Saturday, July 6, 2013

Post Independence Day racing action provides fireworks for Lakeside Speedway fans

By RODNEY WHITE, Lakeside Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Fireworks were promised to the packed crowd at Lakeside Speedway on McCarthy Auto Group Night at the races --- and fans were treated to fireworks on and off of the track.

Tim Karrick holds the record for most wins at Lakeside Speedway since 2000 with 48. However, through the midway point in the season, the Basehor, Kan., driver had yet to visit the McCarthy Auto Group winner circle.

That would change on Friday. Using his front row starting spot, Karrick would trade the lead with Parkville, Mo., driver Kerry Davis. Karrick, working the extreme top side of the race track as Davis, would use the bottom. In the end, Karrick would find his way to victory lane and win #49 at the "new" Lakeside Speedway.

Justin Seifert, 2012 track champion, started ninth on the field in the Factory Stock class and worked his way through the likes of John O'Neal Jr., Brett Hetter and Jay Barnes to find himself in Victory Lane. Once again, the Factory Stock class shows why they are a fan favorite at Lakeside. Barnes, Heeter, O'neal and Bobby Tavis rounded out the top five.

Marshall Jewett found himself in front of the Grand National division again this week only by a nose over Gary Donaldson. The photo finish had the crowd standing in anticipation to find out who the winner was.  Donnie Brown and Bill Ruisinger rounded out the top five.

Brad Smith was a man on a mission, but came up one lap short of coming home with some hardware. The Belton, Mo., native drove through the field and was able to get a long side Chad Clancy a couple of times on lap 14 but was not able to make the pass.  Clancy drove his USRA B Modified into victory lane to a very happy pit crew and family.

“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 6 and younger admitted free. Senior citizens and military personnel with ID are admitted for $10.

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