Tim Kaeding Takes Harvest Classic Opener Calistoga, CA (September 3, 2004) Tim Kaeding in the ...
Tim Kaeding Takes Harvest Classic Opener
Calistoga, CA (September 3, 2004) Tim Kaeding in the #83jr Beef Packers Eagle thrilled his home state fans with a convincing 25 lap preliminary feature win Friday night in the World of Outlaws Harvest Classic opener at Calistoga Speedway.
The night started off rough for the top three in points. Third place Donny Schatz had a fuel fitting come loose in the cockpit of his #15 Parker Store J&J in his heat races. Donny Bailed out of the car with flames on his uniform but was uninjured. He attempted to restart the race but pitted before the race got underway. Second place Danny Lasoski lost the engine in his #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle in his heat race. Point leader Steve Kinser went from a guaranteed third-row starting position to starting the #11 Quaker State Maxim back in the eighth row after blowing the right rear tire on the final lap of the first dash.
Craig Dollansky took the lead in the #7 VMAC Maxim on lap two from the #7s Sides Motorsports Maxim of Jason Sides. Kaeding, in the #83jr Beef Packers Eagle moved quickly through the field from his sixth starting spot. On lap five, he passed the companion #83 Beef Packers Eagle of Mark Kinser for third and Sides for second place two laps later.
Kaeding began to close the eight-length lead held by Dollansky as the field entered lapped traffic on lap 11. The battle in the top ten was fierce. Lasoski got the best of Steve Kinser for tenth place, while Brian Paulus and the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim wowed the crowd by making his way from 21st to sixth when he passed Joey Saldana in the Volcano Joe's #2 on lap 12.
Just past the halfway mark Kaeding took the lead from Dollansky on the inside of turn four. Lap fourteen saw Erin Crocker take a tumble in turn one and brought out the red flag. It was a rough end to an already bad night as she had to make an engine change to the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim after finishing eighth in the second heat. When racing restarted, Kaeding commanded the lead, but Paulus wasn't finished with his charge -- taking fifth from Stephen Allard and fourth from Mark Kinser in the course of two laps.
Kaeding held a straightaway lead when Brandon Wimmer flipped on the backstretch with three laps remaining. He was not injured. Kaeding took the white flag while Stephen Allard slowed on the front stretch out of fuel, and brought out the yellow. By rule, the race would go green, white and checkered for the finish.
The extra lap was of no consequence to Kaeding as he won by a straightaway over Dollansky. Paulus, however was able to pass Sides in corner two to take third. Mark Kinser nabbed the fourth spot from Sides on the last corner. Following Sides was Tim Shaffer, Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, Jonathan Allard and Danny Lasoski rounded out the top ten.
Kaeding hoped to carry the momentum throughout the rest of the California campaign, "I have to thank my crew, they gave me a great car tonight, and Dennis and Theresa Roth for giving me a great ride. I want to thank the fans for coming out here tonight--I hope you bring some friends tomorrow, because it's going to get real interesting the rest of the weekend. I was trying not to miss my marks once I got out front. The track started taking rubber at the end, and it really locked our car down. . It would be nice to get another one Sunday and even better next Saturday (at the Gold Cup Race of Champions). I'd probably rank this about fifth of all my wins. Winning at Knoxville a couple of times was sweet, and my number one win is beating my dad for the first time a couple of years ago. We just have to keep it up for the rest of the week."