Kaeding & Gardner Top Watsonville

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WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Bud Kaeding and Ronnie Gardner picked up victories in Honda USAC Western Midget and USAC Western Classic Sprint Car competition Friday at Ocean Speedway.

In the USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series feature, Dominic Scelzi dominated the opening 21 laps before Kaeding made his presence known. Kaeding took the lead on lap 22 and led the final nine laps to score the victory.

Scelzi, son of former NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car champion Gary Scelzi, finished second. D.J. Netto, Tony Hunt and Brent Kaeding completed the top five.

In the Honda USAC Western Midget feature, Randi Pankratz led the first nine laps before giving way to Gardner. Once out front Gardner wasn’t challenged as he cruised to victory.

Johnathon Henry was second, followed by Jake Swanson, Tayor Simas and Shane Golobic.