NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK â€˜98 RACE RECAP JULY 1, 1998 KAEDING CLAIMS WATER LOGGED SHOW AT SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY "No Speedweek points awarded in revised format/show" ...
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 RACE RECAP JULY 1, 1998
KAEDING CLAIMS WATER LOGGED SHOW AT SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY "No Speedweek points awarded in revised format/show"
Chico, CA (July 1) . . . Silver Legacy Speedweek ‘98 made a wrong turn at Silver Dollar Speedway Wednesday night, when a water logged track surface forced Northern Auto Racing Club officials to implement a major change in the seven-day sprint car series.
Brent Kaeding went on to win the entertaining 30-lap NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series main event, but it was a non point affair that did not count toward the NARC or Speedweek championship.
A broken water truck forced a change in the track preparation routine and resulted in the bottom 20 feet of the racing surface buried under a foot of mud. NARC teams and a variety of track equipment spent three hours attempting to make the quarter mile clay oval suitable for racing. However, at 8:45 p.m., with the state mandated 11:00 p.m. curfew looming on the horizon, NARC officials were forced to change the format.
Qualifying was dropped and the event was deemed an open show with no implications toward either championship. Cars were lined up according to their qualifying order. Twelve of the 39 cars in the pit area loaded up and did not participate in the show. The first heat race was pushed off at 9:30 p.m.
Kaeding overhauled front row starters' Colby Weisz and Jimmy Trulli on the first lap and immediately cruised to a seven-car length advantage. However, two laps later, Kaeding began to suffer problems with his mechanical helmet tear off system and back pedaled.
Trulli blew past the leader on the seventh circuit, as Kaeding attempted to drive with one arm shielding his eyes from flying mud. Kaeding fell back to sixth place, but was the beneficiary of a red flag that was waving for a tipped over Shane Scott.
At that point, Kaeding received a new helmet, made major changes to his car, and began his march to victory lane. He methodically picked off Bobby McMahan, Weisz, Randy Tiner, and Ryan Riley to move into the runner-up spot on the 19th circuit.
Trulli fell prey to the attack in the second turn of the 23rd lap, as Kaeding drove by on the outside. Trulli spun out and tipped over seconds later.
Kaeding went on to score a 10-car length victory over Randy Tiner at 11:35 p.m.
"I have to thank all of you fans for staying here and not giving up on the show tonight," said a gracious Kaeding in victory lane. "Without your support, we would not be doing this. It's a shame that all of the teams did not participate, but the real racers are here."
Tiner, who started 12th in the 22-car grid, made several runs at Riley in the waning laps and finally succeeded with only three laps remaining. Tiner's efforts came aboard Rod Tiner's Eldorado Casino Tri-C Tiner.
McMahan secured third in the Bumgarner Racing TCR. Todd Bammer, Weisz, Greg DeCaires, Bud Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Trulli, and rookie Daniel Hood rounded out the top ten teams. Riley dropped out with a broken rear end.
Shane Scott claimed the 12-lap semi, but flipped late in the feature event. He was unhurt.
The four 10-lap heat races were won by Weisz, Trulli, Riley, and Br. Kaeding.
FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Colby Weisz, Bobby McMahan, Todd Bammer, Greg DeCaires, Jason Statler, Steve Kent, Jason York, Jon McClain;
SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Jimmy Trulli, Peter Murphy, Brian Coelho, Graydon Cross, Jason Meyers, Kevin Pylant;
THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Ryan Riley, Gerald Hopping, Craig Dillard, David Fowler, Jamie Hood, Kyle Schild, Jason York;
FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): Brent Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Randy Tiner, Sean Fenn, Bud Kaeding, Shane Scott;
SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Scott, Schild, York, Tim Kaeding, McClain, Mike McCreary, Kent;
30-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Br. Kaeding, Tiner, McMahan, Bammer, Weisz, DeCaires, Bu. Kaeding, Tarlton, Trulli, Hood, Riley, Schild, Cross, Statler, Coelho, York, Fowler, Scott, Dillard, Meyers, Hoppings, Murphy, Fenn, T. Kaeding.
LAP LEADERS: Br. Kaeding 1-6, Trulli 7-22, Br. Kaeding 23-30.
NARC - SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS - 7/1/98 THE CHICO EVENT WAS A NON-POINTS RACE (AFTER FOUR EVENTS IN SEVEN RACE SERIES) 1. Brent Kaeding 301 2. Randy Hannagan 274 3. Peter Murphy 259 4. Paul McMahan 247 5. Randy Tiner 235 6. Jason Statler 227 7. Bobby McMahan 220 8. Roger Crockett 207 9. Steve Kent 203 10. Greg DeCaires 190