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Lakeside Speedway victories to Bidinger, Thompson, Bryant, Ryun, Hand on Pepsi Night

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June 4, 2021  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Andy Bryant won the B-Mod main event.

Andy Bryant won the B-Mod main event.

Summer-like weather finally greeted drivers and fans at Lakeside Speedway on Friday evening for Pepsi Night. After consecutive weeks of wet weather, the warmer temps and blue skies were a welcome sight for all in attendance.

A total of 76 race teams checked in for the action among five classes including 11 A-Mods, 20 Stock Cars, 18 B-Mods, 11 Pure Stocks and 16 E-Mods. Drivers competed in a total of 15 events which included 10 preliminary heat races and five main events during the race program.

A-MODS

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 11JR-Randal Schiffelbein Jr[3]; 2. 32-Cody Owens[5]; 3. 92-Daniel Scragham[1]; 4. 9-Mark Schafman[4]; 5. 711-Bill Ruisinger[2]; 6. (DNS) 311-John Baker.

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 3B-Nic Bidinger[2]; 2. 7J-Justin Johnson[3]; 3. 1K-Tim Karrick[1]; 4. 23-Adam Kates[5]; 5. 42-Sam Florence[4].

Feature (20 laps): 1. 3B-Nic Bidinger[3]; 2. 11JR-Randal Schiffelbein Jr[4]; 3. 7J-Justin Johnson[5]; 4. 32-Cody Owens[1]; 5. 1K-Tim Karrick[2]; 6. 23-Adam Kates[7]; 7. 9-Mark Schafman[8]; 8. 711-Bill Ruisinger[9]; 9. (DNF) 92-Daniel Scragham[6]; 10. (DNF) 42-Sam Florence[10]; 11. (DNF) 311-John Baker[11].

Bidinger, Schiffelbein and Johnson took their close three-car battle for the point standings lead into the night and the outcome kept the standings tight. Owens looked strong early as did Karrick, but Bidinger eventually grabbed the lead and took the win over a strong run by Schiffelbein to maintain a one-point lead over Johnson in the standings. Owens was fourth while Karrick rounded out the top five.

STOCK CARS

Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 42C-Kacey Shields[3]; 2. 24K-Daniel King[2]; 3. 6-Hank Thompson[4]; 4. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[1]; 5. 46P-Tim Pruett[5]; 6. 27-David Oxford[8]; 7. 105-Clint Hedge[6]; 8. 824-Chris Barnard[10]; 9. 39K-Shane Schmidt[9]; 10. 11W-Gerald Wahwahsuck[7].

Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 32-Dennie Belknap[2]; 2. 17-Kevin McGinnis[1]; 3. 04-Chad Walker[10]; 4. 417-Kevin Anderson[5]; 5. X1-Tracy Schaefer[4]; 6. 714-Jason Anderson[6]; 7. 32K-Michael Knight[9]; 8. 47-Paul Carter[7]; 9. 85JR-Brian Dougan[3]; 10. 10W-Michael Wahwahsuck[8].

Feature (20 laps): 1. 6-Hank Thompson[5]; 2. 417-Kevin Anderson[7]; 3. 32-Dennie Belknap[3]; 4. 24K-Daniel King[1]; 5. 39K-Shane Schmidt[16]; 6. 47-Paul Carter[15]; 7. (DNF) 42C-Kacey Shields[2]; 8. (DNF) 04-Chad Walker[6]; 9. (DNF) 17-Kevin McGinnis[4]; 10. (DNF) 27-David Oxford[10]; 11. (DNF) 11W-Gerald Wahwahsuck[18]; 12. (DNF) 32K-Michael Knight[12]; 13. (DNF) 714-Jason Anderson[11]; 14. (DNF) 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[8]; 15. (DNF) X1-Tracy Schaefer[9]; 16. (DNF) 105-Clint Hedge[13]; 17. (DNF) 10W-Michael Wahwahsuck[19]; 18. (DNS) 824-Chris Barnard; 19. (DNS) 85JR-Brian Dougan; 20. (DNS) 46P-Tim Pruett.

It was a rough and tumble night for the Stock Cars as several red flags marred the main event just one week away from the Gary D Stock Car Memorial. Several drivers were left scratching their heads with repair work in front of them this week in preparation for next week’s special event. Thompson maneuvered all the problems behind the wheel of his #6 machine and captured the victory with Anderson, Belknap, King and Schmidt behind him. Carter was sixth in the event and the last car to finish the race among the 20 original starters. Shields and Belknap sit tied atop the standings with Belknap and Walker within five points of the leaders.

B-MODS

Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 28-Andy Bryant[2]; 2. 8S-Jon Sheets[7]; 3. 47-Tyson Lanfermann[1]; 4. 57A-Randy Ainsworth[3]; 5. 4M-Steven Makar[6]; 6. 36-Travis Alexander[4]; 7. 33S-Ben Stockton[5]; 8. (DNS) 1-Kyle Henning; 9. (DNS) 9-Don Marrs.

Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 181-Luke Nieman[2]; 2. 90-Jessie Mulich[6]; 3. 57-Tim Powell[3]; 4. 10C-Christopher Connel[1]; 5. 16-Blake Pierce[7]; 6. 44S-Mark Schafman[4]; 7. 49-Patrick Royalty[5]; 8. 90S-Terry Schultz[9]; 9. 8C-Cami Bruner[8].

Feature (15 laps): 1. 28-Andy Bryant[5]; 2. 57-Tim Powell[1]; 3. 44S-Mark Schafman[12]; 4. 90S-Terry Schultz[15]; 5. 57A-Randy Ainsworth[7]; 6. 8S-Jon Sheets[3]; 7. 16-Blake Pierce[9]; 8. 4M-Steven Makar[10]; 9. 47-Tyson Lanfermann[6]; 10. 181-Luke Nieman[4]; 11. 33S-Ben Stockton[13]; 12. 36-Travis Alexander[11]; 13. 8C-Cami Bruner[16]; 14. (DNF) 49-Patrick Royalty[14]; 15. (DNF) 10C-Christopher Connel[8]; 16. (DNF) 1-Kyle Henning[18]; 17. (DNF) 90-Jessie Mulich[2]; 18. (DNS) 9-Don Marrs.

It appeared Powell would capture the B-Mod trophy but Bryant had other plans as he advanced from his fifth starting position to click off yet another Lakeside victory. Powell finished strong in second while  Schafman moved from 12th to third,  Schultz from 15th to fourth and  Ainsworkth from seventh to fifth to round out the top five. Schultz, Schafman and Powell still remain close at the top of the point standings.

PURE STOCKS

Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 27-Jason Ryun[1]; 2. 38D-Mike Ryun[2]; 3. 9-Don Marrs[4]; 4. 7-Spencer Reiff[6]; 5. 56-Joseph Smith Jr[5]; 6. 97-Calvin Banks[3].

Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 96-Garry Billings Jr[2]; 2. 7J-Marshall Jewett[3]; 3. 77-Matt Janes[5]; 4. 5JR-Jeff Goepferich[4]; 5. 3B-Darrin Christy[1].

Feature (15 laps): 1. 38D-Mike Ryun[3]; 2. 96-Garry Billings Jr[2]; 3. 9-Don Marrs[5]; 4. 77-Matt Janes[6]; 5. 7J-Marshall Jewett[1]; 6. 7-Spencer Reiff[7]; 7. 56-Joseph Smith Jr[9]; 8. 97-Calvin Banks[11]; 9. 3B-Darrin Christy[10]; 10. (DNF) 5JR-Jeff Goepferich[8]; 11. (DNF) 27-Jason Ryun[4].

Ryun is a familiar name in the KC area when it comes to racing, especially in a late model, but on this night, Ryun was a hired gun for a friend and captured the Pure Stock main event in a classic battle with Billings for the victory. Behind Ryun and Billings at the line were Marrs, Janes and Jewett. Marrs, Jewett and Reiff continue to make it a three-car battle for the top of the standings.

E-MODS

Heat #1 (6 laps): 1. 236-Trevor Hand[1]; 2. 13V-Logan Vogel[3]; 3. 50L-James Lanham[5]; 4. 21T-David Towers[8]; 5. 79J-Javier Fierro[4]; 6. 23-Zachery Winkler[6]; 7. 29-Dennis Melvin[7]; 8. 71-Don Marrant[2].

Heat #2 (6 laps): 1. 7-Spencer Reiff[2]; 2. 03-Justin Bell[6]; 3. 33-Kevin White[5]; 4. 54-Buz Kaster[7]; 5. 47-Paul Carter[3]; 6. 30-Dakota Jennings[8]; 7. 25-Tim Billings[4]; 8. (DQ) 74-Bud Wallis[1].

Feature (15 laps): 1. 236-Trevor Hand[6]; 2. 03-Justin Bell[3]; 3. 7-Spencer Reiff[5]; 4. 54-Buz Kaster[8]; 5. 25-Tim Billings[14]; 6. 21T-David Towers[7]; 7. 33-Kevin White[1]; 8. 30-Dakota Jennings[11]; 9. 13V-Logan Vogel[4]; 10. 29-Dennis Melvin[13]; 11. 74-Bud Wallis[16]; 12. 79J-Javier Fierro[9]; 13. (DNF) 23-Zachery Winkler[12]; 14. (DNF) 47-Paul Carter[10]; 15. (DNF) 50L-James Lanham[2]; 16. (DNS) 71-Don Marrant.

Hand has emerged as one of the rising stars in the Kansas City racing scene over the last couple of years and he kept his star shining on Friday with the E-Mod victory. Hand made things look easy as he maneuvered his way from outside of row three to take the victory ahead of third-starting Bell. Reiff, Kaster and Billings filled out the top five at the finish. Hand has a sizeable lead over Melvin and Reiff in the standings.

NEXT EVENT

Next Friday at Lakeside Speedway we host the Gary D Stock Car Memorial featuring A-Mods, Stock Cars, B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Grand Nationals. Visit lakesidespeedway.net for event information and payouts or the speedway’s Facebook page to stay current on news regarding Racing on the River’s Edge at Lakeside Speedway. The track location is 5615 Wolcott Dr, Kansas City, KS, one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5, northwest of Kansas City.

UPCOMING EVENTS

6/11/2021 - Gary D Stock Car Memorial: A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Grand Nationals.
6/12/2021 - Great Plains Flat Track Series: Motorcycles.
6/18/2021 - A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and E-Mods.
6/25/2021 - A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Grand Nationals.