Monday, May 20, 2013

Bidinger, Heeter, Shields, Claxton take checkers at Lakeside

By J.D. Green,

Mother Nature finally played nice with Lakeside Speedway this past week allowing for a dynamite super fast track.

The track led to side by side high line and low line competition all evening long.

The first feature event of the night began with the always exciting - and always competitive - Factory Stocks.

A first lap crash entering turn three created another double file restart.  On the restart, Brett Heeter jumped to the lead.  He was never pressured, as the race went green to checkered on the second restart.  Finishing in second was Brett’s brother-in-law Justin Siefert.

The second feature of the evening involved the top 24 cars of the B Mod class.  Thirty seven cars began the night in competition.  The guess was who would lead lap one, Gene Claxton or Aaron Marrant.  To everyone’s surprise the young kid, Rodney Schweizer, drove his number 74 machine powered to the front and stayed in that position until Lap 8.

The Hall of Fame Legend Gene Claxton produced an old fashioned slide job on the kid entering turn three to take the lead.

Last week’s winner Chad Clancy made a late race rush to power close to Claxton but to no avail as Claxton brought home the win.

The third 15 lap feature brought out the always tough always exciting Grand National class.  Tim Shields decided early this was his night, as he took the point and even with challengers Tony Brown and Gary Donaldson nipping at his back bumper, Shields powered away for the win.  Brown suffered a late race mishap and Donaldson allowed the pink Cadillac of Marshall Jewett to slingshot by for second place.

Nic Bidinger loves the front row and loves a dry smooth track, as he led all 25 laps.  However, he had to survive challenges from Darron Fuqua on several occasions, as Fuqua would use the low line to pull even.

Marrant and Tim Karrick were also putting on a race as they were side by side, one low one high with Karrick claiming this battle for third.  Bidinger held off the Fuqua express to claim his second Lakeside victory in as many weeks.

“Racing on the River’s Edge” continues every Friday night through October with the USRA A-Modifieds, Grand Nationals, USRA B-Modifieds and Factory Stocks.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 p.m., and the first race gets under way at 7:30 p.m.  Adult ticket prices are $12, kids 7-12 $6, and children six and younger admitted free. Senior citizens and military personnel with ID are admitted for $10.