Kaeding Drives To Marysville Victory
MARYSVILLE, Calif. – With two-time Golden State/King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tim Kaeding returning to action Saturday, he made sure to end it the only way he knew: in Victory Lane.
He withstood a furious battle with Mitchell Faccinto over a number of laps, before taking the checkered by 1.412 seconds over Willie Croft for his first KWS win of the year.
It marked Kaeding’s very first Marysville Raceway Park King of the West 410 win and his 64th career series triumph, which ranks second all-time to his father Brent Kaeding. The victory for “TK” came aboard the always potent Paul Silva owned Probilt Construction No. 57 machine.
“It felt great to be back in a car this weekend doing what I love and to get a win tonight is pretty cool,” Kaeding said. “I hope the fans enjoyed that one because it was a lot of fun from my seat.”
Mitchell Faccinto did an awesome job and you can really tell he’s going to be a great driver in the years to come. I really want to thank Paul Silva and this 57 team for giving me the chance to drive the car this weekend. I’m going to be heading back next week to join up with the World of Outlaws in the 59 car so I’m pretty excited.”
Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto started on the pole of the 30-lapper by way of his first ever KWS Dash win, during what was just his third career start in a Winged 410 Sprint Car.
When the green lights waved Faccinto got the jump ahead of Kaeding and would lead the first three circuits, prior to “TK” getting by on lap-four to grab the lead. Kaeding was able to open up a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field and looked to pull away as traffic came into play.
The tight confines of Marysville Raceway Park always make things interesting though for the powerful 410 Sprint Cars and with some choppy areas in spots, it created hectic action through the slower cars.
Just past the halfway point Kaeding began to get slowed up by traffic and it allowed Faccinto to close in rapidly. The 22-year-old driver of the Western Metal Company/ TSG Recycling No. 37 mount impressed everyone during the night and on lap 21 brought the crowd to their feet as he drove by Kaeding for the lead.
The two drivers then proceeded to put on a tremendous display of racing, while trading the lead back and forth on the hooked up quarter-mile.
The intense battle came to a crawl on lap 25 when the yellow lights flashed on for Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who slowed to a stop on the back stretch.
The upcoming double file restart saw Kaeding get a great jump, as did Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who climbed to second.
Kaeding ran a smooth final few circuits to drive off and scoop up the win in just his second KWS start of the season.