By: Bob Libbey
Kansas City, KS – August 2, 2013 – There was no doubt who had the strongest car in the USRA A-Modified feature tonight. Nic Bidinger took advantage of his row one starting spot quickly propelling himself to the front of the event. While Cody Agler would give chase, Bidinger, would never relinquish the spot. The best race took place for third and fourth as Mark Schafman and Tim Karrick exchanged paint frequently for the position. Schafman would win the battle for third over Karrick. Jason Bodenhamer rounded out the top-five.
The Grand National feature not only went without a caution but it featured a first-time winner. Bill Ruisinger had the hot hand in the class as he was able to hold off both Jim Baker and Tim Shields lap after lap. Baker and Shields would finish second and third, respectively. Don Marr, with a totally rebuilt racecar after last week’s big crash finished fourth, edging out Steve Dibben at the end.
The USRA B-Modifieds feature captured everyone’s attention as the 15-lap event featured four lead changes. 15 yr old, Shadren Turner, took the lead from Terry Bruner early on and would then battle the rest of the race with multi-time champion, Gene Claxton, current point leader, Aaron Marrant, and former track champion, Chad Clancy. Claxton took the lead from the teenager on lap six but it wasn’t easy and wasn’t a given that he would hold the spot as the two race side by side with Marrant in the mix as well. Chad Clancy took advantage of a restart after a lap-11 caution and was able to go from third to first but it would be short lived as Claxton would get back around him and hold on for the win. Turner would finish alongside of Clancy in third while Marrant and Jake Richards, who raced from last, rounded out the top five.
The Factory Stock feature was every bit as exciting as the B-Mods as it also had 4 lead changes. Marshall Jewett took the immediate command until mechanical problems left him stranded. Jay Barnes inherited the lead but would relinquish it one lap later to Vic Tranckino who would lead all the way to lap 12 when Barnes would once again take control of the race. Brett Heeter took advantage of a restart to take the lead on lap 13 and while Tranckino and last weeks winner, Bobby Tavis, were all over him, he would hold on to capture his fourth win of the season. Tranckino and Tavis finished second and third while newcomer to Lakeside, Tony Barnhart, finished fourth ahead of Joe Smith Jr.
“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 5:00pm, hot laps at 6:45pm, and the first race gets under way at 7:30pm. Adult ticket prices are $12.00, kids 7-12 $6.00, and children 6 and younger admitted FREE. Senior Citizen’s and military personnel with ID are admitted for $10.
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