BRANDON, S.D. — Every fan in the largest crowd Huset’s Speedway has seen in 59 years had to believe with six laps to go leader Tony Stewart was on his way to a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory Wednesday night.
Second-place-running Tim Kaeding kept up the pressure, though, and on the next lap Stewart spun trying to avoid lapped traffic and Kaeding powered into the lead and held off Daryn Pittman to win for the seventh time this season.
Kaeding started on the pole and jumped out to a quick lead with Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, giving chase. A scary crash on lap four involving Jason Sides and Steve Kinser brought out a red flag. Both drivers were deemed OK and on the ensuing double-file restart Kaeding chose the top line. Stewart used his inside position to race into the lead, which he held until spinning to a stop to avoid James McFadden with five to go.
Kaeding led the field back to green on what would be the final restart and held off Pittman over the final five laps to take the $10,000 checkered flag.
“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due and that’s my entire race team,” Kaeding said. “We killed a car at Cedar Lake on Sunday and they thrashed Monday, Tuesday and they got it done this morning. Being able to drive for Dennis and Theresa Roth has a been an opportunity of a lifetime. They’ve given me more opportunities than probably any car owner, and to give them this many wins in this short of season is incredible.