Kaeding Wire-To-Wire In Western In Prelim PHOENIX, AZ, October 25 -- The Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) tour came out of hibernation Thursday at Manzanita Speedway for the first time since June. Northern California transplant Bud...
Kaeding Wire-To-Wire In Western In Prelim
PHOENIX, AZ, October 25 -- The Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) tour came out of hibernation Thursday at Manzanita Speedway for the first time since June. Northern California transplant Bud Kaeding led all 20 laps to win the opening night of the NAPA Auto Parts / Budweiser Western World Championships.
The win had a some historical significance since Kaeding's father, Brent, has two career Sprint Car Racing Association victories to his credit, making them the first father and son to have won an SCRA main event. After sliding into victory lane, Kaeding removed his helmet and was immediately on the cell phone with his legendary dad.
"He was yelling and screaming when I talked to him. He couldn't believe that we won," Kaeding said with a youthful smile. "I think it was 1989 when he ran the Western World without a wing and hit a light pole. It scared the hell out of him and now he won't run a non-winged car out here. I tried to get him to come out and run our second car, but he said that this wasn't the place for him. He'll be out there at Perris next week and I know he'll be gunning for us."
Spending the majority of his time campaigning the BK Racing / Kohler Faucets - Lone City.com No. 29K Maxim in the Midwest, Kaeding's first SCRA / NWWC is far from being consider an upset since it marked his fifth straight win on dirt.
"The last four weeks have been unbelievable for our whole team," Kaeding said. " After qualifying tonight, I didn't think our chances were too good. We ran 13th quick, and when five guys missed getting out of their heat, I was just one of the lucky guys that got to start on the front row for the main event. I don't know if we could have gotten it if would have started in the back, but we started up front and was able to win another one."
Arizona veteran Marty Wilcox, who was making his first non-winged start in seven years, joined Kaeding on the front row and led the field to the green flag on the start. Kaeding pushed Wilcox up the race track in turn four and slid up ahead him exiting the corner. Coming across the line to complete the opening lap, Kaeding was followed by Wilcox, Jordan Hermansader, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the Harlan Willis / WorldGate Networks No. 45 TCR driven by new crowned SCRA Champion Cory Kruseman.
Driving for his dad, Coons put the Napa Auto Parts No. 12A Stealth into the third position on lap two. Coons passed Wilcox for second place four laps later, but found himself nearly a full straight-away behind Kaeding. Kaeding reached his first back-marker on lap 11 and had very little difficulty making his way through slower traffic. Lance Gremett gave Kaeding his only anxious moment of the race when he suddenly slowed in front of him on lap 12 bring out the only caution period of the race.
While Coons and Kruseman battled for the runner-up spot, Kaeding went on to win by a half a straight-away. Coons held on for second and Kruseman finished third. Kirby finished fourth in the M&B Racing / Statewide Towing No. 5 Stinger thanks to some nice moves in the final five laps. The Joe Morales / O'Reilly Chevrolet No. 94 Buckey driven by Charles Davis, Jr. completed the top-five. Troy Rutherford, Danny Sheridan and Wilcox earned the final three direct transfers to Saturday's 40 lap championship finale.