(Photo- Dave Eggen Badlands Motor Speedway)
PETERSEN MEDIA- Over the course of his storied career the Gold Cup Race of Champions in California has been a race that Tim Kaeding has seemingly been snake bit at. Over the weekend, Kaeding looked to claim the Rock-N-Roll Gold Cup in Brandon, SD but again, the San Jose, CA driver would have some bad luck, as late race contact would knock him out of contention.
“We had a really good car on Saturday night, and were right there at times, but I made a mistake running third, and shortly after contact on the front stretch got us turned around,” Tim Kaeding said.
Taking to the Badlands Motor Speedway on Friday night for winged qualifying, Kaeding would time the Folkens Bros. Trucking/Dammer Trucking/Mihm Trucking No. 3 entry in 13th fastest in qualifications.
Finishing in the fifth spot of his heat race, the San Jose, CA driver would move into the feature event where every spot was important for Sunday night’s big dance.
Bringing his machine to a stop early in the night’s feature event, TK would work his way through the field picking up valuable positions and event points. Finishing in the eighth spot, TK would find himself in the Sunday night scramble.
With lady luck on his side, Kaeding would end up with the one pill on Sunday night, putting him on the pole of the 10-lap race to decide to starting line up for the 35-lap $50,000-to-win feature event.
Amidst an entertaining battle with brother, Bud, TK was able to keep his sibling at bay as he would get the win, and earn the right to start on the pole for the feature event.
When the Rock-N-Roll Gold Cup feature event came to life, Kaeding would fall back to the third spot as Rico Abreu jumped out to the early lead.
Ripping around the high side of the speedway, Kaeding would make things interesting as the battle for the lead heated up. Getting out of shape in turn two, TK would nearly loop his machine but would slip back to the sixth spot.
Trying to work his way back forward, TK would endure some contact heading down the front stretch, and it would result in his machine spinning around and bringing out the caution.
Running short on laps, Kaeding would work forward the best he could, as he would battle back to finish in the 10th spot.
“It was a little frustrating on Saturday night, especially starting on the pole, but we did what we could, and raced hard,” TK added. “These guys continue to work hard, so we will see what we can do next time.”
The Lunstra Motorsports team would like to thank Folkens Bros. Trucking, Dammer Trucking, Mihm Trucking, Yager Agriculture Supply, Matt’s Repair, and Trac2Trail Arctic Cat for their support in 2016.
ON TAP: TK and the Lunstra Motorsports team will travel to Grand Forks, ND on Friday night to take on the World of Outlaws before returning to the Badlands Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday night.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-45, Wins-9, Top-5’s-29, Top-10’s-41
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected to Tim by following him on Twitter at @TKaedingracing, or by clicking over to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lunstra-Motorsports/127617420603580.
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