Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mother Nature Dominates Championship Night At Lakeside Speedway

Nate Barnes #29 works his way by Tom Fogarty #T2 for the win on Friday night. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Kansas City, KS – Championship night came and went on Friday night. Unfortunately, for the employees, sponsors, fans and racers, it didn’t go they way everyone wanted to go.

During a year that has seen only a couple of rain outs after a year that was flooded out, Mother Nature cast a spell on Lakeside Speedway that brought rain to the 1/2 mile track in Wyandotte County.

On the night only 1 feature, the Factory Stock, hit the speedway. It wouldn’t be a long feature. The Factory Stocks made it to the halfway mark before a yellow came out and during the yellow the rain started to come down.

Nate Barnes would work his way to the front of the field in those 7 laps. Barnes started in the 8th position and wasted little time getting to the top spot. As the cars made laps under yellow, they were then sent off the speedway.

Marc Olson and his staff went to the radar to see what Mother Nature had in store for them. As they looked over the situation and assessed what they already had, the decision was made to pull the plug.

Barnes would receive the win in the Factory Stock Feature, Jason Park would be the runner-up, Vic Tranckino went from 14th to 3rd, 4th went to Tom Fogarty and rounding out the top 5 was Justin Seifert.

When the race was called, it brought the season points racing at Lakeside Speedway to an end with little fan fare.

Justin Seifert would be crowned the champion in the Factory Stock division. The only driver that had to race for his championship on the final night. Seifert ended up with a 42 point margin of victory after the heats and feature.

In the B Mod division Nick Newton finally celebrated his 2012 championship. The youngster from KCK got his 1st championship at Lakeside Speedway. This might have been the most exciting feature of the night. The 2nd place driver in the points, Gene Claxton, looked strong in his heat race and only trailed Newton by 13 points going to the features. Unfortunately, as the rain came down Claxton would lose his chance.

The other big battle in the evening was shaping up in the Grand National division. After the heat races it was another first time champion, Kelby Ostrander, taking the crown. Ostrander, the former Factory Stock racer, pulled in his best season at Lakeside and it was good enough to win the championship.

Tim Karrick was the only driver that came into championship night with a title already in hand. Karrick closed out his 3rd Modified championship last week.

The racing season isn’t over with yet. Capitol Federal presents the Clyde Ellis Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout next Friday and Saturday night, October 19th & 20th. Tickets are on sale at the track Monday thru Friday and they can be purchased by calling 913.299.2040.

For more information on the upcoming races at Lakeside Speedway, check out their website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

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