When seated behind the wheel, it's easy to think that racing is a solo sport. According to BK Motorsports and K&N Filters racer Bud Kaeding, nothing could be further from the truth. "My teams are very important," he explained. "You need chemistry to make it all work." Confidences were high coming into the World of Outlaws series at the Thunderbowl, in Tulare, California. The Brian Matherly owned, Kaeding Performance/SCI/BZE backed #19 car had performed well at the previous venue, so the BK Motorsports team was ready to race.
Bud Kaeding wins main event during USAC West Coast Sprint Car Race
A well prepared Kaeding Performance/SCI/BZE backed #19 World of Outlaws race car
Kaeding finished with the sixteenth quickest lap in the qualifying round and finished in the same position where he started at the end of the first heat. Methodically maneuvering his way toward the front of the pack, Kaeding had worked his way into the top ten by the thirteenth lap before the first red flag of the night flew. By the yellow flag, he was in ninth place but faced a steering issue at the restart bringing the car to a stop as heavy rains began pounding the track. In the face of all the trouble, Kaeding held tight and retained his grip on ninth place until the end.
Despite the final result, Kaeding, a six-year-K&N Filters-racing veteran, remained positive, "The team had worked hard to get the car perfect. The race was a lot of fun. It was slick, and there was a lot of racing going on during the feature. Those kinds of nights are fun!"
Never one to let up, Kaeding competed in the following Rebel Cup Series winged division behind the wheel of Werbach Motorsports' machine. Kaeding dominated, taking his first heat, and swiped the lead in the sixth lap and grabbed his ninth win of the 2012 season. The fun continued as Kaeding ran the Werbach machine on Friday night in Watsonville, where he scored a second place finish.
In the USAC West Coast 360 class, Kaeding was the third fastest of the 19 cars. Maneuvering around the crowd and a flat with seven laps left to go, the Campbell, CA driver was still able to score USAC gold.
The K&N sponsored USAC West Coast 360 class race car
"Our non-wing car is always awesome, and tonight was no different," he explained. "You're supposed to win when you start on the front row, and luckily we were able to do our job."
"What can you say?" continued the San Jose, California driver. "It is just one of those years where we are good anywhere we go, and in anything we get to race. I can't thank everyone who made this weekend possible."
Overall, BK Motorsports is enjoying one of the best statistical season's to date, snatching up its eighth and ninth wins of 2012 thanks to great showings at both the USAC West Coast 360 and Rebel Cup Series races Saturday night at Kings Speedway in Hanford, California, and a second place finish Friday night.
Of course, Kaeding is no stranger to winning; the third-generation racer is a three-time winner of the Perris Oval Nationals, Arizona's Western World, and a three-times Silver Crown Series Champion, and winner of the Knoxville Non-wing and Midget Nationals; and has participated in several series including the USAC National sprint cars, USAC Silver Crown, USAC National Midget series, USAC Western Sprint and Midget series, as well as the World of Outlaws, Northern Auto Racing Club, Ocean Speedway Sprint Cars, USAC West Coast 360 and USAC CRA Series and DAYTON Indy Light series.
Kaeding and team BK Motorsports are also aware of the importance of maintaining their vehicles. "Maintenance is key," he suggested. "Races are won in the shop. If you're not prepared to win, it is most likely not going to happen." That is why the BK Motorsports team depends exclusively upon K&N filters. "We use the HP oil filters and the four-inch K&N sprint car air box, Kaeding explained. "They are the most efficient products on the market. Our engine builders love them. If you want to be the best, you have to use the best."
It was during the USAC 2006-2007 series that Kaeding had begun conversations with K&N Filters, explaining, "K&N is definitely the best product out there in more ways than one; from the horsepower increase shown on the dyno to keeping the inside of our engine clean, K&N is not only our favorite but also that of our engine builders as well." And keeping Kaedings' Alviso Rock/K&N Filters/FK Shocks BZE No.29 machine running its very best is all that matters.
Kaeding would like to thank Kaeding Performance, Sprint Car Innovations, Alviso Rock, BZE, Factory Kahne Shocks, Racing Optics, K&N Filters, Yak Graphics, ButlerBuilt, and Brown and Miller for their continued support.
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