Mike Johnson, owner of Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., is getting the track in shape for Friday and Saturday races.
So far this year, Lakeside has seen three races postponed to Sundays because of rain. The track is close to the Missouri River at 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City Kan.
“We’ve got wet weather, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Johnson said.
“We’re out here working right now getting ready for the Friday and Saturday shows,” he added today.
The last heavy rains made the racing surface too muddy, but Johnson said it will be ready for racing on Friday. But they were nowhere near as bad as the flood of 2011, when the agricultural-style levee in Wolcott breached.
“Weather always affects you when you have an outdoor venue,” he said. “It’s just the way it is when you have outdoor venues.”
Despite the wet weather, Lakeside has been getting some pretty good fan counts this year, he said.
Johnson said Lakeside has been able to get the word to fans through its website, Facebook and Twitter when there has been a schedule change caused by the weather.
This weekend, Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny with no rain. Saturday’s forecast has a 40 percent chance of storms.
A full house is expected Saturday, when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars visit Lakeside Speedway, Johnson said. People will be coming from all across the country to attend the World of Outlaws, a national touring series, he said.
Saturday’s racing starts at 7:30 p.,m.
Friday’s racing of modifieds, grand nationals and factory stocks starts at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit Lakeside's website, http://lakesidespeedway.net/.