Behind the scenes weekend 2 of the 2014 racing season brings a different perspective. The weekend begins with the cancellation of the races on Friday night April 4 due to wet grounds (rain on Thursday and highs in the low 40s on Friday did not allow for drying time). Subsequently the Lakeside races were moved to Sunday afternoon for the second weekend in a row.
I-35 Speedway raced on Saturday evening completing the show before 10:00 p.m. The Border War money was again paid for those who raced at Lakeside the previous Sunday and raced at I-35 Speedway on Saturday. Car count was very good with eighteen (18) USRA A Modifieds and nineteen (19) USRA B Modifieds, once again earning the A mods the bonus pay out. Additionally, something new was utilized at the track, passing points to determine feature lineups. Something that may be coming to Lakeside in the near future as we continue to promote the sister tracks. Congratulations to Mich Ross, Doug Keller, Thomas Roberts, Don Marrs, and Zach Sanders on their wins.
Sunday morning a press release went out announcing that Lakeside Speedway will host a museum dedicated to the men and women who have made up the 60 years of racing at the nationally known facility. Lakeside’s history began in 1955 at the original location of 92nd and Leavenworth Road. The track had a rough start in the early years as it did not become a weekly racing track until the early 1960s. Track announcer Bob Libbey is a track historian owning a database which includes every winner dating back to the 1955 opening race. Volunteers are already calling to donate old programs, helmets, race suits, trophies, and pictures. It will be located in the big room behind suites 7, 8, and 9 upstairs and open to our race fans. If you are part of the history of the track and have something to donate or loan please advise Bob at 623-363-1102 or myself at 816-668-8609. The museum will include the old and current locations and the history of the track surfaces both dirt and asphalt, and of course the different sanctioning bodies which have raced at the famed track over the years.
After a week of strong winds the morning crew was working to collect all the trash barrels and place them in their appropriate place. The water crew was busy with track prep. This led to the start of great Lakeside racing, which began with the first Grand National race that rolled off the starting grid at 4 p.m. The racing was superb as all the classes had numerous leader changes, the most exciting being the pass for the win of Brett Heeter by Jim Powell, one of four different leaders in this race. All the races were hotly contested.
This week we welcome the United States Modified Touring Series along with our two USRA classes of B Mods and Stock Cars at Lakeside Speedway. In addition the Grand Nationals will continue their battles. At I-35 Speedway it is Tompkins Industries Night at the Races plus the NON-WING SPRINTS SPECIAL for the open wheel fans. Enjoy the races, the weather is changing and every Friday night Lakeside Speedway will be the place to be and Saturday head on up to the I-35 Speedway.