RACE REPORT: Tim Kaeding Wins at Riverside International Speedway


West Memphis ARBullring Blitz: Tim Kaeding Wins in Debut at Riverside International Speedway

Growing up on the tight bullrings of Northern California prepared Tim Kaeding to race at most any track across the country. That experience paid big dividends on Friday night as he visited Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas for the first time in his career and picked up the win in the World of Outlaws event at the ¼-mile.

Kaeding lined up fourth and moved into the third spot on the opening lap, before patiently working on fellow Californian Randy Hannagan for the second position. Once in the runner-up spot, Kaeding methodically reeled in Tony Bruce Jr. who led from the outset, as the front duo entered lapped traffic just passed the lap-16 mark.

Kaeding nearly took the lead on the high side of turns one and two on the 18th circuit and again used the same line in turns three and four as he ran side-by-side with Bruce as the pair was in heavy lapped traffic. They ran side-by-side for the next few laps, with Kaeding inching ahead at the start/finish line on the 22nd lap to officially be scored the leader, though Bruce charged right back ahead in turns one and two on the very next lap to retake the point.

Just one lap later on the 24th go-around, Kaeding used the momentum he gained from running the top side of the track to power his way around Bruce as they exited the fourth turn and charged down the front straightaway still in lapped traffic. He would go on to lead the remainder of the 40-lap event to score his sixth career World of Outlaws A-Feature win, which was worth $10,000 to his Roth Motorsports team.

“That was amazing,” said an ecstatic Kaeding in Victory Lane. “That was fun. I have to thank my crew, Dennis and Teresa Roth, Todd Ventura and everybody along with this (No.) 83 DTR car. I have to thank the fans as well for coming out, I hope they enjoyed it. That was one hell of a race from inside the car.”

After a strong start propelled him to third, Kaeding showed plenty of patience as he waited for lapped traffic to come into play as he chased down first Randy Hannagan and then leader Tony Bruce Jr. He used the high side of the track in traffic, though a couple of times he moved down on the track as he looked for a way around Bruce once he caught him as the pair ran wheel-to-wheel just inches apart.

“Tony (Bruce) was really quick out in the open, but he could not maneuver very well in traffic and we got going around the top,” noted Kaeding. “We just kind of snookered him there and got a little lucky. Guy (Forbrook, crew chief) kept telling me to be patient. He told to me to relax and look where we ended up. We have the monkey off our back I hope and there will be a lot more of these (wins) from this car, I can tell you that.”

Kaeding endured a couple of restarts after taking the lead as he looked to keep Bruce and Tatnell at bay. Strong restarts each time helped him quickly pull away as Tatnell battled Bruce tooth and nail for the runner-up spot down the stretch.

“Just breathing was the main thing,” explained Kaeding, of his approach on the late restarts. “Breathing in through my nose and out my eyelids. That’s what I got told all the time, to learn how to relax. You can’t breathe out of your eyelids, but I know that it helps teach you how to breathe inside one of these race cars.”

Bruce led a total of 22 laps on Friday night as he chased his second career World of Outlaws win. He began the evening by turning the quickest lap of the 38 cars that took to the ¼-mile in time trials. He followed that up with a strong third place finish in the first heat race and was second in the Crane Cams Dash aboard his own No. 18 Maxim and wound up second in the A-Feature.

“It was a good solid run,” said Bruce. “I have to thank my crew. My dad and my sister got to be here as well for tonight’s race. I wish we could have come out on top, but if there is one guy who is going to beat me, it’s my one and only friend in the pit area, Tim (Kaeding). Second place is all right.”

Bruce, who is not running the full World of Outlaws schedule this year, has had a couple of strong runs with the series over the last three races, all on tight high-banked bullrings. He was second quick in time trials at the ¼-mile at Houston Raceway Park a couple of weeks ago and had a strong run in the main event.

“Anytime you show up and can finish in the Top-Five or are trying to lap the defending champion you know you are in good shape,” he noted. “We’ll keep plugging away. I have a young crew and I am fairly young myself, so we’ll keep doing what we are doing.”

Brooke Tatnell made his first start of the season with the World of Outlaws on Friday night, as he returned to Riverside International Speedway for the first time since 1997 and ran a very strong third aboard the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim. He battled Tony Bruce Jr. late in the race for the second spot, nearly taking it off the high side of turns one and two on a couple of occasions.

“We’re very proud to have this opportunity with Reeve Kruck and Titan Racing and everyone that supports this race car and team,” said Tatnell. “This car has been known to run up front and win races for the last five years. I’m really proud of this race team here.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr from nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi. finished a very strong fourth on Friday night in his first sprint car event of the 2009 season in the Final Touch J&J.

Randy Hannagan was fifth aboard the Central Valley Meat Company Maxim to earn his third Top-Five of the season with the orld of Outlaws.

Jason Sides was sixth at his home track in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim. Kerry Madsen was seventh in the TK Concrete KPC. Steve Kinser finished eighth in the Quaker State Maxim to earn his 12th Top-10 of the season and cut Donny Schatz’s lead to just eight points in the championship standings as he chases his record 21st title. Sammy Swindell was ninth in the Tom Rolfe Trucking Maxim, with Joey Saldana rounding out the Top-10 in the Budweiser Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana for another event on a ¼-mile bullring.


• FAST QUALIFIER: Tony Bruce Jr. paced the 38 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/4-mile oval at 11.598 seconds at 77.600 mph. For his qualifying effort, Bruce earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Terry McCarl (4), Brooke Tatnell (3), Kerry Madsen (2), and Sammy Swindell (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Randy Hannagan, Steve Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won heat races. Randy Hannagan won the Crane Cams Dash. Tommy Worley won the B-Main. Derek Hager won the C-Main.

FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 13 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway and Houston Raceway Park), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway and Paducah International Raceway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway) and Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway).

• 1/4-MILE WINNERS: Riverside International Speedway is a high-banked 1/4-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced four times this season on tracks that size. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Silver Dollar Speedway and Houston Raceway Park), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway) and Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Riverside International Speedway; West Memphis, AR; April 24, 2009


1) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 11.598

2) 24-Terry McCarl 11.812

3) 21AU-Brooke Tatnell 11.913

4) 55-Kerry Madsen 11.935

5) 10-Sammy Swindell 11.973

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11.982

7) 9-Joey Saldana 11.986

8) 6-Danny Lasoski 12.000

9) 1X-Randy Hannagan 12.004

10) 11-Steve Kinser 12.027

11) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.037

12) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 12.079

13) 7S-Jason Sides 12.087

14) 97-Tommy Worley 12.130

15) 3B-Brad Greer 12.201

16) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 12.204

17) 4XX-Toni Lutar 12.209

18) 4-Danny Smith 12.242

19) 83-Tim Kaeding 12.261

20) 88-Tim Crawley 12.271

21) 3-A G Rains 12.273

22) 20-Kraig Kinser 12.355

23) 15-Donny Schatz 12.362

24) 4X-Jan Howard 12.369

25) 19-Craig Dollansky 12.380

26) 14-Jason Meyers 12.383

27) 26M-Marshall Skinner 12.397

28) 51-Lee Sowell 12.412

29) 55B-Joey Moughan 12.431

30) 9JR-Derek Hager 12.452

31) 12-Jeff Swindell 12.467

32) 75-Don Young 12.480

33) 6S-Raymond Stull 12.567

34) 22-Brian Ellenberger 12.583

35) 58-Wade Oliver 12.608

36) 44-Ronny Howard 12.857

37) D12-Doc Sloan 12.922

38) 26S-Jon Stinson 13.049

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 1X-Randy Hannagan

2) 7S-Jason Sides

3) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.

4) 10-Sammy Swindell

5) 19-Craig Dollansky

6) 3-A G Rains

7) 4XX-Toni Lutar

8) 55B-Joey Moughan

9) 6S-Raymond Stull

10) D12-Doc Sloan

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 11-Steve Kinser

2) 24-Terry McCarl

3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

4) 4-Danny Smith

5) 22-Brian Ellenberger

6) 9JR-Derek Hager

7) 14-Jason Meyers

8) 20-Kraig Kinser

9) 97-Tommy Worley

10) 26S-Jon Stinson

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) R19-Jac Haudenschild

2) 83-Tim Kaeding

3) 21AU-Brooke Tatnell

4) 9-Joey Saldana

5) 15-Donny Schatz

6) 3B-Brad Greer

7) 12-Jeff Swindell

8) 26M-Marshall Skinner

9) 58-Wade Oliver

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2) 55-Kerry Madsen

3) 6-Danny Lasoski

4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

5) 88-Tim Crawley

6) 4X-Jan Howard

7) 75-Don Young

8) 51-Lee Sowell

9) 44-Ronny Howard

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 1X-Randy Hannagan

2) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.

3) 21AU-Brooke Tatnell

4) 83-Tim Kaeding

5) 55-Kerry Madsen

6) 7S-Jason Sides

7) 24-Terry McCarl

8) R19-Jac Haudenschild

9) 11-Steve Kinser

10) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

C-main (8 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)

1) 9JR-Derek Hager

2) 12-Jeff Swindell

3) 58-Wade Oliver [$125]

4) 26S-Jon Stinson [$125]

5) 6S-Raymond Stull [$125]

6) 44-Ronny Howard [$100]

7) 75-Don Young [$100]

8) D12-Doc Sloan [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 97-Tommy Worley

2) 3-A G Rains

3) 4X-Jan Howard

4) 20-Kraig Kinser

5) 55B-Joey Moughan [$200]

6) 4XX-Toni Lutar [$180]

7) 14-Jason Meyers [$175]

8) 51-Lee Sowell [$160]

9) 12-Jeff Swindell [$150]

10) 3B-Brad Greer [$150]

11) 26M-Marshall Skinner [$150]

12) 9JR-Derek Hager [$150]

A-main (40 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 83-Tim Kaeding[4] [$10,000]

2) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[2] [$5,500]

3) 21AU-Brooke Tatnell[3] [$3,200]

4) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[10] [$2,800]

5) 1X-Randy Hannagan[1] [$2,500]

6) 7S-Jason Sides[6] [$2,300]

7) 55-Kerry Madsen[5] [$2,200]

8) 11-Steve Kinser[9] [$2,100]

9) 10-Sammy Swindell[11] [$2,050]

10) 9-Joey Saldana[13] [$2,000]

11) 24-Terry McCarl[7] [$1,500]

12) R19-Jac Haudenschild[8] [$1,200]

13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[16] [$1,100]

14) 19-Craig Dollansky[23] [$1,050]

15) 4-Danny Smith[17] [$1,000]

16) 20-Kraig Kinser[20] [$900]

17) 14-Jason Meyers[25] [$800]

18) 15-Donny Schatz[21] [$800]

19) 4X-Jan Howard[22] [$800]

20) 22-Brian Ellenberger[24] [$800]

21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[12] [$800]

22) 97-Tommy Worley[15] [$800]

23) 88-Tim Crawley[18] [$800]

24) 6-Danny Lasoski[14] [$800]

25) 3-A G Rains[19] [$800]

Note: Jason Meyers used a World of Outlaws provisional to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Tony Bruce Jr. 1-21, 23; Tim Kaeding 22, 24-40
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Brooke Tatnell
Penske Power Position Award: Brooke Tatnell
KSE Hard Charger Award: Craig Dollansky

Points Standings through April 24

1. Donny Schatz 1801

2. Steve Kinser 1793

3. Jason Meyers 1763

4. Joey Saldana 1762

5. Jason Sides 1728

6. Sammy Swindell 1726

7. Craig Dollansky 1722

8. Terry McCarl 1689

9. Kerry Madsen 1663

10. Kraig Kinser 1658

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Crane Cams (Official Valvetrain), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Fusion Energy Boost (Official Energy Boost), Quaker State (Official Motor Oil), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, Jake’s Custom Golf Carts, KSE Race Products, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo; Engine Builder’s Challenge participants Don Ott Racing Engines, Kistler Engines, Shaver Specialties and Speedway Engines; and Chassis Builder’s Challenge participants J&J Auto Racing, Maxim Racing and XXX Race Company.

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