Lakeside Speedway victory lane celebrations to Fuqua, Galvan, O’Neal, Willard, Spilman, Bivins, Jewett

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August 24, 2018  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Austin O’Neal won the USRA Stock Car feature.
Austin O’Neal won the USRA Stock Car feature.

Eighty-five cars signed in for a late-August night of Racing on the River’s Edge at Lakeside Speedway with 85 drivers on hand. Ten Factory Stocks signed in along with, 7 Grand Nationals, 15 E-Mods, 10 Four-Cylinders, 13 USRA Stock Cars, 14 USRA B-Mods, and 16 USRA Stock Cars. Drivers competed in 11 heat races to setup the lineups for the seven main events to close out the night.

Preliminary events recap: Marshall Jewett advanced from his seventh-starting position to pick up the first checkered flag of the evening as Matthew Matsukevich advanced to second at the finish. Kacey Shields dominated the Grand National event as he moved from row two to assume command of the heat race before going on to victory over Don Marrs. E-Mods were next on the track for a pair of heat races with Tim Billings prevailing over current point’s leader Billy Spillman. For heat two, Ben Stockton drove from the tail of the field to grab the lead and eventual win over Jessie Mulich in second. Guest class River’s Edge 4-Cylinders were up next in the lineup with one heat race for the drivers on hand. Taking the victory was John Willard ahead of David Miller.

USRA divisions were up next on the track with a pair of heat races by the Factory Stocks. In a thrilling finish to start the stock-car action, Polo, Missouri’s Sam Scott led the field from the onset, but Tim Shields drove from row three and nearly pulled off a last-lap pass for the win, but Scott prevailed over Shields at the checkered flag. For heat two, fourth-starting Austin O’Neal of Kearney, Missouri dominated for the victory with Nick Whalen finishing second. Andy Bryant claimed the first B-Mod heat race over Tim Powell by a mere .02 seconds! In heat two, Chase Galvan advanced from row three to assume command of the race and never relinquished the lead as he captured the win over Tim Powell. USRA Modified action completed the night’s heat races with a dominating performance by Mark Schafman to secure the win over Justin Johnson. Kerry David drove away from the rest of the field for the victory in heat-race two with Lance Town moving up for a second-place finish.

Main events recap: Racing resumed after a brief intermission main events hit the track for the 10-lap Factory Stock a-main. It was a good one throughout the entire event as Marshall Jewett took command early until David Nickel advanced forward to lead the mid-portion of the race. In the closing laps, Jewett found an open line and the leaders raced side-by-side for the win until the very end with Jewett barely edging out Nickel for his twelfth win of the season. John Cox was third behind Nickel.

The Grand Nationals then returned to the track for their rough and tumble 10-lap main event. After several attempts to get the drivers into a race rhythm it was Terry Bivins who prevailed for his third feature win of the season with Terry Bruner second and Nick Newton third. In the 15-lap E-Mod main, Jessie Mulich led early from pole-position, but it was sixth-starting Billy Spillman who took command of the race at lap two. Spillman ran comfortably up front until Rodney Schweizer came forward and put heavy pressure on Spilman through lap 13. However, by race finish, it was Spilman who went on to collect his eleventh feature win of the season with Schweizer second and Steven Makar third.

The River’s Edge 4-Cylinders then took to the track for their 10-lap feature event. St. Joseph, Missouri’s John Willard started on pole-position and never was challenged at the front of the field as he went on to collect his third feature win of the year at Lakeside Speedway in front of David Miller and Will Guthrie. In USRA Stock Car action, Austin O’Neal of Kearney, Missouri showed the way at the drop of the green with Sam Scott to the outside. O’Neal quickly shot out to the lead as Scott and Tim Shields ran hard for the second spot. Scott eventually contacted the utility tire in turn four and fell from contention leaving Shields in second. O’Neal hit his marks lap-after-lap and went unchallenged in route to his first feature win of the season with Shields running a solid second followed by a fantastic run to third by Russ Moyer.

In the 15-lap B-Mod main, pole-sitter Tim Powell was in search of his ninth win on the year as he and Chase Galvan paced the field. The pair raced close through the opening laps swapping the lead. In a furious battle to the win, the lead duo hit lapped traffic by circuit number nine. Coming to the line at lap 10 Galvan was the leader as the pair made slight contact entering turn one but Galvan maintained his lead and never looked back to claim his first win of the season with Powell finishing second in front of last week’s winner Patrick Royalty in third.

USRA Modifieds capped the night with their 20-lap main event with Tim Karrick and Mark Schafman on row one. At the start of the race it was a tough go as Karrick and Schafman were caught up in a turn three incident to draw an early yellow. Soon after, Justin Johnson inherited the lead for the restart, but his car lost power as soon as racing continued, and he was forced to retire. By then, Darron Fuqua found himself in the lead with Kerry Davis and Tad Davis also near the front. After a few mid-race cautions, Fuqua showed why he is the national USRA point’s leader as he pulled away from the field for his sixth Lakeside Speedway victory of the year and 15th overall in USRA competition. Kerry Davis was strong in second with Nic Bidinger advancing to third at the finish.

Up Next: Lakeside Speedway wishes to remind drivers and fans the speedway is closed for Labor Day weekend and will not be running on August 31st. We hope everyone will enjoy an off-weekend with family and friends. Racing resumes at Lakeside Speedway on Friday, September 7th for Championship Race Night in all divisions.

After the September 7th Championship Race Night, one of the most highly anticipated events of the year takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th for the annual Jayhawk Shootout! This storied event features a $5,000-to-win USRA Modified main event. Visit the track online at www.lakesidespeedway.net for payouts, competing car classes, pre-entry forms, and more!

Send pre-entries to: Lakeside Speedway, 1811 Linn Ave, Marshall, MO 65340, and Attention: Karen Darling. Special 2-Day Pit Pass plus Entry Fee offer of $200 (Savings of $20), must be received by September 7, 2018. Same-day entry is $175, which does not include $35 pit pass sold separately.

Complete results, schedule information, track details, car class rules, and news is available on the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net. Contact the track at (913) 299-9206. The track location is 5615 Wolcott Dr., Kansas City, Kansas, one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City. Like and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakesidespeedway.kansascity. You may also email the track at lakesidespeedwaykc@gmail.com.