Bud Kaeding wins a final lap thriller at the Jimmy Sills Classic in Stockton on Saturday
with the King of the West Sprint Car Series
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – June 18, 2016…In a race fitting to honor the legendary Jimmy Sills on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding was able to get by Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto on the final lap of the main event en route to his second King of the West victory of the season.
Kaeding & Sills happen to be the only three-time champions in the storied history of the USAC Silver Crown Series and in another ironic tie in, Kaeding also passed Sills to win his very first 410 Sprint Car race at the Pombo/Sargent Classic in 1997.
The win was Kaeding’s very first at the Stockton Dirt Track and the 14th of his King of the West career, moving him into a tie with Jason Meyers for eighth on the all-time series list. After finishing runner up in points the last two-years he is currently locked in a tight three-way battle with Kyle Hirst & Jonathan Allard with five races complete.
“That sure was a fun one right there,” said a joyful Kaeding after executing some donuts and leaping from the familiar Williams Motorsports 0 Sprinter. “It means a lot to win the Jimmy Sills Classic and to do it like that makes it even sweeter. Jimmy was one of my favorites growing up along with my dad. I still remember racing & passing him to win my first 410 race back in the day. I can’t thank this whole ZERO team enough for all their hard work. I’m glad we could give Morrie & Katie Williams another win tonight.” read more