Lakeside Speedway Ushers In New Era On Opening Night!

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April 1, 2015

Donnie Brown (26) and former champion Gary Donaldson (28D) will be ready to go. (Reed Bros. Racing Photo)
Donnie Brown (26) and former champion Gary Donaldson (28D) will be ready to go. (Reed Bros. Racing Photo)

Sometime you just have to start over in life.

Lakeside Speedway will usher in a new era Friday night, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. when the first official green flag waves for the first heat race.

Don and Donna Marrs, the new owners of Lakeside Speedway, are ready to go for opening night. The off season has been a whirl wind for everyone involved and finally getting to a race night will provide some satisfaction for their hard work. The Marrs family has been waiting for this night for awhile and they are pumped up. During the entire off season the focus has been on everything other than what Lakeside Speedway has been known for; great racing!

Friday night’s opening night will feature the USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods and Grand Nationals. Fans can expect to see the same great action that opening night has provided year after year.

Last Sunday afternoon several drivers took to the track and worked out the kinks in preparation for Friday night’s races. A lot of drivers were excited to get back to the track that they consider their favorite. The drivers can tell you anything that they want but at Lakeside Speedway everyone wants to be on their ‘A’ game.

It might have been a surprise to see what drivers were getting some laps in during practice.

Last season 4 drivers took home championships at Lakeside Speedway. Celebrating last year’s championship will come to and end at 6:45 p.m. when the first session of hot laps hits the track.

Nic Bidinger is coming off his second straight USRA Modified Championship and he is looking for the hat trick (#3).

If Bidinger can get the job done he would become the first driver in any division at Lakeside to win 3 straight track titles, in any division. Since returning to dirt in 2000 that feat has never been accomplished. Bidinger showed last week that he is focused on making another run as he took several laps during Sunday’s play day.

To win a third championship there are several drivers that will be looking to knock Bidinger off his throne.

When it comes to the USRA Modified division at Lakeside Speedway the competition is fierce. Look for drivers like Tim Karrick, Kerry Davis, Darron Fuqua, Terry Schultz, Tyler Schmidt and a host of others to be ready to go Friday night. The unknown factor that happens each season is the mix of newcomers that make their debuts at Lakeside Speedway. A track like Lakeside Speedway is always guaranteed to pull in some newcomers and they are usually top notch competitors as well.

In the USRA Stock Car class the competition couldn’t be tighter.

Brett Heeter, like Bidinger, is looking to three-peat this season. The odds on Heeter getting number 3 will be long for the fact that a large contingent in this class is capable of pulling off a win.

A whopping 56 competitors checked in last year for the Stock Cars and Heeter worked his magic to the championship. This season several drivers have spent a ton of time in the shop trying to get faster. Their efforts will be on display Friday night.

One driver that celebrated a dream season a year ago was Chad Clancy. Clancy was the USRA B-Mod National Champion. There was no higher honor for a racer in the B Mod class. This season he will have a bigger target on his back and he will be doing it behind the wheel of a brand new chassis.

Just like the Stock Cars, the B Mod division is competitive as well. Quantity and quality are characteristics of what you will see from this group of racers. Last season 98 drivers checked in to do battle. The cost and rules package will continue to drive racers into this class and that’s a big bonus for the fans!

The only non-sanctioned class at Lakeside is the Grand National class and last season Tim Shields was the man!

Shields picked off a double digit win total in 2014 en route to the championship.

It’s been said before, and I will say it again, this division carries a great amount of competition. It also contains a bit of a rivalry. Last season if it wasn’t Shields in victory lane it was Gary Donaldson (the champ in 2013). As these two drivers battle up front, it has also pushed the rest of the racers in this division to be better. Last year it showed.

Donnie Brown, Marshall Jewett, brothers Houston and Austin Johnson, Don Marrs, Jim Baker and the rest of the competition are ready to take their turns in victory lane.

NASCAR hosts their biggest race of the season on opening day. Opening night at Lakeside Speedway is just like that. Several racers will turn out in front of a big crowd hoping to take home a win. In years past this night has provided so much excitement that it should be outlawed. Look for the same to happen this Friday night.

The spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 7 to 12 are $6, children under 6 are FREE and military personnel, students and seniors get in for $10 with proper I.D.

For more information on Lakeside Speedway visit them on the world wide web at www.LakesideSpeedway.net, find them on Facebook at Lakeside Speedway or follow Lakeside on Twitter at Follow Lakeside Speedway on Twitter @Lakeside_Spdwy.

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).