Jay Woodside raced in four decades from the 1950’s through 1980. The Kansas Hot Shoe raced Sprint Cars, Jalopies, Midgets and Super Modifieds.
In 1955 Jay raced for the first time in the Jalopy ranks at Arkansas City. He was 16 years of age. By 1961 Jay was racing Sprint Cars and Midgets for owners that included Art Peacock, Bill Hoback, Lonnie Morosic and Mearle Heath. IMCA beckoned and Jay answered the call, finishing 14th in points and winning “Rookie of the Year” honors.
The Wichita driver won his first IMCA race at Algona, Iowa racing for Heath. In the Midget ranks Woodside won his first race at Oklahoma City and drove in the “Hut Hundred” for USAC Midgets at Terre Haute, Indiana.
Injured at Topeka, Jay returned to racing in July of 1963 and in 1966 won the BCRA Championship, The Missouri State Modified Championship and the Knoxville Nationals. In BCRA he won at Belleville in the “Belle of Belleville” and Holyoke, Colorado for Ted Hall. Jay also finished 3rd in points for the 1970 season and 7th in 1973. In the IMCA ranks in 1964 he was fifth in points, in 1967 he finished 6th, a 2nd in 1969 and a third place finish in 1970.
In 1976 Jay drove for Jelly Wilhelm and was runner up in the NCRA only to be diagnosed with MS. A comeback in 1977 was made complete by winning the “Chet Wilson Memorial” for Super Modifieds, driving Jerry Wilson’s #25 at 81 Speedway. Woodside completed his career in 1980 finishing second in points back at the 81 Speedway. Jay passed away in December, 2004.