Schafman garners USRA Modified win at Lakeside

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May 6, 2016  |  by Larry Lowery Jr.

Mark Schafman of Edwardsville won the USRA Modified feature on Friday, May 6, at the Lakeside Speedway. (Lisa Burlington Photo)
Mark Schafman of Edwardsville won the USRA Modified feature on Friday, May 6, at the Lakeside Speedway. (Lisa Burlington Photo)

Under budget can some times be an understatement. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway on Marrs Tree Service Night, the USRA Modified feature was a battle of David vs. Goliath (if you want to believe that).

For years Mark Schafman has been running in the USRA Modified ranks at Lakeside Speedway. If you ask him or his crew they will tell you that they are doing everything they can to stay up front while on racing on a very tight budget.

At the start of the USRA Modified main event Schafman got out to the lead on the opening lap from his outside front row starting spot. He would have a host of racers looking to run him down as Tim Karrick, Nic Bidinger, Chad Lyle, Kerry Davis and Darron Fuqua were all on the move.

Schafman established a lead, but Lyle—a former multi-time champ in the division—was staying within striking distance. Lapped traffic came into play late with Schafman and Lyle as the race wore on. Soon after that Lyle would bring out a caution as his car would suffer a mechanical failure.

Schafman would retain the lead on the restart as he blasted back out in front and would hold on. On Friday night David would slay all the Goliaths that raced in the main event. Karrick put on a strong run to come home second, third went to Aaron Marrant, Davis held on to finish fourth and Fuqua rounded out the top five in the fifth position.

If you could pack any more excitement in the USRA Stock Car main event it would be hard to believe. Friday night the first few laps would resemble a complete restart as the cars were two by two and sometimes four wide in the early stages.

Jayden Bears and Nate Barnes mixed it up at the front early, but as the race wore on Bears would slip back in the field. Barnes moved to the top spot but would have a familiar face, Brett Heeter, right behind him. Heeter, the 2015 champion, excels on a smooth dry slick race track that was provided on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

Lap 10 would see Heeter slip by Barnes for the lead. Heeter would not be challenged once he was in the top spot. Heeter pulled in his first win of the 2016 season. Barnes finished second, Trevor Hunt went from 15th to finish third, fourth was Kevin Anderson and Lucas Conley drove to a fifth-place finish.

J.C. Morton and Mike Tanner battled up front at the start of the USRA B-Mod feature. Morton would get the advantage and then flexed his muscle as he ran away from the competition.

Racing for position behind the leader was excited as three- and four-wide racing was evident all over the speedway. Andy Bryant, Shad Turner, Chad Clancy and Tanner were mixing it up. A couple of late race yellows would help out the competition.

Out in front it was all Morton on the restart. Morton would sprint to the win on the green, white, checkered restart finish. Morton is only the second different feature winner on the 2016 season to this point.

Clancy, the feature winner from Thursday night, drove from 13th to second, Tanner finished third, fourth went to a charging Trevor Hunt and rounding out the top five was Colten Stevens.

Everyone was waiting for Tim Shields to display the dominance that won him a Grand National championship in 2015. Friday night everyone got a glimpse of Shields dominance.

Shields opened up the feature by taking the lead on lap 1 and from there it was all Shields at the top of the leader board. Shields ran a smooth race on a perfectly prepped race track. The win was his first of 2016.

Nick Newton rolled to the runner-up finish, third went to Don Marrs, fourth was Donnie Brown and the winner from the Factory Stock feature earlier in the night, Marshall Jewett, took home the fifth spot.

In the newly-minted Factory Stock division, Jason Ryun has dominated to this point in the season. Would Friday night be the night for a new winner?

Kerry Ayres jumped out to the top spot and looked to be eyeing in his first win of the season. A couple of late race yellows saw Ryun take the lead, but then he would give way to Marshall Jewett.

Jewett, a multiple feature winner in multiple classes, caught his stride once he was in the top spot. Hitting all of his marks Jewett would go on to take the win and he becomes the 2nd different feature winner in the division. Ayres would hold on for second, Oliver Harris had his best run finishing third, fourth was Curtis Morrison and Ryun came home in fifth.

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RESULTS:

FACTORY STOCKS
1 8 7 Marshall Jewett Gardner , Ks 100.00
2 5 99A Kerry Ayres Kansas City, Mo 95.00
3 6 79 Oliver Harris Tonganoxie , Ks 91.00
4 1 50JR Curtis Morrison Raymore , Mo5 87.00
5 7 27C Jason Ryun Kansas City, Mo 84.00
6 4 27 Aiden Lueth Kansas City, Mo 81.00
7 2 185 J.R.. Billings Kansas City, Ks 45.00 DNS
8 3 610 Kevin Pike Edgerton , Mo 0.00 DQ

GRAND NATIONALS
1 4 42T Tim Shields Kansas City, Mo 100.00
2 6 711 Nick Newton Kansas City, Ks 95.00
3 3 9 Don Marrs Shawnee , Ks 91.00
4 7 26 Donnie Brown Lancaster , Ks 87.00
5 2 3E Marshall Jewett Gardner , Ks 84.00
6 1 4R Raven Justice Kansas City, Ks 81.00
7 5 15 Nick Drew Kansas City, Ks 78.00

USRA B-MODS
1 5 18 J.C. Morton Springfield , Mo 100.00
2 13 21C Chad Clancy Polo , Mo 95.00
3 3 20T Mike Tanner Kansas City, Mo 91.00
4 8 44H Trevor Hunt Kearney , Mo 87.00
5 2 222 Colten Stevens Basehor , Ks 84.00
6 7 17T Shadren Turner Saint Joseph, Mo 81.00
7 14 7 Doug Keller Easton , Mo 78.00
8 4 3X3 Nick Newton Kansas City, Ks 76.00
9 6 17J Jake Richards Edwardsville , Ks 74.00
10 22 12C Steve Clancy Odessa , Mo 72.00
11 19 42 Gene Claxton Kansas City, Mo 70.00
12 21 181 Luke Nieman Nortonville , Ks 68.00
13 18 117 Tim Galvan Edwardsville , Ks 66.00
14 12 38 Matt Pugh Overland Park, Ks 64.00
15 10 15 Ed Noll Excelsior Springs, Mo 62.00
16 17 211 Tim Eaton St. Joseph, Mo 60.00
17 11 21V Vic Tranckino Basehor , Ks 58.00
18 23 22M Steve McDowell Independence , Mo 56.00
19 24 26 Anthony Whitham Kansas City, Mo 55.00
20 1 9 Don Marrs Shawnee , Ks 54.00
21 15 49 Patrick Royalty Kansas City, Ks 53.00
22 9 28 Andy Bryant Fort Scott, Ks 52.00
23 20 99 Brad Smith Belton , Mo 51.00
24 16 96 Cody Brill Harrisonville , Mo 50.00

USRA STOCK CARS
1 6 05 Brett Heeter Kansas City, Ks 100.00
2 5 29 Nate Barnes Kearney , Mo 95.00
3 15 33H Trevor Hunt Kearney , Mo 91.00
4 9 417 Kevin Anderson Kansas City, Mo 87.00
5 8 17C Lucas Conley Spring Hill, Ks 84.00
6 3 09JB Jayden Bears Smithville , Mo 81.00
7 10 292 Blake Peeler Trimble , Mo 78.00
8 4 56 Joe Smith Jr. Kansas City, Ks 76.00
9 11 5K Steve Herrick Topeka , Ks 74.00
10 2 105 Clint Hedge Bonner Springs, Ks 72.00
11 14 17 Kevin McGinnis Kansas City, Ks 70.00
12 7 04 Chad Walker Kansas City, Ks 68.00
13 1 577 Matthew Garringer Holt , M 66.00
14 12 12 Scotty Moore Kansas City, Ks 45.00 DNS
15 13 41K Vernon Kever Kansas City, Mo 45.00 DNS

USRA MODIFIEDS
1 2 34 Mark Schafman Edwardsville , Ks 100.00
2 4 1K Tim Karrick Basehor , Ks 95.00
3 8 70 Aaron Marrant Orrick , Mo 91.00
4 7 68 Kerry Davis Parkville , Mo 87.00
5 5 87 Darron Fuqua Mayetta , Ks 84.00
6 10 90 Terry Schultz Sedalia , Mo 81.00
7 3 3B Nic Bidinger Perry , Ks 78.00
8 9 66T Tyler Schmidt Easton , Ks 76.00
9 11 39 Luke Driskell Stilwell , Ks 74.00
10 14 8X Chad Thomsen Louisburg , Ks 72.00
11 13 66M Max Grogan Basehor , Ks 70.00
12 12 29S Jeff Smith Kansas City, Mo 68.00
13 15 92P Jim Peeler Milan , Mo 66.00
14 16 28 Jerry Liston Jr Kansas City, Ks 64.00
15 17 5 Kevin McGinnis Edwardsville , Ks 62.00
16 6 33 Chad Lyle Oak Grove, Mo 60.00
17 1 13H Eric Hanna Maryville , Mo 58.00
18 18 51 Joe Walker Harrisonville , Mo 45.00 DNS