||ALL KAEDING BATTLE: TK OVER BK IN KING OF THE WEST AT ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY; TWO IN A ROW FOR SQUATRITTO IN DWARFS
Antioch, Calif. - It was father versus son in a classic battle to win the second King of the West Sprint Car Series main event at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. Tim Kaeding, limping home on seven cylinders, still had what it took to top dad Brent, who got caught in lapped traffic.
“I had the better race car than he did,” Brent Kaeding said in victory lane. “Second (is unacceptable). I really wanted to win this thing.”
The elder Kaeding found himself blocked by lapped cars, and wasn’t afraid to talk about it after the race.
“I got hung up by a couple of cars that shouldn’t have made it out of the B-Main,” he said. “Tonight the car was right, and I went for it, but sometimes a good run gets ruined.”
Son Tim praised his dad, but felt his pain.
“Hitting lapped traffic at the right time is the great divider in this sport,” he explained. “If you get through it at the right time, you’re going forward.”
Brent chided his son.
“I remember a few times when I kicked an old guy’s (butt),” he said. “It must have felt good.”
Tim heaped praise back on his dad.
“I wish I could kick his (butt). He can beat me by a mile,” he said. “He’s like an old quarterback. With his experience, he can throw touchdown passes all night long. Don’t let him fool you.”
In victory lane, Tim Kaeding revealed that he was racing his dad so hard he broke a valve and was running with seven cylinders. But, he didn’t back off.
“I drive it (the engine) until it dies,” he said. “We always seem to win when we break motors, and that’s not a good way to do it.”
Saturday’s Antioch Speedway event was the 13th race this season for the King of the West Series, and points leader Tim Kaeding has four wins.
“It was a points night for us, and we’ll take the win, even if it was on seven cylinders,” Tim Kaeding said. “It’s a good thing the car was so free. I was able to move around a lot, and that made up for the lost cylinder.”
Nick Squatritto of San Jose returned to victory lane for the second week in a row in the Dwarf Car division feature event. Squatritto, who has moved to Ohio to attend school this fall, flies back to race at Antioch Speedway.
“When I came here last week, it felt great to be back in my race car,” he said. “It feels like home.”
His dad, Mark, is his crew chief. They have to prepare the car by phone conversation because of the distance between them.
“We bounce ideas off of each other,” he explained. “He always tells me how enjoyable it is to watch me race.”
His mom, Ute, is there to hand Mark parts and wrenches at home and at the track.
“I’m going to school, but I’m still racing,” Nick Squatritto said. “I’ll be back. Eventually, I’ll be looking to move up to modifieds.”
Next Saturday night, July 26, the All Star Wingless Sprints take center stage at Antioch Speedway, with Limited Late Models, “Mini-Trux”, “Four Bangers” and BCRA Lites on the card for non-stop racing action.
Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series Results- Antioch Speedway Saturday July 16
Fast time: Evan Suggs 11.770 (New Track Record)
Heat one: Brent Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Evan Suggs, Brad Furr, Danielle Simpson, Eli Deshaies, Brent Bjork, Pat Harvey, Dusty Green
Heat two: Jason Statler, Andy Gregg, Tim Kaeding, Justin Sanders, Art McCarthy, Matthew Davis, Dan Simpson, John Coughran
Heat three: Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Kenny Allen, Colton Heath, Doug Gandy, Mark Tabor Jr., Nick Ringo Jr., Mark Barroso
Dash: Brent Kaeding, Evan Suggs, Tim Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Brad Furr, Andy Gregg, Jason Statler
Last Chance Qualifier: Matthew Davis, Eli Deshaies, Mark Barroso, Brent Bjork, Pat Harvey, Mark Tabor Jr., Dan Simpson, Nick Ringo Jr., John Coughran, Dusty Green
A-main: Tim Kaeding, Brent Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Jonathan Allard, Andy Gregg, Willie Croft, Evan Suggs, Kenny Allen, Eli Deshaies, Justin Sanders, Matthew Davis, Dan Simpson, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey, Art McCarthy, Brad Furr, Danielle Simpson, Colton Heath, Jason Statler, Mark Barroso, Brent Bjork, Mark Tabor Jr.
Dwarf Car Results:
1.-96 Nick Squatritto
2.-55 Jerry Doty
3.-34X Pat Urdahl
4.-22 Travis Dutra
1.-96 Nick Squatritto
2.-22 Travis Dutra
3.-34X Pat Urdahl
4.-3 Duane Jordan
5.-21b Walter Harper
6.-3s Chuck Golden
7.-55 Jerry Doty
8.-4 Joe Trammel