By BOB LIBBEY, Lakeside Speedway
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Tim Karrick left no doubt tonight as to why he has over a dozen track championships to his credit in the 25-lap, USRA A-Modified feature.
Taking the lead early, the Basehor, Kan., driver hit all his marks consistently lap after lap, holding off all competitors on his way to victory lane. On the last lap, Mark Schafman was able to briefly pull along-side Karrick but ran out of tires when he needed them the most. He would finish second to the hard charger of the night, Nic Bidinger. Bidinger, started 20th and raced his way to ninth by lap 10, fifth by lap 15 and finally third at the end. Jared Steins and Justin Johnson rounded out the top five.
Brad Smith proved that last week’s USRA B-Modified feature win was no fluke by backing it up with a win tonight as well. Leading every lap, the Belton, Mo., driver fended off Gene Claxton for the first half of the race and then Chad Clancy for the second half of the race. At the end, Clancy was able to hold off Jake Richards for second and Mike Higley held off Chad Feather for fourth.
Once again the USRA Stock Cars put on one of the best shows of the night. The leader of the 15-lap feature was never more than a car-length from the rest of the top-five.
Sean Foster took command early until defending champion, Brett Heeter, worked the berm to take the lead and the eventual win. Marshall Jewett and Kevin Anderson were the hard chargers of the night, starting 13th and 17th, but finishing second and fourth, respectively. Joe Smith, Jr, who himself started ninth, finished third. Current point leader, Jim Powell, Jr finished fifth after having to re-start at the tail after getting caught up in an early race caution.
Donnie Brown picked up his second career victory in the Grand National division. Brown started off strong and needed but four laps to get by early leader, Marshall Jewett. Jewett continued to pursue Brown but would end up third as Tim Shields was able to get around him with only a couple laps remaining. Defending champion and current point leader, Gary Donaldson, finished fourth and Chris Littrell rounded out the top-five.
“Racing on the rivers edge” continues every Friday night through October with the USRA A-Modifieds, Grand Nationals, USRA B-Modifieds and USRA Stock Cars.
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.
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