Kaeding & Kaeding Lead Sprint Bandits TNT to Lakeside TULSA, Okla. (August 17, 2007) -- No wings? No problem for California's Tim Kaeding, who leads the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing championship chase into...
Kaeding & Kaeding Lead Sprint Bandits TNT to Lakeside
TULSA, Okla. (August 17, 2007) -- No wings? No problem for California's Tim Kaeding, who leads the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing championship chase into two nights of action at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS.
The Third Annual Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing champion will be crowned upon the culmination of Saturday night's $10,000 to win Ron Shuman Classic at Lakeside Speedway.
Tim Kaeding is best known for his prowess in winged Sprint Cars, racking up numerous titles and nearly 100 feature wins this decade, including a whopping 17 wins last season.
But prior to this week, Kaeding had made just one wingless Sprint Car start in his career, an SCRA appearance at the Thunder Bowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, on April 4, 2004, that resulted in a 22nd place finish.
After getting rained out at Southern Iowa Speedway's Non-Wing Ultimate Challenge in Oskaloosa, IA, last Tuesday night, August 7, Kaeding kicked off his pursuit of the Sprint Bandits TNT crown this week aboard the Tom Rolfe Trucking/Northgate Rock No. 10k Maxim.And he hasn't disappointed.
Displaying his natural talent, Kaeding has earned podium finishes in all three events completed thus far this week against the top wingless shoes in the nation by finishing second at both I-80 Speedway and Mid-America Speedway and then third at Creek County Speedway.
Entering Lakeside's double on Friday and Saturday, Kaeding's closest challenger is his brother Bud Kaeding, a two-time winner of Lakeside's Ron Shuman Classic. Bud Kaeding enters the TNT weekend finale just eight points off Tim's pace after putting the Kaeding name in the runner-up slot for the third night in a row at Creek County Speedway on Thursday night.
Just two points behind Bud Kaeding in third is another Northern California representative, Rocklin's Robert Ballou who raced to victory lane at Creek County.
Dave Darland, Tuesday's winner at I-80 Speedway, and Wednesday's Mid-America Speedway winner Chris Windom round out the current top five.
A total of $10,000 will be doled out to the top ten in O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing points following Saturday night's finale, with $2,500 going to the champion. Other payouts include $1,500 (second), $1,250 (third), $1,100 (fourth), $1,000 (fifth), $800 (sixth), $600 (seventh), $500 (eighth), $400 (ninth) and $350 (tenth).
Defending Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing champion and two-time Ron Shuman Classic winner Jesse Hockett of Warsaw, MO, enters the two-night stand at Lakeside Speedway seventh in points, 36 markers off the lead pace.