Monday, January 22, 2018

Inaugural Visit to Lakeside Speedway up Next for ULMA Late Model Drivers!

ulmaAlthough the regular point’s season for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Models Drivers officially came to a close last weekend, motors are set to refire once again this Friday, September 18 when ULMA drivers make their first-ever appearance at the popular Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas!

The arrangements for the event have been ongoing for several weeks and were finalized in time enough to officially announce the race a few weeks before the end of the season to allow drivers time to prepare for their appearance at the Kansas speedplant. In recent post-season surveys taken by active ULMA drivers, Lakeside Speedway consistently ranked high on the list of tracks ULMA drivers wished they could compete on.

Several drivers have expressed to the association their desire to compete this weekend including this season’s ULMA Champion Jon Melloway, who became ULMA’s eighth different champion in nine years! Missouri-based veterans Steve Clancy, Kevin Coyne, and Bob King are hopeful contenders as are 2014 ULMA Champion Jon Binning and 2008 ULMA Champion Jason Bodenhamer. Wesley Briggs, Cody Holtkamp, and Jake Williams have also expressed hopes of taking home a Lakeside win!

Bobby Penney, John O’Neal Jr., and Gary Billings plan to represent the greater Kansas City metro in keeping the win close to home base. Billings has been out of late models for a period of time but plans a return to the late model ranks this weekend at Lakeside Speedway. O’Neal has already posted a ULMA victory this season, his first in a ULMA Late Model. Bobby Penney also posted his first-ever ULMA victory during the 2015 season.

Chris Smyser of Lancaster, Missouri expressed his desire to compete with ULMA officials as he plans to make the long haul to compete. Smyser’s experience behind the wheel of a Late Model on larger-sized tracks will definitely keep his name high on the list of potential winners when Friday rolls around. Smyser recorded multiple victories this season at the high-banked Randolp County Raceway (RCR) in Mobelry, Missouri. Please note, the drivers listed here are drivers who expressed to ULMA their expected participation in the event, mention of any driver name does not guarantee race appearance!

Technical inspection will be conducted throughout the night at the discretion of ULMA and track officials! ULMA drivers will follow Lakeside Speedway general track rules and must be in compliance with all ULMA car class rules as written. All ULMA drivers must attend the Lakeside Speedway driver’s meeting at 6:30 on Friday.

The Lakeside Speedway Driver’s Meeting takes place at 6:30 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30. The planned order of events for Friday night is Grand Nationals, Stock Cars, B-Mods, ULMA Late Models, and USRA Modifieds. All pit passes are $30. Pits open at 4:30 followed by grandstands at 5. Adult general admission is $12, Seniors, Military, and Students w/I.D. are $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6, five and under are free.

ULMA wishes to thank Lakeside Speedway owners and promoters Don and Donna Marrs and their staff for working with and offering the association a race date at the speedway. ULMA also wishes to thank John O’Neal for his dillegence in helping secure a race date at the speedway. A rain date of Friday, September 25th has been established by Lakeside Speedway should inclimate weather settle in over the area on Friday.

Contact Lakeside speedway on the Raceday Hotline at 913-299-9206 or find them on the web at Lakeside Speedway is a three-eighth mile, semi-banked, dirt oval located at 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kansas 66109. The track is located one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR5 north east of the Legends Mall and Kansas Speedway.

An outstanding list of generous sponsors have informed ULMA officials of various incentive money and contingency prizes and ULMA wishes to thank all of the sponsors for their contribution and generosity to the Lakeside Speedway event. Thanks to Chris Ricketts and Mike Meise of Burlington Auto Repair in Kansas City and John and Joy O’Neal, promoters of the Kart Stars Series, the race will now pay $1,000-to-win!

Burlington Auto Repair is an auto repair shop located at 1041 Swift St, North Kansas City, Mo 64116. Phone them at (816) 283-0625. The Kart Stars Series may be found online at or on Facebook at

The Heartland Auto Racing Show, which is one of the fastest-growing motorsports Trade Shows in the nations informed ULMA they will sponsor a $100 Hard-Charger award for Friday’s event. The trade show may be found on the web at The show is scheduled for November 20 and 21, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. ULMA wishes to thank Bobby Penney for his assistance in securing this contribution for the event.

A donor who wished to remain anonymous has posted $150 that will go to a certain designated spot in the finishing order. The donor wished for us to keep their name and the finishing position a secret … we will pay the lucky driver at the end of the night who finishes in this designated position and will announce the position the donor pre-selected for the bonus award!

Additionally, Kluhsman Racing Components of Lockwood, Missouri informed ULMA they will award a new Throttle Linkage Kit to Friday night’s winner and to the “Hard Luck Award” driver. In addition, they will award a new set of lug nuts to Friday night’s Hard Charger! Find KRC online Ramsey Motors of Riverside, Missouri informed ULMA they will award an extra $100 towards a hard luck award. Find Ramsey Motors online at ULMA would like to thank Ramsey Motors and all of the event business partners for their generosity to make this event special for the participating drivers!

RCR has one more event planned on the dirt track this season. Although it is not a point’s race, it is another opportunity for drivers to race their cars one more time in 2015. From the track’s website, which is found at, the event details read: on Saturday, September 19th RCR’s final night of racing will take place with all classes running. At intermission the top 5 points finishers in the track’s devisions will receive their trophies from this season’s final point standings. Prior to the races, Log Boat Brewery presents Moto Bash, an afternoon of music games and fun for all ages followed by Saturday night racing.

Remaining 2015 ULMA Events
Friday, Sept 18 – Lakeside Speedway – Inaugural event! Non point’s race.
Saturday, Sept 19 – Randolph County Raceway – Non point’s race.
Saturday, Oct 24 – ULMA Championship Banquet, Isle of Capri – Boonville, Mo.

For complete standings, results, calendar of events and license information be sure to visit ULMA online at ULMA Temp Licenses are sold at each affiliated track for $10 per event entered. Drivers must either be a paid in full ULMA member or purchase the temp license to compete in ULMA events. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear,,,, and Photographics by Shelly Payne. For more information on ULMA, visit

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