BAGS SECOND STRAIGHT USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES VICTORY
RICHMOND, Va. – Bud Kaeding collected
more than $18,100 in race and posted prize money Saturday after winning his
second straight USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N Engineering race,
this the “Richmond Times-Dispatch 100” at Richmond International Raceway.
But a misfire in the engine nearly
did Kaeding and his No. 29 Team ASE/Loan City DRC/Shaver in, as he lost the
Said Kaeding, who began suffering a
misfire in his engine late in the race: “Two of the leaders seemed to have
problems while leading, but we were just fortunate to bring it home.”
Following the eight-lap caution –
which occurred when Pete Shepherd III lost a wheel and slammed into the front
stretch wall – Drake tried to take advantage of Kaeding, who had been slow on
the start and on restarts all afternoon.
Drake slipped underneath Kaeding
close to the apron in Turn 1, but drove the car in so low that he was unable to
contain the traction needed to hold the position. Instead, his car drifted high
in Turn 1, allowing Kaeding to cross over and regain the position, which he
obtained on Lap 77 from
Kaeding, who increased his point
advantage to 21 points over third-place Tyler, said it was neat to win at the
3/4-mile track, one at which NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne have recently taken
the checkered flag.
“It makes you feel like you’re part
of their history,” Kaeding said.
“I’m really starting to get behind
this series,” Kaeding continued. “USAC has done a lot to bring this series
along, and we’ll continue to progress.”
Shepherd was uninjured in the
accident, which caused one of five cautions on the evening. None of the other
cautions were caused by incidents.
Kaeding was one of four leaders in
the race. Josh Wise, driving his first race in the new generation cars, led the
first 19 laps before suffering fuel linkage problems. Dave Steele took over
until Lap 60, when Tyler drove past and held the point until Lap 77, when
Kaeding zipped past a lap after a restart.
The next event for the series comes
at Chicagoland Speedway in