TULARE, Calif. — Bud Kaeding scored a lucrative $11,000 victory Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway with a convincing green-to-checkered 30-lap run in the King of the West/NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series Peter Murphy Classic.
Driving Morrie William’s Alviso Rock/Kaeding Performance Center sponsored Maxim, Kaeding won a drag race down the front straightaway against quick-qualifier Giovanni Scelzi and never looked over his shoulder the rest of the way. Kaeding dedicated his victory to longtime family friend and race supporter Bob Miller who passed away just two days earlier.
“We lost a member of our family,” said Kaeding on the victory podium. “Bob was a great friend of mine and was like a grandfather to me. He was great for the sport and they don’t make them like that anymore. We are going to miss him dearly.”
Tenth starter Bobby McMahan was involved in a wild crash down the front stretch on the first attempt to get the event underway.
The only other yellow flag was on lap five for Jason Statler who sustained major front end damage. The 25-lap chase to the checkered flag ran non-stop.
Sixth starter Carson Macedo pulled to within three-car lengths of the leader in traffic with two to go, but ran out of laps. Piloting the Tarlton Motorsports Tachi Palace backed machine, Macedo locked horns and passed Scelzi for third at the halfway point, and powered past Buddy Kofoid for second on lap 19. By that time Kaeding had built a four second lead advantage, plus a two lapped car interference.
Polesitter and Peter Murphy Pole Shuffle winner Scelzi passed Kofoid in the waning laps to earn a podium finish in the Roth Motorsports HR Livestock Transportation sprinter. Kofoid held on to cross the checkered in an impressive fourth. D.J. Netto rounded out the top five in the Tri-C Machine sprint car.
Giovanni Scelzi’s fast time of 13.801 seconds around the three-eighths-mile oval was the quickest in the 39-car field.
Kyle Hirst, who won the USAC West Coast sprint car feature on the same card, finished sixth.
Bud Kaeding, Carson Macedo, Giovanni Scelzi, Buddy Kofoid, D.J. Netto, Kyle Hirst, Mitchell Faccinto, Mason Moore, Dominic Scelzi, Willie Croft, Cory Eliason, Chase Johnson, Tanner Thorson, Shane Golobic, Craig Stidham, Brent Kaeding, Jarrett Soares, Lucas Ashe, Jason Statler, Bobby McMahan, Sean Becker.