PETALUMA, Calif. — Bud Kaeding won a high-speed game of cat and mouse with Bobby McMahan and won Saturday’s King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series 30-lap headliner at Petaluma Speedway.
Kaeding, piloting the potent Williams Motorsports Alviso Rock Maxim, started on the outside of the front row and shadowed polesitter McMahan’s every move for 19 laps. The two had lots of company leading a freight train that also included DJ Netto, Cory Eliason and Jason Statler.
After making several runs at the leader, Kaeding finally stuck his nose under McMahan in the third corner on the 20th circuit and exited the fourth turn with the point. Once out front, Kaeding took no prisoners and went on to notch his 18th career KWS-NARC victory.
With his second KWS-NARC victory of the season, and first since April 22nd, Kaeding regained the point lead over Gio Scelzi and Eliason by a 749-743 margin.
“Bobby wasn’t giving me much room and I knew the pass had to be clean,” said Kaeding. “I finally got him to move up a little and I had a great car to get the job done. I can’t say enough about my team and everything they have done this season.”
Eliason passed Netto on the 13th lap and went on to secure the runner-up spot in the Antaya Motorsports Fuel Curve Maxim. Netto filled out the podium in the Tri-C Machine/Netto Ag sponsored sprint car. Fast qualifier Chase Johnson drove Thomas Family Maxim to a fourth-place finish.
Bud Kaeding, Cory Eliason, D.J. Netto, Chase Johnson, Bobby McMahan, Jason Statler, Jake Haulot, Sean Watts, Klint Simpson, Gio Scelzi, Jarrett Soares, Colby Wiesz, Nathan Rolfe, John Clark, Richard Brace Jr., Jason Paniagua, Eli Deshaies, Stephen Ingraham, Sean Becker