Grant Junghans Memorial features USMTS Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods

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August 15, 2018  |  by Sam Stoecklin

For the third-straight year Lakeside Speedway is the site of the Grant Junghans Memorial, honoring the late driver, a life too young taken from this earth but who lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who knew him and continue to learn about him.

Junghans was a gentle soul whose passion for racing and life drove him to feature wins and many successes in his short but illustrious racing career, including the $10,000-to-win Armadillo Nationals in Texas.

Junghan’s left an indelible mark on his sport and is honored to this day through this event and the United States Modified Touring Series Grant Junghan’s Rookie of the Year, an award named in his honor after his passing in early March of 2016.

The race once again features the largest Modified purse available in the Kansas City metro and pays a whopping $10,002 to the winner with the final digit representing Junghans’ race number. The payouts are solid throughout the finishing order and the race pays $1,202 just to start for the Modifieds. Stock Car and B-Mod drivers will compete for $1,000-to-win in their respective main events.

In the first two installments of this event, large car counts and exciting action graced the race as if Grant was towering over the grounds of the track calmly overseeing the race that bares his name. There were 90-plus cars the first year, in which Lucas Schott emerged the winner and last year when Rodney Sanders drove to victory, 70-plus cars were on hand. Ticketing information is available by calling the USMTS main office at (515) 832-7944. For additional detailed information, visit www.usmts.com.

On Friday, the Pit Gate opens at 3 p.m. followed by Spectator Gates at 5:30, Drivers Meeting at 7 p.m., Hot Laps 7:30 p.m., and Racing at 8. General admission is $25, Juniors ages 13-16 and Senior Citizens 62 and up are $20, Kids ages 7 to 12 are $10, and children six years and under are free. Air-conditioned suites are $35. Pit passes are $40 or $20 for kids ages 6-10. Children 5 and under are free in the pits.

Find the track online at www.lakesidespeedway.net for schedule info, car rules, regulations, and news. Contact the track at (913) 299-9206. Physical location is 5615 Wolcott Dr., Kansas City, Kansas 66109, 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. Information is now available on the track’s website regarding the upcoming Jayhawk Modified Classic. For this Friday, Registered Track Drivers will earn track points in all three classes.

The 2018 Sponsor list includes Valvoline Premium Branded Industrial Lubricants and Automotive Chemicals, Baker's Recovery & Tow, Budweiser, Casey’s General Stores, Central Auto Racing Boosters Hall of Fame and Museum, Central Auto Racing Boosters (C.A.R.B.), Christy's Tasty Queen, Courtyard, Kansas City Airport, Crystal Trenching, Health & Wellmobile, Johnson County Key Service, Joslin Jewelry, Kaw Valley Companies, Inc., LNF Fencing, Kling Auto & Diesel Repair, Metro Pawn, Mission Painting & Home Improvements, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, RockAuto.com, Seeburg Mufflers, Sutera’s Shawnee, Tompkins Industries Inc., Toners Jewelers, Ussery Auto Body, Design Source Flooring and Tile, Kenny’s Tile, Justin Lawson Media, and Victory Trophies & Plaques.