite.

Top 5 in the points standings currently are Nick Newton, Gene Claxton, Bruner, Mike Higley and Jake Richards.

Just like the B Mods, the Factory Stocks have been providing Lakeside Speedway fans with the old reliable, great close racing. John O’Neal Jr., driving under an alias, put his car into victory lane. Once in victory lane it was time to show everyone just who was behind the wheel. To everyone’s surprise it was O’Neal and not Jim Connely. The feature event
had everything, suspense, drama, action and adventure. Factory Stock racers will continue to put on an awesome race this weekend.

In the closest points race at Lakeside Speedway, Justin Sierfert leads Joe Smith Jr. by just a single point in the division. There is still a long way to go for all racers.

Spectator gates open up at 5:00 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first green flag racing action goes down at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 will be $6 and children 7 and under get in Free at Lakeside Speedway!

For more information visit Lakeside’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Agler, Donaldson, Bruner & O’Neal Shine At Lakeside Speedway

June 10th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Everything went off without a hitch on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway. It was just another night that saw a ton of fans and 92 racers checked in for Kenny’s Tile Night at the races. Metro Sports was also on hand to deliver the 1st of 11 broadcasts of the racing action from Lakeside Speedway. All of these different variables provided for some great racing action on the track.

Mark Hoover (Maryville, Mo) and Joe Cobb (Kansas City) would bring the Modified field down for the start of the feature on Friday night. Hoover would get the early drop on the field as he went to the point position early in the race. Austin Siebert (Grandview, Mo) would be the next driver to take the top spot.

Siebert’s major sponsor on his car, Kenny’s Tile, was also the race night sponsor at Lakeside Speedway. It looked as if the stars were lining up to ut him in victory lane at the end of the night, but someone forgot to tell Cody Agler (Emporia).

Agler worked to the inside of Siebert coming out of turn number 4. The two would stay side by side as the entered turn 1. Agler would gain a slight advantage exiting turn 2 and by the time they completed the current lap, Agler was in the top spot. He continued to flex his muscle once in the lead. Agler would run away from the competition and build an
insurmountable lead over the rest of the competition.

The feature event would end up going flag to flag without a single caution lap. Agler would take the checkered flag for the 3rd time this season. Currently, Agler and the runner-up, Tim Karrick (Basehor) have had a monopoly on winning this season. As Agler won last night, the two drivers have won 7 of the 8 races completed in 2012.

Shad Badder (Oak Grove, Mo) had a strong outing on his 1st night at Lakeside this season. In the first 3 laps, Badder raced from his 15th starting position into 5th. On lap number 9 he would find his way into the 2nd spot. A late race pass by Karrick would leave Badder with an impressive 3rd place finish. Darron Fuqua (Mayetta), the only other driver besides Agler and Karrick to win a feature this season, raced his way to a 4th place finish. ‘Bubba’ Harvey (Kansas City) would come home in the 5th position to round out the top 5.

In the past names like Kerry Davis, Gene Claxton, and Nic Bidinger have dominated in the Grand National division while running to titles. Could this be the year that Gary Donaldson (Liberty, Mo.) follows in their footsteps? Friday night he took another step in the direction of those former champions. Donaldson would get his 5th win of the season on Friday
night and it would be one that he had to earn the hard way.

Steve Dibben (Smithville, Mo) and Marshall Jewett (Garnder) got this feature underway from the front row. After the drop of the green flat it wouldn’t be long before a familiar face, Tim Shields (Kansas City, Mo) took over at the front of the field.

Shields, a multiple time feature winner in past seasons at Lakeside, has been struggling in the 2012 race season. For a moment Friday night, it appeared that Shields had shook his bad luck and looked to be driving off to victory. Jewett would come back and take the lead from Shields. Jewett, a feature winner this season in the Grand National and Factory Stock classes, drove the high line lap after lap. In what would turn out to be one of the best Grand National features of the season, several drivers were slicing and dicing behind Jewett for position.

Donaldson began to march to the front late in the race. He watched as cars in front moved through multiple grooves, while gaining positions ahead of him. It helped him in finding the fast way around the track. As the laps wound down, Donaldson moved into the 2nd spot. He set up a showdown with Jewett. Jewett was content running the top of the track, it would be a move that would be fatal for Jewett. Jewett would push up next to the wall late in the race and it would be all that was needed for Donaldson to gain the upper hand. Donaldson would motor on to his 5th win of the season. The win would keep him in the points lead for another week and it pushed him closer to following in the footsteps of past Grand Nationals Champions.

Jewett finished in the 2nd spot, getting his highest finish of the season in 3rd was Shields, Darren Kling (Basehor) raced to a 4th place finish and Jim Baker (Kansas City) continued his solid performance in 2012 with a 5th place finish.

In the Factory Stock feature event the fans were wondering all night long, who is Barry Soetoro? For the 2nd straight week, Soetoro, hailing from Parts Unknown, continued to show off his driving skills at Lakeside Speedway. A week ago he finished with a top 10, Friday night Soetoro was on the move early in the main event.

Once again the overall feel in the Factory Stock class is one of great competition. At the drop of the green flag fans were treated by several laps of side by side racing from the entire field. On Friday night 4 and 5 wide racing was the norm in this feature. The battle got started with Cliff Hedges Jr. (Kansas City, Mo) getting the drop on the field.

Soetoro would make his move going into turn one for the lead. He would follow the middle groove as he went passed Hedges for the lead on the 4th lap. The feature would stay green until lap 9. It would be the first of a series of yellows to plaque the main event. The first restart would have a significant impact on the outcome of the feature.

Scotty Moore (Kansas City) and Hedges were the first row behind the leader on the restart. Hedges made a hard push for the lead heading into turn 1 and it appeared as if he was going to take the lead. In the middle of the turn Hedges car jumped out from under him and he would spin. In doing so he collected Brett Heeter (Kansas City), Caleb McClellan (Kansas City, Mo) & Jason Ryun (Kansas City, Mo). All cars that were in contention before this spin occurred.

One the action got back to green flag racing, Soetoro was the class of the field. He made all the right moves and the right moments and drove to the win in just his 2nd race ever. Or was it? As Soetoro climbed out of his car in victory lane, it was revealed that Soetoro was actually John O’Neal Jr. racing under an alias. O’Neal a longtime racer in the Kansas City area, jumped in to the ride of Jim Conley’s a few weeks ago to help him out. O’Neal, a former Lakeside Speedway feature winner in multiple classes, showed Conley just how fast his car would go. Fast enough to win a feature. The fans cheered on O’Neal/Soetoro as he accepted his trophy after the win.

Jay Barnes (Kearney, Mo) fell back in the race only to fight his way back to a strong runner-up finish, Justin Seifert (Kansas City) completed the feature in 3rd, 4th was Marshall Jewett (Gardner) and racing from 17th to 5th in the main was Nate Barnes (Kearney, Mo).

The B Mod feature was shaping up to be a battle royal. Gene Claxton (Kansas City, Mo), Nick Newton (Kansas City), Terry Bruner (Sugar Creek, Mo), Jake Richards (Kansas City), Mike Higley (Tecumseh), Aaron Marrant (Orrick, Mo) and a first time racer, Brad Smith (Belton, Mo) were just a few of several big names that highlighted the competition.

At the start of the race it was surprise racer going to the lead. Luke Nieman (Nortonville) put together a strong run on Friday night. He jumped out to the early lead and maintained it for more than 1/2 of the race. Nieman, would actually, lead all the way up to lap 11. A late race yellow would bunch the field up once gain and all the aforementioned racers were right behind Nieman on the restart waiting to make a move.

On the restart it was Bruner that would get the best run at Nieman. Coming out of turn two Bruner got to the inside of Nieman and down the backstretch took Nieman’s line away from him. Bruner would gain the lead on lap 12 and when took the lead, the flood gates opened for others as positions started changing rapidly all over.

Bruner would hang on for the final 3 laps and pick up the win. It would be a satisfying night for Bruner as his car builder, Newton finished 2nd and his teamate, Smith finished in the 3rd place postion. It was a podium sweep for Team Cheetah Chassis.

Nieman held on for a strong 4th place finish and Richards rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

Lakeside Speedway gets back to racing action next Friday night, June 15th for PictureMeRacing Night at The Races.

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Repeat Winners Drive To Victory At Lakeside Speedway

June 3rd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Friday night at Lakeside Speedway it was McCarthy Chevrolet Night at the races. Every season since the track returned to dirt, McCarthy has been a prominent sponsor and supporter of Lakeside Speedway. They also have been the main sponsor on the #1K Modified of Tim Karrick. Karrick seems to rise to the occasion with a win every time they sponsor a race night at Lakeside.

Karrick didn’t let McCarthy down as he won yet another Modified feature on McCarthy Night at the races.

Tom Grist would get the early jump in the feature. He started on the pole position and quickly got out in front. Grist would hold down a nice lead over the competition until a yellow flag would wipe that lead away. Before the yellow flag fell on the speedway, several drivers were jockeying for position back in the pack.

On the restart, Karrick put the pressure on Grist coming to the flagstand. As the two cars entered turn 1, Karrick put his Skyrocket on the top side of the track and flexed his muscle. Leaving turn two he had the lead after starting the feature outside of row number 4.

Karrick would motor his way to another dominating performance. It would be his 4th win in 7 races in 2012 at Lakeside. As several more races are left, Karrick could be zeroing in on some historical marks at the track. The most wins in a single season for the Modified division is 10, held by Clint Bowyer, and the most wins Karrick has ever had in a single season is 8. If the current trend continues for Karrick, he could eclipse both of those numbers this season.

The only other driver to win multiple features this season, Cody Agler, finished 2nd on the night, Joe Walker, who pressured Karrick for awhile at the top spot, mustered a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Nic Bidinger and rounding out the top 5 was Kerry Davis.

It was another stunning victory by Nick Newton in the B Mod feature.

Gene Claxton got out in front of the competition on Friday night and appeared to be cruising to his 2nd win of the season. If you were a fan that got up and did something else or went home, you missed one of the great finishes at Lakeside Speedway.

While Claxton enjoyed a big lead out in front, it was Terry Bruner and Newton putting on the chase for Claxton.

At one point Newton found out that the high side gave him a little more momentum. It looked like he found his groove and was starting to knock down Claxton’s lead. Just as it appeared that he was gaining on the leader, Newton and Bruner’s advancement stalled out. That was until there was only 1 lap to go and a lapped car would happen to play a part in this story.

Coming to the white flag Claxton would run up on Terry Wilburn. Wilburn was doing what he was suppose to, holding his line on the speedway. It just happened to be the exact same line of the leader. Claxton moved up the track to go around Wilburn and in the process lost a little of his momentum. Newton, on the other hand, was going for broke. As Claxton slowed a bit, Newton hammered his Cheetah Chassis deep into turn 1.

Out of turn 2 both driver would get by Wilburn. Side by side they went down in to turn 3 for the final time. Claxton took the low line and Newton chose the high line. The high line would push Newton to the front coming out of 4 by half a car length over Claxton and they would stay that way to the checkered flag.

This was Newton’s 2nd feature win in the B Mod class.

Terry Burner finished in the 3rd position, former Factory Stock and Grand National Champion at Lakeside, Tim Billings, finished in 4th and Rodney Schweizer celebrated with his best finish of 5th in the A Main.

Another full field (24 cars) entered to do battle on Friday night. The strong car count produced some great racing action on the speedway but in the end it was a familiar driver pulling down the top honors.

Gary Donaldson started 6th in the A Main Friday night. He blasted into the lead on lap number 2 and he would drive away for his 4th win of the season. Donaldson has already set a personal record with his 4 victories in a single season and now he is looking to rack up as many as he can get, while collecting the Grand National Track Championship!

It’s still a long way to go for that yet and there are a lot of drivers that will be looking to make their programs stronger in the coming weeks.

Former feature winner, Darren Kling, raced is way to the runner-up spot, Don Marrs drove from 13th to finish 3rd, 4th went to Kelby Ostrander and Frank Littrell motored from 18th to 5th in the main event.

The Factory Stock Feature was the first feature of the night and it set the tone for the repeat winners.

Kevin McGinnis and Hank Thompson brought the field to the green flag, but when the feature started Brett Heeter took the lead before they hit the flag stand!

Heeter put the screws down on the top spot. He would have to hold on in the end though as a familiar face would give him run to the checkered flag.

Leading every lap means nothing if you don’t get to the checkered flag first. As Heeter ran up front, Justin Seifert and Scotty Moore were going toe to toe for that 2nd place spot. A late race yellow would set up a 3 lap dash to the finish.

On the restart Heeter drove back to the lead, but Seifert would dispose of Moore and set his sights on Heeter. The two would shrink their gap on the white flag lap. Heading into the final turn Heeter would pull along side the leader coming out of turn 4. Heeter would stomp on the gas one last time as he would edge out Seifert at the line for the win.

The win would be Heeter’s 2nd win of the season in the Factory Stock division.

Moore would finish in 3rd, 4th went to Jason Ryun after starting 16th in the feature and Calleb McClellan rounded out the top 5 in the 5th position.

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Fuqua Finally Gets Win At Lakeside Speedway

May 28th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – It was about a year ago when Darron Fuqua was about to win his first Modified Feature at Lakeside Speedway. Unfortunately on that night with two laps to go, a lapped car wrecked right in front of Fuqua and crashed him out of the A Main. As Lakeside was washed out by the flood of 2011, Fuqua had to wonder all year long, am I going to get a win at Lakeside Speedway? The answer he wanted and was looking for was found tonight. Fuqua rolled to his 1st Modified Feature win.

The Modified main event got off to a scary start on the opening lap. Danny Charles received contact from Mark Schafman. Jumping up out of the groove was Charles and with no where to go he would slam the wall on the front straight. After this early altercation got cleaned up, it was back to racing.

On the restart it would be Fuqua taking command. His Venom Chassis was on a rail tonight as he encountered lapped traffic quickly into the main event. As he was into lapped traffic other competitors were trying to keep pace with Fuqua. They found that path to be awful tough. At one point his lead would stretch for an entire straightaway over the 2nd place car of Cody Agler.

Fuqua had taken the white flag and was getting ready to receive the checkers out of turn 4, when the ever dreaded YELLOW FLAG came out. It wiped away his big lead and it bunched everyone together for a green, white, checkered shootout.

The restart was a solid one. Nic Bidinger would mount a run at Fuqua on the restart. It would be all for not as Tim North Jr. would bring out another yellow in turn 1. So, for another break in time, Fuqua would have to do it all over again.

A final restart would come, but it didn’t take to long for Fuqua to drop the hammer on the competition yet again. Fuqua quickly jumped back into the lead and sped off to his first win at Lakeside Speedway. Not bad for a guy who just started racing dirt 4 1/2 years ago.

Bidinger would have a very good run finishing in the runner-up spot, Justin Johnson continued to show improvement in his program with a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Jason Bodenhammer and 5th would be last week’s feature winner, Tim Karrick.

Frank Littrell jumped out to the lead at the beginning of the Grand National main event.

A yellow flag would come out for the 42T of Tim Shields, as he went up in flames down in turn number 1.

On the restart a challenge for the lead was mounted by, two time feature winner in the 2012, Gary Donaldson. Donaldson used his Yancy power to put him in the top spot. Donaldson would get a challenge from Jim Baker, who would make a couple of runs at the leader. A few times Baker would get alongside Donaldson, but Donaldson would thwart every advancement from the 2nd place car. Late in the race the two even made contact, but the outcome would not change. Donaldson would hang on for his 3rd feature win of the season.

Baker would finish 2nd, 3rd went to the early leader, Littrell, who appeared to be battling mechanical problems all night, 4th was Eddie Ingram and rounding out the top 5 was Chris Littrell.

Not only do racers have to be the first one to the checkered flag to win a race, they also have to survive the post-race tech inspection before they are declared the winners. Friday night was a tough time for both the drivers that appeared to win on the track, as they would be disqualified in the tech area.

The Factory Stock feature at Lakeside Speedway is always filled with excitement. Scotty Moore, a feature winner from earlier this season, took the upper hand in the early portion of the race Friday night. Several cars were in contention as the heavy, fast condition seemed to be to the racers’ liking.

It wasn’t long before there was a big battle up front. Anthony Whitham and Marshall Jewett made their way to the 2nd and 3rd positions on the track. At one point both drivers would make the pass of Moore and move into the top 2 spots on the speedway.

Whitham would take the lead. A couple of late race restarts would shuffle the pack up. Justin Seifert, a winner from early this season, charged hard in the last few laps. A total of 7 to 8 cars seemed to be in the hunt for the win as they all would battle heading to the white flag. Siefert would lose his momentum and give way as Joe Smith Jr., another feature winner in 2012, Jewett and Moore all raced back by heading down the back shoot.

None of the drivers would have anything for Whitham as he took the checkered flag, but the race wasn’t officially over yet.

Upon heading into the technical inspection after the race it was uncovered the Whitham had lightened rear axles on his Factory Stock. For a driver to use lightened axles, would be a violation of the rules set forth for the class. Whitham’s win was vacated and placed in the hands of the runner-up, Jewett.

Marshall Jewett now becomes the 6th different winner in the Factory Stock division in 2012.

Scotty Moore would hold on for 2n, Seifert would finish in 3rd, coming in at 4th was Smith Jr. and Nate Barnes pulled down a top 5 finishing in the 5th position.

In the B Mod Feature it was a dream run for Steve McDowell. Friday night the racing surface was fast, heavy and smooth at Lakeside. This was a combination that McDowell found to suit his driving style.

No driver in 2012 has one multiple features in this division.

McDowell appeared as if he was going to be winner #6 on the night. He took to the lead and met every charge from the field on each restart. His orange #22 rocketed around the 1/2 mile for 15 laps taking the checkered flag.

Just like in the Factory Stock feature, a driver has to get through the post race tech inspection without having any violations, before officially getting the win. In the B Mod post race tech inspection the winner, McDowell, would be disqualified for having gun drilled axles on his car. The win on the track was vacated and handed to the 2nd place driver, Mike Higley.

Higley would become the first repeat winner at Lakeside Speedway in the B Mods. The winner on opening night repeats on night number 6 at Lakeside Speedway.

Gunnar Martin would have his best finish at Lakeside coming home in the 2nd position, fan favorite, Aaron Marrant, 3 wheeled his way to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Terry Bruner who drove from 16th to 4th and Chad Clancy moved up from his 12th place starting spot to finish in 5th at the end of the night.

Lakeside Speedway will be back in action again next Friday night. For more information on Lakeside Speedway, log on to their home on the world wide web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Ostrander Scores Grand National Win At Lakeside Speedway

May 22nd, 2012

Kansas City, KS – It was another night of 100 plus competitors at Lakeside Speedway. The weather was beautiful, the fans turned out in force and the racers were ready to get it on for yet another night in 2012. Three of the 4 features were newcomers to victory lane in 2012. It would have been another new winner, but Tim Karrick had to spoil the fun in the Modified Feature. All in all it was another fun night at Lakeside Speedway.

Kelby Ostrander has visited victory lane before at Lakeside Speedway. His last win at Lakeside was in 2009 in the Factory Stock division. Ostrander has been in the Grand National division going on 2 plus years and he has yet to visit victory lane, that was, until tonight. Ostrander has put together some solid runs over the years in the Grand Nationals, but luck and other events have kept him from getting that elusive victory. In 2012, Ostrander has been one fast competitor. Tonight he had to run down Dennis Melvin, the early leader, and overtake him for the lead. It didn’t take Ostrander too long to get to the top spot. The problem was holding on to it. Several drivers seem to be knocking at the door, only to have Ostrander close it on them as he began to pull away from the field.

Not only did he have to pull away from the field, he also had to withstand a ton of yellow flags to get his first win. Every time he built up a lead, it seemed as if a caution would come out on command. Each time this bunched the field up but Ostrander was ready for the task. He pulled away each time on his first win in a little over 2 years. Eddie Ingram had his best run of the season finishing 2nd, 3rd went to Dennis Melvin, 4th was Don Marrs and rounding out the top 5 was Marshall Jewett.

In the Modified division Tim Karrick is beginning to corner the market on wins in 2012. Friday night Karrick rolled to win #3 on the season. It was Kerry Davis that jumped to the early lead. Karrick, Joe Walker and Aarron Marrant became the front-runners at giving chase to Davis in the lead. Several different lines of racing were evident on the speedway.
Marrant launched to his wall riding, Karrick was hugging the bottom and Walker raced just off the bottom favoring the middle of the track. As the laps clicked off Davis began to feel the heat. Karrick had made his way to the front and was looking for more. Taking to the bottom of the track Karrick gained an advantage by rushing in on Davis’s inside. From there the two appeared to make contact, but still continued to battle for the lead position. Karrick would end up winning the battle over Davis. At the top spot, Karrick, began to extend his top spot. Davis would give chase in 2nd, Marrant would take his shot at Karrick but suffered mechanical problems and then it was back to Davis to give chase once again.

Nobody was going to catch Karrick and his Skyrocket on this night. He sped away to his 3rd win our of 5 races in 2012.

Davis would end up in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to the youngster from Emporia, Cody Agler, 4th went to Mark Schafman and driving from 18th to 5th was Grant Junghans.

A Cinderella story was brewing in the B Mod class. Rusty Trimble, who lost his father Duke earlier this year, got off to a good start on the night getting the win in his heat race. By winning his heat and his finish from last week, Trimble would get a front row starting spot.

Starting at the front is a good thing, but in the B Mod division you have to think that the top spot is up for grabs any week. So far this season there has been 4 features run and there are 4 different winners so far. Was Trimble going to shock the world and pick up the win? Someone forgot to clue Gene Claxton in on this feel good story of 2012. Claxton, one of the winning est drivers to ever race at Lakeside Speedway, has gotten off to a slow start in 2012. Claxton is a driver that a lot of folks look to as a perennial front runner, but this division is getting tougher as the years go by.

Trimble would hold the lead until Jake Richards and Claxton would make the pass by for the top 2 spots. A late race restart allowed Claxton to shoot from the top of the track and he would take the lead from Richards. From there it was all Claxton. Several B Mod racers were banging it out at the front of the field this week. Jake Richards, Aaron Marrant and Mike Higley spent some time at the front half of the field. The competition seems to be getting better and better every week. The racing action is proving that this theory is true.

Nick Newton, a former feature winner, finished in the 2nd spot, in 3rd was Tim Billings, who celebrated his best run of the season in 3rd, Aaron Marrant charged from 12th to 4th and Jake Richards continued his good fortune in the B Mod division with a 5th place finish. It was a year ago that Brett Heeter was leading the points in the Factory Stock division at Lakeside Speedway. Heeter walked away from racing to pursue his job. Needing money at the time, Heeter made the wise decision to work more hours, it cut back his time for racing and eventually led to him packing it in for the season early.

He didn’t get out on opening night, but since returning to action in 2012, Heeter has been one tough customer.

Tonight he knew that if he wanted to get up front he was going to have to get passed a few people and quickly. Bobby Tavis and Adam Parris brought the field to the green flag to start the A Main. It was Tavis that got out to the early advantage, but just like he thought Heeter was making double time to the front of the field. Out of turn two Heeter took the lead. Running a smooth line on the top of the race track, the former feature winner and track champion in the Factory Stock division, marched to his 1st win of the season.

Tavis would finish 2nd, 3rd went to Justin Seifert, Jay Barnes topped off a good night in 4th and going from 13th to 5th in the A Main was Jason Park.

Action at Lakeside Speedway continues next Friday night May, 25.

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Another Strong Show At Lakeside Speedway, Karrick, Kling, Ryun & Wood All Winners

May 12th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – There wasn’t a full moon, the closest rain was found in and around the Topeka area and for yet another week Lakeside Speedway had a strong program completed in 2 hours and 20 minutes. Ninety seven cars checked in to battle on Friday night and it was also another great night of racing action.

The Modified feature could be divided up into 3 segments.

“Bubba” Harvey dominated the first third of the race. Starting from the 2nd row the driver from KCK, sped into the lead and put some distance between himself and the competition. If fans weren’t paying attention, it might have been tough to spot Harvey way out in front as the leader. All good things must come to an end, so they say? While Harvey came into lapped traffic, Tim Karrick was roaring through the field from his 8th starting spot.

It didn’t matter whether he needed to go high, low or in the middle. Karrick could do know wrong. Karrick, from Basehor, chipped away at Harvey’s lead until coming out of turn 4, Karrick used a lapped car to perfection to take over the lead. As Harvey did before him, Karrick started to sprint away from the competition. At least until the white flag came out. This opened up the show for the last 1/3 of the race. A yellow flag came out, reverting the field back to the last yellow flag lap. It also wiped out the lead that Karrick amassed while running up front. Darron Fuqua, Cody Agler and Joe Walker were looking to out gun the veteran at the finish. As the green came back out, Karrick jetted back into the lead. This time Darron Fuqua would have enough umph to make a close race. Karrick took the white flag only to feel the pressure from the young driver from Mayetta. On the last corner Fuqua would go high and Karrick hung to the bottom of the race track.

Exiting turn four Karrick maintained a slight advantage over Fuqua that would hold as the two drivers received the yellow and the checkered at the same time. Karrick notched yet another win at Lakeside Speedway.  Since Karrick and Fuqua were the only two drivers to take the checkered flag and the yellow came out, the drivers from 3rd on back will have to revert back one lap to find their finishing positions. At this time of press, the exact finish of the Modified feature was not known. After conferring with the scorers, JD Green, Competition Director, will make the official finish from 3rd on back.

This weekend we will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday. Grand National driver, Darren Kling from Basehor gave his mom and sisters an early present. Kling rewarded them with a victory on Friday night. The moment is something that should be celebrated. Darren’s pit crew is made up of his mother and 2 sisters. One of whom, recently became a mother herself. All three women make up Darren’s pit crew every Friday night at Lakeside. What a better gift than a win on Mother’s Day Weekend? It was one of the longest features of the night. Several competitors would suffer mechanical problems or be involved in one, of several, accidents. By the end of the feature less than half the field fell out do to one problem or another.
Kling kept his eye on the prize as he drove to his 1st win of the 2012 season. Kling, the driver from Basehor, has suffered from minor set backs. Problems on the first night, problems while leading on the 2nd night and the list goes on and on. These were some of the things on his mind heading into the race, but he had felt the car was coming around and he could make a statement behind the wheel.

Kelby Ostrander, from Oskaloosa, raced his way to a hard fought runner-up finish, 3rd went to Frank Littrell, of Claycomo, MO., Sam Schuler, KCK, hung in for one of his best features of the night and rounding out the top 5 was Jim Baker.

When you have been around more than 5 years in one class, you become a veteran. Jason Ryun is that veteran. When you become a vet. Ryun is one of those drivers that likes to intimidate his other competitors. That’s why he picked up the win on Friday night in the Factory Stock division. Ryun set sail for position number 1 at the drop of the green flag. As cars began to part like the Red Sea, Ryun was sailing through all the lapped traffic.

Ryun was concerned about a few drivers that were scheduled to start ahead of him in the feature. It didn’t show on the track as Ryun worked his way to the front. At the top spot, he wasn’t going to be denied on this night. As the checkered flag fell, there was still a large distance between Ryun and the rest of the competition.

From 2nd position through 5th, it seemed to be a block party from guys claiming KCK as their home. Justin Siefert came in at the runner up spot, 3rd went to JR Billing, 4th was Darrin Christy and the opening night winner, Joe Smith Jr., finished inside the top 5 in the 5th spot.

It wasn’t long ago that Bobby Wood just missed out on a B Mod win at Lakeside Speedway. After that race he told me that he thought the white flag was a yellow flag. This mix-up caused him to miss out on a win that might have been rightfully his.

Wood stepped on the throats of the competition on Friday night. The high line was the preferred line around the speedway. The track had a little more bite in it this week and Wood took to the top of the track and put the hammer down. Unwavering, Wood stayed there until the end.

This also might have caused him so problems. A couple of lapped cars stayed in the groove that Wood was running. By not moving his line, Wood made contact with the lapped cars. Hoping not to have anything go wrong, the Gods smiled down on Wood and he drove to the win.

Mike Higley drove from the 9th starting spot in the feature to 2nd, it was Higley’s brother, Steven Goodman, with his 1st top 5 at Lakeside Speedway, Nick Newton, who was last week’s feature winner drove to an impressive 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 would be Terry Bruner.

Lakeside Speedway will be back in action again next Friday night, May 18. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps 7 p.m. and the first green will wave at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 $6 and children 7 and under are FREE.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway, visit them on the world wide web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Kansas City’s Lakeside Speedway and Sedalia’s Missouri State Fair Speedway Team Up for the Tompkins Industries Mo-Kan

May 12th, 2012

Two of the biggest and fastest race tracks in the Kansas City region have combined forces to make an already scheduled big weekend of racing even bigger and more unforgettable! This August, the tracks will host the first-ever MO-KAN Sprint Car Shootout presented by Tompkins Industries and Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps/Impact4800.com!

The combined effort includes two powerful nights of action on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas just off I-435 and Wolcott Drive. The best of the best in the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Warrior Region will take to Marc and Page Olson’s half-mile speed plant beginning their quest to claim a part of the $1,500 added prize money up for grabs during the shootout. As the race draws near, continue to check back to www.lakesidespeedway.net or call (913) 299-2040 for event details.

The final night of action for the shootout moves across the river to the ‘Historic Half Mile’ in Sedalia, Missouri, on Sunday, August 19 with the crowning of the champion. Although it seems like an eternity before another exciting Missouri State Fair begins, in reality, the hot August nights will be here before you know it with the crowning of the Missouri State Fair Champions in three premiere racing divisions, including modifieds, MLRA late models, and the Tompkins Industries MO-KAN Sprint Car Shootout presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps/Impact4800.com to bring the 110th year of the Missouri State Fair to a close.

A special three-night mini point championship will determine the shootout champion over the course of the weekend. The standard ASCS point structure will be in effect. First place will take away an extra $500 with second receiving $400, third $300, fourth, $200, and fifth place claiming an extra $100. There are no special entry fees to compete and be eligible for the shootout and added prize money.

“I couldn’t be happier than to team up with Marc and Page and the entire crew at Lakeside Speedway to put this together for the drivers,” commented Missouri State Fair Speedway’s Clint Brown. “Then throw in two great companies like Tompkins Industries and Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps/Impact4800.com and we couldn’t be more excited for the weekend to get here.”

Tompkins Industries is an industry leader in hydraulic adapters and related products. Working throughout the United States and Canada, Tompkins strives to be the leader in new products, services, and innovations while offering the highest level of service and quality products. Stop by the Tompkins Industries website at www.tompkinsind.com or give them a call at 800-255-1008. When it comes to hydraulic adapters make Tompkins Industries your stop.

Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is your full service provider for all your sign, awning, and wrap needs. Located in Sedalia, Missouri Impact is the only name you need to know when it comes to “branding” your company. Visit Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps at www.impact4800.com or give them a call at 660-829-4800.

For ASCS Speedway Motors Warrior Region information, call 573-375-0085 or visit them on the web at www.ascsracing.com.

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CARB Night At The Races Friday, May 11th at Lakeside Speedway!

May 9th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – An exciting night is headed to Lakeside Speedway this Friday night, May 11, 2012, as it is C.A.R.B. Night At The Races!

C.A.R.B.’s (which stands for Central Auto Racing Boosters) mission is to promote interest in and understanding of the auto racing sport in Missouri and elsewhere among the general public. To induce the cooperation of fans, car owners, track officials, and the general public. To encourage better sportsmanship at the race tracks.

The group achieves their goals in many different ways. By becoming a member of C.A.R.B., for a $10 membership fee, it will get you in to Lakeside this Friday night. It also gets you in free to other C.A.R.B. membership tracks as well. Fans can watch 4 nights of racing at different tracks in the area for $10! What a deal. Not only do you get into race tracks for free, but you you get to belong to an organization that loves the sport of racing and does everything in their power to help promote racing!

Drivers at Lakeside will also receive a bonus, if they are C.A.R.B. members. At the end of the night drivers will receive extra cash, courtesy of C.A.R.B. It doesn’t have to be a C.A.R.B. night to be special at Lakeside Speedway.

In 2012 Lakeside, after 3 races, is averaging 112 competitors per night. Last week there was a full field of 24 in each of the features in the B Mods, Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and Modifieds! The more the competitors, the better the action is getting on the track.

Cody Agler has been the dominate force in the Modified division during the first 3 races of the season. On opening night he had a huge lead before popping a motor, he dominated in winning the 2nd race of the season and then last week he used a last lap, last corner pass of Aaron Marrant to win his 2nd feature of the season. Several drivers have stepped up their programs each week, so this week Agler should get a tough test.

Heading into last week’s Grand National feature, Gary Donaldson had a strangle hold on victory lane. Last week his grip loosened up just a bit. Marshall Jewett, one of the only drivers doing double duty at Lakeside also racing in the Factory Stock division, marched to the win last week. Jewett used his patience to provide him with the opportunity to take the lead late in the race. Jewett would fend off Donaldson by the length of his ’63 Vette. A whopping total of 26 Grand Nationals were on hand last week. Not to bad for a class everyone thought was dying out.

The Factory Stock feature event gave us the biggest snooze fest of the night, and yet again it was a close race, but not as close as the other 3 features. Scotty Moore picked up his 1st win of the season last Friday night. More took the lead early in the feature and then outlasted all his competitors and held on when the race was shortened, due to time restrictions. Look for this class to pick up the pace this weekend as several drivers are putting in a bid for that season ending points championship.

It was a an ole fashioned knock down drag out at the end of the end of the B Mod feature. Nick Newton put a monster run on Mike Higley going into the last corner on the last lap, as Newton would not be denied his 1st Lakeside Speedway win in a long, long time! On the last lap Newton, who lead the most laps during the feature, gave up the lead as Higley got under him coming out of turn two. It was a an all or nothing move coming from Newton to win. Everyone in attendance was on their feet for the checkered flag dash! The B Mods also had the largest amount of racers at Lakeside last week as 37 racers checked in.

This week the spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and the first green flag will fly at 7:30 p.m.

C.A.R.B. members will get in FREE with their current membership i.d. Adult tickets for non C.A.R.B. members will be $12, kids 8 to 14 will be $6 and kids 7 and under are always FREE at Lakeside Speedway!

For more information about Lakeside Speedway, visit their home on the world wide web at www.lakesidespeedway.net

Stunning Finishes At Lakeside Speedway

May 6th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Every now and then things just happen to be exciting. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, with 117 competitors, 3 out of 4 features went down to the wire on Joslin’s Jewelry Night at the races. Cody Agler (Emporia, KS) has seen both sides of the coin this year. On opening night he was miles ahead of the competition, only to see his motor blow up. Agler has also picked up a win this season. He can add another victory to his Lakeside resume after Friday night.

Aaron Marrant (Orrick, MO) worked his way into the top spot by motoring past ‘Bubba’ Harvey (KCK). From the top spot, Marrant, the 2011 champ, looked to be on his way to an easy victory. Then again, there are 25 laps in ever Modified Feature event. Agler started in the 8th position and seemed to be hung up at times while navigating traffic. As Marrant would build the lead, Joe Walker (Harrisonville, MO.) put a stranglehold on 2nd place. Positions 3 thru 6 were going back and forth. Danny Charles (Basehor), Darron Fuqua (Mayetta) and Tim Karrick (Basehor) were slicing and dicing it up towards the front half. A couple of yellow flags would allow some of these drivers to get a chance at getting closer to the leader Marrant. The laps began to wind down, and just like a good game of poker, the racers began to show just what they had in their hands. Agler put his Skyrocket chassis on the topside of the race track and used his horsepower to pass several cars. In the process, Agler would work his way up to 2nd and began to eat into Marrant’s lead. Time was getting short. As the white flag went into the air Marrant looked like he was going to hold on for this 2nd win of the year at Lakeisde (he picked up a B Mod win on night 2 this season). Going down the back stretch Agler and Fuqua mounted a run. Entering into turn 3, Agler decided to go for broke. He drove to the bottom of three, gassed it as hard as he could and drove to the lead heading out of turn number 4. Marrant would try to go back under Agler, but something seemed to be wrong with his car as he began to lose steam. Fuqua also went by Marrant and chased Agler to the checkered flag. Agler’s late race heroics would give him his 2nd win of the season, Fuqua’s runner-up finish was his best of 2012, after leading a majority of the race Marrant held on for 3rd, 4th went to Tim Karrick and rounding out the top 5 was Joe Walker.

The Grand National division has only seen 1 winner so far in 2012. Gary Donaldson (Liberty, MO.) won both of the first two features at Lakeside. Just like in the Modified main, it looked as if Donaldson was going to come home with win number 3, but the feature is 20 laps long and not 15 laps. Drivers have been known to take the lead, but to finish with a win you have to hold on to that top spot. Jim Baker (KCK) got the drop on the field as he sprinted out to the early lead. Kelby Ostrander (Oskaloosa) roared around a few cars and found himself in the 2nd position. As a driver that is known to be on the gas 24/7, Ostrander began to make up time on the leader. It wouldn’t be long before he blew into the point position. While Ostrander took the lead, Donaldson moved into 2nd with Darren Kling (Basehor), Baker and Marshall Jewett (Gardner) holding down the rest of the top 5 spots during the early part of the feature. Several yellow flags would haunt the main event. The yellows would prove costly to a few drivers as it would give them time to gather up a plan on how to attack the leader. On Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, if a driver could make it work, there were three distinct lines that one could try.

On one restart Kling shot passed Donaldson to overtake the 2nd spot. Ostrander, Donaldson and Kling would mix it up for a few laps. The momentum would come out in Donaldson’s favor as he moved into the lead just passed the half way mark. Win number 3 was just a few laps away, but wait a minute. A couple more yellow flags would slow this field down. On a late race restart, Jewett raced his way into the 2nd spot past Kling. Not done yet, Jewett lowered the boom and drove passed Donaldson for the lead. On the final turn of the feature event, Donaldson knew he had one last shot. He drove his hot rod in deep at the bottom of turn 3 with the intention of passing the leader and sliding up in front for the win. It wouldn’t happen as Donaldson had to back out of the gas. Jewett sprinted to the win, his 1st of the season. Donaldson finished 2nd, it was another good night for Kling as he finished 3rd, 4th was the early leader Ostrander and Mike Taylor Jr. (KC, MO.) finished in 5th position.

A total of 38 B Mods checked in Friday night at Lakeside. It was a record setting car count for the division and just like the Modifieds and the Grand Nationals, the racing on the track was just as good. Nick Newton (KCK) has been frustrated this season. He has a fast car. Newton knows this and he expects to run up front each and every week. Wanting to and doing that are two different things. Friday night, Newton had his sights set on 1st place and he wasn’t going to let anything derail that plan. Not even one of the hottest B Mod drivers in the area, Mike Higley (Tecumseh).

It was late in the main event and the two drivers broke away from the field. Newton in the lead and Higley fishing for a line that would put him in the lead is what the fans saw for the last 5 laps. Newton used the high line to take the lead, but for some reason he thought the low line was better after he got into the lead. Higley on the other hand decided to follow Newton and took the high line as well. The high line of the track allows Higley to close in. Terry Bruner (Sugar Creek, MO.) moved his way up to the third spot and is on Higley’s rear bumper as they close in on Newton. Flagman, Terry Watland, waved the white flag. The racers would have 1 lap left. Higley would driver under Newton for the lead in turns 1 and 2 on the last lap. Newton wouldn’t give up as he put the heat on Higley in the last corner. Higley held the high line on the speedway, but as stated before, Newton knew what he wanted on this night and that was a victory. Newton buried the car as deep as he could at the bottom of the track. His momentum carried past Higley and exiting turn 4 he was able to complete his night with the B Mod win. Finishing a close 2nd was Higley, Bruner also finished in the money in 3rd, the youngster, Ben Kates (Tonganoxie) came home in 4th and the timeless legend, Gene Claxton (KC, MO.) rounded out the top 5.

Unfortunately, the Factory Stock division, had a lot to live up to on Friday night as all the other classes had compelling races to the finish. It was a good feature even in the Factory Stock division, but it didn’t hold the excitement the others did. Several yellow flags and delays, wouldsee the Factory Stock feature getting cut short on laps late in the race. Scotty Moore (KCK) didn’t mind that the laps got cut short. He was in the lead for a majority of the race. He slid past Jim Conley early in the feature and would go unchallenged the rest of the way. It would be Moore’s first win in 2012. Brett Heeter (KCK) finished in the runner-up spot, it was a good finish for Adam Parris (KCK), who finihsed 3rd, the opening night feature winner, Joe Smith Jr. (KCK), came in 4th and J.R. Billings (KCK) rounded out the top 5.

Lakeside Speedway will be back in action again next Friday night, May 11. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps 7 p.m. and the first green will wave at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 $6 and children 7 and under are FREE.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway, visit them on the world wide web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Darron Fuqua will be looking for some Lakeside Magic!

May 4th, 2012

Lakeside Speedway Itchin To Get Back To Racing Friday Night Kansas City, KS – Sometimes when you get to a track you know it’s going to be good. Last Friday night was one of those nights at Lakeside Speedway. The track was in great shape. It was going to be tacky most of the night and it had multiple grooves from top to bottom. The heat races in the Factory Stocks proved that point with the way they sliced and diced it up to excite the crowd in attendance. Fans were excited until Mother Nature showed up. For the first time this season Mother Nature showed up and laid a shower and thunderstorm in the area that called for the cancellation of the event. It happens from time to time. Racers, fans, sponsors, track owners and workers come to accept the fact. They might not like it, but they accept it. No need to worry long because this Friday night, it’s Joslin’s Jewelry Pre Mothers Day Night at Lakeside Speedway. That’s right, it’s one of the most anticipated nights at Lakeside Speedway every single season.

Gary Joslin, owner of Joslin’s, will be on hand to hand out some of his famous bling to the mothers in attendance. This year Joslin has been tight lipped, so nobody knows just what he has in store for the moms on the night. Fans that were at Lakeside Speedway a week ago will be allowed to use their ticket stubs from last week to gain admittance this week. The same will go for those who were in pit area as well, bring back your arm bands and that will get them into the pits without having to pay again.

In the Modified division, Cody Agler picked up the last win at Lakeside Speedway. As conditions and variables change from week to week you never know just who will step up and take down a win at Lakeside.

Justin Seifert won a wild one in the Factory Stock class two weeks ago. Seifert trailed Cliff Hedges Jr. going into the last corner of the feature. Going into the final turn, Seifert gave Hedges the bump and run to take home the win.

The last B Modified feature was dominated by last years Modified Track Champion at Lakeside Speedway, Aaron Marrant. Marrant put his hot rod on the top side of the track and flirted with the cushion all night long as he went on to the win.

Gary Donaldson has taken the Grand National class by storm during the first 2 races of the season. Two weeks ago Donaldson followed up his opening night win, by promising his wife that he would get another one for her birthday, which was last week. His promise came true as he sprinted out to the lead and drove away from the rest of the field. Is someone going to knock Donaldson off the top spot? Make sure you come out to Lakeside Speedway this Friday night to watch some great racing action and possibly pick up some goodies from Joslin’s Jewelry!

Joslin’s Jewlry Pre Mothers Night At The Races will see the spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and the first heat goes green promptly at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $12, kids 8 to 14 are just $6 and children 7 and under are always FREE at Lakeside Speedway! For more information on Lakeside Speedway, visit their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net

2012 Remaining Schedule
Weekly Series Friday, May 4 – Joslin’s Jewelry Pre Mothers Day Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 11 – C.A.R.B. Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 18- Sports Nutz Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 25- Seeburg Muffler Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 1 – McCarthy Chevrolet Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 8 – Kenny’s Tile Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 15 – Picture Me Racing Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 22 – Johnsonville Brat Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 29 – All State Insurance Night
World of Outlaw Sprint Cars with B-Mods Saturday, June 30
Weekly Series Friday, July 6 with Firework Display Presented by Capitol Federal
USMTS National Championship Series with FS’s Friday, July 13
Weekly Series Friday, July 20 – Coca Cola Night
Weekly Series Friday, July 27 – Advanced Electronics Night
Weekly Series Friday, August 3 – McCarthy Auto Group Night
Weekly Series Friday, August 10 – Seeburg Muffler Might
ASCS Warrior Division + GOTRA, Friday, August 17 – Presented by Tompkins Industries
ASCS Warrior Division + GOTRA, Saturday, August 18 – Presented by Tompkins Industries
Weekly Series Friday, August 24 – Ed’s Trophies Night – Duke Trimble Memorial Battle of the B-Mods
Weekly Series Friday, August 31 – Christy’s Tasty Queen Night
Weekly Series Friday, September 7 – Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Presented By the McCarthy Auto Group
Weekly Series Friday, September 14 – U-Gene’s Deli and Pizza Night
McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic Friday, September 21
McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic Saturday, September 22
Closed Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29 or rain date for McCarthy Classic Weekly Series Friday, October 5
Budweiser Season Points Championship Friday, October 12
Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 Capitol Federal presents the ‘Clyde Ellis’ Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout

In The Pits.Net Night At The Race This Friday At Lakeside Speedway

April 26th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – What a difference a week makes. On opening night Cody Agler, Modified driver from Emporia, looked to be heading to the feature win. Unfortunately, it would never happen. Agler would lose his motor late in the race while leading by a large margin. Certainly one of the lows in racing.

Fast forward 7 days later and it was a long week for Agler. The youngster and his team would have to pull a motor, deliver it back to his motor builder, Gary Stinnett and wait for the call to come another one when it was ready. It didn’t take long and Stinnett had their new bullet done. Agler and crew went back and put the motor in and got the car ready for night #2.

Hungry for the win, it didn’t take Agler long to find the front of the field. Once at the top spot, he would hold on (and his motor would hold on) for the victory.

This Friday night, April, 27, Agler will have a shot at winning race #2 as Lakeside Speedway hosts In The Pits.Net Night At The Races.

In The Pits.Net is a racing website that provides coverage of local, grass-roots racing in the area. Original content, stories, results, pictures and video can be seen on the site, which is 100% free! In honor of being a 100% free website, In The Pits will be giving a total of $100, in cash, for the hard chargers in each of the Modified, Grand National, Factory Stock & B Mod A Mains! The driver that passes the most cars in the feature will be given $25.00 cash at the end of the night!

Justin Seifert won a wild one in the Factory Stock class. Seifert trailed Cliff Hedges Jr. going into the last corner of the feature. Going into the final turn, Seifert gave Hedges the bump and run to take home the win.

The B Modified feature was dominated by last year’s Modified Track Champion at Lakeside Speedway, Aaron Marrant. Marrant put his hot rod on the top side of the track and flirted with the cushion all night long as he went on to the win.

Gary Donaldson has taken the Grand National class by storm during the first 2 races of the season. Last Friday night Donaldson followed up his opening night win, by promising his wife that he would get another one for her birthday, which was last week. His promise came true as he sprinted out to the lead and drove away from the rest of the field.

In The Pits.Net Night At The Races will see the spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and the first heat goes green promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $12, kids 8 to 14 are just $6 and children 7 and under are always FREE at Lakeside Speedway!

For more information on Lakeside Speedway, visit their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net

2012 Remaining Schedule

Weekly Series Friday, April 27 – In The Pits Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 4 – Joslin’s Jewelry Pre Mothers Day Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 11 – C.A.R.B. Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 18- Sports Nutz Night
Weekly Series Friday, May 25- Seeburg Muffler Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 1 – McCarthy Chevrolet Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 8 – Kenny’s Tile Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 15 – Picture Me Racing Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 22 – Johnsonville Brat Night
Weekly Series Friday, June 29 – All State Insurance Night
World of Outlaw Sprint Cars with B-Mods Saturday, June 30
Weekly Series Friday, July 6 with Firework Display Presented by Capitol Federal
USMTS National Championship Series with FS’s Friday, July 13
Weekly Series Friday, July 20 – Coca Cola Night
Weekly Series Friday, July 27 – Advanced Electronics Night
Weekly Series Friday, August 3 – McCarthy Auto Group Night
Weekly Series Friday, August 10 – Seeburg Muffler Might
ASCS Warrior Division + GOTRA, Friday, August 17 – Presented by Tompkins Industries
ASCS Warrior Division + GOTRA, Saturday, August 18 – Presented by Tompkins Industries
Weekly Series Friday, August 24 – Ed’s Trophies Night – Duke Trimble Memorial Battle of the B-Mods
Weekly Series Friday, August 31 – Christy’s Tasty Queen Night
Weekly Series Friday, September 7 – Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Presented By the McCarthy Auto Group
Weekly Series Friday, September 14 – U-Gene’s Deli and Pizza Night
McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic Friday, September 21
McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic Saturday, September 22
Closed Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29 or rain date for McCarthy Classic
Weekly Series Friday, October 5
Budweiser Season Points Championship Friday, October 12
Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 Capitol Federal presents the ‘Clyde Ellis’ Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout

Sweet Redemption For Cody Agler At Lakeside Speedway

April 21st, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Have you ever heard the expression one minute your up and the next minute your down? That was Cody Agler last week in the Modified main event. He had the field covered until an engine let go ending his night, while he was in the lead. A hard pill to swallow for most racers, but many racers will always say there will be other races. A week’s worth of waiting, tinkering with the new chassis and installing a new motor was just what the doctor ordered for the youngster, from Emporia.

The main event saw Joe Cobb and Nic Bidinger kick the event off from the front row. Once the green flag waved it was like the Running of the Bulls. Bidinger would jump out into the lead first. Mark Schafman would make a run at Bidinger, but he didn’t find that little bit extra to take over the lead. Agler would make his way from the 6th starting spot to 3rd in just a few laps. He would have to work his way by Schafman, who was also having a good run. It wouldn’t take long for Agler to dispose of Schafman and from there it was Bidinger that Agler had in his sights. It took a few laps and a lapped car to provide the extra edge that Agler would need to get out in front. From there he would hold on to the win. A sweet feeling after blowing up a motor last week.

“It feels good, for sure,” said Agler after the win, “I knew last week the way I went out in hot laps and ran in feature, I knew I had a winning car. We were out there leading in the feature and then we lost a motor, I really couldn’t be upset because we were running so good. Tonight the motor was unbelievable, the Stinnett power was so good. He (Gary Stinnett) worked his butt off to make sure I was out here tonight. I can’t thank him enough, because I wouldn’t be out here if it wasn’t for him.”

All night long, Agler looked as if he might have the car to beat. The only thing left was for him to finish off the competition. “In the end I started getting a little nervous, tensing up and I started to miss my marks and stuff. I thought Tim was going to get me!,” said Agler, “Thank God we held it off.” “Honestly, I knew as soon as they waved that green flag I knew I had a good car and I just took off,” said Agler, “I just kept working it and being patient and tried to keep the tires cooled off. I was moving forward and when I moved into 2nd, I knew if I could catch Nic (Bidinger) I would have a shot at it.”

Last week’s feature winner, Tim Karrick, finished off a good night with a runner-up finish, 3rd place went to Bidinger, 4th went to Aaron Marrant and finishing in the 5th position was Kerry Davis. Gary Donaldson pumps a fist in victory lane. Reed Bros. Racing Photos Only one driver was able to duplicate their feat from opening night, Gary Donaldson.

Donaldson used another strong outing to bring home the top honors one more time in the Grand National class. He had to start in the 7th starting spot, but it wouldn’t matter as he made his way up to the front of the field. Dennis Melvin took control of the early portion of the race, Darren Kling was in 2nd and Donaldson was moving on up! It was a great side by side battle for several laps between Donaldson and Kling. That was until Kling would break and make contact with the wall in turn 4 and in turn 1. Melvin wasn’t going to go quitely, but for the 2nd straight week, Donaldson, was too strong down the stretch.

One of the best runs of the night happened when Mike Taylor Jr. moved from his 18th starting spot and finished in the runner-up spot, Marshall Jewitt also made it back to the track after blowing a motor last week, and finished in 3rd, 4th was Tim Shields and rounding out the top 5 in fifth was Kelby Ostrander. B Mod win #1 for Aaron Marrant. Reed Bros. Racing Photos It hasn’t been to long into the season by discussing failures and success rates. Mike Higley, B Mod driver, finally lost his 1st race of the 2012 season, after 4 straight wins. So Higley didn’t win, then who did?

Aaron Marrant is a racer at heart. He loves to race. No matter what type of vehicle that it might be. This year the 2011 Modified Track Champion will race in both the B Mod and A Mod divisions. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, Marrant won his 1st B Mod race. Marrant would find success running all different types lines. High, low and in the middle were just a few spots he would test out. Marrant says that each week he uses his knowledge from the B Mod to help him in his A Mod. He found the right lines to run, as Marrant would overpower Luke Nieman for the lead. Marrant would hold on and take the win.

Last week’s feature winner, Mike Higley, worked his way from 10th to 2nd. Unfortunately, for Higley, time would just run out on him. As Higley weaved through traffic, Marrant was off and running. By the time Higley moved into 2nd, it was almost impossible for him to erase the lead that Marrant had built up. Terry Bruner finished in 3rd, 4th went to Ben Kates and finishing in the 5th position was the “hard charger” of the night. Chambers started 16th and made it all the way up to 5th.

Justin Seifert heads to the checkers as Cliff Hedges Jr. tries to recover. Reed Bros. Racing Photos The most exciting feature of the night belonged to the Factory Stock division. As it has been done since the age of mankind, the Factory Stocks provide with great racing action each and every week at Lakeside Speedway. Several cars were in pursuit of the win, but in the end there can only be one winner. Cliff Hedges Jr. looked like he was going to get the win as the white flag waved. You can never say never, if you are in my house. Apparently, somebody also feels the way I do and it just might be Justin Seifert.

Hedges had put himself in a strong position to get the win. On the last lap, Seifert, worked his way through turn 3 and headed into 4. Seifert closed the gap as quickly as he could. It was a love tap that was passed on during that last lap. After receiving the tap, Hedges opened the door for Seifert to come by on the bottom. Seifert saw his line and took it, he rattled Hedge’s case enough to get by on the bottom and take the lead. What a better time to take the lead than on the last corner of the race. In the 2nd place position it was Jason Ryun, who rebounded well from his week one performance, Marshall Jewett, a former track champ, locked down the 3rd place position. Scotty Moore put on a solid drive as he started in the 11th and finished 4th and rounding out your top 5 is Bobby Tavis!

The action returns next Friday night, April 27 for InThePits.Net Night At the Races. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps 6:15 and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are just $6.00 and children 7 and under are free.

For more info visit us at: www.lakesidespeedway.net!

Lakeside Continues Racing This Friday!

April 20th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway enjoyed a grand re-opening last Friday night. It was the 2nd largest opening night crowd, since the track returned to dirt back in 2000. A full field of cars battled it out in 3 of the 4 weekly racing divisions. As the threat of weather neared, Lakeside Speedway officials pulled off the races in 2 hours and 25 minutes. In short opening night could be called a “Huge Success!” This Friday, April 20, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., Lakeside Speedway will go for a repeat of night on Creative Concrete Night at The Races.

It had been 9 months since Lakeside held its last event. Fans, racers, sponsors and employees had longed to get back into the swing of things. Opening night was a sigh of relief for all involved. “I just wanted to get back to the track and get it going,” said Marc Olson, “the fans, the racers, sponsors, everyone we all needed this.” What everyone needed was for the track to open up and the racing to resume and did the racing every resume!

In the Modified division, ‘Smokin’ Joe Walker moved out into the early lead. It wouldn’t be long before Cody Agler came up to challenge Walker at the front of the field. Two times Agler made the pass on Walker, but each would be negated as the yellow flag came out stopping the competition.

Upon a restart Agler took the lead only to have his engine expire several laps later. This event handed the lead over to veteran Tim Karrick. Karrick would lead the rest of the event and took the opening win of the season. Gary Donaldson has been racing for quite some time. He has built up a list of things he has and has not done. He can mark off that list that he has never won a feature on opening night. His win last week enabled him to make that change on his list. Donaldson got around Jim Baker on his way to the victory.

In typical fashion the Factory Stock feature was an exciting race. Several competitors swapped the top spot, but in the end it was Joe Smith Jr. crossing the finish line first. Action throughout the field went back and forth as the racers sliced and diced their way through the field. A large number of B Mods (32) came to Lakeside Speedway last Friday night. All across the midwest this class is seeing a boost in car count. A year ago the largest count of B Mods at the track had been 22. It looks as if the field could grow even larger in 2012.

Mike Higley, a feature winner from 2011, rolled to the first win of the season in the B Mods. Higley has started out 3 for 3 in his new chassis and will try to make it 4 for 4 this Friday night.

As the racing action heated up last week, it should continue to get even hotter this week. Look for more great racing and fantastic finishes this week at Lakeside Speedway!

Adult tickets are $12 Friday night, kids 8 to 14 are just $6 and children 7 and under are FREE at Lakeside Speedway. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and the first race goes green, promptly, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.lakesidespeedway.net

Tim Karrick hits the checkers first at Lakeside Speedway

April 14th, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway owner Marc Olson has been concerned for the past 48 hours. Last season his track went under water and it took 9 months just to get it back into shape. Thursday, local forecasters started to talk about a bunch of severe weather forecasts. How could this be happening to him, again?  Olson didn’t need to worry. Lakeside Speedway is Lakeside Speedway. Friday’s opening night brought in the 2nd largest opening night crowd since returning to dirt back in 2000, it saw more than a 100 cars come to race in 4 classes and the fans showed up in droves! All is right once in the world again. As things started to take shape, Olson began to look a little more relaxed. Olson and a ton of volunteers did exactly what they needed to do; they put Lakeside back on the map. It wasn’t like anybody at the track ever missed a beat. Just before the features were about to start, reports surfaced of a storm working through Topeka and heading east at a good clip. The crew of Lakeside rallied together and put on a good, tight race program. At 9:55 p.m. the final checkered flag was dropped in the Modified division. In a matter of 2 hours and 25 minutes, Lakeside ran several heats, 3 b features and 4 a mains. WOW!

Racers also did their part by providing excellent racing on the speedway. In the Modified division, John Allen and Joe Walker swapped spots at the front of the field. Walker would win the battle and began to run away from the rest of the competition. Walker continued to lead until Cody Agler caught up to the leader. Agler, the youngster from Emporia, looked as if he was going to walk away with the win. In simple terms he was flying around the track. That might seem like enough to win, but you have to finish a race to finish first. Agler was a little short of completing his race. Late in the race with a considerable lead built up, Agler’s motor expired as he went through turns 3 and 4. It was a huge. The complexion of the race changed drastically. Former track champion, Tim Karrick, would inherit the lead. He wasn’t real happy about the way his car was feeling, but he will take the win. “The first part of the race I knew I was in trouble,” said Karrick, “We had a couple of yellows, so I got a chance to regroup. Their (the competitors at the front) tires were going away and my car was just coming to me. We started to chase old Cody (Agler) down. My hats off to him he was good tonight, we got luck and I will take it.”

Jason Bodenhamer stared 19th in the feature and when the checkered flag came down, found himself in 2nd place. It was a long run, but it was an enjoyable race for both Bodenhamer and the fans. Mark Schafman finished 3rd, former track champion, John Allen, rolled to a 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 was the early race leader, Joe Walker.

In the most exciting feature of the night, Joe Smith Jr. was your winner – Reed Bros. Racing Photos Joe Smith Jr. used his experience to put him at the front of the field in the Factory Stock A main. At the drop of the green flag Calleb Mcclellan stepped into the top spot. Nate Barnes and Justin Siefert were hot on his tail. It was close quarters racing all night long. A few yellow flags would be the only thing that could slow down this group of top notch drivers. As the battle went on up front, Smith Jr., worked his way into the 3rd position. Siefert, Mcclellan and Smith would stage a 3 way battle for the top spot. Siefert made the pass for the lead, but when he did Smith came with him to move into 2nd. The two went side by side, and even made contact at the flag stand, and Smith would get the best of Siefert as the laps wound down. Smith would go on to finish up front, Siefert finished in the runner-up spot, in 3rd was Jason Ryun, Mcclellan held on to a 4th place finish and Marshall Jewett started 14 and drove to a top 5 finish, coming home in 5th.

The B Mod division had 31 racers check in at the beginning of the night. In the end one of the hottest B Mod drivers in the area took home his 3rd straight feature win. B Mod Feature winner Mike Higley is all smiles – Reed Bros. Racing Photos Mike Higley had a good year in 2011, 2012 is starting off just where he left off last season. In the off-season he got a new Razor Chassis and since then all he has done is win 3 features at 3 different tracks!  Tonight, Higley got a little help. Gene Claxton and Chad Clancy jumped out to the lead and began to swap the
top spot. As the two entered the middle of turn 2, Claxtons car developed a push and got into Clancy. Clancy would drop all the way back to 8th after the incident, but in the meantime it was Higley taking full advantage of the open door and moved into 1st place. “I saw the door open up, I will tell you that,” said Higley, “No, I kinda pushed up kinda high and those two around me and I am chasing them, I said this is a fast race track I am going to have to make something happen. Gene went to make a move and it got tight on him and when those two got together, I knew it was time to go.” At the front of this large pack it Higley wouldn’t be denied. Nic Newton made a charge, but it wasn’t close enough for Higley to feel any pressure. The driver, from Tecumseh, has been on a roll that he doesn’t want to see come to an end.

“I think I am ready to retire now,” said Higley, “Our goal in the beginning was to win a big race and win at every track we go to and I am ready to call it quits.”  Bad news for the rest of the competition, Higley is not getting out anytime soon. The other competitors will have to figure out how to get their programs going in the same fashion as Mr. Higley’s. Newton went on to finish in the runner-up slot, Claxton crossed the stripe in 3rd, A Mod ace, Aaron Marrant raced his way to a 4th place finish and Nic Bennett had an impressive run coming in the 5th position. After an early battle, Gary Donaldson ran off with the Grand National feature – Reed Bros. Racing Photos

In the Grand National division, Jim Baker got the drop on the rest of the racers in the class. Baker’s car was handling flawlessly. Each lap he was gaining confidence and extending his lead. Unfortunately for Baker, Gary Donaldson was also picking up some confidence and he began to chip away at Baker’s lead. It was a strong power move that propelled Donaldson into the 1st place position. Donaldson, no stranger to victory lane at Lakeside Speedway, used an a solid set up and Yancy power to give him his first opening night feature win of his career.

Baker finished his admirable run in 2nd, it was Ben Kyle working his way past the competition to finish 3rd, 4th was Sam Schuler and Darren Kling claimed the 5th position. If you could use the work perfect on opening night, many people might want to go with that. Fans and racers were ecstatic to be back at their favorite race track. As both fans and racers milled around before the night got underway, it was almost a feeling of a reunion. Everyone has been gone so long and missed their Lakeside experience. This experience isn’t just important to the owner Marc Olson, it’s important to the fans, the racers, the sponsors and more.

Next Friday night Lakeside Speedway will spring back into action with Creative Concrete Night at the races. Gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and the first heat race begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit Lakeside Speedway on the world wide web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Lakeside Back Under Way; Marrant, Tanner, Billings & Jewett Pick Up Wins

June 26th, 2011

Kansas City, KS – Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to Lakeside Speedway in 2011. A week after being warned for possible flooding, that never happened, Lakeside Speedway finally got on the same page with Mother Nature. Friday night the races went off without a problem and the night turned out just like it always should; with great racing action. Aaron Marrant has known that he has had a fast car all year long. It’s just taken some time, in a very competitive class, to get his 1st win of the season.

Friday night, Marrant made it look all too easy as he led the Modified A Main from start to finish. “I was in a spot that I hate to be in,” said Marrant, “I hate to be leading the whole race, there is nothing more nerve racking than that.” If Marrant looked worried you sure couldn’t tell it. The Ford powered driver, dropped the hammer and put his modified on the high side at Lakeside Speedway and flew past the competition. Tim Karrick gave a valiant effort in 2nd place, but never knocked on Marrant’s door, with the exception of getting close during lapped traffic. This season has been an up and down year for Marrant. At Lakeside Speedway he has been consistent, but consistency sometimes doesn’t equate to a good thing. After the win on Friday night Marrant holds down the point lead in the division. Karrick finished in the runner-up spot, a hard-charging Darron Fuqua, who came from 13th to finish 3rd, 4th went to another hard charger, Jake Richards (15th to 4th) and rounding out the top 5 was a former feature winner from 2011, Luke Driskell.

Mike Tanner has been the bridesmaid but never the bride in the newly created Convertible Sport/B Mod division. Don’t shed a tear for Tanner anytime soon, he finally picked up a victory Friday night. DJ Demotte got out to the lead first in the feature event. Tanner quickly moved into the 2nd spot. Both drivers would wage a good battle up front, before Tanner gained the upper hand. “This makes me feel real good,” said Tanner, “We have been trying all year to take it down (the win) and we finally got it done. This makes me feel really good!” Tanner has finished 2nd numerous time and his season has gone pretty good so far. Tanner currently, and has led the points standings for some time in the class. It was a culmination of driving, setup and know how that put him up front. “The competition is really good,” said Tanner, “We got a new Jet car this year and we are going good, the competition out here is just that good.”

The rest of the competition raced door to door all night long during the feature.

Last week’s winner, Terry Bruner, marched up from his 10th starting position to finish 2nd, Mike Higley, another former feature winner, wound up in the 3rd spot, Royce Stanley, another feature winner, finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Nic Newton.

If Tim Billings is on his game in the Grand National division the competition better look out! Friday night at Lakeside, Billings had a problem in his heat race and it resulted in a poor starting spot for the main event. Once the feature got started it was Billings that threw notice to everyone else that he was going to the front and he was going their quickly.

As he led the majority of the race, Billings, established a lead that was almost 1/2 a lap better than the 2nd place car. It was a situation that Billings, a former Grand National Champion, had seen earlier this year only to be taken out by a parts failure. Something that had to play in the back of his mind.

“I thought, don’t hit the wall,” said Billings, “I wasn’t really worried about anything. We just put the new motor in it, she was running crisp tonight, in the heat race I made a mental mistake but I made sure that I didn’t do it again in the feature.”

Even though it sounds like Billings rolled to his 2nd victory, rather easily, it was necessarily the case. Dennis Melvin chased Billings to the front and with a late race caution, had the best chance of the night to catch Billings. He couldn’t get it done as Billings was too strong for the competition on this night. Luke Nieman continues to show improvement as he finished 3rd, 4th went to Brad Whitney and 5th was Ben Kyle.

One of the most exciting races of the night was the Factory Stock feature event. Marshall Jewett is coming off a great season last year, where he won the points championship. This season is looking just like last year, Jewett is still in the hunt for another title. He helped his cause by winning the feature on Friday night. Jewett raced his way to the front after starting 5th in the A main. At the front he was challenged by Bobby Tavis. Jewett held a strong line up front and Tavis would struggle trying to find a way around the leader. Tavis would somehow find his way back up to Jewett every time he would lose ground on the leader. As the white flag came out, it was the last time Tavis would have an opportunity for the win.

Coming out of turn number two, Tavis had a good run on Jewett, and as he got to the rear of Jewett’s car he made contact with the leader. Tavis then got loose and slipped up on the topside of the track. This allowed Jewett to speed away and become the first repeat winner in the Factory Stock division.

Tavis would settle for 2nd, David Holcomb, had a good run, finishing 3rd, 4th went to Cliff Hedges Jr. and Jay Barnes picked up another top 5 finishing in 5th.

The racing action at Lakeside Speedway continues next week with a FIREWORKS show for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
To keep up with all the latest at Lakeside Speedway, follow them on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Lakeside Speedway Sounds All Clear, Ready To Go Racing Friday Night!

June 25th, 2011

(Kansas City, KS) It’s amazing what some people have to go through. It’s bad enough that Lakeside Speedway has been rained out 4 times in 2011, but last week the Wyandotte County Emergency Management told Lakeside Speedway owner, Marc Olson, that by Tuesday of this past week that is was likely that the fast 1/2 mile would be under water. What a blow!

As last week came and went, Lakeside Speedway and several volunteers moved all the equipment to higher ground and guess what? You guessed it, no flood as of yet. It appears that it might not get as bad as officials once thought. It does mean that
Lakeside Speedway will get back to racing on Friday night, Johnsonville Brat Night at The Races.

Fans, racers and employees will be excited to get back to normal on Friday night. That is if you call an action packed, fun filled night for the whole family normal! Metro Sports will return on Friday night to broadcast the races live. Metro Sports
is s Kansas City’s 24-hour all-sports television network. Metro Sports is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 30 and Comcast Channel 258 in Kansas City. It can also be seen on Sunflower Cable Channel 37 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Chris Gough and Rick Beebe put together a great show two weeks ago and the same should follow this week. On the track the action will be hotly contested. Twenty-four features have been finished in 2011 and 22 times Lakeside Speedway has seen a different winner. If that trend continues look for another batch of new faces in the Johnsonville Brat Victory Lane!

In the Modified division, Joe Walker, once again, came to life when the tv cameras rolled. Walker won in dominating fashion. Six races are in the books as Lakeside Speedway and the Modified division looks to be tough. After 6 races, the Modified division still has yet to have a repeat winner.

Two young guns are battling it out at the top of the point standings in the division. Aaron Marrant is on top by a mere 18 points over Luke Driskell. It’s still early in the season and a lot can happen before the end of the year. The Grand National division saw Gary Donaldson lay an impressive win down. Donaldson visited victory lane a year ago, but it’s been awhile since he has been their prior to the last race. Donaldson looked as fast, if not faster, than any Grand National this season. He will be trying hard to back up his effort this Friday night.

Mike Ryun leads the points in this class after 6 races. Terry Bruner is a man that has been around racing for quite some time and he is enjoying himself in the newest class at Lakeside; Convertible Sport/B Mod. Bruner raced his way to a win the last night out. Competing at Lakeside, Bruner has been a regular racer, one would/could sky. The affordability of this new class has him excited about his prospects.

Bruner cited the cost of competitively running a A Mod is much greater than what he is doing now. It’s this feeling that has him feeling good that he can field a race team all summer long. This class is only 1 of 2 classes to have seen a repeat winner in 2011. The stiff competition has made for great racing in all the classes, so far. MIke Tanner is the early points leader on the season and the shocking thing about this stat, is that Tanner hasn’t won a feature yet.

It was announced earlier this week that the #05 of Brett Heeter has to take an extended leave from racing weekly in the Factory Stock division. Life doesn’t stop for any racer at Lakeside Speedway and most drivers have to work for a living and Heeter is no exception. His decision to step out for awhile opens the door for the rest of the class. Heeter sabbatical comes while he is at the top of the point standings by 30 points. Fans don’t have to worry to long, as a new driver or drivers will take up the torch for this loss. Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday night, hot laps are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 will be $6.00 and children 7 and under are always FREE at Lakeside Speedway.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit their web site at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Is Joe Walker Superman? 4 New Winners Wind Up In Victory Lane At Lakeside Speedway

June 11th, 2011

Kansas City, KS – Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and he was more powerful than a locomotive! As mild mannered Clark Kent, he didn’t have the ability to showcase his talents, but once he hit a near by phone booth and put on that uniform he came out invincible. Modified driver Joe Walker just might be Superman.
Walker is mild mannered, but he doesn’t jump into a phone booth to get his powers. He waits until someone throws a television camera on him and he becomes faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. Television cameras aren’t
kryptonite to Walker, they give him that extra boost of energy. It was two years ago that the television cameras captured Walker winning 4 straight features at Lakeside Speedway. Friday night Metro Sports decided to broadcast the races live and Walker came to life walking away with the Modified feature win.

“Well that’s kind of funny, we were joking about that earlier tonight,” said Walker, “we have just been working on this thing. We have been hit and miss with it and we haven’t had it they way I like it, I think I am too damn picky, but I think we found some stuff over the week there and it’s just a lot better I like it.”

Competitors might not want to hear that Metro Sports is planning to broadcast 7 more races at Lakeside Speedway and if the trend stays the same Walker might be in victory lane yet again. The night started off great and the then came the first feature of the night. Two laps into that feature the rains came. It was a good blast of water, but JD Green and Marc Olson decided to wait it out and when the racing resumed the track had come back, maybe with a little more grip.

In the Modified feature, Walker stormed to the front of the field from his pole position and stretched the lead out. It wasn’t until later in the night as he got into lapped traffic did the 2nd place car of Austin Siebert began to reel in Walker. After a couple of restarts Siebert would again make things interesting in the front of the field. Kerry Davis and Siebert would both take their shot at Walker late, but each advance was countered by Walker. He would hang on for the win. Siebert would finish 2nd, 3rd went to Davis, 4th went to Cody Agler and rounding out the top 5 was hard charging Tim Karrick.

The Convertible Sport/B Mod division had another new winner in victory lane on Friday night, Terry Bruner. Bruner followed the same pattern as Walker did in the Modified feature; get out front and stay there. Brunner was worried about the track conditions as he rolled off in the front row of the feature, but once he hit the track he knew that it was going to be a hammer down affair. An affair that he liked. “I was hoping that it was going to come back in and there were some problems spots out there just past the flag stand,” said Walker, “It was really nice and all rolled in when we went out, so we were just on the gas at that point.” Extending his lead, Bruner, a former Modified racer at Lakeside Speedway, stretched the lead to more than a straightaway at times.

“It was an awesome race track,” said Bruner at the end of the race. As the laps clicked off it was Bruner who got stronger as the night wore on. “I really thought someone would have challenged me, so I never gave it any air. I just stood on it to the floor,” said Bruner, “They said I had a substantial lead, I was just looking for the checkered flag.”

Three of the 4 drivers that finished out the top 5 all carried something in common; they were all former feature winners. Troy Carlyle finished in 2nd, Bobby Russ Wood, the only driver that hasn’t won a feature yet, was 3rd, 4th went to last week’s winner, Mike Higley and finishing 5th was Royce Stanley. Gary Donaldson is no stranger to victory lane at Lakeside Speedway in the Grand National division. It’s been awhile since he has been there, but he put an end to his bad luck on Friday night as he won the Grand National A Main.

The entire Grand National field of drivers looked to be a bit faster this week. Track conditions might have been optimal for this type of racing, but the drivers mashed the loud pedal a little harder this week for some reason. Donaldson raced to the front from his 2nd row outside starting spot. As he put down a huge lead, the rest of the field was grinding it out on each other. A yellow flag would change the complexion of the race. A couple of former feature winners, Tim Billings and Tim Shields were making their way to the front. They were also doing it in a hurry. Shields was a show in his own right. At the end of his heat race he had trouble and it relegated him to a 16th starting spot. In no time at all he was in 3rd and looking for more.

Donaldson, on the other hand, was a cool customer up front. Once the green flag waved again, he dropped the hammer one more time on his Yancy Automotive horsepower and away he went for good. It would be his first win of 2011.

Tim Billings and Tim Shields love for each other kept them battling all the way to the finish. Billings would maintain the upper hand as he finished 2nd with Shields in 3rd. Mike Ryun and Ben Kyle filled out the top 5 respectively.

If anyone can say anything about the driving style of Factory Stock racer, Caleb Mcclellan, it’s that he is always on the gas. Mcclellan seems to love a track that is easy to go on horsepower. It showed in the Factory Stock Feature on Friday night. Mcclellan weaved his way through traffic and pulled off his first win of the 2011 season.

It wasn’t an easy road for Mcclellan. He started 9th in the feature and that meant he had his work cut out for him. Lap after lap, his speed and ability to put his car in deeper than anyone else brought him to the front of the field.

Mcclellan wasn’t the only one coming to the front. Bobby Tavis III also drove to the front of the field chasing the leader. Tavis started 6th and gave everything he had to run down the leader.

As the white flag came out there was one last chance for Tavis to overhaul the leader, Mcclellan. Coming to the last turn Tavis took a hard run on the inside of Mcclellan, but it wouldn’t be enough as Mcclellan would win by a slim margin.

Anthony Whitam, the pole setter, finished in the 3rd position, Sean Foster returning to the Factory Stock class finished 4th after starting 12th and Darrin Christy charged from 11th to 5th in the feature event.

Due to possible flooding issues in the next week, Lakeside Speedway will not be racing next Friday night, June 17. Fans are asked to check www.lakesidespeedway.net for any further announcements.

Karrick, Higley, Agler, Shields & Hedges All Winners As Lakeside Returns To Action!

June 6th, 2011

(Silver Lake, KS) – “Finally! The dirt track racing has come back to Lakeside Speedway!” yelled the WWE superstar, the Rock. Ok, no he didn’t, but the employees, racers and fans of Lakeside Speedway sure know what it’s like to have something exciting come back into their lives. On Friday night the racing action returned to Lakeside and it was well worth the wait. The night started off with a makeup feature in the modified division and Cody Agler pulled off a stunning win.

As the modifieds took to the race track it looked as if their short layoff had made them, or their equipment a little rusty. Several drivers would be taken from the race either by mechanical failure or wreck. Agler, meanwhile, was putting on an impressive driving display, with an interested guest watching.

Clint Bowyer made his way over from the Kansas Speedway to check on the next racing prodigy from Emporia, KS. It’s Bowyer’s old modified that Agler is driving this season and he is a sponsor of Agler’s. The laps clicked off and Agler weaved his way to the front and took down his 1st win of the 2011 season at Lakeside Speedway. Tim Karrick drove to the win on opening night and last night he made a repeat performance of that feat.

“I actually tried the high side the first few laps and things weren’t going so well, I got under the 8 car first and then the 34″ said Karrick, “with a little help from an old coach, Casey and Clint Bowyer. They told me I was pinching the car off too much and I started mentally not trying to pinch the car off.” A total of 6 cars were battling at the front of the pack, as the Modified Feature in the nightcap turned out to be an exciting race.

Darron Fuqua started at the middle of the pack and by the midway point of the race started his march to the top spot. Fuqua worked the high line to perfection as he overhauled the leaders and took the lead away from Karrick. The lead would last until lap 22 of the 25 lap feature, Fuqua would be caught up in a crash that involved a lapped car spinning and running into the leader. “Fuqua, unfortunately for him he got caught up in a wreck, he had that one won,” said Karrick, “I wasn’t going to let him get away without pushing him though.”

When Karrick returned to the lead, he would become the driver to be pushed on this speedway for the final 3 laps as Aaron Marrant and Kerry Davis tried their luck.

In the end Karrick reached the checkered flag first. Marrant came in a close 2nd with Davis 3rd and former feature winner, Luke Driskell 4th and Jason Bodenhammer finished 5th. Even though Karrick rolled to his 2nd win of the season, he knows that fortunes can change weekly at Lakeside Speedway. “Wait a week and it will be different next week, I will be back there in 12th like I was in the first feature tonight. It’s one of them deals, it’s neverending. These young kids are coming on and you just got to keep after it,” said Karrick.

A tire sample was taken from the top 5 cars in the modified division. These samples are being sent to Blue Ridge Labs, all results are still pending until the outcome of the lab tests are known.

The Convertible Sport Mods have been a class in their infancy stage. Last night it was their biggest car count in the class, 23 and to date their most exciting feature.

If you read the internet chat boards, Mike Higley, wasn’t a very popular guy last week. All the internet fodder did was get him pumped up about returning to the race track this week and wouldn’t you know it, on his first night out, he picked up his first career win at Lakeside Speedway.

The green flagged dropped and it didn’t take Higley long to figure out that the high side of the race track kept his, little, 602 crate motor wound up with momentum. He used it to take the lead.

Bryan Rigsby on the other hand was marching from his 6th row starting spot towards the front. Rigsby had a mixture of problems to deal with on the way to the front. Erratic cars in front of him, restarts and trying to find his way through traffic were just a few of those things.

Late in the race the two battled side by side. Higley, sensing that Rigsby was near, tightened up on the top line. Rigsby settled in for following Higley on the white flag lap, Looking to make the pass in turns 3 and 4, Rigsby’s bid would come up short as Higley drove to the win. Higley is now the 4th different feature winner in the class out of 5 races.

Ben Kates made a last lap pass to come home in the 3rd spot, Mike Tanner was 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Royce Stanley. It was a 3 car shootout in the Grand National division. Tim Shields found his way to the winner’s circle for the 2nd time this season at Lakeside Speedway.

Shields would have to battle with Tim Billings and Mike Ryun to secure the win.

The turning point in the feature for Shields came after a restart. Billings shot by Shields on the restart and looked to get the upper hand. Unfortunately, for Billings, a yellow flag would come out and negate the pass. Once the green dropped again, Shields stepped on the gass and drove to the win. Mike Ryun snuck by Billings for 2nd place at the finish line. Ben Kyle finished in the 4th position and Marshall Jewett rounded out the top 5.

Cliff Hedges Jr. won a shortened feature event in the Factory Stock class.

Yellow flags were the most popular thing in this race. After several attempts to get this race going, Competition Director, JD Green decided to shorten the number of laps of the race, due to time constraints.

Lakeside Speedway goes back to racing tonight, as the World of Outlaw Sprint cars head to the fast 1/2 mile track in KCK.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

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Big Weekend Of Racing On Tap At Lakeside Speedway

June 3rd, 2011