Opened at the Leavenworth Road location in 1955,
One of the most infamous events at the track was when World of Outlaws standout Doug Wolfgang was seriously injured and burned in 1992. The track was also completely submerged when the
Missouri River overflowed its banks during the big flood of '93.
Eventually that, plus the continued void in dirt track racing in the area that was left when the old track closed, prompted then general manager Marc Olson to cover the asphalt surface with clay for the 2000 season, bringing dirt track racing back to
Kansas City, Kan.
As you may have guessed,
Lakeside was one of the casualties. With only a couple of races under its belt, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers forced track personnel to evacuate, and within weeks, the property was again underwater.
Amazingly, the hearty racing family had the severely damaged track ready to go, and the 2012 season started on-schedule.
I snapped lots of pictures from the grandstands and in the pits, and Picture Me Racing also furnished us with some winner's photos. Check them out in the slideshow below. But for the real thing, you really should attend a race at
Lakeside some Friday night. Check out http://www.lakesidespeedway.net/ for more information.