Campbell, California's Brandon "Bud" Kaeding has been smoking hot this year, putting together some of the most impressive stats of his career in 2010. The three-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champ recently continued his scorching pace in the Midwest, highlighted by a pair of huge victories.
Bud Kaeding proved he has no problem getting it done without a wing by winning the Knoxville Non-Wing Nationals at the famed Knoxville Raceway.
With a 42 point lead Kaeding looks to become the first ever four-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion.
While competing with some of the top non-wing sprint car drivers across the country Kaeding showed that he can still get it done without the wing, by scoring a victory at the Knoxville Raceway Non-Wing Nationals, and then he backed it up with another big triumph during the Ultimate Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.
"You couldn't ask for a better couple nights than we had two weeks ago," said the driver of the BK Motorsports number 29 Maxim 410 sprint car. "This year has been great, I think I am jelling with the team's I am racing with, and I am getting the chance to bring my same crew guys around each car I race. There is a huge difference between the two cars, the driving styles and footwork are so opposite from each other. But I love driving anything especially when we are running good, it makes it a lot more fun."
"Any time you can win a race at Knoxville it is a special thing no matter what you're driving and then winning at Oskaloosa was pretty awesome too," added Kaeding. "The Ultimate Challenge has become such a big race and to get it on my resume is pretty cool."
Kaeding extended his current points lead to 42, as he looks to become the first ever four-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion with just four nights of racing left in the season.
"Even though we haven't won a Silver Crown race yet this year we have been really consistent and have been fast every night," said Kaeding. "It would be a big accomplishment if we could bring home that fourth title and we're in a great position to do that, so hopefully everything works out the last few races and we can make some history. Winning the first one was like a dream come true, and now to be going for our fourth, well, it's a huge deal for me and my entire team."
This weekend Kaeding returns to winged sprint car competition in the 50th running of the Johnny Key Classic on Saturday night at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. Kaeding, now 30, was the winner of the prestigious event in 1996, when he 16-years-old.
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