ULMA Late Models set for inaugural visit to Lakeside Speedway Sept. 25

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September 14, 2015  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Although the regular points season for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model drivers officially came to a close last weekend, motors are set to refire once again on Friday, Sept. 25, when ULMA drivers make their first-ever appearance at the popular Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start event.

The arrangements for the event have been ongoing for several weeks and were finalized in time enough to officially announce the race a few weeks before the end of the season to allow drivers time to prepare for their appearance at the Kansas speedplant.

In recent post-season surveys taken by active ULMA drivers, Lakeside Speedway consistently ranked high on the list of tracks ULMA drivers wished they could compete on.

Several drivers have expressed to the association their desire to compete this weekend including this season’s ULMA Champion Jon Melloway, who became the series' eighth different champion in nine years.

Missouri-based veterans Steve Clancy, Kevin Coyne and Bob King are hopeful contenders, as are 2014 ULMA Champion Jon Binning and 2008 ULMA Champion Jason Bodenhamer.

Wesley Briggs, Cody Holtkamp and Jake Williams have also expressed hopes of taking home a Lakeside win.

Bobby Penney, John O’Neal Jr. and Gary Billings plan to represent the greater Kansas City metro in keeping the win close to home base. Billings has been out of late models for a period of time but plans a return to the late model ranks this weekend at Lakeside Speedway. O’Neal and Penney both posted their first ULMA victory earlier this season.

Chris Smyser expressed his desire to compete as he plans to make the long haul from Lancaster, Mo., to compete. Smyser’s experience behind the wheel of a Late Model on larger-sized tracks will definitely keep his name high on the list of potential winners when Friday rolls around. Smyser recorded multiple victories this season at the high-banked Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Mobelry, Mo.

Technical inspection will be conducted throughout the night at the discretion of ULMA and track officials! ULMA drivers will follow Lakeside Speedway general track rules and must be in compliance with all ULMA car class rules as written. All ULMA drivers must attend the Lakeside Speedway driver’s meeting at 6:30 on Friday.

Hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing starts at 7:30. The planned order of events for Friday night is Grand Nationals, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, ULMA Late Models and USRA Modifieds. All pit passes are $30. Pits open at 4:30 followed by grandstands at 5 p.m. Adult general admission is $12. Seniors, members of the military and students with ID are $10. Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6 and children five and under are free.

The ULMA wishes to thank Lakeside Speedway owners and promoters Don and Donna Marrs and their staff for working with and offering the association a race date at the speedway. The ULMA also wishes to thank John O’Neal for his diligence in helping secure a race date at the speedway. A rain date of Friday, Sept. 25, has been established should rainy weather settle in over the area this Friday.

Contact Lakeside Speedway on the race day hotline at 913-299-9206 or find them on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net. Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located at 5615 Wolcott Dr. in Kansas City, Kan. The track is located one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR5 north east of the Legends Mall and Kansas Speedway.

An outstanding list of generous sponsors have informed ULMA officials of various incentive money and contingency prizes and ULMA wishes to thank all of the sponsors for their contribution and generosity to the Lakeside Speedway event. Thanks to Chris Ricketts and Mike Meise of Burlington Auto Repair in Kansas City and John and Joy O'Neal, promoters of the Kart Stars Series, the race will now pay $1,000-to-win.

Burlington Auto Repair is an auto repair shop located at 1041 Swift St, North Kansas City, Mo 64116. Phone them at (816) 283-0625. The Kart Stars Series may be found online at www.kartstars.net/contact.html or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/crikartstars.

The Heartland Auto Racing Show, which is one of the fastest-growing motorsports Trade Shows in the nations informed ULMA they will sponsor a $100 Hard Charger Award for Friday’s event. The trade show may be found on the web at www.heartlandautoracingshow.com. The show is scheduled for Nov. 20-21 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The ULMA wishes to thank Bobby Penney for his assistance in securing this contribution for the event.

A donor who wished to remain anonymous has posted $150 that will go to a certain designated spot in the finishing order. The donor wished for us to keep their name and the finishing position a secret... we will pay the lucky driver at the end of the night who finishes in this designated position and will announce the position the donor pre-selected for the bonus award.

Additionally, Kluhsman Racing Components of Lockwood, Mo., informed ULMA they will award a new throttle linkage kit to Friday night's winner and to the Hard Luck Award driver. In addition, they will award a new set of lug nuts to Friday night's Hard Charger. Find KRC online at www.krcracing.com.

Ramsey Motors of Riverside, Mo., will award an extra $100 towards the Hard Luck Award. Find Ramsey Motors online at www.ramseymotorsmo.com. ULMA would like to thank Ramsey Motors and all of the event business partners for their generosity to make this event special for the participating drivers.

RCR has one more event planned on the dirt track this season. Although it is not a point’s race, it is another opportunity for drivers to race their cars one more time in 2015. From the track’s website, which is found at www.randolphcountyraceway.com, the event details read: on Saturday, Sept. 19, RCR’s final night of racing will take place with all classes running. At intermission the top 5 points finishers in the track’s divisions will receive their trophies from this season’s final point standings. Prior to the races, Log Boat Brewery presents Moto Bash, an afternoon of music games and fun for all ages followed by Saturday night racing.

The ULMA Championship Banquet will take place at the Isle of Capri in Boonville, Mo., on Saturday, Oct. 24.

For complete standings, results, calendar of events and license information be sure to visit ULMA online at www.ulmaracing.com. ULMA temp licenses are sold at each affiliated track for $10 per event entered. Drivers must either be a paid in full ULMA member or purchase the temp license to compete in ULMA events. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com and Photographics by Shelly Payne. For more information on ULMA, visit www.ulmaracing.com.