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Lakeside Speedway season opener April 16

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March 10, 2021  |  by Sam Stoecklin

When race engines roar back to life in mid-April at Kansas City’s oldest sporting venue, so begins the 67th season of action at Lakeside Speedway. One significant change that drivers and fans will recognize upon arriving at the track is the return to NASCAR for sanctioning of the weekly racing series for the first time since 2004.

There are 16 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series nights of action planned with 12 additional nights of various special events racing featuring Super Late Models, Winged and Non-Winged Sprint Cars, and Modifieds. Additionally, there are four Saturdays on the schedule for Great Plains Flat Track Series motorcycle racing.

Recently, nearby Central Missouri Speedway announced the sanctioning of their weekly race series under the NASCAR banner, which created a two-night race scenario for several divisions to compete under the NASCAR banner for track, regional (Midwest), and national championships.

“During the off-season we placed over 2,000 yards of new dirt on the track to improve the racing surface and we’ve also been busy with additional improvements as the season draws closer," said Lakeside Speedway General Manager Pete Howey. "We want to ensure everything is ready and the grounds look nice when drivers and fans return.”

Another change made during the off-season includes a purse bump for many of the weekly classes. The revised official payouts are conveniently located at lakesidespeedway.net/downloads.

Also available on the site are rules, expected points fund payouts, the season schedule, various track general forms, registration forms, IRS forms, minor release forms and the MyRacePass.com driver profile form. Drivers are encouraged to be proactive and print and fill out paperwork prior to arrival on their first night of competition to save time in the registration and pit area lines.

Throughout the season, standard times will see pits open at 5 p.m., grandstands open at 6, pill draw close at 6:45, drivers meeting at 7, hot laps at 7:15 and racing at 7:45. (or immediately following hot laps).

Visit lakesidespeedway.net or the Lakeside Speedway Facebook and Twitter pages to stay current on all off-season news regarding Racing on the River’s Edge. 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.

TENTATIVE 2021 SCHEDULE
Legend: AM = A-Mods, BM = B-Mods, SC = Stock Cars, PS = Pure Stocks, EM = E-Mods, GN = Grand Nationals, ML = Mod Lites

FRIDAY, APRIL 16 – 6TH ANNUAL JOE BERRY CLASH OF THE B-MODS [BM, PS, SC, ML]
FRIDAY, APRIL 23 – WEEKLY RACING #1 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
SATURDAY, APRIL 24 – GREAT PLAINS FLAT TRACK SERIES
THURSDAY, APRIL 29 – KCKLASSIC - ASCS WARRIOR REGIONAL SPRINT CARTS [BM, EM]
FRIDAY, APRIL 30 – WEEKLY RACING #2 + SLMR LATE MODELS [BM, SC, PS, ML]
FRIDAY, MAY 7 – WEEKLY RACING #3 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM, GN]
FRIDAY, MAY 14 – 7TH ANNUAL USMTS SPRING SIZZLER [AM, BM, SC]
FRIDAY, MAY 21 – USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES/MWRA SPRINT CARS [EM. ML]
SATURDAY, MAY 22 – USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES/MWRA SPRINT CARS [EM]
FRIDAY, MAY 28 – WEEKLY RACING #4 + LAKESIDE MEMORIALS [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM, GN]
FRIDAY, JUNE 4 – WEEKLY RACING #5 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, JUNE 11 – WEEKLY RACING #6 + 4TH ANNUAL GARY D MEMORIAL [AM, BM, SC, PS, GN]
SATURDAY, JUNE 12 – GREAT PLAINS FLAT TRACK SERIES
FRIDAY, JUNE 18 – WEEKLY RACING #7 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, JUNE 25 – WEEKLY RACING #8 [AM, BM, SC, PS, GN]
FRIDAY, JULY 2 – WEEKLY RACING #9 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, JULY 9 – WEEKLY RACING #10 + AUTISM AWARENESS [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM, GN]
FRIDAY, JULY 16 – WEEKLY RACING #11 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
SATURDAY, JULY 17 – GREAT PLAINS FLAT TRACK SERIES
FRIDAY, JULY 23 – WEEKLY RACING #12 + KARL TINSLEY MEMORIAL [AM, BM, SC, PS, GN]
FRIDAY, JULY 30 – WEEKLY RACING #13 + SLMR LATE MODELS [BM, SC, PS, EM]
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 – LUCAS OIL ASCS NATIONAL TOUR [BM, SC]
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 – WELD MEMORIAL - USAC MWRA SPRINT CARS [PS. MOD LITES, EM]
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 – WEEKLY RACING #14 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM, GN]
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 – WEEKLY RACING #15 + E-MOD EXPLOSION [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 – GREAT PLAINS FLAT TRACK SERIES
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 – WEEKLY RACING #16 + FINAL POINTS NIGHT [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 – CLYDE ELLIS MEMORIAL - LUCAS OIL MLRA LATE MODELS [SC, EM, ML]
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – TOM KARRICK MEMORIAL [AM, BM, SC, PS, ML]
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – FALL SERIES #1 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – FALL SERIES #2 [AM, BM, SC, PS, EM]
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 – FVP PLATIUNUM BATTERY SHOWDOWN - WORLD OF OUTLAW NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CAR SERIES
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 – 6TH ANNUAL USMTS GRANT JUNGHANS MEMORIAL [AM, BM, SC]