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Fuqua, Royalty, Ryun, Schweizer, Heeter capture victories in Lakeside Speedway season opener

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May 29, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Darron Fuqua won the A-Mod main event during the Tomkins Industries Season Opener at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Lisa Burlington Photo)
Darron Fuqua won the A-Mod main event during the Tomkins Industries Season Opener at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Lisa Burlington Photo)

At last, ‘Racing on the River’s Edge’ returned to Lakeside Speedway as the 66th season of action kicked off at the historic venue on Friday evening. Although fan counts in the stands were limited due to social distancing guidelines, it did not dampen the spirits of those lucky enough to obtain tickets to cheer on their favorite drivers as they tackled the big wide sweeping turns and long straightaways for the first time this season.

A solid car count of 90 teams signed in for 11 preliminary heat races and five main events. The overall car count consisted of 15 A-Mods, 23 B-Mods, 14 Factory Stocks, 18 E-Mods, and 20 Stock Cars signed in for competition in the five racing divisions.

Stock Car Recap: Heat Race winners were Brett Heeter and Jaylen Wettengel. Pole-sitting Heeter went unchallenged for the feature race distance by claiming the victory over seventh-starting Tim Shields who finished second. Dennie Belknap was third, Casey Shields fourth, while tenth-starting Thomas Ground advanced to fifth at the finish.

E-Mod Recap: Heat Race winners included Tim Billings and Trevor Hand. Starting the main event from row one was Hand and Dakota Earls, but it was fourth-starting Rodney Schweizer who advanced to the front to claim the victory. Hand finished second with Billings third. Making one of the biggest moves forward of the night was Justin Burnett, who came from fifteenth on the grid to fourth, Justin Asher was fifth. 

Factory Stock Recap: Heat Race winners were Garry Billings, Jr., and Jason Ryun and the pair started the night’s main event on row one. Ryun eventually took the lead with a low-side pass in turn two and captured the victory. Billings was second followed by Nate Barnes, multiple-time champion Marshall Jewett, and Darrin Christy.

B-Mod Recap: Heat Race winners included Jon Sheets, Jeffrey Sears, and Luke Nieman. Kyle Henning and Patrick Royalty accumulated the most passing points and began the main event from row one. On this night, it was all Royalty as he captured the victory from his outside pole starting position. Behind him Sheets moved from fifth to second while twentieth-starting Tim Powell advanced an impressive 17 positions to finish in third, but his car did not pass post-race technical inspection, which moved Sears to third, Nieman fourth, and Sturgis Streeter fifth.

A-Mod Recap: Heat Race Winners were Darron Fuqua and Rodney Schweizer. A pair of former A-Mod track champions occupied the front row for the main event with Fuqua and Nic Bidinger leading the way. USMTS champion Rodney Sanders kept the pressure on Fuqua the entire race distance but even through a late caution, Fuqua prevailed for the opening night victory with Sanders claiming second from his fifth starting position. Tyler Hibner moved from sixth to third while Schweizer and Austin Siebert completed the top five. 

Up next on Friday, June 5th is weekly racing featuring A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, and Grand Nationals. Pit Gate Opens 5:00 p.m., Spectator Gate Opens 6:00 p.m., Drivers' Meeting 7:00 p.m., Hot Laps 7:15 p.m., Racing to follow hot laps.

Drivers are encouraged to make their way to lakesidespeedway.net and under the Rules/Forms tab, access, print, and fill out the track registration form and W-9 and bring with them upon signing in for the first time. While online, drivers are also encouraged to visit myracepass.com and claim their driver profile. Pit passes are also on sale at MyRacePass (fees apply), this is the preferred method of purchase; however, pit passes are available on race nights.

Fans may purchase tickets at MyRacePass.com under the Lakeside Speedway Profile by clicking here or by calling call 913-299-9206. General Admission: Adults (16+) $12, Military/Seniors (62+)/Juniors (12-15) $6, Youth 11 & Under FREE. Terrace: Adults (16+) $15, Military/Seniors (62+) $12, Juniors (12-15) $8, Youth 11 & Under FREE. Suites: Adults/Teens (13+) $20, Youth (2-12) $10, Kids Under 2 FREE. Pit Passes: Adults/Youth (7+) $35, Kids 6 & Under $15, Ages 0-17 must have signed Minor Release to enter pits.

For additional driver information, forms, and rules, visit lakesidespeedway.net/downloads. Complete results, schedule information, track details, car class rules, and news are available on the track’s website at 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. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/lakesidespeedway.kansascity or Email the track at lakesidespeedwaykc@gmail.com.

2020 Lakeside Speedway Upcoming Events
(Fridays unless otherwise indicated) Current as of 5-22-20
Friday – June 5th – Race #2 - A-Mods-B-Mods-Stock Cars-Pure Stocks-E-Mods - Plus Grand Nationals
Friday – June12th – Race #3 - A-Mods-B-Mods-Stock Cars-Pure Stocks-E-Mods-Plus Grand Nationals
Friday – June 19th – Race #4 - A-Mods-B-Mods-Pure Stocks-E-Mods-Plus Mod-Lites – No Stocks

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Tomkins Industries Season Opener
Friday, May 29, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

A-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (7) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
2. (6) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
3. (3) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
4. (8) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
5. (5) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
6. (2) 99 Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
7. (1) 54 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
8. (4) 311 John Baker, Basehor, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (7) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
3. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
4. (4) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
5. (5) 5 Kevin M. McGinnis, Edwardsville, Kan.
6. (2) 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Berryton, Kan.
7. (1) 711 Bill Ruisinger, Bonner Springs, Kan.

Feature:
1. (1) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
2. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
3. (6) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (3) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (7) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
6. (8) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
7. (2) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
8. (9) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
9. (10) 5 Kevin M. McGinnis, Edwardsville, Kan.
10. (15) 311 John Baker, Basehor, Kan.
11. (4) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
12. (14) 711 Bill Ruisinger, Bonner Springs, Kan.
13. (13) 54 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
14. (11) 99 Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
DNS – 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Berryton, Kan.

STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (6) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (4) 9 Robert Garst, Topeka, Kan.
3. (1) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 38 Steven Corning, Atchison, Kan.
5. (9) 64 Kaelob Jones, Effingham, Kan.
6. (8) 46 Tim Pruett, Atchison, Kan.
7. (7) 39K Shane Schmidt, Topeka, Kan.
8. (2) 98 Richard Jameson, Sugar creek, Mo.
9. (3) 32K Michael Knight, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – 110W Gerald Wahwahsuck, Atchison, Kan.
DNS – 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
2. (6) 21 Vic Tranckino, Basehor, Kan.
3. (8) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (7) 0032 Dennie Belknap, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (2) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (3) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (9) 61 Joe Sowers, Effingham, Kan.
8. (4) 41K Vernon Kever, Kansas City, Mo.
9. (10) 54 Eddie Ingram Jr., Linn Valley, Kan.
10. (5) 39 Darren McCray, De Kalb, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (7) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (6) 0032 Dennie Belknap, Bonner Springs, Kan.
4. (4) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (10) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 9 Robert Garst, Topeka, Kan.
7. (9) 38 Steven Corning, Atchison, Kan.
8. (20) 110W Gerald Wahwahsuck, Atchison, Kan.
9. (14) 39K Shane Schmidt, Topeka, Kan.
10. (17) 54 Eddie Ingram Jr., Linn Valley, Kan.
11. (19) 32K Michael Knight, Leavenworth, Kan.
12. (13) 61 Joe Sowers, Effingham, Kan.
13. (2) 21 Vic Tranckino, Basehor, Kan.
14. (12) 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
15. (8) 64 Kaelob Jones, Effingham, Kan.
16. (11) 46 Tim Pruett, Atchison, Kan.
17. (16) 41K Vernon Kever, Kansas City, Mo.
18. (21) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.
19. (3) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
20. (15) 98 Richard Jameson, Sugar creek, Mo.
DNS – 39 Darren McCray, De Kalb, Mo.

B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 8S Jon Sheets, Nevada, Mo.
2. (2) 81 Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.
3. (3) 7J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan.
4. (4) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
5. (5) 23C Billy Carreno, Hoyt, Kan.
6. (8) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
7. (6) 21T Towers David, Manhattan, Kan.
DNS – 78 Michael Liston, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 13J Jeffrey Sears, St. Joseph, Mo.
2. (8) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
3. (5) 22L Matt Lent, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (4) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor, Kan.
5. (7) 214 Eric Spreer, Perry, Kan.
6. (1) 8C Cami Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
7. (6) 10C Christopher Connel, Leavenworth, Kan.
8. (3) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
2. (7) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
4. (1) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (4) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
6. (3) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (5) 73 Tommy Summers, Parkville, Mo.

Feature:
1. (2) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 8S Jon Sheets, Nevada, Mo.
3. (3) 13J Jeffrey Sears, St. Joseph, Mo.
4. (4) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
5. (6) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
6. (15) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
7. (1) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
8. (7) 81 Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.
9. (14) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
10. (8) 22L Matt Lent, Chillicothe, Mo.
11. (17) 42 Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
12. (21) 78 Michael Liston, Kansas City, Kan.
13. (18) 21T Towers David, Manhattan, Kan.
14. (13) 23C Billy Carreno, Hoyt, Kan.
15. (10) 222 Colten Stevens, Basehor, Kan.
16. (19) 73 Tommy Summers, Parkville, Mo.
17. (12) 214 Eric Spreer, Perry, Kan.
18. (11) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
19. (9) 7J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan.
20. (22) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
21. (16) 8C Cami Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
DNS – 10C Christopher Connel, Leavenworth, Kan.
DQ – (20) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.

PURE STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (1) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
3. (4) 20X Nate Barnes, Holt, Mo.
4. (6) 40 Keith Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
5. (3) 44 Ed Swanson, Braddyville, Iowa
6. (5) 4D Brad Dyson, Lansing, Kan.
7. (7) 7.7 Matt Janes

Heat #2:
1. (2) 96 Garry Billings Jr., Prairie Village, Kan.
2. (4) 3B Darrin Christy, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (1) 182 John Jameson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
5. (6) 14 Cody Ohrenberg, Raymore, Mo.
6. (7) 97 Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
7. (3) 5DJ D.J. Barnes, Raymore, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 27C Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (2) 96 Garry Billings Jr., Prairie Village, Kan.
3. (5) 20X Nate Barnes, Holt, Mo.
4. (4) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
5. (3) 3B Darrin Christy, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (7) 40 Keith Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
7. (8) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
8. (9) 14 Cody Ohrenberg, Raymore, Mo.
9. (11) 97 Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
10. (13) 5DJ D.J. Barnes, Raymore, Mo.
11. (6) 182 John Jameson, Kansas City, Mo.
12. (10) 44 Ed Swanson, Braddyville, Iowa
13. (14) 7.7 Matt Janes
DNS – 4D Brad Dyson, Lansing, Kan.

E-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 25 Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
2. (5) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 741 Justin Asher, Faucett, Mo.
4. (1) 36 Brian Andrews, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (8) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
6. (2) 4M Steve Makar, Basehor, Kan.
DNS – 23B Casey Burnett, Cameron, Mo.
DNS – 18R Logan Roberts, Lansing, Kan.
DNS – 51 James Cochran II

Heat #2:
1. (5) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
2. (8) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
3. (2) 742 Brandon Beam
4. (1) 32 Mike Richardson, Drexel, Mo.
5. (4) 16 Paul Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
6. (9) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
7. (6) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (3) 6 Zach Boyd, Silver Lake, Kan.
DNS – 82 Paul Sloan, Kansas City, Kan.

Feature:
1. (4) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (1) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (3) 25 Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
4. (15) 23B Casey Burnett, Cameron, Mo.
5. (5) 741 Justin Asher, Faucett, Mo.
6. (11) 4M Steve Makar, Basehor, Kan.
7. (10) 16 Paul Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
8. (8) 36 Brian Andrews, Kansas City, Kan.
9. (2) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
10. (12) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (18) 51 James Cochran II
12. (13) 6 Zach Boyd, Silver Lake, Kan.
13. (14) 18R Logan Roberts, Lansing, Kan.
14. (6) 742 Brandon Beam
15. (9) 32 Mike Richardson, Drexel, Mo.
16. (7) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
17. (17) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – 82 Paul Sloan, Kansas City, Kan.