Friday, January 19, 2018

Tom Karrick Memorial Highlights Lakeside Speedway Friday Night (9/7/12)

Tom Karrick Modified Memorial this Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

Kansas City, KS – The Karrick family name has become synonymous with racing in the Midwest. At Lakeside Speedway a tradition was started several years ago after the passing of the family patriarch, Tom Karrick.

The family of the fallen racer decided that they wanted to do something special in his honor. A decision was then made to have an annual memorial race at Lakeside Speedway. Each year the Karrick family goes out and drums up support from locals businesses, other family members and friends. The support that they receive usually comes in the form of a cash donation. All the money that the Karrick’s raise goes on top of the regular Lakeside Speedway Modified purse. Friday night, Sept. 9, 2012, the Tom Karrick Modified Memorial Presented By The McCarthy Auto Group will highlight this upcoming race night.

In the years gone by, this night has produced some memorable races. The race remains the same as being one of the better paying shows at Lakeside Speedway and it’s a race that almost every driver wants to put their stamp on. You never know what will happen at this special event. The one guarantee is that fans will see the best racing that they Midwest has to offer each and every Friday night.

The 2012 season in the Modified ranks at Lakeside Speedway has been dominated by Tim Karrick, the son of Tom. Karrick has 6 wins to his credit this season and he has a nice cushion in the points standings with just 4 races left to go. Karrick might be a tired competitor this Friday night at Lakeside. Karrick will be racing 4 straight nights starting on Wednesday. A fellow racer in Iowa was injured a few weeks back and Karrick was asked to sub for him at the 30th Annual IMCA Super Nationals. Karrick has decided to try and qualify on Wednesday & Thursday in Iowa, he will then come back to Kansas City and race on Friday night and then return to Iowa on Saturday to complete his 4 day sweep. It will keep him busy.

Several other drivers in the Modified ranks will be looking to take down the top prize on Friday. As the Karrick family raises money up until the last minute, nobody knows what the purse will pay. Over the years it has been a nice payday for a weekly event. Sometimes it’s not the money that matters. When a prestigious event comes along, just winning it and being associated with that might be enough for the driver!

Seven different drivers have pulled into victory lane in 2012. Nic Bidinger was the last feature winner. The competition level in this division has been heating up over the last month and fans should expect a wild one on Friday night.

Grand Nationals, B Mods and Factory Stocks will also be in action this Friday night at Lakeside to add even more to this special event.

Darren Kling leads the point standings in the Grand Nationals and with a win last time out, he is in control of his own destiny. Kelby Ostrander is looking to take Kling down from the top of the heap. Kling leads Ostrander by 12 points with 4 races to go and it should be a 15 round bout that will go all 15 rounds before it’s decided. Gary Donaldson still has an outside shot at the championship, but he needs help.

The B Mod division has slowly shifted in the power balance at Lakeside Speedway. Nick Newton seemed to be the runaway leader in this class, but a crafty veteran who has won 3 track championships, Gene Claxton, has taken over the top spot. It was just a few weeks ago that Claxton was trailing Newton by 3 points going into the night, but when the night was over Claxton had a 29 point lead. Sometimes when it comes down to the wire, it pays to have the experience of being in this type of situation before.

Jake Richards took the last win at Lakeside Speedway, but this is a whole new week and there are a lot of drivers capable of winning in this division.

The points race in the Factory Stock division is the most exciting race of the season.

A mere 38 points separate the top 5 drivers in this class. That is the difference between one bad night and one good night. Only 4 races remain and the way that this class has been going, it’s anybodies game. Justin Seifert has the lead right now, but is that the place you want to be in. The pressure is with the driver at the top spot to see if he can maintain the lead. All the drivers behind him can “go for broke” as they do whatever they can to make up the difference.

Marshall Jewett, the driver 5th in points, goes into Friday night’s race as a favorite. He has the most wins this season in the division and he has a two race win streak heading into Friday’s event.

Spectator gates open up at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, kids 8 to 14 are $6 and children 7 and under are always free at Lakeside Speedway.

Lakeside Speedway is located 5615 Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, KS. For more information visit their website at

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