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Burks banks Weld Memorial while Royalty, Heeter, Hand, Raffurty win too at Lakeside Speedway

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August 28, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Wyatt burks celebrates after winning the USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Car feature during the Weld Memorial.
Wyatt burks celebrates after winning the USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Car feature during the Weld Memorial.

Racing on the River’s Edge continued Friday evening at Lakeside Speedway with Kids Night and the Weld Memorial with the USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars highlighting the evening’s action. Stock Cars, B-Mods, E-Mods and Mod Lites also competed.

A total of 82 entries signed in for the race program with 20 Sprint Cars, 13 Stock Cars, 16 B-Mods, 16 E-Mods and 17 Mod-Lites. Drivers competed in 11 preliminary heat races to set the stage for the night’s five main events to close out the night.

USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars: In the final USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association event of the year at Lakeside, Brian Beebe collected the first heat victory ahead of Wesley Smith. Chad Tye took the second heat over Kyle Lewis with Wyatt Burks commanding heat three ahead of Cody Baker.

Burks and Zach Daum occupied row one of the starting grid for the 25-lap feature. Burks and Daum ran strong at the front of the field as eighth-starting Cody Baker and fifth-starting Wesley Smith made their way into the top five. Smith also moved forward by race's end to keep the championship battle close.

After a series of position swapping among the top three at the front of the field, Burks went on to capture his second victory of the season at Lakeside Speedway. Baker moved to second at the finish with Daum taking the final podium position. Smith and Jack Wagner rounded out the top five with points leader Don Droud Jr. sixth.

Stock Cars: Brett Heeter began his night with a win in the opening heat race with Thomas Ground and Eddie Ingram in tow while Gary Donaldson led the way in heat two over Jaylen Wettengel and Ed Griggs. Passing points set the stellar front row for the 15-lap main event as Donaldson and Heeter captured the front row positions.

Up front, Griggs pressured Heeter for the win the entire race distance. Several cautions slowed the race but Heeter kept up the momentum to fend off Griggs for the victory. The win was Heeter’s fifth of the season and ninth top-five run as he continued to cut into the points lead of Tim Shields late in the season.

Griggs settled for runner-up with Jaylen Wettengel third. Thirteenth-starting Chad Clancy looked strong during his Lakeside return and advanced to fourth by the end while Shields held on for fifth.

B-Mods: It was Kyle Henning over Tim Powell and Trevor Hunt in heat one while Patrick Royalty took the second heat race win over Don Marrs and Austin Charles. Royalty and Powell took front-row honors at the start of the 15-lap feature.

Royalty was in search of his fifth victory on the year as Powell was hoping to capture his first of the season after a string of runner-up finishes. Royalty and Powell were at the top of their game at the front of the field, but it was 16th-starting Randy Ainsworth of Excelsior Springs who thrilled fans with his run into the top five by race's end. Meanwhile, Don Marrs also ran strong with Luke Nieman with his sights on a top-five run.

Ultimately, Royalty went on to capture his fifth victory of the season and 11th top-five finish as he extended his points lead over Luke Nieman. It was the second week in a row Royalty took the main event. Powell again finished second with Marrs third and Ainsworth fourth while Nieman completed the top five.

E-Mods: Points leader Rodney Schweizer began his night on high note with the heat one victory ahead of Brayden Bennett and Trevor Hand with Mike Richardson taking heat two over Adam Schelert and Jason Park. Bennett and Schweizer led the field to the initial green flag for the 15-lap main event.

Points contender Steven Makar had a nightmare evening as his misfortune continued at the start of the feature when he lost a driveshaft prior to the main event. Schweizer ran strong with Hand and Richardson inside the top three as Bennett slipped from contention.

Schweizer appeared to have the race covered but Hand made a late-race charge and ultimately went on to collect his fifth win of the season to keep the standings close with Schweizer in one of the tightest championship battles of the season. Richardson moved up to finish second with Schweizer rounding out the top three. Park advanced to fourth with Brian Andrews gaining two spots for a top-five finish.

Mod Lites: A pair of heat races staged the field for the night’s 12-lap main event with David Raffurty leading the way in the opening heat ahead of Michael Raffurty and Travis Alexander. Dillon Raffurty rolled to the win for heat two with Jeff and Justin Raffurty second and third. After passing points were accumulated, Jeff Raffurty and Travis Alexander earned front-row starting positions.

Father and son duo David Raffurty and Dillon Raffurty began the feature from row two but it didn’t take them long to move forward in the race as they quickly moved to the front leaving Jeff Raffurty and Alexander to fight for third. Justin and Michael Raffurty ran solidly up the ranks as they both advanced positions.

However, as he’s done so many times this season, Dillon Raffurty was too strong at the front of the field and drove to his third victory of the season in five appearances. David Raffurty ran second to his son with Justin, Michael, and Jeff completing the all-Raffurty top five finish.

Up next: Lakeside Speedway returns to action next Friday, September 4, for race #15 of the season the annual Tom Karrick Memorial featuring A-Mods battling for $3,000 to win. Stock Cars, B-Mods, Pure Stocks, E-Mods and Grand Nationals are also on the card. the pit gate opens at 5 p.m. and grangstands open at 6. The drivers meeting takes place at 7 and hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow.

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.

• General Admission: Adults (16+) $12, Military/Seniors (62+) $10, Juniors (13-15) $6, Youth 11 & Under FREE
• Terrace: Adults $15, Military/Seniors $12, Juniors (13-15) $8, Youth 11 & 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:
• Sept. 4 – Tom Karrick Memorial featuring A-Mods ($3,000 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.  2 - SLMR Late Models - USAC Midwest Wingless Sprints - KAR (Kansas Antique Racers) - Mod Lites
• Oct. 16 – NOS Energy World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.
Oct. 30 - Grant Junghans Memorial - USMTS Modifieds - B-Mods

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.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Kids Night + Championship Racing
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

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

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 37 Brian Beebe, Oak Grove, Mo.
2. (4) 12 Wesley Smith, Nixa, Mo.
3. (7) 31 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.
4. (1) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
5. (3) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
6. (5) 7JR JD Black, Grain Valley, Mo.
7. (6) 82 Christie Thomason, Holden, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 88 Chad Tye, Independence, Mo.
2. (4) 2 Kyle Lewis, Spring Hill, Kan.
3. (1) 73 Samuel Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
4. (5) 2C Zach Clark, Olathe, Kan.
5. (6) 11WX Danny Billings, Topeka, Kan.
6. (3) 33L Mark Lane, Grain Valley, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (3) 11W Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
2. (2) 38 Cody Baker, Lone Jack, Mo.
3. (6) 1M Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, Neb.
4. (1) 16 Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, Tenn.
5. (4) 77 Jack Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
6. (5) 90 Luke Howard, Overland Park, Kan.
7. (7) 15B Quinton Benson, Sweet Springs, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 11W Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
2. (8) 38 Cody Baker, Lone Jack, Mo.
3. (2) 31 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.
4. (5) 12 Wesley Smith, Nixa, Mo.
5. (14) 77 Jack Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
6. (7) 1M Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, Neb.
7. (17) 90 Luke Howard, Overland Park, Kan.
8. (13) 16 Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, Tenn.
9. (3) 37 Brian Beebe, Oak Grove, Mo.
10. (10) 73 Samuel Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
11. (16) 7JR JD Black, Grain Valley, Mo.
12. (9) 2C Zach Clark, Olathe, Kan.
13. (4) 88 Chad Tye, Independence, Mo.
14. (18) 33L Mark Lane, Grain Valley, Mo.
15. (20) 82 Christie Thomason, Holden, Mo.
16. (19) 15B Quinton Benson, Sweet Springs, Mo.
17. (15) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
18. (6) 2 Kyle Lewis, Spring Hill, Kan.
19. (12) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
20. (11) 11WX Danny Billings, Topeka, Kan.

STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (3) 54 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
4. (1) X1 Tracey Schaefer, Topeka, Kan.
5. (4) 27 David Oxford, Parkville, Mo.
6. (7) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
7. (6) 72X Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 28D Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
2. (4) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
3. (6) 31 Ed Griggs, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
4. (2) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (1) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
6. (5) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.

Feature:
1. (2) 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 31 Ed Griggs, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
3. (4) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
4. (13) 72X Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.
5. (8) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (10) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
7. (3) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (7) X1 Tracey Schaefer, Topeka, Kan.
9. (9) 27 David Oxford, Parkville, Mo.
10. (6) 54 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
11. (12) 04 Chad Walker, Kansas City, Kan.
DNS – (1) 28D Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
DNS – (11) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.

B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
2. (6) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.
3. (4) 44H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.
4. (5) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
5. (1) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
6. (3) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
7. (7) 10C Christopher Connel, Leavenworth, Kan.
8. (8) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (6) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (1) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
3. (2) 81 Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.
4. (3) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (5) 27F Bryce Frakes, Valley Falls, Kan.
6. (4) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo, Kan.
7. (8) 21T David Towers, Olathe, Kan.
8. (7) 57A Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (2) 57 Tim Powell, Lansing, Kan.
3. (4) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
4. (16) 57A Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (7) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
6. (3) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
7. (10) 27F Bryce Frakes, Valley Falls, Kan.
8. (6) 81 Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.
9. (12) 5 Terry Bivins, Lebo, Kan.
10. (8) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
11. (9) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
12. (15) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
13. (11) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
14. (13) 21T David Towers, Olathe, Kan.
15. (14) 10C Christopher Connel, Leavenworth, Kan.
DQ – (5) 44H Trevor Hunt, Liberty, Mo.

E-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 14B Brayden Bennett, Tonganoxie, Kan.
3. (8) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
4. (2) 36 Brian Andrews, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (3) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (4) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (7) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
8. (6) 16 Paul Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 32 Mike Richardson, Drexel, Mo.
2. (2) 07 Adam Schelert, Leavenworth, Kan.
3. (7) 7 Jason Park, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (4) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.
5. (3) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
6. (8) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
7. (6) 16W Jimmy Winkler
8. (5) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.

Feature:
1. (4) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
2. (3) 32 Mike Richardson, Drexel, Mo.
3. (2) 74 Rodney Schweizer, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (5) 7 Jason Park, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (7) 36 Brian Andrews, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (11) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
7. (15) 16 Paul Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
8. (9) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
9. (8) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.
10. (12) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
11. (13) 16W Jimmy Winkler
12. (16) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
13. (1) 14B Brayden Bennett, Tonganoxie, Kan.
14. (14) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
DNS – (6) 07 Adam Schelert, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – (10) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.

MOD LITES

Heat #1:
1. (1) 64 David Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (4) 41 Michael Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (9) 36 Travis Alexander, Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (6) 73 Anthony Kerr, Grandview, Mo.
5. (2) 03 James Beebe, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
6. (7) 92 Michael Everhart, Gardner, Kan.
7. (8) 3 Nathan Wolfe, Lees Summit, Mo.
8. (5) 49 Fred Sharp, Bonner Springs, Kan.
9. (3) 16 William Bergstrom, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 46 Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (6) 98 Jeff Raffurty, Holt, Mo.
3. (2) 75 Justin Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (4) 34 Tyler Furrell, Belton, Mo.
5. (5) 8V Cody Vail, Louisburg, Kan.
6. (7) 33 Kevin White, Desoto, Kan.
7. (3) 3X Mark Downey, Lees Summit, Mo.
8. (8) 14 Jerry Taylor, Merriam, Kan.

Feature:
1. (4) 46 Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (3) 64 David Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (6) 75 Justin Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 41 Michael Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (1) 98 Jeff Raffurty, Holt, Mo.
6. (2) 36 Travis Alexander, Tonganoxie, Kan.
7. (8) 34 Tyler Furrell, Belton, Mo.
8. (7) 73 Anthony Kerr, Grandview, Mo.
9. (11) 92 Michael Everhart, Gardner, Kan.
10. (9) 03 James Beebe, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
11. (13) 3 Nathan Wolfe, Lees Summit, Mo.
12. (14) 3X Mark Downey, Lees Summit, Mo.
13. (16) 14 Jerry Taylor, Merriam, Kan.
14. (17) 16 William Bergstrom, Kansas City, Kan.
15. (15) 49 Fred Sharp, Bonner Springs, Kan.
16. (12) 33 Kevin White, Desoto, Kan.
17. (10) 8V Cody Vail, Louisburg, Kan.