Kaeding Steals Jimmy Sills Classic

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Bud Kaeding took home $3,000 for winning Saturday's Jimmy Sills Classic at the Stockton Dirt Track. (Joe Shivak Photo)
Bud Kaeding took home $3,000 for winning Saturday's Jimmy Sills Classic at the Stockton Dirt Track. (Joe Shivak Photo)
Bud Kaeding took home $3,000 for winning Saturday’s Jimmy Sills Classic at the Stockton Dirt Track. (Joe Shivak Photo)

STOCKTON, Calif. – Jimmy Sills and Bud Kaeding stood in victory lane at the Stockton Dirt Track Saturday night laughing about the old days.

Sills, a California sprint car legend, had some amazing battles with Bud’s father Brent many years ago, so it is somewhat ironic that Kaeding would honor his father with a last lap win on Father’s Day weekend in the King of the West Sprint Car Series.

Not far away stood a dazed Mitchell Faccinto. He had led up until final last half lap of the 30-lap feature, only to end up second.

Faccinto, by virtue of winning the dash, started on the pole along side of Cory Eliason. His white and blue No. 37 took off like a rocket at the drop of the green. Eliason made several attempts to challenge Faccinto, sometimes running three wide on the very tight San Joaquin County Fairgrounds track. By the half way point, Eliason began to fade while Kaeding was moving up spot by spot after starting in sixth.

A slight hesitation coming up on a lap car on the back stretch on the white flag lap cost the young Hanford, Calif., shoe a $3,000 payday. Kaeding drove by Faccinto in the final two turns to post another win in the Williams Motorsports No. 0.

The finish:

Bud Kaeding, Mitchell Faccinto, Jonathan Allard, Willie Croft, Justin Sanders, Kyle Hirst, D.J. Netto, Craig Stidham, Chase Johnson, Justyn Cox, Steven Kent, Sean Watts, Jarrett Soares, Stephen Ingraham, Jason Statler, Mike Mohahan, Bill Hooper, Richard Brace Jr.