Wins At Calistoga Speedway - By
haven't been very fortunate this year," said a relieved Kaeding, whose
last win at Calistoga was four years ago, almost to the day. "The
pill draw put us on the front row and the crew did a great job of swapping out
the motor and making a lot of last minute adjustments. But that engine
was only running on seven cylinders and I was kinda
nervous over the last eight laps."
was justified as Kent, a two-time state sprint car champion and six-time
Calistoga Speedway titleholder who started sixth, dove under Kevin Plyant in turn three on lap 19 to settle what had been a
wheel to wheel fight for second place and used the last six laps to cut down
almost a straightaway lead to follow Kaeding over the finish line by just three
took a while for the top groove to come in and that's where we were running good," said
Kevin Pylant ran second most of the race, often a
full-straightaway behind Kaeding while he dueled with
charger of the night, however, was defending Golden State Challenge Series
champion Jason Stattler, who had to rely on a top
finish in the "B" race to earn the last starting spot in the main
event after crashing in a heat race. After starting 22nd, Statler passed nine cars in the first three laps and
eventually moved into the eighth spot in just ten laps. Just when it
seemed that he would salvage a strong finish, he dove into the pits with just a
handful of laps remaining, ending his night suddenly, when a fuel nozzle
disconnected and he smelled fuel on the hot exhaust headers. "The
last time I smelled fuel like that," he said, "I was on fire and
tonight I wasn't taking any chances."
Calistoga Speedway, Golden State Challenge sprint cars (Sat.):
Heat 1 (10 laps): Blake Robertson,
Heat 2: Peter Murphy, Fresno; Steven Allard, Chico; Brent Kaeding, Campbell; Steve Kent, Fresno; Kyle Hirst, Sacramento.
Heat 3: Kevin Pylant, Santa Cruz; Roger Crockett, Eugene Ore.; Brad Furr, Pleasanton; Garrett Ishii, Caruthers; Jim Skinner, Discovery Bay.
Semi-Main event (12 laps): Sean Becker, Chico; Ricky Williams, Castro Valley; Tony Lutar, White Rock, British Columbia; Sparky Howard, Santa Rosa; Rich Fowzler, Manteca; Johnny Greay, Chico; Jason Statler, San Jose.
MAIN EVENT (25 laps): Kaeding, Kent, Pylant, J. Allard, S. Allard, Ishii, Becker, Furr, York, Coelho, Robertson, Hirst, Forsberg, Murphy, Howard, Lutar, Crockett, Coelho, Statler, Skinner, Williams.