Bud Kaeding made it exciting Saturday night, as the third generation driver grabbed the lead in Hanford, CA late, and fended off Evan Suggs, as he picked up his third career Pombo/Sargent Classic win, and his first since 1998.
Driving the Weld Racing Magnum wheel equipped SCI/Kaeding Performance/BZE backed sprint car, Bud timed in sixth fastest and started third in his heat race.
When the race got its first extended run of the night, Kaeding made moves, and made them quickly as he excited the crowd running the ragged edge of the speedway as he chased down his brother, Tim. When the caution flew on the 18th circuit, Bud had reached second and shared the front row for the double file restart with Tim. Though Tim got the jump on the restart, Bud hounded his brother, took the lead, and began to distance himself from the field. With the race winding down, Evan Suggs moved into the second spot and began pressuring Bud. As the white flag flew, Suggs threw a slide-job on Bud in turns three and four, but Kaeding was able to turn his mount back under Suggs, and narrowly beat him to the stripe and win in exciting fashion.
“That’s about as good as it gets right there,” said a jubilant Kaeding. “I hope all the fans enjoyed that, because that’s pretty good sprint car racing. I can’t say enough about all my guys working hard all night, and have to thank all the partners we have that make this possible.”
The win is Kaeding’s seventh on the year, putting him in a tie for third in the wins list in the U.S.