Lakeside Speedway hosted the Heritage Tractor Kids Night at the Races on Friday night. The race fans in attendance may have bought seats but hardly used them standing on their feet most of the night witnessing some incredibly close race finishes throughout the evening.
After four and a half inches of rain fell on Lakeside Speedway Wednesday evening it created quite the challenge to be ready for racing Friday night. Owner Mike Johnson and Track Prep Meister Mike Knight went to work early on Friday morning putting in several hours to make a great race track for the fans and the racers. This after they had already worked the track earlier in the week.
The Grand National feature was a true Texas shootout, as Houston Johnson, and Austin Johnson fought an epic battle, each trying get to victory lane. Austin held the lead at one stage and looked poised to get the win, pointing his racecar determinedly low into the turns with much success, but it was Houston Johnson that fought his way to the front holding back Austin and a group of hard charging drivers including Tim Shields for the win. Austin also pulled into victory lane after Houston’s victory congratulating his brother on the win, Houston’s first career feature win at Lakeside Speedway.
The next awesome battle occurred in the B mods. This was a 3-way battle between Chad Clancy, Shadron Turner, and Ed Noll. This battle continued lap after lap for all 15 circuits around the half mile track. Smithville, Missouri native Chad Clancy raced his way to his seventh feature win in the 2014 season, trying to add to his margin in the points lead over Yancy Shepard and Gene Claxton as the race season edges closer and closer to its conclusion.
John O’Neal, Jr. started his heat race near the back of the field for the Stockcar Series, and as precursor of things yet to come for the evening, had made his way into second place by the first lap eventually winning his heat race. In the feature, O’Neal battled his way to the front facing off Brett Heeter, Kevin Anderson, Justin Seifert, and Marshall Jewett to the front of the pack and held off the hard charging group after a few restarts to get the feature win. O’Neal commented after the race that he and his team are, amazingly, still chasing the race setup to get his racecar to run even faster.
The A Modified feature was a collaboration of thrills and heartbreak, as several drivers took their turn leading only to find themselves watching the finish from the pits. Lewis Jackson led early and looked strong, but Mark Schafman, who won his heat race bicycling his modified’s left front tire that seemingly never touched the ground the entire night, took the front position away from him. Nic Bidinger, not to be outdone, raced his way into the race lead, but had mechanical problems, as did Jackson and Schafman just a few laps later. The caution set up a final shootout that lead to a three wide battle from the backstretch to the finish line with Kerry Davis edging out the win by just a wheel’s length, leaving race fans on the edge of their seat gasping for breath after the dramatic victory.