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Morton captures Joe Berry Clash victory at Lakeside Speedway

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September 19, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

J.C. Morton won the B-Mod main event.
J.C. Morton won the B-Mod main event.

The annual Joe Berry Clash of the B-Mods concluded on Saturday at Lakeside Speedway with 29 B-Mods, 16 Pure Stocks, 20 Stock Cars and 14 E-Mods on hand for added purse money. The 79 entrants competed throughout the night to add to and fill the remaining starting positions for the main event starting grids.

Krew Walburn, Gabriel Hodges and Nick Drew captured heat race victories to start the B-Mod action while Brad Smith led the charge for the remaining 12 cars to join the B-Mod starting grid through Saturday's Scramble by taking the win over Scotty Allen and Kyle Henning.

With the starting grid now in place, the $3,000-to-win, 25-lap feature began with Springfield, Missouri’s J.C. Morton and Lakeside Speedway track champion Patrick Royalty on row one. Morton quickly established a torrid pace leading Royalty and Ethan Isaacs. Morton maintained his composure through a series of cautions and spins with Royalty doing all he could to find a way to gain on the leader. Andy Bryant and Isaacs had several thrilling laps of side-by-side action as the pair battled for the third position.

Late in the race, a grinding crash took place on the backstretch as Austin Charles incurred mechanical issues, which led to fluids being spilled on the track from the turn two area all the way down the back stretch. Charles’ car ultimately stalled on the back straightaway and was struck by Kyle Henning at speed as Henning tried to avoid contact. Although the cars made hard contact, both drivers informed officials they were okay, but each man’s car was heavily damaged in the incident.

When racing resumed after accident cleanup, Morton went back to work for the remaining laps in search of another big-money victory to add to his resume. Royalty, Bryant and Isaacs did all they could to keep Morton in their sights but in the end, it was Morton who went on to close the weekend of events with the win. Royalty fought off a hard charge from Bryant to claim second with Isaacs and ninth-starting Cole Campbell rounding out the top five.

In Stock Car action, Mike Wahwahsuck took the heat race win ahead of Vernon Kever and Paul Carter as the final grouping of cars established starting grid positions for the $1,500-to-win, 20-lap finale. Kevin Anderson and Jaylen Wettengel earned the row one starting spots from the finish of the night one scramble. Wettengel established himself as a favorite for the win based on his successful 2020 season at Lakeside Speedway in which he won multiple main events. He looked strong again at the front of the field to lead early on over Anderson, Gary Donaldson, Brett Heeter and Kacey Shields.

Through a series of early cautions, Wettengel maintained his edge but when the second half of the race began to unfold, it was Anderson who put the pressure on the leader as he searched for the best line of opportunity to overtake the leader. At the lap 13 marker, Anderson made his way to the front but Wettengel stayed close as the pair battled hard for the victory. Meanwhile, Kacey Shields used the high side to gain positions over the final circuits as he advanced to the top three.

Ultimately, Anderson found the exit of turn two as his opportunity to grab the lead as he and Wettengel ran side-by-side into turn three until Anderson emerged as the leader and eventual winner of the race. Wettengel had to settle for second on this night with Shields solidly rounding out the podium in third. Gary Donaldson was a consistent runner in fourth at the finish with 11th-starting Dominic Thyfault closing out the top five with a fantastic run towards the front.

E-Mods raced for $1,000 to win with Steven Makar and Trevor Hand earning the row one starting positions after their Friday night Scramble. Brayden Bennett was the driver who raced his way to the front of the field as he pulled away from all pursuers, distancing himself as laps clicked off throughout the race. This left Hand, Shaunie Lanning and Brian Andrews to fight for second through fifth.

Makar was a consistent runner in second all-race long ahead of Lanning and Hand. Lanning had an outstanding run going as she fought her way to third in the rundown until her night came to a halt after contact with a turn two utility tire on the low side, Lanning was okay after the hard contact. When racing resumed, Bennett again opened his lead by a large distance with Hand now in a close battle with sixth-starting Tim Billings. Kevin White and Dakota Earls also ran closely for the fourth spot.

At the end of the 20-lap distance, it was Bennett who appeared to secure the dominating victory; however, in post-race technical inspection, his car was over 30 pounds light at the scales and he was disqualified from the finishing order. It was Steven Makar of nearby Basehor who was declared the winner. Billings’ outstanding run paid dividends as he advanced to second by race end. Hand finished in third, followed by seventh-starting Kevin White and ninth-starting Earls to close out the top five.

Pure Stocks joined in on the weekend action with the annual Karl Tinsley Memorial, 15-lap main event that featured a $1,200-to-win top prize with solid money throughout the field in a respectable purse that paid not just the top but all finishing positions. Lakeside Speedway Pure Stock dominator Garry Billings Jr. opened his night with the win over Leroy Morrison and Dennie Belknap for heat race one with former champion Marshall Jewett registering an exciting win over Jason Ryun and Spencer Reiff in heat race two.

In one of the most thrilling and close finish main events of the night, Billings earned the pole position alongside of Jewett with Ryun and Belknap in row two. These four drivers quickly went to work at the front of the field with several laps of close and clean competition in search of the checkers.

While the scoring books may show Billings had a dominating night, it was anything but as Jewett kept the race interesting and close the entire race distance. A caution flag setup an even more dramatic finish as Nate Barnes also found his way towards the front with Ryun to make it a four-car run to the money.

For the final two laps these drivers looked for any line or mistake by a fellow driver to claim the victory but ultimately at the finish, Billings prevailed to close a highly successful season at the speedway with the big-money triumph. Jewett was a close second as sixth-starting Barnes advanced to third with Ryun fourth and Morrison fifth.

Lakeside Speedway wishes to apologize to drivers and fans for the delays incurred during the Saturday program. There were connectivity issues at the start of the night that continued throughout the program. We recognize these improvement opportunities and going forward will work to ensure they do not happen again, including the racing app and electrical issues incurred late in the B-Mod finale.

The next event at the speedway takes place Saturday, September 26, with a Demolition Derby presented by Pay Up Sucker Promotions. Featuring Bone Stock Compacts, Bone Stock 80s, Limited Welds and Limited Weld Compacts, gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6. Tickets are $12 for those age 16 and older. Seniors 62+ an members of the military get in for $10 and juniors ages 12-15 are just $5 while kids 11 and under are free. Terrace and suites are not available for this event.

The pits open at 2 with registration and inspection though 4 p.m. Driver registration and pit pass is $50.  Pit passes for everybody ages 8 and older are $25 while 7 and under are $15. Any car questions contact Jessie Kimmi at Pay Up Sucker Promotions by calling 785-741-4870.

The next oval track event is a big one as the Malvern Bank SLMR Super Late Models and USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars return for their final track appearances of 2020 on Friday, October 2. Joining the action will be the Kansas Antique Racers (KAR) and Mod-Lites. Full event details, start times and ticketing information is available at lakesidespeedway.net.

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.

Remaining Events:
Sept. 26 – Demolition Derby presented by Pay Up Sucker Promotions.
Oct. 2 – Malvern Bank SLMR Super Late Models, USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars, Kansas Antique Racers (KAR) and Mod Lites.
Oct. 16 – FVP Platinum Battery Showdown: NOS Energy World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and Mod Lites.
Oct. 30 – 5th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial: USRA Modifieds and USRA 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.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Joe Berry Clash of the Mods/Karl Tinsley Memorial
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

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

B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 28K Krew Walburn, Emporia, Kan.
2. (4) 8 Terry Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
3. (6) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
4. (1) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
5. (3) 33S Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 23C Billy Carreno, Hoyt, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 7G Gabriel Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
2. (3) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
3. (5) 1K Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
4. (4) B52 Dan Herman, Lawrence, Kan.
5. (1) 40 Keith Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (1) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
3. (5) 46 Brantlee Gotschall
4. (3) 14J Jacob Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
5. (4) 8C Cami Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.

Scramble:
1. (5) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
2. (4) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
3. (6) 1K Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
4. (10) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
5. (3) 8 Terry Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
6. (8) 46 Brantlee Gotschall
7. (2) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
8. (12) 14J Jacob Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
9. (9) B52 Dan Herman, Lawrence, Kan.
10. (11) 33S Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (13) 8C Cami Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
12. (1) 28K Krew Walburn, Emporia, Kan.
13. (7) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
DNS – 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
DNS – 40 Keith Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – 23C Billy Carreno, Hoyt, Kan.
DNS – 7G Gabriel Hodges, Lebo, Kan.

Feature:
1. (1) 18 J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
2. (2) 49 Patrick Royalty, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.
4. (3) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (9) 22C Cole Campbell, Mexico, Mo.
6. (7) 3X3 Nick Newton, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (13) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
8. (5) 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.
9. (4) 21J Josh Everhart, Burlingame, Kan.
10. (12) 83 J.C. Newell, Buffalo, Mo.
11. (11) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
12. (14) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
13. (10) 90 Jessie Mulich, Bonner Springs, Kan.
14. (22) 33S Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo.
15. (29) 7G Gabriel Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
16. (17) 8 Terry Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
17. (19) 15 Nick Drew, Kansas City, Kan.
18. (23) 8C Cami Bruner, Shawnee, Kan.
19. (8) 81 Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.
20. (15) 1K Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
21. (18) 46 Brantlee Gotschall
22. (16) 61 Sturgis Streeter, Topeka, Kan.
23. (20) 14J Jacob Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
24. (25) 47 Tyson Lanfermann, Atchison, Kan.
25. (21) B52 Dan Herman, Lawrence, Kan.
26. (24) 28K Krew Walburn, Emporia, Kan.
27. (27) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
28. (26) 40 Keith Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
29. (28) 23C Billy Carreno, Hoyt, Kan.

PURE STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (6) 96 Garry Billings Jr., Prairie Village, Kan.
2. (1) 50 Leroy Morrison, Raymore, Mo.
3. (7) 38 Dennie Belknap, Bonner Springs, Kan.
4. (2) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
5. (8) 3B Darrin Christy, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (4) 7.7 Matt Janes, Olathe, Kan.
7. (3) 25X Rodger Detherage, Windsor, Mo.
8. (5) 40 Eric Risley, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
2. (5) 27 Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (1) 7X Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (8) 20X Nate Barnes, Holt, Mo.
5. (7) 31 Scott Pullen, Urich, Mo.
6. (3) 7K Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
7. (4) 27H Brandon Hoover, Gallatin, Mo.
8. (6) 185 J.R. Billings, Kansas City, Kan.

Feature:
1. (1) 96 Garry Billings Jr., Prairie Village, Kan.
2. (2) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
3. (5) 20X Nate Barnes, Holt, Mo.
4. (3) 27 Jason Ryun, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (4) 50 Leroy Morrison, Raymore, Mo.
6. (7) 3B Darrin Christy, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (9) 31 Scott Pullen, Urich, Mo.
8. (14) 40 Eric Risley, Kansas City, Kan.
9. (12) 25X Rodger Detherage, Windsor, Mo.
10. (10) 7.7 Matt Janes, Olathe, Kan.
11. (13) 27H Brandon Hoover, Gallatin, Mo.
12. (11) 7K Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
13. (6) 7X Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
14. (8) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
15. (15) 185 J.R. Billings, Kansas City, Kan.
DNS – 38 Dennie Belknap, Bonner Springs, Kan.

STOCK CARS

Heat:
1. (4) 27T Dominic Thyfault, Wakarusa, Kan.
2. (6) 105 Clint Hedge, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (7) 824 Chris Barnard, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (2) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
5. (1) 41K Vernon Kever, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 11 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City, Kan.
7. (3) 03 Lance Dixon, Topeka, Kan.
DNS – 10W Mike Wahwahsuck, Atchison, Kan.

Feature:
1 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.
2 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
3 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
4 28D Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
5 27T Dominic Thyfault, Wakarusa, Kan.
6 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan.
7 24K Daniel King, Topeka, Kan.
8 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
9 54 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
10 X1 Tracy Schaefer, Topeka, Kan.
11 11 Jerry Liston Jr., Kansas City, Kan.
12 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
13 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
14 41K Vernon Kever, Kansas City, Mo.
15 6 Hank Thompson, Gardner, Kan.
16 105 Clint Hedge, Bonner Springs, Kan.
17 27 David Oxford, Parkville, Mo.
18 824 Chris Barnard, Kansas City, Mo.

E-MODS

Heat:
1. (3) 14B Brayden Bennett, Tonganoxie, Kan.
2. (1) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
3. (6) 25 Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
4. (2) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (7) 74 Kevin White, De Soto, Kan.
6. (9) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
7. (5) 36 Brian Andrews, Bonner Springs, Kan.
8. (11) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
9. (13) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.
10. (10) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (14) 7 Jeremy Couch, Smithville, Miss.
12. (8) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
13. (12) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
14. (4) 09 Shaunie Lanning, Kansas City, Mo., Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
2. (6) 25 Tim Billings, Liberty, Mo.
3. (2) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
4. (7) 74 Kevin White, De Soto, Kan.
5. (9) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
6. (5) 36 Brian Andrews, Bonner Springs, Kan.
7. (11) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
8. (13) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.
9. (10) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
10. (14) 7 Jeremy Couch, Smithville, Miss.
11. (12) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
12. (8) 74W Bud Wallis, Baldwin City, Kan.
13. (4) 09 Shaunie Lanning, Kansas City, Mo., Mo.
14. (3) 14B Brayden Bennett, Tonganoxie, Kan.

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