By Gary Thomas
September 14, 20ll…With the World of Outlaws invading the Golden State for three nights of racing this past week, Northern California 410 sprint car drivers were up to the challenge and put together a great showing during each event of the swing.
Golden State King of the West Series point leader Tim Kaeding & 2010 Golden State 410 champion Kyle Larson had impressive efforts to finish on the podium Monday night in Antioch with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser.
Larson tallied the KSE hard charger award by carving his way from 14th to 2nd in the main event on Monday. It was the second race in row that the 19-year-old reigning Golden State champ had a strong run with WOO, after claiming the Gold Cup this past Saturday in Chico.
The Elk Grove native led all 40-laps at Silver Dollar Speedway to pick up his biggest career victory at the quarter-mile bullring, while driving the Stadelhofer Construction No. 99 mount. We’d like to congratulate car owner Brent Kaeding, Kyle, Rich, Clarke and the whole team on the big triumph.
Tim Kaeding, who leads the KWS standings by 86-markers, rebounded from an incident in the dash at Antioch on Monday to score his second podium of the Outlaw swing aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr on Monday. “TK” was also the KSE hard charger in the main event on Saturday night at the Gold Cup in Chico.
Placerville’s Andy Gregg had one of the biggest nights of his career during the finale of Gold Cup on Saturday, as he won his heat race and ran a stout third in the main event driving for Care Free Pools Racing No. 1x. The former Golden State 410 Rookie of the Year currently sits seventh in the KWS points, but is just 10-back of Jason Statler for fifth.
Two-time California Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard, who ranks fourth in the KWS points, also had a solid outing in Antioch on Monday by racing to an eight place finish in the 30-lapper. The Chico native also brought home a fifth place effort during opening night of the Gold Cup at his home track of SDS.
Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs had a nice showing during opening night of the Gold Cup in Chico last week, as the 24-year-old tallied the KSE hard charger award in the feature. The San Jose State graduate currently sits second in the KWS standings, having his best winged sprint car season to date.
Former NARC & Golden State competitor Paul McMahan, who is fourth in the WOO points, claimed victory on opening night of the Gold Cup at the helm of the Roth Motorsports No. 83 sprinter. The feature that night saw a California sweep of podium with Jason Meyers finishing second and Shane Golobic earning his best WOO result by claiming third.
Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, who set fast time with the Golden State King of the West Series earlier this year, took home fast time honors on opening night of the Gold Cup in just his seventh ever 410 start. Silver Dollar track champ Tyler Wolf finished an impressive 10th during the finale of Gold Cup for his best WOO finish.
KWS part timer Rico Abreu raced to his best career Outlaw finish on Monday in Antioch by scoring an 11th place effort. It also marked the youngster’s first night of racing at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility.
Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan did a great job to win the c-main on Saturday of the Gold Cup and then on Monday in Antioch made the A-main for the first time in his Outlaw career.
We’d like to congratulate all of the California drivers on a job well done this past weekend.
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