NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK â€˜98 RACE RECAP JULY 4, 1998 KAEDING NAILS DOWN $5,000 INDEPENDENCE DAY WIN AT SAN JOSE "BK wins second consecutive Speedweek crown" ...
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 RACE RECAP JULY 4, 1998
KAEDING NAILS DOWN $5,000 INDEPENDENCE DAY WIN AT SAN JOSE "BK wins second consecutive Speedweek crown"
San Jose, CA (July 4) . . . Brent Kaeding held off the late race challenges of Randy Hannagan to earn a stout $5,000 winner's paycheck at the NARC-Silver Legacy Speedweek Independence Day finale at San Jose Speedway.
It was Kaeding's third NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series victory of the seven-day quest, which also earned him his second consecutive Speedweek crown, and fifth in eight years. The winning team was the Al Peterson owned, Billy Albini wrenched, Al's Roofing Supply/High Five Pizza Shaver-Maxim.
Kaeding started the 30-lapper on the pole and spent the first seven laps racing wheel to wheel with Steve Kent in an exciting battle for the point. Third row starter Ronnie Day moved into the hunt a lap later, with a stellar move in the third corner that got him past Peter Murphy and Kent for the runner-up spot.
Kaeding continued to pace the field, pursued by the hardcharging posse of Day, Murphy, Kent, and Hannagan, who were swapping positions on a lap by lap basis. Day threaded a needle in slower traffic to overhaul Kaeding for the lead on lap 14. He dove under Brian Coelho and Kaeding in turn three and took the lead as he powered out of the fourth corner.
Day began to pull away from the pack and appeared headed to an easy victory, when he slid his car into the infield with a broken fuel line with only four laps remaining. Kaeding blew past into the lead, shadowed by Hannagan and Kent.
With a huge payday on the line, Hannagan tried every line on the dry track to overtake the leader. The frontrunners sliced and diced, but Kaeding held his own and slammed the door to capture the three-car length victory.
"Randy is a great racer and a great competitor," said Kaeding in victory lane. "He gave me a good run for the money this week. Had it not been for some bad luck last night, he would be standing here as the Speedweek champion."
Kaeding, who pocketed an additional $4,250 for winning the Speedweek title, also thanked his hardworking pit crew, who completed a motor change just minutes before the event pushed off.
Hannagan's runner-up effort came aboard Terry Hannagan's MSD/Ultra-Shield Gaerte-Hurricane.
"My team gave a great effort this week," said Hannagan. "Our goal was to be consistent at every event, but we were not as consistent as Brent. All we needed was a little more luck."
Thirteenth starter Paul McMahan was on a mission in the waning laps, vaulting from sixth to third in the final three circuits. McMahan, who will be heading east to campaign on the World of Outlaw trail, was piloting John Sullivan's U.S. Rentals-backed Shaver-JB.
Kent was fourth in the McMillen & Mitchell Pioneer Concrete Gambler, chased by fast qualifier and semi-winner Randy Tiner.
The second five drivers to cross the checkered were Steve Coelho, Tommy Tarlton, 21st starter Jim Taves, Murphy, and semi-transfer Mark Monico. Taves charge to the front earned him the River City Copy & Graphics hardcharger award.
Tiner's time of 14.404 seconds around the one-third mile oval was the best among the 38 entries.
Heat race victors were P. McMahan, Br. Kaeding, Brad Furr, and Kurt Nelson.
FAST TIME: Randy Tiner -14.404 seconds;
FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Paul McMahan, Bobby McMahan, Brian Coehlo, Ronnie Day, Tiner, Jim Taves, Mark Monico, Troy Rozendahl, Gary Willey;
SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Brent Kaeding, Randy Hannagan, Craig Dillard, Todd Bammer, Jason Statler, Roger Crockett, Ryan Riley, Peter Jiminez, Butch Barr;
THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Brad Furr, Steve Kent, Peter Murphy, Kevin Pylant, Daniel Hood, Kasey Kahne, Duane Bonini Jr., Keith Nafzger, Jason Meyers;
FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): Kurt Nelson, Lee Brewer, Steve Coelho, Tommy Tarlton, Bud Kaeding, Graydon Cross, Lindsey Casto, Charlie Brezer, Johnny Rodriguez;
BUDWEISER DASH FOR CASH (6 laps): Br. Kaeding, Kent, Day, Murphy, S. Coelho, Hannagan, Furr, Tarlton;
SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Tiner, Monico, Statler, Meyers, Taves, Bu. Kaeding, Crockett, Cross, Kahne, Riley, Hood, Willey, Jiminez, Rozendahl, Barr, Rodriguez, Nafzger, Bonini, Brezer;
30-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Br. Kaeding, Hannagan, P. McMahan, Kent, Tiner, S. Coelho, Tarlton, Taves, Murphy, Monico, Bammer, Dillard, Furr, Pylant, Crockett, Day, B. Coelho, Nelso n, B. McMahan, Statler, Meyers, Bu. Kaeding.
LAP LEADERS: Br. Kaeding 1-13, Day 14-26, Br. Kaeding 27-30.