Davis, Hunt, Clancy, Ryun, Newton score opening night wins at Lakeside Speedway

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April 8, 2016  |  by Larry Lowery Jr.

It was a chilly night at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night for the season opener. Once the green flag waived for the first race the heat rose rather quickly.

It was a year ago that Kerry Davis rolled to a USRA Modified track championship at Lakeside Speedway. Friday night it appeared that Davis is still not done with winning races at Lakeside.

Joey Galloway and Davis brought the field to the start of the USRA Modified main event.

At the start of the race it was Galloway taking the lead but last year’s champ, Davis, was right on his heels and took the lead away on lap 2.

As Davis held down the top spot, a good battle brewed early for that second spot between Fuqua and Karrick while Galloway and Nic Bidinger tried to keep pace.

Davis stayed in command until the final three laps. Lapped traffic changed the complexion of the race as it allowed Fuqua to close in on the leader.

As the two drivers came to the white flag, Davis moved up on the track and Fuqua took to the bottom. Side by side they went but at the stripe it was Davis picking up the opening night victory.

Fuqua came home in the runner-up spot, third went to Karrick, fourth was Mark Schafman and rounding out the top five was Bidinger.

Heat race winners were Bidinger, Fuqua and Galloway.

Last year was a tough year for the former USRA B-Mod national champion Chad Clancy.

After a year of mowing down competitors and collecting win after win, Clancy took a little break and had to learn a new chassis. He still picked up some wins in 2015, it just wasn’t at the pace of his 2014 season.

Friday night Clancy showed that he might be ready to go back to the dominating pace of 2014 as he won the USRA B-Mod feature event.

A whopping 37 drivers checked in to compete on opening night.

Clancy, along with defending USRA B-Mod national champion Andy Bryant, looked to be setting up an epic battle at the front of the feature as it got ready to kick off.

The green flag waved and it was Clancy getting the drop on the competition. Lap after lap he did not miss his marks and his Prime Racing Rage Chassis extended the lead lap after lap.

As Clancy raced to the finish, Bryant was able to chip away at the lead as the leader battled with lapped traffic.

It looked as if Bryant was going to have an opportunity on the final lap to make a run at Clancy, but Clancy would use the lapped traffic to his benefit down the back straight to gain enough cushion to secure his first win of the season.

Bryant settled for the runner-up spot, holding on to third was Mike Tanner, fourth was last year’s champ, Ed Noll, and coming home fifth was Gene Claxton.

Heat race winners were Tim Powell, Bryant, Noll, Tanner and Clancy. Steve McDowell won the "B" feature.

A few years ago Trevor Hunt was touted as the next big thing in area racing. The youngster showed signs of brilliance as he battled it out on tour with the USMTS.

Some time off from racing gave the youngster a chance to put things into perspective, and Friday night he debuted in both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. After watching him race, it shows why everyone should keep an eye on him—he is a good race car driver.

For his first time in a USRA Stock Car Hunt did a masterful job. He picked up the win in his heat race earlier in the night and it gained him a starting spot on the front row of the "A" main.

It was a year ago that Brett Heeter and Kevin Anderson dominated this division, and with the emergence of Hunt and other drivers this division could get even better than it already is.

Hunt took to an early lead. Smooth on and off the gas his lead built throughout the race. It looked like he was going to cruise to the easy victory until a late-race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Heading to the restart, Hunt felt a lot of pressure from the two dominant drivers of 2015, but he jumped back out to the lead and worked his magic as both Heeter and Anderson worked hard to get by him.

Anderson was on the low side and Heeter jumped to the high side. The white flag waved and Hunt kept Anderson at bay behind him. The real threat came from Heeter as he made his high side run.

At the finish it was Hunt with a half-car-length lead over Heeter.

Anderson finished third, fourth went to Ryun and going from ninth to fifth in the main event was Chad Walker.

Heat race winners were Heeter and Hunt.

The Factory Stock class debuted on opening night at Lakeside Speedway. This is a more restricted version of the stock car division, and in the end it was stock car driver Jason Ryun bringing home the inaugural victory.

Ryun started in the third position but slowly found his way to the front of the field, and then had to hold off the competition to bring home the win.

Kerry Ayers finished in the second spot, Tim Billings was in a good battle with the leader until he caught the wall and lost his momentum and finished third, Don Johnson drove to a fourth-place finish and rounding out the top five was Oliver Harris.

The heat race winner was Ayers.

The Grand National feature event looked awfully familiar on Friday night.

Tim Shields, who won the championship last season in impressive fashion, got into an early battle with Nic Newton and then expanded his lead. He was surely on the way to his first win of the 2016 season... at least that is what everyone in the crowd thought.

On lap 10, something would go wrong in Shields's car as he came off of turn 4 and he put it into the infield.

As Shields pulled off the track the lead was taken over by Nic Newton. That was all the help that Newton, a multiple feature winner in the division, would need as he took the checkered flag.

Darren Kling finished second, third went to Nick Drew, marching from seventh to finish fourth was Donnie Brown and Don Marrs finished in the fifth position.

Marrs was the heat race winner.

Racing action will continue next Friday night, April 15, at the Lakeside Speedway with all five regular weekly classes plus the Show-Me Vintage Racers. Pits open at 4:30 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7:30.

General admission seating is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-12 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Military personnel, students and seniors over 62 get in for $10 with proper ID.

Terrace passes are $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12 and children ages 6 and under get in for free. Military personnel, students and seniors over 62 get in for $12 with proper ID.

Suites are $20 for adults or $10 for kids ages 12 and under.

Pit passes are $30 for ages 7 and older or $10 for 6 and under.

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 check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, April 8, 2016

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat Race #1:
1. (1) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
2. (4) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo.
3. (3) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.
4. (2) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
5. (5) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo.
6. (6) 28 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City, Kan.

Heat Race #2:
1. (2) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
2. (1) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
3. (5) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan.
4. (4) 4 Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.
5. (6) 29S Jeff Smith, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (3) 175 Jason Parks, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat Race #3:
1. (1) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada.
2. (2) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
3. (3) 13H Eric Hanna, Maryville, Mo.
4. (5) 21T Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan.
5. (4) 96 Danny Barker, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (6) 66M Max Grogan, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (2) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo.
2. (3) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
3. (5) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
4. (7) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan.
5. (4) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
6. (11) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
7. (6) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
8. (1) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada.
9. (8) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.
10. (14) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo.
11. (10) 21T Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan.
12. (13) 29S Jeff Smith, Kansas City, Mo.
13. (9) 13H Eric Hanna, Maryville, Mo.
14. (12) 4 Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.
15. (18) 66M Max Grogan, Kansas City, Mo.
16. (15) 96 Danny Barker, Kansas City, Kan.
17. (16) 28 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City, Kan.
18. (17) 175 Jason Parks, Kansas City, Kan.

USRA STOCK CARS

Heat Race #1:
1. (3) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (6) 27 Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (2) 28 Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
4. (4) 09JR Jeff Assel, Smithville, Mo.
5. (5) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (7) 17 Kevin McGinnis, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (1) 577 Matthew Garringer, Holt, Mo.

Heat Race #2:
1. (2) 33H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.
2. (3) 222 Jake Newman, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (1) 56 Joe Smith Jr., Kansas City, Kan.
4. (6) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (4) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
6. (5) 17C Lucas Conley, Spring Hill, Kan.
7. (7) 37 Justin Seifert, Kansas City, Kan.

Feature:
1. (1) 33H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.
2. (2) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (3) 27 Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (8) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (10) 17C Lucas Conley, Spring Hill, Kan.
7. (4) 28 Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
8. (11) 37 Justin Seifert, Kansas City, Kan.
9. (5) 56 Joe Smith Jr., Kansas City, Kan.
10. (9) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
11. (7) 09JR Jeff Assel, Smithville, Mo.
DNS – 222 Jake Newman, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 577 Matthew Garringer, Holt, Mo.
DNS – 17 Kevin McGinnis, Kansas City, Kan.

USRA B-MODS

Heat Race #1:
1. (3) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.
2. (4) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
4. (2) 91X Cody Thornton, Tonganoxie, Kan.
5. (7) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
6. (1) 27B Jarret Beach, Tonganoxie, Kan.
7. (5) 32 Shelby Manthe, Lenexa, Kan.
8. (8) 27 David Oxford, Parkville, Mo.

Heat Race #2:
1. (4) 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.
2. (7) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo, Kan.
3. (6) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
4. (3) 17K Jayse Clinton, Dearborn, Mo.
5. (1) 26 Anthony Whitham, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (8) 92 Dennis Melvin, Basehor, Kan.
7. (5) 9M Derrick Mahoney, Liberty, Mo.

Heat Race #3:
1. (4) 20T Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.
2. (5) 91 Eddie Schwope Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.
3. (1) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (7) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
5. (6) 33 Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.
6. (2) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (8) C4 Curtis Dreasher, Hoyt, Kan.
8. (3) 42R Jarrett Ross, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat Race #4:
1. (3) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
2. (5) 17J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan.
3. (1) 21V Vic Tranckino, Basehor, Kan.
4. (2) 22 Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.
5. (6) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
6. (4) 17 Dean Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
7. (7) 3K Scott Henney, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat Race #5:
1. (4) 21C Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.
2. (6) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (2) 44H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.
4. (5) 38 Matt Pugh, Overland Park, Kan.
5. (1) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor, Kan.
6. (7) 53 Monty Mitchell, Manhattan, Kan.
7. (3) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.

"B" Feature:
1. (2) 22 Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.
2. (7) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor, Kan.
3. (10) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (12) C4 Curtis Dreasher, Hoyt, Kan.
5. (3) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
6. (5) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
7. (1) 17K Jayse Clinton, Dearborn, Mo.
8. (11) 17 Dean Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
9. (4) 33 Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.
10. (15) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (9) 27B Jarret Beach, Tonganoxie, Kan.
12. (6) 26 Anthony Whitham, Kansas City, Mo.
13. (16) 27 David Oxford, Parkville, Mo.
14. (14) 3K Scott Henney, Kansas City, Kan.
15. (13) 32 Shelby Manthe, Lenexa, Kan.
16. (8) 53 Monty Mitchell, Manhattan, Kan.
17. (19) 92 Dennis Melvin, Basehor, Kan.
18. (17) 42R Jarrett Ross, Kansas City, Mo.
19. (18) 9M Derrick Mahoney, Liberty, Mo.

"A" Feature:
1. (1) 21C Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.
2. (3) 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.
3. (4) 20T Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.
4. (6) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (7) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (11) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
7. (9) 17J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan.
8. (8) 91 Eddie Schwope Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.
9. (17) 38 Matt Pugh, Overland Park, Kan.
10. (14) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie, Kan.
11. (2) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo, Kan.
12. (12) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
13. (21) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
14. (5) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.
15. (10) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
16. (16) 44H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.
17. (18) 91X Cody Thornton, Tonganoxie, Kan.
18. (13) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
19. (22) C4 Curtis Dreasher, Hoyt, Kan.
20. (20) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor, Kan.
21. (15) 21V Vic Tranckino, Basehor, Kan.
22. (23) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
23. (24) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
24. (19) 22 Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.

GRAND NATIONALS

Heat Race:
1. (4) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
2. (1) 30 Darren Kling, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (3) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (6) 711 Nick Newton, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (7) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (8) 69R Steven Dibben, Smithville, Mo.
7. (5) 26 Donnie Brown, Lancaster, Kan.
8. (2) 3E Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.

Feature:
1. (2) 711 Nick Newton, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (4) 30 Darren Kling, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (5) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (7) 26 Donnie Brown, Lancaster, Kan.
5. (3) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
6. (6) 69R Steven Dibben, Smithville, Mo.
7. (1) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 3E Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.

FACTORY STOCKS

Heat Race:
1. (2) 99A Kerry Ayers, Gladstone, Mo.
2. (6) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (3) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
4. (1) 3 Don Johnson, Overland Park, Kan.
5. (4) 79 Oliver Harris, Tonganoxie, Kan.
6. (5) 610 Kevin Pike, Edgerton, Mo.
7. (7) 27T Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
DNS – 27 Aidan Lueth, Parkville, Mo.

Feature:
1. (3) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (4) 99A Kerry Ayers, Gladstone, Mo.
3. (7) 27T Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
4. (2) 3 Don Johnson, Overland Park, Kan.
5. (5) 79 Oliver Harris, Tonganoxie, Kan.
6. (6) 610 Kevin Pike, Edgerton, Mo.
7. (8) 27 Aidan Lueth, Parkville, Mo.
DNS – 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.