CHICO, Calif. — Brad Sweet passed Tim Kaeding on lap 17 and fought off a Kaeding slide job during a green-white-checkered finish to win his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature of the season Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Kaeding, aboard a second Sides Motorsports entry, settled for second and his brother, Bud Kaeding, completed the podium.
Kaeding won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap feature alongside fellow California native Cory Eliason. Eliason powered off the cushion of turn four to lead the opening lap with Kaeding in tow.
Eliason, aboard the famed Roth Motorsports No. 83, reached traffic quickly around the quarter-mile oval and Kaeding took advantage with a slider to lead lap nine. Meanwhile, Brad Sweet worked his way forward from his fifth-starting spot to third on lap 10.
Sweet battled with Eliason for second for a couple circuits before securing the position for good on Lap 14. Sweet set his eyes on Kaeding and reeled him in quickly in heavy lapped traffic before completing the slide job for the lead in turn one to lead lap 17.
As Sweet motored away, Kaeding and Eliason waged war for second with the latter taking the position at the conclusion of the 18th circuit. Bud Kaeding closed in on his brother and Eliason making it a three-car battle for the runner-up position. Tim Kaeding established the position and tried to reel Sweet back in as the leaders sliced and diced their way through traffic around the bullring.
Sweet had a comfortable lead coming to the white flag, but a caution for Buddy Kofoid put the celebration on hold. A green-white-checkered finish made the event 31 laps.
Tim Kaeding threw a big slider into turn one, but Sweet stayed on the gas, powered around him down the backstretch and went on to win.
“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and it’s cool to get a win here. It’s all about tomorrow night now, it would be awesome to get a Gold Cup victory tomorrow, that’s something I dreamed about as a kid,” Sweet said next to his Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49.
Tim Kaeding continued his impressive week coming home second in the Sides Motorsports No.3.
“It’s a privilege to be able to drive for Jason. Jason is a great guy and one of the last true guys in the sport. It’s great to be competitive with the Outlaws again,” Kaeding said.
Bud Kaeding was pleased to be on the podium aboard the familiar Williams No. 0.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been on the podium with the Outlaws,” he said. “Morrie and Kate Williams have been doing this a long time and I can’t thank them enough,” Bud said in appreciation before thanking the fans for supporting Gold Cup and dirt-track racing.”
Tenth-starting Shane Golobic finished fourth, with Eliason fading to fifth.
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