World of Outlaws Late Models gearing up for Lakeside Speedway

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April 4, 2017

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads to the Great Plains to top off the month of April with a stop on Friday, April 28, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Lakeside Speedway is located just under two hours from World of Outlaws regular Chase Junghans’ hometown of Manhattan. This is the first time the series has visited Kansas since Junghans joined the Series in 2014.

“This race will definitely be fun for sure,” said Junghans. “Anytime you only have to travel an hour-and-a-half to go to an Outlaw race, it is definitely exciting. I’ve raced there plenty of times, and that definitely helps your confidence headed into the race and gives you hope of running good. Out here in the Midwest a lot of our tracks are bigger half-miles, and that’s what I’m used to running on. I don’t know if that means I have an advantage, but I’m used to racing on that kind of track and have a better idea of what I have to do to my car.”

Junghans’ roots run deep at the half-mile track. Before he was old enough to enter the pits, Chase and his brother, Grant, would tag along to Lakeside to watch a car their father, Greg, owned and raced there on Fridays. Once the pair was old enough to get into the pits, they began to help with the car and eventually both would sit behind the wheel.

Grant lost his battle with cancer last year after six years of fighting. In honor of his love for racing, the Junghans family held the Grant Junghans Memorial race at Lakeside Speedway last year.

“Pretty much the main reason we held it there was because we grew up at that track. It’s also one of the most racey tracks around my house,” said Chase. “One of Grant’s last wishes was that he wanted to have a memorial race that paid $1,000 to start and $10,000 to win, so we made it happen. I’m pretty sure it was standing room only at the track that day. It actually rained out the first time and just as many people showed up when we rescheduled.”

The family has not decided if they are going to host the event again this year, but every day Chase continues to live out Grant’s and his biggest passion.

“He told me not to quit racing because that’s all he wanted to do when he was sick, so I told him I didn’t plan on it,” said Chase.

Kansas City has a rich history in dirt racing, and Lakeside Speedway opened in its prime. The track first opened in 1955 as a dirt track, switched to asphalt in 1989, and then switched back to dirt in 2001. The track boasts modern grandstands, suites, a press box and an adjacent campground for fans.

“The name, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, brings a high caliber to this event and to this track,” said Lakeside Speedway promoter Pete Howey. “You also bring the most well-known drivers in the country to face our local and regional drivers. The series drivers are so smooth in their cars. They have such a talent for driving that it makes it look easy when they are out there. My fans know that seeing these drivers and going to this event is going to be a big deal. This track is 3/8 at the bottom and 4/10 at the top and 75 feet wide all around. This is a fast track and this race is going to be awesome.”