Kaeding Passes 10 Cars in First Commonwealth Bank Clash SARVER, PA (May 15) -- Tim Kaeding drove Woodward Racing's ...
Kaeding Passes 10 Cars in First Commonwealth Bank Clash
SARVER, PA (May 15) -- Tim Kaeding drove Woodward Racing's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee past 10 cars on his way to a 10th-place finish in the World of Outlaws' First Commonwealth Bank Clash Tuesday at Lernerville Speedway.
Kaeding has recorded three top-10 finishes in his four races as the team's substitute driver while Brooke Tatnell visits his family in
"We kept trying and got better and better as the night went on," Kaeding said. "Troy (Renfro, the team's crew chief) and I are getting there. We still have a little ways to go before we get better in qualifying. Qualifying hurt us the last couple of nights, but we made it out of the heat race -- that's the main thing. If we could have started closer to the front, it would have been better -- but a top-10 is a top-10. It's better than Saturday night when we finished 20th."
Kaeding's 108.876-MPH lap around Sarver's semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval was only .267 seconds off fellow Californian Jason Meyers' pace-setting lap -- but 20th in the 42-car field. The third-generation driver from San Jose finished fifth in the Fourth Heat Race to claim the 10th-row outside starting position in the 35-lap "A" Feature.
"It's so tough this year," said Kaeding, who led the National Sprint Tour with 15 "A" Feature victories in 2006. "Just look at this year compared to last year; it's tough for last year's top 10 to get up there. Qualifying is so close; it's almost like NASCAR now. A little bobble and you go from being 12th-quick to 18th- or 19th-quick and you're a guy on the outside looking in saying to yourself, 'if I hadn't screwed up here or I'd been a little tighter there --' we're getting there though.
"We're going to Williams Grove the next two nights and I'm just hoping we make the show. We didn't have all the Pennsylvania guys there at Lernerville, but when you come into their territory they usually beat up on you pretty bad. They're used to running these tracks and we're not."