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Up and Down Jackson Nationals for Tim Kaeding

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PETERSEN MEDIA- Climbing back aboard the Lunstra Motorsports No. 3 machine for the Jackson Nationals, Tim Kaeding and team would have an up and down weekend that saw them battle through some adversity.

“Our Jackson Nationals started off really well, then things started to go wrong,” Tim Kaeding said. “We were able to fight through most of it, but unfortunately we got snake bit again during Saturday’s ‘B’.”

Starting the three-day show on Thursday night, Kaeding would get off to a great start as he timed the East River LLP/First National Bank/Custom Outfitters backed No. 3 machine in 18th fastest in time trials.

Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Kaeding would finish in the second spot which locked him into both the feature event as well as the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash.

With rain moving in following heat races, Kaeding would check back in on Friday night to complete Thursday’s program before getting into Friday’s regularly scheduled event.

Finishing fifth in the Dash, TK would grid the field from the fifth starting spot during the first feature of the night on Friday.

Keeping the Lunstra Motorsports machine well inside the Top-10 during the opening feature event of the weekend, TK would have a good points run as he capped the race with a sixth place finish, and quickly turned his attention to the Friday night show.

Having issues with a plug wire during time trials, Kaeding would be credited with the 41st fastest lap of the night and would start at the rear of his heat race.

Lining up scratch on the field in his heat, TK would have the elbows up as he sliced and diced his way forward and into the fifth and final transfer position. Moving into the ‘A’, TK would grid the field from the 17th starting position.

Looking to continue to make up for early troubles, Kaeding would get what he could in the Friday night finale as he took the checkered flag with a 13th place finish.

Back in action on Saturday night, TK would line up in the fourth starting position during his heat race. Making a bit of a mistake in his heat race, Kaeding would fall back to finish seventh, and with points lining up the ‘A’, he would find himself in the ‘B’.

With only four drivers moving into the ‘A’, Kaeding had some work to do as he would line up in the 13th starting position. Getting all he could out of the Lunstra Motorsports entry, a part failure would ultimately end the team’s night as Kaeding would be credited with a 17th place finish in the semi.

“Thanks to Dave Lunstra and his team for all of their hard work over the weekend,” Kaeding said. “We had a really good car, just had some bad luck that set us back. Looking forward to doing it again.”

The Lunstra Motorsports team would like to thank East River LLP, First National Bank, Custom Outfitters, Virg’s Welding and Repair, Aherndt Designs, and Valley Springs Body Shop for their support.

ON TAP: Kaeding will now head to Sides Motorsports for this weekend’s World of Outlaws triple-header at Cedar Lake Speedway.

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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