|Brandon "Bud" Kaeding lives in Campbell, California, he likes Mountain Dew and his mother's chicken pot pie best, and like one of his favorite characters, Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) in the movie Viva La Vegas - he is a racecar driver by occupation. Sprint Cars to be accurate.
This USAC win gives Bud Kaeding his sixth career Ocean Speedway victory
Last season Kaeding made eight Ocean Sprint Car Series starts and tallied seven top-five finishes, with five of those being podiums, yet he never once made it to victory lane. Granted it was his first year in the number 19 car, co-owned by Brian Matherly and Mike Sala. But, there's no danger of that happening this year, in the 2010 season opener at Ocean Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California - Kaeding claimed his first 360 Sprint Car win at the track in over a year.
"We put this deal together last year with Brian and Mike and we were fast every night last year, but were never able to win, so I couldn't be happier to get it done for them on opening night," said Kaeding.
When the numbers were drawn for the main event it put Kaeding, the three-time and defending USAC K&N Silver Crown Series champion on the front row. And when the green flag came out in the feature Kaeding took the lead into turn one. After some early back-and-forth squabbling in the early laps, Kaeding found his bite and was able to maintain the top-spot. The 30-year-old Kaeding continued to run mistake free on the open track as the laps wound down, scoring his sixth career Ocean Speedway victory overall.
"The biggest thing we have this year is that our team really seems to be coming together," remarked Kaeding. "They are all working hard and have one thing in mind and that is trying our hardest to win."
"I'd like to thank K&N for their product support," continued Kaeding. "Our relationship with K&N is great, we have had a long going relationship and I feel that they clearly make the best filters on the market. We use the Sprint Air Box and the HP4 oil filters. Our engine builders couldn't be happier with the product."
As for any other definitive plans for the rest of the season, Kaeding says they don't really have any yet. They want to remain focused on one race at a time. "We are trying to take a bigger step in the sport, and move on to the next level of racing, so we will see what that is," concludes Kaeding.
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