Droud stellar in USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint debut at Lakeside Speedway

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June 26, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Friday’s ‘Racing on the River’s Edge’ was another successful night of action at Kansas City’s oldest sporting venue as 83 race teams filed their way in for competition. Drivers on hand included 21 USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars, 23 B-Mods, 12 Pure Stocks, 17 Stock Car, and 10 E-Mods. Fans witnessed a total of 16 events.

It was the first-ever appearance of the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association and the inaugural main event winner was Don Droud Jr. By the end of the night Andy Bryant, Brett Heeter, Trevor Hand and Garry Billings Jr. also added their names to the main event winners list.

USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars: Droud and Kyle Lewis took the initial green flag for the 25-lap main event from row 1. Droud led the opening lap and kept his #1M machine in front of Quinton Benson, Kory Schudy, Wyatt Burns and Lewis through the early laps before a yellow flag flew on lap 6 to reset the field.

Caution again flew on lap 8 just as Droud was enjoying more than a one-second lead on Benson. Droud held strong leading the way and built up a 1.5-second lead over Schudy, who moved to second by lap 15 with Burns advancing to third.

By lap 18, Schudy cut Droud’s lead to seven-tenths of a second with Burns, Benson and Chris Parkinson behind him inside the top 5. Burns stayed within a half second by the white flag lap, but caution flew for a third time, setting up a showdown for the victory.

It was Droud’s race to win or lose but even a green-white-checkered flag finish couldn’t keep him out of victory lane as he ultimately took the win over Burns, Benson, Parkinson and Todd McVay in front of the enthusiastic crowd of appreciative open-wheel fans.

B-Mods: Austin Charles and Nick Newton earned the most preliminary heat race passing points and began the 20-lap B-Mod main event from row one. However, by the end of lap 1 the entire front of the field had been shuffled as fifth-starting Bryant grabbed the lead ahead of Luke Nieman, Newton, Shadren Turner and Charles.

Caution flew over the field at lap 3 with Bryant at the front. Caution again flew one lap later to keep the field bunched together behind Bryant. For the next three laps, Bryant built his lead over Nieman to 1.3 seconds but caution again flew by lap 9.

The drivers found their groove as they raced hard to keep pace with Bryant, but by lap 15 and five laps to go, he held a 2.3-second advantage ahead of Nieman and Newton. Meanwhile, 14th-starting Tim Powell found his way into the top 5 inside of five laps to go.

Once again Bryant proved too tough to beat and prevailed in the evening’s final main event. Nieman was strong in second with Newton, Powell and Chase Galvan completing the top 5. It was Bryant’s second win of the year.

Stock Cars: Tim Shields and Heeter setup their showdown to command the 15-lap Stock Car main event from the front row. Heeter shot out to an early lead with Shields and Gary Donaldson left to battle for second. By lap 5, Heeter enjoyed a 1.2-second lead over Shields, Donaldson, Vernon Kever and Jaylen Wettengel inside the top 5 but caution waved on lap 5 for a four-car incident which paused the race for several minutes.

After the accident was cleared, Heeter went back to work pulling away from his closest pursuer and by lap 12 had more than a three-second advantage over Donaldson, who had moved to second.

At the checkers, it was once again Heeter who took the victory ahead of Donaldson, Tim Shields, Vic Tranckino and Kevin Anderson. The win was Heeter’s third of the season.

E-Mods: Trevor Hand and Steven Makar began the night’s 12-lap E-Mod main from row 1 and it was Hand who grabbed the early lead ahead of Makar, Rodney Schweizer, Brian Andrews and Jeremy Curless through lap 5. By lap 8, Hand built his lead to nearly four seconds over Makar, Schweizer, Andrews and Jerad McIntire.

In a race that took less than eight minutes to complete, Hand easily took the victory—his second of the season—in a dominating performance. Makar finished a strong second while Schweizer picked up his fifth consecutive top-5 finish to come home third ahead of Andrews and Justin Bell.

Pure Stocks: Garry Billings Jr. and Marshall Jewett continued their early season quest for dominance by starting the 12-lap main event from pole position. Billings was tough out of the gate while Jewett’s night came to an early end by lap 3. Billings maintained his lead through a lap-9 caution ahead of Joseph Smith, Spencer Reiff, Darrin Christy and Matt Janes in the top 5.

Reiff advanced to second by lap 10 after the restart while Ohrenberg moved to fourth by the white flag lap. Billings was the man to beat once again as he collected his third win of the year and fifth top-5 finish in as many races to start the year. Reiff finished second, followed by Smith, Cody Ohrenberg and Christy to complete the top 5.

Up Next: Friday, July 3, is the Annual Gary D Stock Car Special plus weekly racing featuring A-Mods, Stock Cars, B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Mod Lites. The pits open at 5 p.m., spectator gates open at 6, the drivers' meeting takes place at 7 and hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow.

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.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, July 3, Race #6 – Gary D Stock Car Special plus A-Mods, B-Mods, Pure Stocks, Mod-Lites.
Friday, July 10, Race #7 – A-Mods, B-Mods, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, Mod-Lites, Grand Nationals.
Friday, July 17, Race #8 – A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, Grand Nationals.
Friday, July 24 - Race #9 –  A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, Grand Nationals.
Friday, July 31 - Race #10 – Weld Memorial: Malvern Bank SLMRA Super Late Models, USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars, Mod-Lites.

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Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, June 26, 2020