'TK,' Rolfe Racing to Open Season Tuesday BARBERVILLE, FL (February 3) -- Many years ago, before the World of Outlaws concept crossed the late Ted Johnson's mind, sprint car teams traveled all over the United States to race in the ...
'TK,' Rolfe Racing to Open Season Tuesday
BARBERVILLE, FL (February 3) -- Many years ago, before the World of Outlaws concept crossed the late Ted Johnson's mind, sprint car teams traveled all over the United States to race in the highest-paying events. They set their own schedules, racing wherever and whenever they wanted.
When Tom Rolfe hired Tim Kaeding to drive his #10 J.F. McCray Plastering Maxim last June, they decided they wanted to be "real outlaws" and race a schedule of their own choosing, whether it be with or without wings or with 360- or 410-cubic-inch engines.
"TK" and Tom Rolfe Racing will start their 2008 schedule Tuesday at Volusia Speedway with the All-Stars Circuit of Champions. After racing three nights with the All-Stars, the team will remain at the high-speed half-mile located 15 miles west of Daytona to run with the World of Outlaws. Kaeding, who has won nine World of Outlaws "A" Features in his career, will continue racing with "the greatest show on dirt" at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, on February 15th and at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, February 22-23. Kaeding was driving for "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser when he won the World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Thunderbowl last February 24th.
"We're geared up, ready for the season and excited to go racing," Kaeding said Saturday. "We have all our cars built and we're headed to down to Florida to race with the big boys. Hopefully, it will be a good year for us. We're starting the year off early and we're going to finish it late -- we're going to run a lot of races.
"We're not putting any expectations on ourselves; we're just going to go out and race as hard as we can and have as much fun as possible. We're just going to go out and have fun. We're not racing for points; we're just going to get as much seat time and exposure as we can for the following year. This is something Tom and everybody on the team have wanted to do for a long time. We're going to mess with everybody's head; we're just going to race with everybody. We were fast last season with the winged car and the non-winged car, so now we're now we're going to do it for a whole year."
Kaeding, who had run only four 410 sprint car races when Rolfe hired him for the first time in 1997, helped him win the car owner championship at Silver Dollar Speedway. They combined to win the driver and car owner championship the following year. "TK" won 20 races for Rolfe in 2001 before deciding to go on the road with the World of Outlaws. Rolfe, who often says "my drivers have always been like sons to me," couldn't be happier to have Tim back.
"We're ready to go," Rolfe said. "We built seven new cars -- five winged and two non-winged -- over the winter and we have five new Don Ott engines, so we're ready to race. We'll take three cars with us on this trip, so it should be great.
"We're really looking forward to it. We know what we're all about; we're just looking for consistency. Everybody's excited and ready to go racing."
Kaeding, who received the National Sprint Car Poll's 'Wild Card' Award for exciting performances in 2007, won six Golden State Challenge King of California main events, the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway and was the co-champion of the American Sprint Car Series' Third Annual O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing.
Excelling in World of Outlaws, Golden State Challenge King of California Series, United States Auto Club and ASCS competition, "TK" is determined to continue proving he's electrifying and a winner in whatever racecar he chooses to drive.