Lakeside Speedway Grand Opening set for April 3

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March 27, 2015  |  by Jr. Lowrey

The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., will kick off the 2015 racing season this Friday, April 3, with USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Grand Nationals headlining the Family, Fan & Racer Friendly opener.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:45 and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Adults grandstand tickets are $12, kids ages 7-12 are $6 and children ages 6 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Military personnel, students and seniors over 62 get in for $10 with proper i.d. Pit passes are $30.

A very busy month has come to a close at Lakeside Speedway and everything is starting to shape up nicely. Since taking full ownership of Lakeside Speedway, Don and Donna Marrs have been working at a very fast pace. The Marrs family has an idea of what they want to change at Lakeside Speedway, but before making any major changes the new owners had to release a schedule and put together a staff to work on race nights.

With the exception of a few things, fans, racers and sponsors can rest assured that things are going as planned. This is a good thing knowing that in a few weeks it will be time for opening night at Lakeside Speedway.

As Lakeside Speedway gets ready to start the season March 29 with a test & tune, several new employees will be getting acclimated to their roles. Pete Howey will be taking over the General Manager position at the track and he is excited about the new season and the team he has helped assemble with the owners.

“We are all very excited about all the changes we have planned for the track,” said new General Manager Pete Howey. “We want Lakeside to be included in everyone’s Friday night plans. We want Lakeside to be a family-friendly, racer-friendly, fan-friendly place to be.”

Some employees will be returning to jobs that they once held at the track that has become a fan favorite of Kansas City over the years. Several employees will bring a lot of experience to the table when the season gets underway on April 3.

“We feel very honored and grateful to have the people we have working for us,” Howey added.

Darrin Christy and Karen Darling will work as a team in the Competition Director position. Darling has several years of experience under her belt. Having held similar positions at Central Missouri Speedway she will offer a wide variety of skills to the position. Christy, on the other hand, will be a breath of fresh air. One of the nicest guys to compete in the sport of dirt track racing, Christy is a true fan of dirt track racing. His passion for the sport runs high and he is looking forward to assuming this post.

The combination of Christy’s hands on experience as a racer and Darling’s experience overall should provide for a good mix. Darling will also be the head scorer at the track.

In the announcers booth fans will be treated to a blast from the past as John Lowrey and Rodney White will take over the job that they shared for a few years under the guidance of former track owner Marc Olson. The two announcers combine for many years of experience and will be friendly voices that the crowd should enjoy once again.

Fans of Lakeside Speedway will see a familiar face on the flagstand. Terry Wantland, a former racer and long-time flagman, has been in the flagstand for many years at Lakeside Speedway and there is no place he would rather be than flagging on a Friday night in Wyandotte County.

Two employees that racers will become acquainted with will be Kenneth Terry and Gene Lewis. Terry and Lewis will head up the tech side of things at Lakeside Speedway in 2015. Terry is a former car and engine builder, and will have a lot of fun working at keeping the competition on a level playing field. Lewis is familiar with Lakeside Speedway and has experience that should prove to be valuable. As most involved with racing will agree, this isn’t the most fun job at a race track, but Terry and Lewis are excited about the position.

As for the racing action it will once again be the best in the business. A full 32 nights of racing action are on tap for this season. It’s an advantageous schedule to say the least.

The weekly show will consist of USRA sanctioning and will feature USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Cars, plus the popular Grand National division.

Friday night racing will again provide the fans of Kansas City with wheel-to-wheel, door-to-door, heart-pounding excitement. Last year under the USRA banner several of the Lakeside Speedway racers scored high on the national level as well the local level. The 2015 USRA B-Mod track champion, Chad Clancy, also took home a national championship in 2015 for his efforts. Look for Clancy to return and make another run while defending his titles. Nic Bidinger is coming off his second straight track championship in the USRA Modifieds, Brett Heeter logged the USRA Stock Car championship and Tim Shields put together a dominant championship run in the Grand Nationals. Veterans and rookies are looking forward to mixing it up this season.

A total of 27 race nights will be on tap for the regular season as the drivers in each division will be looking for the coveted Lakeside Speedway track championship.

Several specials are also on the docket for the upcoming race season. Fans will get to see the AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship, WAR Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil MLRA, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the USMTS Modifieds.

The end of the season will see Lakeside Speedway host the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships, Oct. 15-17.

Former NASCAR ace Kenny Wallace will be debuting the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience two times during the season: June 13-14 and Sept. 12-13. Racers and fans will have a chance to either ride along or drive a dirt car at Lakeside Speedway for a set number of laps, and get a chance to meet Wallace while enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In 2015 fans, racers and sponsors can look forward to a lot of things. Don and Donna Marrs have worked their best to give everyone something new to look forward to at Lakeside Speedway with a little bit of what everyone has come to enjoy and love from the past sprinkled in. The recipe should equal success.

Lakeside Speedway 2015 Schedule

Sunday, March 29 … Test & Tune – Gates Open 12 noon, Practice 1–4 p.m.

Friday, April 3 … Weekly Racing – Season Opener

Friday, April 10 … Weekly Racing

Friday, April 17 … Weekly Racing

Friday, April 24 … Weekly Racing

Sunday, April 26 … USAC National Sprint Car Series/WAR Sprint Series, support classes TBA

Friday, May 1 … Weekly Racing & USMTS

Thursday, May 7 … Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, support classes TBA

Friday, May 8 … Weekly Racing

Friday, May 15 … Weekly Racing plus Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers

Friday, May 22 … Weekly Racing

Friday, May 29 … Weekly Racing

Friday, June 5 … Weekly Racing

Saturday, June 6 … World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, support classes TBA

Friday, June 12 … Weekly Racing

Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14 … Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Friday, June 19 … Weekly Racing

Friday, June 26 … Weekly Racing

Friday, July 10 … Weekly Racing

Tuesday, July 14 … Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, support classes TBA

Friday, July 17 … Weekly Racing plus Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers

Friday, July 24 … Weekly Racing

Friday, July 31 … Weekly Racing

Friday, Aug. 7 … Weekly Racing – Kids Night

Friday, Aug. 14 … Weekly Racing plus Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers

Friday, Aug. 21 … USMTS Modifieds + Weekly Racing

Friday, Aug. 28 … Weekly Racing – CARB Night

Friday, Sept. 4 … Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models & Weekly Racing

Friday, Sept. 11 … Weekly Racing

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13 … Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Friday, Sept. 18 … Weekly Racing

Friday, Sept. 25 … Weekly Racing

Friday, Oct. 2 … Weekly Racing

Friday, Oct. 9 … Weekly Racing – Season Championship

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 15-17 … USRA National Championships

Unless otherwise noted, Weekly Racing features USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Grand Nationals.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). For more information call the track office at 913-299-9206, Don & Donna Marrs at 913-888-0539 (track info) or Pete Howey at 309-360-6123 (technical). You can also email the track at or check out the track’s website at