Clancy, Ryun back up opening night efforts at Lakeside Speedway; Shute, Marrs, Anderson, Steenstry also log wins

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April 15, 2016  |  by Larry Lowery Jr.

The staff at the Lakeside Speedway hit a home run with the racing surface on night 2 of the season and it showed as the racing was spectacular on Friday.

It was a week ago that Chad Clancy took the opening night win. Fans might have been wondering if the Clancy from 2014 might be back to make another bid for a track championship and a national championship in the USRA B-Mod division.

Patrick Royalty and Gene Claxton led the field to the green flag in the feature, and Claxton led the opening lap. Clancy, who started sixth on the grid, needed only two laps to get to the front of the field as he blasted by Claxton on the high side to take the top spot.

Brad Smith, who started third, kept pace with Clancy and stayed close throughout the early part of the main event. A nice battled raged for the third and fourth spots on the track between Mike Tanner and Tim Powell. Tanner finally gained the advantage just past halfway.

Clancy, meanwhile, was out in front of the competition and putting a stranglehold on the top spot. Smith ate away at the lead, and even reached Clancy’s back bumper as the laps clicked off. That pressure was enough to worry Clancy as he put it in another gear on the last few laps and sped away to his second consecutive win of the season at the Lakeside Speedway.

Smith held down the runner-up spot, third went to hard-charging seventh-starting Tanner, Powell drove to his best finish of the early season in fourth and rounding out the top five driving from 11th to fifth was Luke Nieman.

Heat race winners were Steven Clancy, Shadren Turner, Powell and Tanner. The "B" feature was won by Heath Murry.

Trevor Hunt, like Clancy, was seeking a repeat win in the USRA Stock Car main event. Hunt started on the pole once again and took to the lead, but on lap three saw his lead go away as Lucas Conley and Kevin Anderson applied the pressure on Hunt.

Conley took the lead and that left Hunt in a battle with Anderson. The front of this feature started to get real good as four drivers were in the mix for the win. A yellow bunched them up just around the midway point. As the green flag restarted the race all four cars made their bid for supremacy.

Conley, Anderson and Brett Heeter were hooked up on the top side while Hunt stuck to his guns and the bottom. Lap nine saw Conley take to the low line to keep Hunt at bay. When he made the move it could have been the wrong one as Anderson blew by on the high side and went to the top spot.

Once there, it looked just like 99 percent of the features from 2015: Anderson and Heeter were at the front and running away with the race. In the end it was Anderson logging his first win of 2016. Heeter drove to the second-place finish, third went to Hunt, Conley held on for fourth and Blake Peeler took the fifth-place finish.

Heat race winners were Heeter and Jake Newman.

Shad Badder and Darron Fuqua brought the field to the green in the main event for the USRA Modified division.

An early caution slowed the action right off the bat. Fuqua, the current national points leader in the USRA Modified ranks, took to the front spot and held on to it. Lap after lap he had to hold off Todd Shute, who was at Lakeside to prepare for next week’s USMTS event.

The battle between Fuqua and Shute was a good one. The drivers swapped spots as Fuqua reclaimed the lead. Lapped traffic provided more excitement for the two as they raced around the track.

Just prior to the halfway point, Fuqua had been doing a great job of retaking the lead any time Shute made a run to the front. Out of turn two as Fuqua lost some momentum as he was looking to get around a lapped car. That was all the break that Shute needed to take over the top spot.

Shute flexed his muscle from that point on in the feature as he went on to an easy win. Fuqua finished second for the second straight week while last week’s winner, Kerry Davis, drove from 10th to finish third. Aaron Marrant was the hard charger of the night going from 14th to fourth and Badder held on to come home in fifth.

Heat race winners were Shute, Tyler Schmidt and Lance Town.

Jason Ryun has a good understanding of what it takes to get the job done in the new Factory Stock division. For the second straight race Ryun has taken home the win and made it look easy. Ryun got out in front early of Friday night’s feature and he didn’t give up the spot all the way to the win. It was an impressive effort as Ryun started the feature in the sixth spot.

Jay Barnes worked his way up from seventh to finish second, third went to Ron Janes, Tim Billings finished fourth and rounding out the top five was Oliver Harris.

The heat race winner was Ryun.

Last season it was a string of wins thrown together by last year’s champ, Tim Shields, in the Grand National division. So far this year after one race, Shields has been kept out of victory lane.

Michael Morse and Nick Drew started on the front row of the feature and all eyes seemed to be looking inside of row three at Shields. It was a moot point because another feature winner from 2015, Don Marrs, decided he wanted to be in the spotlight on Friday night.

Last week’s winner, Nick Newton, got the early lead but it was Marrs that sped by on the high side and took the lead on lap five. From that point on it was the Don Marrs show as he took his first win of 2016. Newton finished second, third went to Donnie Brown, Shields finished fourth and Steven Dibben raced his way to a fifth-place finish.

The heat race winner was Brown.

John Steenstry won the Show-Me Vintage Racing feature on the night.

Next week the USMTS heads into Lakeside Speedway for the Tompkins Industries USMTS Rumble on the River's Edge. Pits open at 4:30,. spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30.

General admission seating is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7-12. Admission to the terrace is $25 for adults and $8 for kids ages 7-12. Suites are $25 per adult and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Children ages 6 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35 for all ages.

One week from today, the United States Modified Touring Series returns to action for a three-day swing to kick off more than twenty nights of racing between now and Memorial Day.

After 20 days off since the checkered flag dropped and Zack VanderBeek was crowned the sixth King of America, the stars of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental are getting set for six straight weekends of intense racing.

The party gets started at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, April 22, to kick off a three-race weekend that will also see the bad boys with fast toys invade the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Saturday, April 23, and then a first-ever trip to the Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., on Sunday, April 24, for a high-horsepower “cage match.”

All three events will award $3,000 to the main event winner and valuable points in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With just one race complete in the region, Jason Hughes holds a slim points lead over Ryan Gustin and newly-crowned King VanderBeek, with Hunter Marriott and Daniel Hilsabeck rounding out the top five.

The 5th Annual Tompkins Industries Rumble on the River’s Edge at the Lakeside Speedway will put the spotlight not only on the USMTS Modifieds but the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, along with Grand Nationals and Factory Stocks.

Pits open at 4:30, spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission seating is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7-12. Terrace admission is $25 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12. Suites are available on a limited basis at $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Children ages 6 and under get in for free and pit passes are $35 for all ages.

Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders have each won three of the last six USMTs races at the historic half-mile dirt oval. Jeremy Payne also has three career wins while Phillips leads all with four overall to his credit. Ryan Gustin, Nic Bidinger and Matt Dotson each have one win here.

Fans can save $2 off admission by picking up a commemorative discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City and Shawnee. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Seeburg Muffler Night
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, April 15, 2016

SHOW-ME VINTAGE RACING SERIES

Heat:
1. (4) 22 John Steenstry, Independence, Mo.
2. (2) 76 Jim Clevenger, Olathe
3. (6) 01H Steve Hughes, Lathrop, Mo.
4. (7) 20 Larry Dady, Oak Grove, Mo.
5. (5) 7 Mickey Freehart, Odessa, Mo.
6. (8) 79 Jeremy Steenstry, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (3) 24 Mike McDowell, Linwood
8. (1) 711 Bryan Strong, Windsor, Mo.

Feature:
1. (4) 22 John Steenstry, Independence, Mo.
2. (8) 79 Jeremy Steenstry, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (6) 01H Steve Hughes, Lathrop, Mo.
4. (2) 76 Jim Clevenger, Olathe
5. (5) 7 Mickey Freehart, Odessa, Mo.
6. (3) 24 Mike McDowell, Linwood
7. (1) 711 Bryan Strong, Windsor, Mo.
DQ - (7) 20 Larry Dady, Oak Grove, Mo.

FACTORY STOCKS

Heat:
1. (2) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (7) 99J Jay Barnes, Kearney, Mo.
3. (3) 7 Ron Janes, Olathe
4. (1) 610 Kevin Pike, Edgerton, Mo.
5. (5) 79 Oliver Harris, Tonganoxie
6. (6) 27T Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
7. (4) 27 Aiden Lueth, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (6) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (7) 99J Jay Barnes, Kearney, Mo.
3. (5) 7 Ron Janes, Olathe
4. (2) 27T Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
5. (3) 79 Oliver Harris, Tonganoxie
6. (4) 610 Kevin Pike, Edgerton, Mo.
7. (1) 27 Aiden Lueth, Kansas City, Mo.

GRAND NATIONALS

Heat:
1. (2) 26 Donnie Brown, Lancaster
2. (6) 711 Nick Newton, Kansas City
3. (7) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee
4. (9) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (4) 69R Steven Dibben, Smithville, Mo.
6. (8) 30 Darren Kling, Basehor
7. (5) 23 Michael Morse Jr., Kansas City
8. (3) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City
9. (1) 3E Marshall Jewett, Gardner

Feature:
1. (4) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee
2. (6) 711 Nick Newton, Kansas City
3. (7) 26 Donnie Brown, Lancaster
4. (5) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (2) 69R Steven Dibben, Smithville, Mo.
6. (3) 30 Darren Kling, Basehor
7. (1) 23 Michael Morse Jr., Kansas City
DNS - 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City
DNS - 3E Marshall Jewett, Gardner

USRA B-MODS

Heat: #1:
1. (1) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
2. (6) 21C Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.
3. (4) 17J Jake Richards, Edwardsville
4. (7) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville
5. (9) 91 Eddie Schwope Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.
6. (2) 17R Ramon Ortega, St. Joseph, Mo.
7. (5) 32 Shelby Manthe, Lenexa
8. (8) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor
9. (3) 17K Jayse Clinton, Dearborn, Mo.

Heat: #2:
1. (4) 20T Mike Tanner, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (1) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City
3. (2) 91X Cody Thornton, Tonganoxie
4. (5) 17 Dean Galvan, Bonner Springs
5. (8) 44H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo.
6. (3) 42R Jarrett Ross, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (7) 3K Scott Henney, Kansas City
8. (6) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs
9. (9) 7X Lance Lincoln, Topeka

Heat: #3:
1. (4) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
2. (5) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
3. (1) 38 Matt Pugh, Overland Park
4. (7) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (6) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (8) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo
7. (2) 26 Anthony Whitham, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (3) 20J Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.

Heat: #4:
1. (4) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing
2. (2) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee
3. (7) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (1) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie
5. (8) 117 Tim Galvan, Edwardsville
6. (6) 22M Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.
7. (3) 92 Dennis Melvin Sr., Basehor
8. (5) 9M Derrick Mahoney, Liberty, Mo.

"B" Feature:
1. (1) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie
2. (3) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo
3. (2) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 42R Jarrett Ross, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (7) 32 Shelby Manthe, Lenexa
6. (6) 22M Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.
7. (11) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor
8. (4) 17R Ramon Ortega, St. Joseph, Mo.
9. (10) 92 Dennis Melvin Sr., Basehor
10. (9) 26 Anthony Whitham, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (16) 7X Lance Lincoln, Topeka
12. (13) 20J Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.
13. (15) 17K Jayse Clinton, Dearborn, Mo.
14. (14) 9M Derrick Mahoney, Liberty, Mo.
15. (8) 3K Scott Henney, Kansas City
DQ - (12) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs

"A" Feature:
1. (6) 21C Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.
2. (3) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
3. (7) 20T Mike Tanner, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing
5. (11) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville
6. (2) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City
7. (4) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
8. (8) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
9. (12) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
10. (10) 17J Jake Richards, Edwardsville
11. (19) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie
12. (15) 91 Eddie Schwope Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.
13. (18) 117 Tim Galvan, Edwardsville
14. (17) 44H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo.
15. (14) 38 Matt Pugh, Overland Park
16. (9) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee
17. (13) 91X Cody Thornton, Tonganoxie
18. (20) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo
19. (21) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
20. (24) 22M Steve McDowell, Independence, Mo.
21. (22) 42R Jarrett Ross, Kansas City, Mo.
22. (16) 17 Dean Galvan, Bonner Springs
23. (23) 32 Shelby Manthe, Lenexa
24. (1) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.

USRA STOCK CARS

Heat: #1:
1. (3) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City
2. (1) 56 Joe Smith Jr., Kansas City
3. (7) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City
4. (5) 33H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo.
5. (4) 28D Gary Donaldson, Liberty, Mo.
6. (2) 37 Justin Seifert, Kansas City
7. (6) 31Z Nick Zinn, Kansas City

Heat: #2:
1. (3) 222 Jake Newman, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (2) 292 Blake Peeler, Trimble, Mo.
3. (6) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (4) 17C Lucas Conley, Spring Hill
5. (5) 09JR Jeff Assel, Smithville, Mo.
6. (7) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka
7. (1) 29T Terry Ellison, Eudora

Feature:
1. (6) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (7) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City
3. (1) 33H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo.
4. (2) 17C Lucas Conley, Spring Hill
5. (4) 292 Blake Peeler, Trimble, Mo.
6. (3) 56 Joe Smith Jr., Kansas City
7. (5) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City
8. (9) 28D Gary Donaldson, Liberty, Mo.
9. (8) 222 Jake Newman, Kansas City, Mo.
10. (12) 37 Justin Seifert, Kansas City
11. (10) 09JR Jeff Assel, Smithville, Mo.
12. (11) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka
13. (13) 29T Terry Ellison, Eudora
DNS - 31Z Nick Zinn, Kansas City

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat: #1:
1. (1) 5 Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa
2. (2) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville
3. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta
4. (6) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo.
5. (5) 70 Aaron Marrant, Orrick, Mo.
6. (7) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
7. (3) 92P Jim Peeler, Milan, Mo.

Heat: #2:
1. (4) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton
2. (1) 8X Chad Thomsen, Louisburg
3. (7) 29S Jeff Smith, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (6) 175 Jason Park, Kansas City
5. (5) 66M Max Grogan, Basehor
6. (3) 28 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City
7. (2) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City

Heat: #3:
1. (2) 21T Lance Town, Wellsville
2. (1) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
3. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
4. (3) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor
5. (7) 13H Eric Hanna, Maryville, Mo.
6. (5) 517 Kevin McGinnis, Edwardsville
7. (6) 96 Danny Barker, Kansas City

Feature:
1. (5) 5 Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa
2. (2) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta
3. (10) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo.
4. (14) 70 Aaron Marrant, Orrick, Mo.
5. (1) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
6. (12) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor
7. (8) 21T Lance Town, Wellsville
8. (3) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville
9. (16) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
10. (13) 13H Eric Hanna, Maryville, Mo.
11. (6) 29S Jeff Smith, Kansas City, Mo.
12. (4) 8X Chad Thomsen, Louisburg
13. (19) 92P Jim Peeler, Milan, Mo.
14. (15) 66M Max Grogan, Basehor
15. (17) 28 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City
16. (11) 175 Jason Park, Kansas City
17. (20) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City
18. (18) 517 Kevin McGinnis, Edwardsville
19. (7) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton
20. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
DNS - 96 Danny Barker, Kansas City