WATSONVILLE — The Kaeding family scored a 1-2 punch Friday night with father Brent winning round two in Ocean Speedway’s 360 winged sprint car series and his son Bud finishing a close second.
Track conditions and experience were the primary reasons for Brent Kaeding’s win in the Taco Bravo sponsored series.
“The track conditions were dryer than usual, so it feels great to get the win,” Brent Kaeding said. “There are friends and sponsors here tonight that have supported our racing endeavors for the past 15-20 years and I’m proud to be able to stand here and thank them for all their help.”
Bud Kaeding raced from seventh starting position to second place and challenged his dad for the lead. He passed Fremont’s Shane Golobic on lap 24 while maneuvering through slower traffic. Kaeding currently ranks second in the nation for feature wins for 2012.
“Everyone was running the bottom of the race track,” Bud Kaeding said. “The track was taking rubber and the high groove was wide open. I moved to the top of the track and we were just beginning to pass slower traffic. Shane stayed on the bottom and that’s when he got caught behind a slower car. He was running very well. If it wasn’t for that one move, I might not have been able to take second place.”
Dry-slick tracks become a hardened surface like asphalt. Until the track takes on rubber, the track has a feel of a slick surface. Speeds are slower, and drivers have to be extra careful with their throttles and brakes to avoid losing traction and position. The sense of feel between car and driver make the difference between winning races and winning championships.
Two other veterans filled the top-five finishing positions in Friday night’s 30-lap feature race. Fast qualifier and pole position starter Brad Furr led the first seven rounds. He finished fourth.For the complete article see the 05-08-2012 issue.
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