Charlie Kraft Memorial Friday at Lakeside Speedway features Weekly Racing plus Mod-Lites!

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May 1, 2018  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Tim Powell (57) and Jake Richards (7J) battle during last Friday's Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event. (Lisa Burlington Photo)
Tim Powell (57) and Jake Richards (7J) battle during last Friday's Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event. (Lisa Burlington Photo)

Event three of the weekly championship racing series takes place this Friday, May 4th at Lakeside Speedway for the Charlie Kraft Memorial. Competing classes include USRA Modifieds, B-Mods, and Stock Cars, plus E-Mods and Factory Stocks. Mod-Lites join the night’s program as a guest class.

Lakeside Speedway employee Debbie Bergman, who is Kraft’s Daughter said, “My father began racing in the 1950’s. Having the name Kraft, his car was painted yellow like the Kraft Cheese label and carried the number 4. I am not sure how he got the number 4, but I am guessing it was from his birth date, May 4th. He raced for nearly 22 years, after retiring from racing he could still be seen at Lakeside Speedway on Leavenworth Road working as track maintenance. At the current Lakeside location, he was seen at the pit-row entrance.” In the early 2000’s, Charlie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and eventually passed from this life in 2006.

Kraft started the Old Timer’s Night in 1990 at Lakeside Speedway, which for many years was held in conjunction with many specials and as a 2-day show with a picnic on Saturday for an Old Timers get together. When Kraft passed away, then Lakeside Speedway owner, Marc Olson, renamed the Old Timer’s Night to the Charlie Kraft Memorial. Charlie lived and loved racing. Although he never won a championship, he was always there to compete. In 2004, he was part of the inaugural group of personnel inducted to the Central Auto Racing Boosters Hall of Fame.

Lakeside Speedway will run this week’s racing program in Kraft’s honor.

Last week saw Gary Donaldson end a four-year winless streak in USRA Stock car action while road warrior Tyler Wolff collected the win in USRA Modifieds with Tim Powell victorious in B-Mods. Kacey Shileds won his second-straight Grand National main while Ben Stockton captured his first E-Mod main event. A solid field of Mod-Lites is expected to compete on the big-wide sweeping turns of Lakeside Speedway, expected participants include the Raffurty family racing stable along with Ed Griggs. Note, mention of driver name does not guarantee race appearance.

By popular demand Lakeside Speedway has announced it will use a straight up passing points method for lining up all car class A-main events from this point forward. Friday admission prices are General Admission $12, Senior Citizens (65+) and Military $10, Kids (ages 7-12) $6, Children (ages 6 & under) FREE. Suites adult $20, Kids (ages 2-12) $10. Pit Pass $30, Kids (ages 6 & under) pit pass $10. When at the track, tune your radio dial to 87.7 FM for a radio broadcast of all the action. Pits open at 4:30, Spectator Gates at 5, Drivers Meeting at 6:30, Hot Laps 6:45 p.m., and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

Schedule information, track details, car class rules, regulations, 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 66109, one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakesidespeedway.kansascity. You may also email the track at lakesidespeedwaykc@gmail.com.

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