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Weekly Racing Series #9

Wagner headlines Weld Memorial at Lakeside Speedway

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August 6, 2021  |  by Sam Stoecklin

The annual Weld Family Memorial took place at Lakeside Speedway Friday night with 64 race teams signed in to honor the legendary racing family. The USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association sprint cars drew 25 entries. Also competing were 16 E-Mods, 9 Pure Stocks and 15 Mod Lites.

By the end of the night, fans witnessed 8 preliminary heat races and five main events as Jack Wagner collected the Weld Memorial sprint race. Buz Kaster added to his Hall of Fame career with the E-Mod win with Garrett Stonum capturing the Mod-Lite victory, and Marshall Jewett tallying up another win during the Pure Stock main event.

Jack Wagner and Riley Kreisel of Warsaw, Missouri, led the sprint field to the initial green flag but after some close action in turn one, it was Wesley Smith of Nixa, Missouri that led the opening laps. A yellow flag flew early in the event and as it turned out, it was the only slow down in the fast-paced event. On the restart, Smith led Kreisel and Samuel Wagner. At lap five, Kreisel took command of the race and built a sizeable lead over Jack Wagner, who moved to second by lap eight. Kreisel continued to ride the high line with Jack Wagner and Kory Schudy behind him. As drivers continued to turn quick laps, the challenge for the lead gained all attention with Kreisel and Jack Wagner as by lap 17, Wagner found a way around Kreisel to take the lead. From here on Wagner was the driver who built a sizeable lead through lapped traffic leaving Kreisel to fend of Xavier Doney for the runner-up spot. At the checkers, Jack Wagner claimed the victory by a half straightaway lead with Kreisel settling for second over Doney, Samuel Wagner, and Schudy.

Cody Ohrenberg and Marshall Jewett of Gardner, Kansas, took the green for Pure Stocks as Jewett paced the field early with Spencer Reiff giving chase. Just one caution flag slowed the stocks during their 12-lap main event with a classic battle up front with the number seven cars of Jewett and Reiff. Don Marrs moved into third by lap thre but could not gain ground on the leaders with Jeff Goepferich and Chase Galvan also riding in the top five. Ultimately, Reiff could not find a way around multiple-time champion Jewett, who went on to claim the victory ahead of Reiff, Marrs, Goepferich, and Galvan.

The E-Mod main saw fast action, close competition, and heartbreak on the last lap for one driver as Eddie Ingram and Trevor Hand took front row honors at the start. Ingram looked strong leading the way through lap five as the top three, including Steven Makar and Hand, broke away from the rest of the field. By lap nine, a challenge for the lead heated things up with Makar pressuring Ingram for the top spot. At lap ten, caution flew over the field with Ingram leading Makar, Hand, Melvin, and Buz Kaster inside the top five. By lap 12, the top five were jockeying for position with close racing but once again Ingram held the top spot and built a sizeable lead, leaving his closest pursuers to battle for second. Ingram continued to lead as Buz Kaster moved to second in a thrilling lap 14 battle for second, but just as things looked to be going Ingram’s way, his night came to a heartbreaking end coming off turn two just after the white flag as his car slowed pulling to the infield. This led to Kaster, Ingram’s Father-in-Law, grabbing the lead going down the back stretch. Kaster kept his car out front of the hungry pack and went on to claim the win after starting seventh on the grid. Behind Kaster at the line were Makar, Melvin, Dakota Jennings, and Hand. In victory lane, the elated Kaster said he could hardly believe what unfolded on the last lap and thanked the loudly cheering fans for attending the races and welcoming him so warmly into victory lane.

All eyes were on Mod-Lite dominator Dillon Raffurty for the 10-lap Mod-Lite feature event but it was David and Michael Raffurty who took front-row starting honors at the start of the race. David Raffurty took command and led Stonum for the first two laps with Dillon Raffurty third. By lap three, it was Stonum who flexed his power to take the lead, leaving Father and Son David and Dillon Raffurty to battle for second. By lap five, fourteenth-starting Ed Griggs moved into the top five and tried to close the gap on the leaders. At the lap eight marker, Stonum had his hands full as Dillon Raffurty moved in to take second over his dad as Griggs continued his move forward in third. On the final lap, Stonum hit all his marks and mastered the big wide sweeping turns of Lakeside Speedway to claim the upset win over Dillon Raffurty in second. Griggs finished a strong third with Michael and David Raffurty rounding out the top five.

Next week, the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts weekly championship series continues with A-Mods, B-Mods, Stock Scars, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, and Grand Nationals. Visit lakesidespeedway.net for admission and start time information.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

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

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS SPRINTS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 74 Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.
2. (6) 12 Wesley Smith, Nixa, Mo.
3. (3) 4 Braydon Cromwell, Lone Jack, Mo.
4. (5) 65 Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, Mo.
5. (7) 7R J.D. Black, Grain Valley, Mo.
6. (9) 27J Justin Johnson, Parkville, Mo.
7. (1) 7X Lance Silvers, Ottumwa, Iowa
8. (4) 11W Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
9. (8) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 73 Samuel Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
2. (6) 77 Jack Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
3. (4) 28 Kory Schudy, Battlefield, Mo.
4. (7) 2C Zach Clark, Olathe, Kan.
5. (3) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
6. (5) 41 Brad Wyatt, Kearney, Mo.
7. (2) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie, Kan.
8. (8) 28B Drake Barker, Humboldt, Kan.

Heat #3:
1. (3) 91 Riley Kreisel, Warsaw, Mo.
2. (7) 18 Terry Richards Jr., Denton, Neb.
3. (5) 4F Chad Frewaldt, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (4) 88 Chad Tye, Independence, Mo.
5. (2) 33L Mark Lane, Grain Valley, Mo.
6. (6) 22R Chris Rupard, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (1) 2 Kyle Lewis, Spring Hill, Kan.
DNS – 66M Max Grogan, Basehor, Kan.

Feature:
1. (3) 77 Jack Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
2. (4) 91 Riley Kreisel, Warsaw, Mo.
3. (5) 74 Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.
4. (6) 73 Samuel Wagner, Lone Jack, Mo.
5. (9) 28 Kory Schudy, Battlefield, Mo.
6. (2) 12 Wesley Smith, Nixa, Mo.
7. (10) 4 Braydon Cromwell, Lone Jack, Mo.
8. (1) 18 Terry Richards Jr., Denton, Neb.
9. (15) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
10. (11) 65 Chris Parkinson, Gladstone, Mo.
11. (12) 7R J.D. Black, Grain Valley, Mo.
12. (23) 15E Dakota Earls, Independence, Mo.
13. (8) 2C Zach Clark, Olathe, Kan.
14. (18) 41 Brad Wyatt, Kearney, Mo.
15. (14) 88 Chad Tye, Independence, Mo.
16. (20) 7M Heath Murry, Tonganoxie, Kan.
17. (13) 27J Justin Johnson, Parkville, Mo.
18. (16) 33L Mark Lane, Grain Valley, Mo.
19. (21) 7X Lance Silvers, Ottumwa, Iowa
20. (22) 2 Kyle Lewis, Spring Hill, Kan.
21. (7) 4F Chad Frewaldt, Kansas City, Kan.
22. (17) 22R Chris Rupard, Kansas City, Kan.
23. (19) 28B Drake Barker, Humboldt, Kan.
DNS – 11W Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
DNS – 66M Max Grogan, Basehor, Kan.

PURE STOCKS

Heat:
1. (2) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
2. (4) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
3. (6) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (1) 16 Matthew Matsukevich, Trimble, Mo.
5. (8) 7S Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 14 Cody Ohrenberg, Raymore, Mo.
7. (3) 97 Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
8. (9) 06 William Hensley, Platte City, Mo.
9. (7) 5JR Jeff Goepferich, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (2) 7 Marshall Jewett, Gardner, Kan.
2. (3) 7S Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (4) 9 Don Marrs, Shawnee, Kan.
4. (8) 5JR Jeff Goepferich, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (6) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (7) 97 Calvin Banks, Atchison, Kan.
7. (1) 14 Cody Ohrenberg, Raymore, Mo.
8. (9) 06 William Hensley, Platte City, Mo.
9. (5) 16 Matthew Matsukevich, Trimble, Mo.

E-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 29 Dennis Melvin, Basehor, Kan.
2. (4) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (7) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
4. (8) 54 Buz Kaster, Kansas City, Kan.
5. (6) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
6. (5) 54JR Eddie Ingram Jr., Linn Valley, Kan.
7. (3) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (2) 03D Darrell Lynch, Kansas City, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (4) 554 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
2. (1) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
3. (3) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
4. (8) 5J Jeff Goepferich Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
5. (7) 08 Tyler Hedden, Pamona, Kan.
6. (5) 23 Zachery Winkler, kansas city ks, Kan.
7. (2) 7 Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (6) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.

Feature:
1. (7) 54 Buz Kaster, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 4M Steven Makar, Basehor, Kan.
3. (4) 29 Dennis Melvin, Basehor, Kan.
4. (3) 30 Dakota Jennings, Leavenworth, Kan.
5. (2) 236 Trevor Hand, Bonner Springs, Kan.
6. (15) 03 Justin Bell, Edwardsville, Kan.
7. (9) 13V Logan Vogel, Kansas City, Kan.
8. (6) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
9. (10) 54JR Eddie Ingram Jr., Linn Valley, Kan.
10. (8) 08 Tyler Hedden, Pamona, Kan.
11. (12) 79J Javier Fierro, Kansas City, Mo.
12. (11) 23 Zachery Winkler, kansas city ks, Kan.
13. (1) 554 Eddie Ingram, Linn Valley, Kan.
14. (13) 03D Darrell Lynch, Kansas City, Kan.
15. (14) 7 Spencer Reiff, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 5J Jeff Goepferich Sr., Kansas City, Mo.

MOD LITES

Heat #1:
1. (1) 46 Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (2) 4K Garrett Stonum, Lawson, Mo.
3. (3) 75 Justin Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 03 James Beebe, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
5. (4) 3 Nathan Wolfe, Lees Summit, Mo.
6. (6) 414 John Spitler, Warrensburg, Mo.
DNS – 47 Ed Griggs, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
DNS – X Dayton Kelley, Grandview, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (4) 64 David Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (6) 41 Michael Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (2) 34 Tyler Furrell, Belton, Mo.
4. (1) 73 Tony Kerr, Grandview, Mo.
5. (5) 3X Mark Downey, Lees Summit, Mo.
6. (3) 4 Jeff Raffurty, Holt, Mo.
7. (7) 84 Joe Gunn, Belton, Mo.

Feature:
1. (4) 4K Garrett Stonum, Lawson, Mo.
2. (3) 46 Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (13) 47 Ed Griggs, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
4. (2) 41 Michael Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (1) 64 David Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 75 Justin Raffurty, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (6) 34 Tyler Furrell, Belton, Mo.
8. (7) 03 James Beebe, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
9. (8) 73 Tony Kerr, Grandview, Mo.
10. (10) 3X Mark Downey, Lees Summit, Mo.
11. (9) 3 Nathan Wolfe, Lees Summit, Mo.
12. (12) 4 Jeff Raffurty, Holt, Mo.
13. (14) X Dayton Kelley, Grandview, Mo.
14. (11) 414 John Spitler, Warrensburg, Mo.
DNS – 84 Joe Gunn, Belton, Mo.