Thursday, July 5, 2012
Lakeside Speedway Races to the Midway Point of the Season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The 2012 season has been an exciting one at the fast 1/2 dirt track known as Lakeside Speedway.
Great racing and excitement is what you expect to see at Lakeside. This season has been a far cry from the flooding that washed out the season last year after only 8 events. Fans, racers, crew members and sponsors have flooded the track with their support this season. The car count at the track has averaged 100 cars per night and the fans have been rewarded with some of the best racing in the Midwest.
This Friday night, July 6, Lakeside Speedway drives into the halfway point of the season for Capitol Federal Night at the races. Modifieds, Grand Nationals, B Mods and Factory Stocks will continue their quest for the Budweiser Championships, in their respective divisions. As the July 4th holiday is just a few days gone by the fun will still continue as Capitol Federal will also put on a fireworks display for those in attendance.
It has been a banner season for Tim Karrick in 2012. The Modified driver from Basehor, KS pulled down his 5th win of the season. At this rate Karrick could eclipse the record for most wins in a single season (10 held by Clint Bowyer). Eight wins in a single season is the best that Karrick has ever done at Lakeside. He is also chasing his 3rd Modified Track Championship. A feat that has only been accomplished by one other driver, Chad Lyle.
The Grand National points race cleared up after last week’s feature. Darren Kling racked up another win on the season and, in doing so, he took over the top spot in the points. Kelby Ostrander and Kling were tied heading into last weeks race. Klings win and Ostrander’s top 5 finish put the lead position back into the hands of Kling.
Gary Donaldson, the driver with the most wins this season in the Grand National division (5), should return this week after serving a 1 week suspension. Look for him to be running at the front of the field. The addition of Donaldson back into the mix will make for an even more competitive field of race cars.
The B Mod division had 2 nights of racing last week and Mike Higley took advantage of the extra track time.
Friday night Higley drove from 13th in the A Main to take home the win. It would be his 3rd win of the season and it pushed him back toward the top half of the point standings. Saturday night Higley made it 2 for 2 as he won the B Mod feature on Saturday night. He now has 4 wins on the season and finds himself tied with Nick Newton for the most wins in the division this season. The two drivers have seemed to develop a bit of a rivalry too as they battle to be the best in the class.
Newton is still the points leader in the B Mods heading into the halfway point.
Bobby Tavis rolled to the win last week in the Factory Stock. Jason Ryun took the lead late in the race. Tavis, who had led a majority of the feature, stuck to the bottom of the track and was able to work his way by Ryun for the win! Tavis also survived the post race tech inspection, making sure that this win counted.
Factory Stock racing at Lakeside Speedway is about as competitive as you are going to find across the nation. Expect another great feature out of this class this week.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. and the races go green at 7:30 p.m.
Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 $6 and 7 and under are FREE every week.
Next week, Friday, July 13th, the USTMS Modifieds, USRA Ironman B Mods & Factory Stocks will duke it out at Lakeside Speedway. General admission tickets are $20 and Suite Passes are $30.
For more information log on to Lakeside Speedway’s home on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.