Weld Memorial features Malvern Bank SLMR Super Late Models, USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Cars this Friday at Lakeside Speedway

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July 28, 2020  |  by Sam Stoecklin

One of the long-standing events in the greater Kansas City metro takes place this Friday at Lakeside Speedway when ‘Racing on the River’s Edge’ features the Weld Memorial. The event honors the past contributions to racing and the Weld family name which is synonymous with Kansas City open-wheel racing.

The Weld family name features a long list of talent including Pappy, Jerry, Greg and Kenny and the brand names Weld Wheels and Weld Roadsters. Taylor ‘Pappy’ Weld, along with Greg and Kenny, are in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

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

Keeping the spirit of open-wheel racing alive in the Weld family name, sprint cars take center stage at Lakeside on Friday night with the second appearance of the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association. When the group first hit the long straightaways and wide sweeping turns at Lakeside in late June, it was Don Droud Jr. who captured the headlines with his convincing win. Wyatt Burks is the current points leader over Kory Schudy, Droud, Chris Parkinson and Wesley Smith.

Not to be outdone, the Malvern Bank SLMR Super Late Models will also compete on Friday. The group was originally scheduled to race in late May but COVID-19 restrictions resulted in their appearance being delayed until this weekend. The group has experienced a strong season thus far with sold car counts and a mixed bag of winners leading the way, including Aaron Marrant, Tad Pospisil, Jeff Aikey, J.C. Wyman, Charlie McKenna, Justin Kay, Cory Dumpert and Tyler Bruening. Surprisingly, five-time SLMR champion Kyle Berck has yet to visit victory lane but does have victories at Lakeside Speedway and is one of the favorites to take the checkers Friday.

Mod-Lites return to Lakeside Speedway as drivers look to dethrone the Raffurty family from total domination in Kansas City area Mod-Lite racing so far this season. The Kansas Antique Racers (KAR) will also be on hand for competition throughout the night featuring a vintage look and feel for their portion of the race program. The KAR was formed in 1980 and the club currently supports Uncaged Sprints, Caged Sprints, Super Modifieds, Modifieds, Rails, Track Roadsters, Jalopies and Midgets amongst their ranks.

Fans may purchase tickets in advance online through midnight on Thursday at MyRacePass or by calling (913) 299-9206. There are a limited amount of tickets available. Remaining tickets not sold online will be sold at the gate in limited supply. Terrace Spots are available but must be reserved by calling the track in advance.

This event will be broadcast live to a pay-per-view audience on RacinBoys.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.

This Friday, July 31, the pits opens at 5 p.m., spectator gate open at 6, the drivers meeting is at 7 and hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow.

General Admission Tickets:
Adults (16+) $20
Military/Seniors (62+) $15
Juniors (12-15) $6
Youth 11 & Under FREE

Terrace Tickets:
Adults (16+) $20
Military/Seniors (62+) $15
Juniors (12-15) $6
Youth 11 & Under FREE

Suite Tickets:
Adults/Teens (13+) $25
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)

Upcoming Events:
Friday, July 31 – Weld Memorial featuring Malvern Bank SLMR Super Late Models, USAC Midwest Wingless Sprints, Mod Lites and Kansas Antique Racers (KAR).
Friday, Aug. 7 – E-Mod Explosion plus Kids Night featuring A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Grand Nationals.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 – ASCS Sprint Week: Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars plus B-Mods and Stock Cars.
Friday, Aug. 14 – Janet Billings Memorial featuring A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and E-Mods.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mle semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5. The physical address is 5615 Wolcott Dr, Kansas City, KS 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or email lakesidespeedwaykc@gmail.com.

Complete results, schedule information, track details, class rules, news and more are available at lakesidespeedway.net and on our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.