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Weld Memorial, Kids Night this FridayWeld Memorial, Kids Night this Friday at Lakeside Speedway

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August 25, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

After a weathered-out event a few weeks ago, the staff and crew at Lakeside Speedway are gearing up for the rescheduled Weld Memorial this Friday, August 28, featuring the USAC Midwest Wingless Sprints plus B-Mods, Stock Cars, E-Mods and Mod-Lites.

A post-race concert presented by Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts of Lenexa featuring Hudson Drive will follow the races on Friday.

One of the longest-running events in greater Kansas City, the Weld Memorial honors the past contributions to racing and the Weld family name, synonymous with Kansas City open wheel racing.

The Weld family name features a long list of talent including Taylor ‘Pappy’ Weld, Jerry Weld, Greg Weld, Kenny Weld and Ricky Weld, plus the brand names Weld Wheels and Weld Roadsters.

Pappy, along with Greg and Kenny, are all members of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The Central Auto Racing Boosters Hall of Fame & Museum honored the Weld family with hall-of-fame inductions for Pappy (2004), Greg (2005), Jerry (2005), Kenny (2006) and Ricky (2012).

Keeping the spirit of open wheel racing alive in the Weld family name, sprint cars take center stage Friday with the second appearance of the USAC Non-Winged Sprint Cars featuring a $2,500-to-win main event that pays $300 to start.

Kids Night also takes place with school supplies and other prizes just a few of the nice things available for the young fans who will participate in foot races on the track during intermission break.

Lakeside Speedway wants to thank Kids Night sponsors Travelers Protective Association (TPA), Christy's Tasty Queen, Seeburg Mufflers, Tomkins Industries and the Bob Reber family.

Lakeside Speedway is currently seeking volunteers and donations for the Kids Night activities. Donations should be items that school-aged children can use for school, hero cards and race pictures, and other items toddlers and chilredn up to age 12 will enjoy. Contact the main office at (913) 299-9206 for additional details and donation specifics.

Advanced tickets for this weekend’s racing are available at myracepass.com or by calling call (913) 299-9206. All pre-sale ticket sales are cut off at midnight on Thursday. A limited number of tickets will be available at the admission gate. Terrace spots are available but must be reserved by calling the track in advance.

For anyone wishing to watch the Friday races from the privacy of their own home, head over to the all-new pay-per-view feature at lakesidespeedway.tv.

Pit gate opens at 5 p.m., spectator gate opens at 6, drivers meeting at 7, hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow. .

• General Admission: Adults (16+) $15, Military/Seniors (62+) $12, Juniors (13-15) $5, Youth 12 & Under FREE
• Terrace: Adults $15, Military/Seniors $12, Juniors (13-15) $5, Youth 12 & Under FREE
• Suites: Adults/Teens (13+) $20, Kids (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)

Remaining Events:
• Aug. 28 – Weld Memorial featuring USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars, B-Mods, Stock Cars, E-Mods and Mod-Lites + Kids Night.
• Sept. 4 – Tom Karrick Memorial featuring A-Mods ($2,000 to win), B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and E-Mods.
• Sept. 5 – Kansas City Monster Truck Show. Visit kansascitymosntershow.com for tickets.
• Sept. 11 – Karl Tinsley Memorial & Final Points Night featuring A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks, E-Mods and Grand Nationals.
• Sept. 18 – Joe Berry Clash of the B-Mods Night #1 featuring B-Mods, E-Mods, Stock Cars, A-Mods and Grand Nationals.
• Sept. 19 – Joe Berry Clash of the B-Mods Night #2 featuring B-Mods, E-Mods, Stock Cars and Pure Stocks.
• Oct. 16 – NOS Energy World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Complete results, schedule information, track details, car class rules and news are available 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 or Twitter or email lakesidespeedwaykc@gmail.com.

COVID-19 related social distancing is recommended and masks are required per the Kansas Governor’s executive order. Concessions are limited at this time due to national food shortages related to COVID-19. Lakeside Speedway will follow CDC Recommendations which may affect logistics and normal operating procedures. Attendees are responsible for their own personal protective equipment and decisions regarding attendance and social distancing.