Bud Kaeding Wins at Ocean Speedway

Bud Kaeding. (Top Dawg photo)

From Steven Blakesley

WATSONVILLE, Calif (June 25, 2021) — “Outwit, outplay, outlast” was the motto for Friday’s Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo feature, as Bud Kaeding survived a challenging main event to fend off several young chargers for his third feature win of the season.

Clovis’ Corey Day earned fast-time honors but did not start the main event. Roseville’s Jodie Robinson won the dash for the pole position of the 30-lap contest. She drove ahead of former USAC West Coast 360 champion Tristan Guardino at the start of the feature. The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap five. Guardino showed Robinson a nose into turn one. Robinson then aggressively split the lapped cars into turn three to crowd approval, before Adam Kaeding went over the edge and stopped for a caution flag.

Robinson picked up her front wheels on the restart and surrendered the lead to Guardino. Jason Chisum slowed for a caution on the following circuit. Kaeding pounced on the restart, soaring past both Robinson and Guardino into turn one for a lead he would never relinquish despite multiple restarts.

2019 Ocean Sprints champion J.J. Ringo followed Kaeding up to second position as well. Nick Ringo drove over an infield tire in turn three for a caution on lap 11. Cautions flew again on the restart attempt when Jeremy Chisum and Adam Kaeding tangled in turn two. Robinson passed J.J. Ringo for second on the restart, before they made contact entering turn one with Ringo’s car briefly on top of Robinson’s tail tank. The furious battle was slowed by Nick Ringo stopped in turn three a lap later. An additional caution fell on lap 14 for Kurt Nelson and 2020 champion Mitchell Faccinto tied up after a battle for fifth in turn three.

Guardino used the inside into turn three to snooker the lead from Kaeding on lap 15. Kaeding picked up a big run on the outside on the backstretch the following lap, moving past Guardino for the lead as Guardino spun for a caution flag. Kaeding led Robinson into the restart, before a caution for Guardino, Connor Danell, and Bradley Dillard tangled in turn two. This caution necessitated a red flag for a fuel stop after a combined 70 laps had been run around the speedway.

J.J. Ringo, tenth starting Joey Ancona, and Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick all moved past Robinson following the restart. Zane Blanchard drove from 17th starting position to just outside the top-five as well. Lapped traffic added to the drama for Kaeding with five laps to go, allowing J.J. Ringo to close in quickly.

Kaeding’s lead fell to a car length with two laps to go, with a nifty over-under move into turn three on a pair of lapped cars giving Kaeding the separation he needed. Kaeding took the checkered flag in the hour-long affair over Ringo, Ancona, Carrick, and Robinson.

Brentwood’s Blake Bower won his third Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction feature of the year by taking the 20-lap main event. Bower and 2021 points leader David Prickett of Fresno split the eight-lap heat races.

Bower and Prickett lined up on the third row for the 20-lap main event. Contact between Prickett and Cameron Beard during the opening lap scramble into turn one ended Prickett’s night early and required a caution flag. When racing resumed, Hawaiian Kala Keliinoi took the lead from Atascadero’s Randi Pankratz. Bower drove into the lead on lap two.

Citrus Heights’ D.J. Freitas made his debut in the No.7 Spike Chassis and drove from eight starting position into second place using the outside line. Freitas went on to challenge Bower on a few attempts, but Bower drove ahead for the win. Keliinoi won a race-long battle with Pankratz for third with Megan Moorhead of Santa Paula finishing closely behind in fifth.

Brentwood’s Fred Ryland won his fourth IMCA Sport Modified main event of 2021 in Watsonville. Oakley’s Scott Foster led lap one before falling backwards in a hurry, with 2020 champion Adriane Frost of Watsonville leading lap two. Fourth-starting Ryland led lap three with Foster falling to ninth by lap four. The caution flew for Randy Miller of San Jose spinning. Antioch’s Todd Gomez pitted under the caution but rejoined the race.

Miller was quickly up to fourth by lap seven from the rear of the field. 15-year-old Andrew Pearce made a run from ninth starting position, passing Frost for third. A restart on lap 15 gave Pearce a shot to slide past Trevor Clymens for second as well. Ryland, Pearce, Miller, Clymens, and Kelly Campanile were the top-five.

San Jose’s Mark Biscardi won the South Bay Dwarf Car feature, leading wire-to-wire in the 20 lapper. Camarillo’s Tommy Velasquez III drove up to second early then spun in turn three on lap nine. Velasquez made quick work of the pack, challenging Concord’s Travis Day for second just a few laps later. Velasquez finally won the battle for the position on lap 16. Biscardi led Velasquez, Day, Trafton Chandler, and Eric Weisler as the top-five finishers.

Watsonville’s Richard Mitchell won his second Four Banger main event of the year. Kate Beardsley finished second followed by points leader Tony Gullo as the only lead lap finishers.

Ocean Speedway returns on Friday July 9 with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Four Bangers, and South Bay Dwarf Cars.

Tickets are available at www.OceanSpeedway.com or at the gate.

Blake Bower won the Western Midget Racing feature.

Ocean Speedway
Watsonville, California
Friday, June 25, 2021

Winged 360 Sprint Cars

1. 41-Corey Day, 11.414[27]
2. 69-Bud Kaeding, 11.495[15]
3. 2-JJ Ringo, 11.519[26]
4. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 11.537[23]
5. 4-Jodie Robinson, 11.582[9]
6. 72W-Kurt Nelson, 11.660[16]
7. 88A-Joey Ancona, 11.667[3]
8. 38B-Blake Carrick, 11.690[25]
9. 25Z-Jason Chisum, 11.734[20]
10. 22-Keith Day Jr, 11.788[19]
11. 15T-Tristan Guardino, 11.808[13]
12. 88-Koen Shaw, 11.824[1]
13. 72JR-Chris Nelson, 11.857[18]
14. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 11.864[2]
15. 15-Ryan Delisle, 11.864[28]
16. 72S-Bradley Dillard, 11.901[17]
17. 28-Michael Pombo, 11.910[14]
18. 3T-Nick Ringo, 11.954[22]
19. 5D-Connor Danell, 11.989
20. 12-Jimmy Christian, 12.017[21]
21. 7Z-Zane Blanchard, 12.034[5]
22. 3M-Adam Kaeding, 12.039[11]
23. 8-Jeremy Chisum, 12.122[10]
24. 5C-Mark Chaves Jr, 12.138[12]
25. 46JR-Joel Myers, 12.199[6]
26. 6D-Josh Chisum, 12.315[24]
27. 07-Richard Fajardo, 12.328[4]
28. 7P-Jake Andreotti, 12.360[7]
29. 34B-Glenn Bryan, 13.055[8]

Heat Race #1 (8 Laps)
1. 4-Jodie Robinson[3]
2. 41-Corey Day[4]
3. 25Z-Jason Chisum[2]
4. 7Z-Zane Blanchard[6]
5. 46JR-Joel Myers[7]
6. 28-Michael Pombo[5]
7. 72JR-Chris Nelson[1]
8. 34B-Glenn Bryan[8]

Heat Race #2 (8 Laps)
1. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[1]
2. 69-Bud Kaeding[4]
3. 72W-Kurt Nelson[3]
4. 22-Keith Day Jr[2]
5. 6D-Josh Chisum[7]
6. 3M-Adam Kaeding[6]
DNS: 3T-Nick Ringo

Heat Race #3 (8 Laps)
1. 15T-Tristan Guardino[2]
2. 2-JJ Ringo[4]
3. 88A-Joey Ancona[3]
4. 15-Ryan Delisle[1]
5. 5D-Connor Danell[5]
6. 8-Jeremy Chisum[6]
7. 07-Richard Fajardo[7]

Heat Race #4 (8 Laps)
1. 72S-Bradley Dillard[1]
2. 83T-Tanner Carrick[4]
3. 38B-Blake Carrick[3]
4. 7P-Jake Andreotti[7]
5. 88-Koen Shaw[2]
6. 5C-Mark Chaves Jr[6]
7. 12-Jimmy Christian[5]

Dash #1 (6 Laps)
1. 4-Jodie Robinson[2]
2. 15T-Tristan Guardino[1]
3. 69-Bud Kaeding[5]
4. 83T-Tanner Carrick[3]
5. 2-JJ Ringo[4]
6. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[7]
7. 72S-Bradley Dillard[8]
DNS: 41-Corey Day

B-Main (12 Laps)
1. 88-Koen Shaw[1]
2. 3T-Nick Ringo[4]
3. 5D-Connor Danell[5]
4. 46JR-Joel Myers[10]
5. 3M-Adam Kaeding[7]
6. 8-Jeremy Chisum[8]
7. 6D-Josh Chisum[11]
8. 5C-Mark Chaves Jr[9]
9. 07-Richard Fajardo[12]
10. 34B-Glenn Bryan[13]
11. 72JR-Chris Nelson[2]
12. 12-Jimmy Christian[6]
DNS: 28-Michael Pombo

1. 69-Bud Kaeding
2. 2 J.J. Ringo
3. 88A-Joey Ancona
4. 83T-Tanner Carrick
5. 4-Jodie Robinson
6. 7Z-Zane Blanchard
7. 46JR-Joel Myers
8. 7P-Jake Andreotti
9. 88-Koen Shaw
10. 3T-Nick Ringo
11. 7P-Jake Andreotti
12. 72S-Bradley Dillard
13. 6D-Josh Chisum
14. 5D-Conner Danell
15. 37-Mitchell Faccinto
16. 15T-Tristan Guardino
17. 38B-Blake Carrick
18. 8-Jeremy Chisum
19. 3M-Adam Kaeding
20. 25Z-Jason Chisum
21. 15-Ryan Delisle
22. 22-Keith Day Jr.

Western Midget Racing

Heat Race #1 (8 Laps)
1. 22Q-David Prickett[1]
2. 99-Darren Brent[4]
3. 8K-Kala Keliinoi[3]
4. 17-Megan Moorehead[2]
5. 55-Tyler Rodriguez[5]

Heat Race #2 (8 Laps)
1. 9-Blake Bower[1]
2. 24-Cameron Beard[2]
3. 11-Randi Pankratz[4]
4. 7-DJ Freitas[5]
5. 0FG-Tyler Slay[6]
6. 6-Kevin Woody Jr[3]\

A-Main (20 Laps)
1. 9-Blake Bower[5]
2. 7-DJ Freitas[8]
3. 8K-Kala Keliinoi[2]
4. 11-Randi Pankratz[1]
5. 17-Megan Moorehead[7]
6. 99-Darren Brent[4]
7. 0FG-Tyler Slay[10]
8. 55-Tyler Rodriguez[9]
9. 6-Kevin Woody Jr[11]
10. 24-Cameron Beard[3]
11. 22Q-David Prickett[6]