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Lakeside Speedway in KCK to reopen after flooding

Posted at 10:34 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 11:34:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, plans to reopen Friday for the first time since significant flooding forced the race track to close for much of the season.

General Manager Pete Howey said the track flooded three times in the last few months following heavy rains. At times, water was nearly 6 feet deep in some areas of the track.

lakeside speedway flooded 6-3-2019
This image shows the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, under water following heavy rains in June 2019.

“In anticipation for the return to racing, Lakeside Speedway would like to thank all the drivers, fans and fellow racing venues who helped the speedway recover from the devastating floodwaters, which kept the track idle for much of the planned racing season,” Lakeside Speedway said in a news release.

Because of the late start to the season, the speedway plans to extend the 2019 schedule. Championship Night, which was originally set for Sept. 6, will now be held on Friday, Oct. 4, after 10 weeks of racing.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday.