WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Two Americans with vastly-different levels of experience, but both with loads of talent, are among the latest entrants for the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
California’s Tim Kaeding, the 2014 winner, will again be piloting the Wayne Cole-backed VA6 entry with support from Nelson Asphalting, Fitzgerald Builders and Yarra Valley Towing.
In 2018, Kaeding contested the Classic for Cole, keeping all in attendance captivated with his all or nothing approach as he fielded a damaged car after an early heat race incident.
His Sunday night charge concluded with a 20th-place finish in B Main 1.
His American season yielded some great results, in what were essentially part-time rides, including running a second car for good friend Jason Sides.
His World of Outlaws saw just ten starts, but he scored five top fives, while nine of the 10 produced top 10 results.
His time at Knoxville Raceway in August was most productive, with a tenth-place finish in the Knoxville 360 Nationals, a result which paled when compared to the following week when he finished fifth in the Saturday night Knoxville Nationals A-Main.
Kaeding would also power his way from 11th to second in what would become the final World Challenge event.
A late season broken ankle ended his racing year, just as he was producing some more brilliant form in his native California.
No matter where he runs, Kaeding will be one to watch at the Classic, however he may have a rival for excitement in another Californian in Gio Scelzi.
At just 16 years of age, Scelzi is fast and showed all and sundry the immense talent he possesses by becoming the youngest ever World of Outlaws feature winner at Williams Grove Speedway in September.
He also became the youngest A-Main winner at the Williams Grove in the process.
Having contested 63 races in 2018, Scelzi recorded three wins, 20 top fives and 31 top 10 finishes.
Scelzi claimed Rookie of the Year Honors at the 2018 Chili Bowl, the same award he collected at the National Open as well as becoming the youngest ever driver, eclipsing the previous mark as set by Jeff Gordon, to qualify directly into a Knoxville Nationals A-Main.
The Indy Race Parts USA71 of Gio Scelzi will be one to watch at the Classic, with car owner Bernie Stuebgen having been quick to identify the talent that Scelzi possesses.
Joining the pair of hard charging Americans is another posse of Australian Talent all eager to make their mark on the 47th running of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Among those to recently enter are Domain Ramsay, Max Johnston, Daniel Pestka, Andrew Thompson, Charles Hunter, Robbie Paton, Grant Stansfield and Matt Egel.