Lucas Oil MLRA en route to Lakeside Speedway for Clyde Ellis Memorial

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August 30, 2017  |  by Lyndal Scranton

As the Lucas Oil MLRA season enters the home stretch, a critical Labor Day Weekend of races will shape the championship chase.

Veteran Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., holds a narrow lead over Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, as action continues on Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with the Clyde Ellis Memorial and another $3,000-to-win main event.

Terry Phillips, with an MLRA-record 115 career wins, admits he's set his sights on a fourth career MLRA championship to go with titles he won in 1994, 1996 and 2015.

"It's just kind of the way I race. I race to win," Phillips said. "You just don't want to do anything stupid (that would affect) the points. That's the main thing."

Phillips has been on a roll in the second half of the season. He has four victories and a second place over his last seven MLRA starts and will carry the Midwest Sheet Metal Points Leader fluorescent yellow spoiler.

"We're running a little better," Phillips said. "You just hit it right every once in a whole. It's nothing in particular. Just all the little stuff and making the right decisions."

Phillips will begin the weekend with a 46-point lead over Sanders, who's all but a cinch to earn Sunoco MLRA Rookie of the Year honors. Reigning MLRA champion Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo., is third, 59 points behind Phillips, but has been slowed of late with concussion symptoms from an accident back in July.

"Some days are better than others. Yesterday was good, but I don't know how today will be," Stovall said. "I'm tentatively planning on going and we'll see. I want to go racing, but I can't promise how I'll feel when I get there.

"Concussions take time to heal. In general, you just do what your body lets you do."

USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action.

Times: Pit Gate Opens 4:30 p.m.; Spectator Gates Open 5:00 p.m.; Drivers Meeting 6:30 p.m.; Hot Laps 6:45 p.m.; Racing at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: General Admission $20; Seniors (65+), Military and Students with proper i.d. $18; Kids (ages 7-12) $18; Children (ages 6 & under) FREE; Suites $25, Kids (ages 2-10) $20; Pit Pass $30.

Terrace holders, check your tickets to make sure you have yours, as this is a special event and was not included in the season packet. Call Vicki at the Lakeside office at (913) 299-9206 with questions.

Go to www.LakesideSpeedway.net for more information. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.