Lakeside Speedway Race Night Notes #2: Here Comes The Boom

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April 8, 2015

USRA B-Mod feature winner Ed Noll. (Reed Bros. Racing Photo)
USRA B-Mod feature winner Ed Noll. (Reed Bros. Racing Photo)

Kansas City, KS – If there were any doubts on what Lakeside Speedway was going to be like under the direction of Don and Donna Marrs, they got there answer last Friday night; EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT!

Some would say it was even better than alright. On a night to where it didn’t look like many fans would not turn out due to cold weather several fans returned to Lakeside Speedway. Those fans were treated to a night of great racing and more!

This Friday night April 10, 2015, the spectator gates will open up for race #2 on the season. The USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods & Grand Nationals will be on display, front and center once again.

Last Week’s Recap…
As the first green flag waved of the night the racers were ready to display the talents of the best drivers in the Midwest. A grand total of 75 racers, in 4 classes, showed up to do battle and they would not disappoint the chilly crowd that was in attendance.

Fans had to make a choice on what was the best race of the night because they saw so many great races.

In the USRA Stock Car ranks it was Brett Heeter, last year’s champ, making an incredible run from 16th to 1st. At the white flag Heeter would take the lead from Joe Smith Jr. by a mere inches and then held on for the final circuit to win his 1st feature of 2015. Kerry Davis made a strong run in the USRA Modified Feature. Davis started up front and held the lead from the outset, but while he navigated lapped traffic Darron Fuqua closed the gap and the last lap was one for the ages. Davis and Fuqua sprinted out of turn 4 to the stripe with Davis winning by about the length of his hood. The USRA B Mod Feature went to Ed Noll. The sentimental fan favorite that has been around racing for quite some time has come close to winning since returning to racing a few years back but hadn’t quite got over the hump. Last Friday night he kicked the door down as he held off the competetion to win the A Main. Tim Shields left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is still the man to beat in the Grand National division. The 2 time, defending champion made it look easy on the way to the opening night win.

USRA Modified Preview…
Last week’s USRA Modified Feature was about as exciting as you will find. A race that was decided by a few feet. Fans of Lakeside Speedway should get comfortable with that kind of ‘on the edge of your seat’ type of action! The racers in this class are some of the best in the Midwest. Kerry Davis showed last week that he has done his homework and is ready to get back into victory lane more often this season. Several others are ready too.

Darron Fuqua gave his best effort in coming up just a few feet short of the win last Friday night. If Fuqua would have only started closer to the front? Maybe it would have been a different outcome, maybe not. This season at Lakeside Speedway they are utilizing a passing point system to determine the lineups for the features. Also new for this year is the number of laps that will be run in a feature will depend on the number of cars that checked in that night to race.

A big mover in last week’s feature was Austin Johnson. Johnson, the youngster from KC, MO, worked his way up to an 8th place finish after starting 18th on the grid.

The ‘Hard Luck’ award was a toss up in this division. Nic Bidinger, the 2x defending champion, was moving to the front in the feature before a hail of sparks in the rear half of his hot rod would force him to pull off and finish 17th. Then there was Aaron Marrant. Marrant didn’t even make it out of his heat race after blowing a motor and this would make him watch the A Main from the crowd.

USRA Modified Driver To Watch This Week…
Nic Bidinger #3B Perry, KS.
Bidinger is your man to watch this week in the Modified division at Lakeside Speedway. There is a lot of racing still to go, but if he wants to win championship #3 (in a row), he will have to put last week behind him. Bidinger was fast before his mechanical problems and that’s a good sign. This week he will be itching to run back up front again. Watch as he will put the pressure on as he heads to the front half of the field. You don’t win championships by running at the back of the field. My guess he will be looking for a win, if not, at least a top 5 finish.

2015 USRA Modified Feature Winners…
Kerry Davis, Parkville, MO

USRA Modified Top 10 In Points
Pos Driver Car # City, State Points Behind
1 Kerry Davis 68 PARKVILLE MO 100 Leader
2 Darron Fuqua 87 MAYETTA KS 95 -5
3 Tim Karrick 1K BASEHOR KS 91 -9
4 Tyler Schmidt 66T EASTON KS 87 -13
5 Jared Stiens 59 MARYVILLE MO 84 -16
6 Tim Setzer 51 ARCHIE MO 81 -19
7 Lewis Jackson 3J Wellsville KS 78 -22
8 Austin Johnson 98 KANSAS CITY MO 76 -24
9 Dalton Kirk 30 EDGERTON KS 74 -26
10 Justin Johnson 7J GARDNER KS 72 -28

USRA Stock Car Preview…
This class was stellar last week. A total of 7 cars were in the hunt for the win at the end of this race. Each week, year after year, the USRA Stock Car division puts a great product on the track week after week. The Stock Cars tend to get overlooked. Each week they won’t go overlooked if they keep providing great finishes. Brett Heeter’s win last week could be just the tip of the ice berg for what fans might get to see for the entire 2015 campaign.

Heeter flexed his muscle last week in winning the feature on opening night. Not only did he get the win, but he also started 16th in the feature lineup and that finish would also make him the ‘hard charger’ on the night. A great way to start out on his quest for a 3 peat.

I was right there is what Joe Smith Jr. could have been saying after the event ended. Smith had control of this race for close to 3/4 of the event only to see it slip away in the end. It’s a good thing that these cars don’t have mirrors. If so, Smith would have seen a lot of cars breathing down his neck to take the win.

It was nice to see some new faces at Lakeside Speedway in the Stock Car class last week. One driver, Rich Boyden, is returning to the action after having been away from the Home of Dirt Track Racing in Kansas City for a long time. The last time Boyden competed on a full time basis it was in the Grand National class.

Hard Luck award in this class would go to Scotty Moore. Moore led the start of this race only to see him give up the lead to Smith. A few laps later he would make contact with another competitor and be sent to the rear of the field. His hard luck night ended in a 12th place finish.

Would you believe that Brett Heeter made that monster run last week and it wasn’t even in his primary car? That’s right it was one of his old cars. I don’t think he wants to retire that one anytime soon!

USRA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week…
Nate Barnes #29 Kearney, MO.
Barnes has had a lot of success at Lakeside Speedway over the years. Victory lane has been kind to Barnes. Last week wasn’t so kind to the racer from Kearney. Barnes was almost the Hard Luck award winner in his new xFactor Chassis. Working on a new car is always tough as you try to work the bugs out. Unfortunately Barnes will have to wait and see just how good his new car is. Watch him this Friday night. A week of working on his car, visiting with chassis builder John O’Neal Jr. and another week behind the wheel might be what the Dr. ordered.

2015 USRA Stock Car Feature Winners…
Brett Heeter, KCK

USRA Stock Car Top 10 In Points
Pos Driver Car # City, State Points Behind
1 Brett Heeter 05 KANSAS CITY KS 100 Leader
2 Joe Smith Jr. 56 KANSAS CITY KS 95 -5
3 Nick Whalen 00 KANSAS CITY KS 91 -9
5 Anthony Whitham 26L KANSAS CITY MO 84 -16
6 Jim Powell Jr. 20P Lecoompton KS 81 -19
7 Thomas Roberts 65X KIDDER MO 78 -22
9 Jake Newman 222 KANSAS CITY MO 74 -26
10 Rich Boyden 4U TOPEKA, KS 72 -28

USRA B Mod Preview…
The USRA B Mods had the most competitors who checked in last week. A total of 26 race cars checked in to duke it out. The feature started all 26 cars. This is a great move in my opinion. It saves running a B Feature to eliminate 2 racers. Paying some extra dough and letting those 2 extra drivers race the feature will do more for track PR than one might think.

Ed Noll showed the way during the entire feature as he got win #1 in 2015. It appeared that Noll might have some mechanical issues during the main event. Noll could have went from the hero to the zero if something would have failed. It didn’t and many fans were up on their feet cheering for Noll on the huge opening night win.

The Hard Charger award goes to Eddie Schwope for his run from 13th to 4th in the A Main. Schwope, who usually runs an IMCA N. Sport Mod, made the trip to Lakeside last Friday night and has to be happy with a top 5 finish.

Gene Claxton and Tim Powell put on a great show battling for that 2nd spot. The two veterans went at it door-to-door and wheel-to-wheel for several laps giving the fans something to stand up and shout about! In the end Powell got the better of the battle finishing 2nd to Claxton’s 3rd.

After the feature event Don Marrs had to be tired. The veteran racer and owner of Lakeside Speedway raced in both the Grand National A Main and USRA B Mod Main. By the end of the night that is close to 60 laps of racing. Take the time of working on your car at the track plus racing, I know I would have been tired.

Reigning champ, Chad Clancy, had his work cut out for him last week. Clancy finished 3rd in his heat. Not happy with his run, he put in some work and would end up with a positive after having started 11th in the main and finishing 6th. A new car might slow him down while he dials it in but don’t expect it for very long.

USRA B Mod Driver To Watch This Week…
Gene Claxton #42 KC, MO.
Most drivers would be happy with a 3rd place finish in the feature event. Not Gene Claxton. Gene has been racing for what seems to be a half a century and racing up front is what he has done for that time frame. Last week it seemed that Claxton’s handling wasn’t what it should have been. Even though he had the problems he is still a talented enough driver that he can get up on the wheel and drive a ill handling car to a top 5 finish. If Claxton gets things figured out, lookout! Claxton has a good car, a fast car and he is an exceptional talent. Watch for him to try and rebound this Friday night after running 3rd a week ago.

2015 USRA B Mod Feature Winners…
Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, MO.

USRA B-Mod Top 10 In Points
Pos Driver Car # City, State Points Behind
1 Ed Noll 15 Excelsior Springs MO 100 Leader
2 Tim Powell 57 LANSING KS 95 -5
3 Gene Claxton 42 KANSAS CITY MO 91 -9
4 Eddie Schwope 91 St. Joseph MO 87 -13
5 Shadren Turner 17T SAINT JOSEPH MO 84 -16
6 Chad Clancy 21C SMITHVILLE MO 81 -19
7 Don Marrs 9 SHAWNEE KS 78 -22
8 Colten Stevens 222 BASEHOR KS 76 -24
9 Luke Nieman 181 NORTONVILLE KS 74 -26
10 Sam Schuler, Jr.44 KANSAS CITY KS 72 -28

Grand National Preview…
Tim Shields put on a dominating performance in winning the feature last Friday night. Shields like Bidinger is looking for that elusive 3 peat. He answered most of the critics when he came out and won the way he did. At lap 8 Shields finally made his move to get by the leader and once he did Shields checked out on the competition. It looks like everyone else will have to elevate their programs to that next level.

A driver who has shown some improvement is Eddie Ingram. Ingram lead the first 7 laps of the feature only to see it wrestled away. Ingram should hold his head high. He was strong enough to finish in the 2nd spot. A strong start to the season.

Houston Johnson went for a wild ride in his heat race. The youngster appeared to have a hose or radiator problem and the car got caught up in it’s own fluid and pushed the driver hard up into the turn 3 wall. The Lakeside Speedway Safety Crew showed why there are some of the best in the business. You never know how you are going to react to a situation until you get put in that situation for real.

In an exciting heat race, Nick Newton, driving for Bill Ruisinger, took a wild win over Tim Shields. The 2 drivers shot it out to the flag stand. The fans were up on their feet as it was only a matter of inches that separated the two.

Grand Naitonal Driver To Watch This Week…
Nick Newton #711 KCK
If there is a favorite going into Friday night in this class it would be Tim Shields. Last week fans got a glimpse of what could be a good rivalry in this division between Shields and Nick Newton. Newton has been in the Grand National division before and has now set his sites on the B Mod ranks. Last week Newton returned to his Grand National roots and gave it a go. He came up short after mechanical issues took him out of the race. If he returns to the track again this week watch for him to give the Dark Knight all he can handle.

2015 Grand National Feature Winners…
Tim Shields, Kansas City

Grand National Top 9 In Points
Pos Driver Car # City, State Points Behind
1 Tim Shields 42T KANSAS CITY MO 109 Leader
2 Eddie Ingram 54 Basehor KS 103 -6
3 Marshall Jewett 3E GARDNER KS 100 -9
4 Donnie Brown 26 LANCASTER KS 94 -15
5 Don Marrs 9 SHAWNEE KS 93 -16
6 Dave Powell 2 KEARNEY MO 88 -21
– Nick Newton 711 KANSAS CITY KS 88 -21
8 Houston Johnson 97 KANSAS CITY MO 53 -56
9 Nick Drew 15 KANSAS CITY KS 52 -57

Vendor Spotlight: Reed Bros. Racing Photos
The Reed Bros., Ronny and Donny, have been taking pictures at race tracks for decades. This season they have become the official photographers for Lakeside Speeway. Great prices and great photos put the Reed Bros. Racing Photos to a whole other level. Special Orders are welcome. Stop by and visit Reed Bros. Racing Photos in the Budweiser Shack just south of the tower.

Special Thanks: Gary Joslin of Joslin’s Jewelry
Last week if you were living under a rock you might not have heard Rodney White say that each feature winner would be presented a $200 watch thanks to Gary Joslin at Joslin’s Jewelry. It was great to see Joslins back and involved with Lakeside Speedway once again. Joslin’s Jewelry is the perfect jewelry store for all your needs. Don’t think Gary Joslin won’t be back out before Father’s Day or Mother’s Day!!!

April 10 Race Night 411…
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.

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