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Kaeding Victorious Under Bright Lights of Vegas

LAS VEGAS — March 8, 2012 — The way Tim Kaeding celebrated, it was as if he hit the jackpot.

In a way, he did. The Californian outlasted a furious battle with Jason Sides and an onslaught of cautions to claim the $10,000 World of Outlaws victory at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

on a windy Thursday night.

It was his seventh career World of Outlaws feature win and his first since April 24, 2009, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. And Kaeding celebrated in style.

With fists pumping and several shouts, Kaeding drew a loud cheer from the packed crowd when he hopped out of his car on the fronstretch, hugged almost anyone in sight and climbed on the back of the high-powered race car with his arms held high.

“We weren’t even expecting to come here,” the reigning King of California said. “About a week and a half ago we made the decision to come.

“It’s a hard-fought battle when you can start up front and stay up front with the Outlaws. They’re definitely fast on the half miles. Tonight we just got lucky. We just went out, had a lot of fun and enjoyed ourselves.”

Kaeding qualified sixth quickest and finished second in his heat race to earn a spot in the dash. The invert for the dash was “six”, giving Kaeding the pole. He led all six laps to earn the pole for the feature, which he then commanded for all but two of the 30 laps.

However, it was anything but easy. Kaeding survived nine cautions, including one on the opening lap when Brian Brown jumped the start from his 21st starting position. He was penalized a row on the restart.

Kaeding and the rest of the field were slowed on the third lap for a caution by Sammy Swindell, who sustained a flat left front tire. Swindell restarted last – 24th.

Chad Kemenah, who opened the night as the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.093 seconds, took the lead for the seventh and eighth laps before Kaeding regained the top position in lapped traffic entering turn three on the ninth circuit.

Jason Meyers brought out a caution on lap 10 as he came to a spinning stop because of front end damage. He then stopped on lap 23 with a similar issue and NASCAR star Tony Stewart was forced pitside because of a flat right rear tire.

Kerry Madsen’s flip in turn one on the restart prompted a red flag. Two laps later, Terry McCarl spun in turn two for the fifth stoppage and Lucas Wolfe ran out of fuel on lap 26 while running fourth. Second-running Kraig Kinser had a flat right rear tire, but elected not to pit and therefore be forced to the back. However, he brought out a caution with two laps remaining because of the flat tire.

Sides, who maintained a close second for most of the second half of the race, dove under Kaeding for the lead entering turn one on the restart. However, Sides slide up the track and Kaeding drove underneath as the duo exited turn two.

“We had a right front tire going low there,” Sides said. “The last couple of laps I’d get in there and get on the right front. The one time I got by Tim, I got in there and he got back underneath me. It took a little push and I think that allowed him to get back underneath us.

“Our car was good. I don’t know that we could have done much better setup-wise or anything like that. We needed longer green-flag runs. It seemed like we were better on longer runs rather than those little short runs.”

Kaeding regained the lead and the final caution came as he received the white flag when Cody Darrah spun out in turn four.

Kaeding again pulled to a good advantage on the restart and held on for the victory with Sides a close runner-up. Steve Kinser, who started 14th, charged to third.

“We passed a lot of cars, got by a few on a restart,” he said. “To get a third after starting 14th, I can’t complain.

“There at the end, once we got strung out the first couple of laps, the only guys probably making up time were guys that had come in and already had new tires on their right rear.”

Kemenah was fourth and Brown worked his way back to fifth, which earned him the Hard Charger Award.

Swindell, Meyers and Stewart overcame their issues to finish sixth through eighth, respectively. Donny Schatz, who started 16th, was ninth and Kraig Kinser drove from 20th to 10th in the final two laps after his caution for a flat tire.

Swindell, Madsen and Craig Dollansky each claimed a heat race victory and McCarl won the Last Chance Showdown.

The World of Outlaws will compete next on Saturday in the NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notebook

 

WINNERS – Tim Kaeding – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Craig Dollansky – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Donny Schatz – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).

 

TIME TRIALS – Chad Kemenah was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 15.093 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Kraig Kinser (4 points), Jason Meyers (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Lucas Wolfe (1).

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The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Statistical Report; Las Vegas, Nev.; March 8, 2012

A Main (30 Laps) – 1. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [1] [$10,000]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [10] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [14] [$3,200]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [5] [$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [21] [$2,500]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [7] [$2,300]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [4] [$2,200]; 8. 14S-Tony Stewart [12] [$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson [19] [$1,500]; 12. 9-Joey Saldana [3] [$1,200]; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen [9] [$1,100]; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky [6] [$1,050]; 15. 33V-Henry Vandam [22] [$1,000]; 16. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [11] [$900]; 17. 55-Trey Starks [17] [$800]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [18] [$800]; 19. 89-Rico Abreu [23] [$800]; 20. 6-Bill Rose [15] [$800]; 21. 4-Cody Darrah [13] [$800]; 22. 19-Tyler Wolf [24] [$800]; 23. 44W-Austen Wheatley [20] [$800]; 24. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Tim Kaeding 1-6, 9-30; Chad Kemenah 7-8. Hard Charger Award: 21-Brian Brown [+16].

Qualifying – 1. 63-Chad Kemenah, 15.093; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.173; 3. 14-Jason Meyers, 15.214; 4. 9-Joey Saldana, 15.254; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.317; 6. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 15.375; 7. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 15.396; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.445; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 15.459; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell, 15.466; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen, 15.469; 12. 14S-Tony Stewart, 15.508; 13. 4-Cody Darrah, 15.533; 14. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild, 15.651; 15. 11-Steve Kinser, 15.675; 16. 6-Bill Rose, 15.676; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.692; 18. 55-Trey Starks, 15.839; 19. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.900; 20. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.990; 21. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 16.001; 22. 21-Brian Brown, 16.040; 23. 33V-Henry Vandam, 16.219; 24. 5H-Logan Forler, 16.260; 25. 89-Rico Abreu, 16.402; 26. 19-Tyler Wolf, 16.806.

Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [5]; 7. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [6]; 9. 89-Rico Abreu [9].

Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 6. 33V-Henry Vandam [8]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [7]; 8. 19-Tyler Wolf [9]; 9. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [5].

Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [3]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7]; 6. 14S-Tony Stewart [1]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [6]; 8. 5H-Logan Forler [8].

Dash (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [6]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [10]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [7].

B Main (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 24-Terry McCarl [3] [-]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [4] [-]; 3. 55-Trey Starks [2] [-]; 4. 6-Bill Rose [1] [-]; 5. 89-Rico Abreu [6] [-]; 6. 19-Tyler Wolf [7] [-]; 7. 5H-Logan Forler [5] [$200]; 8. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [8] [$180].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

W

T5

T10

QT

1

Sammy Swindell

571

0

0

3

4

1

2

Donny Schatz

570

-1

1

3

4

0

3

Jason Sides

548

-23

0

2

3

0

4

Craig Dollansky

530

-41

1

2

2

0

5

Jason Meyers

526

-45

0

1

2

1

6

Kraig Kinser

523

-48

0

1

3

0

7

Joey Saldana

519

-52

0

1

2

0

8

Steve Kinser

518

-53

0

1

2

0

9

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

509

-62

0

0

2

0

10

Chad Kemenah

481

-90

0

1

1

1

11

Cody Darrah

475

-96

0

0

1

0

12

Lucas Wolfe

443

-128

0

0

0

0

13

Bill Rose

430

-141

0

0

0

0

14

Kerry Madsen

425

-146

0

0

0

0

15

Brad Sweet

408

-163

0

1

2

0

16

Dale Blaney

401

-170

0

0

2

0

17

Danny Lasoski

389

-182

1

1

2

0

18

David Gravel

380

-191

0

1

1

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

378

-193

0

0

0

0

20

Terry McCarl

376

-195

0

0

0

0

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LIVE UPDATES: Tim Kaeding Wins in Las Vegas

Click on this page throughout the night for live updates,  including      lineups and results for qualifying, heat races, the dash  and main      events. We will also provide any weather updates when  necessary and      other interesting tidbits from the pits.

(12:23 a.m.) Tim Kaeding survived on a dry track to claim the victory with Jason Sides finishing a close second. Here are the results:

1, Tim Kaeding. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Steve Kinser. 4, Chad Kemenah. 5, Brian Brown. 6, Sammy Swindell. 7, Jason Meyers. 8, Tony Stewart. 9, Donny Schatz. 10, Kraig Kinser. 11, Jason Johnson. 12, Joey Saldana. 13, Kerry Madsen. 14, Craig Dollansky. 15, Henry Van Dam. 16, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17, Trey Starks. 18, Terry McCarl. 19, Rico Abreu. 20, Bill Rose. 21, Cody Darrah. 22, Tyler Wolf. 23, Austen Wheatley. 24, Lucas Wolfe.

(10:37 p.m.) The horn has just sounded, signaling that feature cars should get ready.

(10:23 p.m.) Here is the feature lineup:

1, Tim Kaeding. 2, Lucas Wolfe. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Jason Meyers. 5, Chad Kemenah. 6, Craig Dollansky. 7, Sammy Swindell. 8, Kraig Kinser. 9, Kerry Madsen. 10, Jason Sides. 11, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12, Tony Stewart. 13, Cody Darrah. 14, Steve Kinser. 15, Bill Rose. 16, Donny Schatz. 17, Trey Starks. 18, Terry McCarl. 19, Jason Johnson. 20, Austen Wheatley. 21, Brian Brown. 22, Henry Van Dam. 23, Rico Abreu. 24, Tyler Wolf.

(10:20 p.m.) Terry McCarl wins the Last Chance Showdown. Here are the results:

1, Terry McCarl. 2, Jason Johnson. 3, Trey Starks. 4, Bill Rose. 5, Rico Abreu. 6, Tyler Wolf.

(10:15 p.m.) The Last Chance Showdown is going out now. All six drivers will advance to the feature and the top four will get their qualifying time back.

(10:14 p.m.) Tim Kaeding led all six laps to claim the dash. He'll start on the pole for the 30-lap feature. Here are the dash results:

1, Tim Kaeding. 2, Lucas Wolfe. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Jason Meyers. 5, Chad Kemenah. 6, Craig Dollansky. 7, Sammy Swindell. 8, Kraig Kinser. 9, Kerry Madsen. 10, Jason Sides.

(9:59 p.m.) After flipping in their heat races, Jac Haudenschild and Logan Forler have both scratched for the rest of the night.

(9:45 p.m.) The invert for the dash is a 6, meaning fast qualifier Chad Kemenah will start sixth. Here is the lineup for the six-lap dash:

1, Tim Kaeding. 2, Lucas Wolfe. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Jason Meyers. 5, Kraig Kinser. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Jason Sides. 8, Craig Dollansky. 9, Sammy Swindell. 10, Kerry Madsen.

(9:42 p.m.) Bill Rose and Trey Starks are on the front row of the eight-lap Last Chance Showdown. The top six transfer. Here is the lineup:

1, Bill Rose. 2, Trey Starks. 3, Terry McCarl. 4, Jason Johnson. 5, Logan Forler. 6, Rico Abreu. 7, Tyler Wolf.

(9:39 p.m.) Craig Dollansky wins the third and final heat race. Tim Kaeding was second and will also be in the dash. Here are the results:

1, Craig Dollansky. 2, Tim Kaeding. 3, Jason Meyers. 4, Steve Kinser. 5, Austen Wheatley. 6, Tony Stewart. 7, Trey Starks. 8, Logan Forler.

(9:27 p.m.) Logan Forler got upside down on the second lap of the third heat race. He climbed out of the car. Craig Dollansky is in the lead while polesitter Tony Stewart fell to fourth. Tim Kaeding is second and Jason Meyers third.

(9:19 p.m.) Kerry Madsen claimed the second heat race as Jac Haudenschild clipped the fronstretch wall on the final lap. He flipped several times, but is out of the car and ok. Jason Sides finished second to earn a place in the dash. Here are the results:

1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Kraig Kinser. 4, Donny Schatz. 5, Lucas Wolfe. 6, Henry Van Dam. 7, Tyler Wolf. 8, Jac Haudenschild.

(9:14 p.m.) Jason Johnson has a flat right front tire on lap seven of the second heat race. He's in the work area. Polesitter Kerry Madsen is in the lead.

(9:07 p.m.) Sammy Swindell wins the first heat race. Joey Saldana finished second to also advance to the dash. Here are the results:

1, Sammy Swindell. 2, Joey Saldana. 3, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 4, Brian Brown. 5, Chad Kemenah. 6, Cody Darrah. 7, Terry McCarl. 8, Bill Rose. 9, Rico Abreu.

(9:00 p.m.) The first heat race is being pushed onto the track.

(8:53 p.m.) Click here for a video of Lucas Wolfe hot lapping.

(8:39 p.m.) The countdown has started for the drivers. Heat races are up next.

(8:23 p.m.) Here are the lineups for the eight-lap heat races:

Heat #1: 1, Sammy Swindell. 2, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Chad Kemenah. 5, Cody Darrah. 6, Bill Rose. 7, Terry McCarl. 8, Brian Brown. 9, Rico Abreu.

Heat #2: 1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Lucas Wolfe. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Jac Haudenschild. 6, Donny Schatz. 7, Jason Johnson. 8, Henry Van Dam. 9, Tyler Wolf.

Heat #3: 1, Tony Stewart. 2, Craig Dollansky. 3, Tim Kaeding. 4, Jason Meyers. 5, Steve Kinser. 6, Trey Starks. 7, Austen Wheatley. 8, Logan Forler.

(8:15 p.m.) Chad Kemenah was the quickest in qualifying with a lap of 15.093 seconds. Kraig Kinser was second at 15.173, Jason Meyers third at 15.214, Joey Saldana fourth at 15.254 and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top five at 15.317 seconds.

(7:54 p.m.) The National Anthem is next and then the World of Outlaws will start qualifying.

(7:51 p.m.) Sorry I missed the individual hot lap leaders. Sammy Swindell was the quickest overall with a lap of 15.528 seconds.

Also, Dustin Morgan is a scratch for the night.

(7:38 p.m.) Hot laps are just getting underway.

(7:09 p.m.) The track was fairly wet, but it's finally been run in so the racing action is about to begin. Still awhile before World of Outlaws hot laps.

(6:11 p.m.) They are calling for drivers to put heat in their engines.

(5:50 p.m.) Here is the qualifying lineup, which will also serve as a roster:

9 -- Joey Saldana

4 -- Cody Darrah

11k -- Kraig Kinser

19 -- Tyler Wolf

14s -- Tony Stewart

15 -- Donny Schatz

55 -- Trey Starks

21 -- Brian Brown

24 -- Terry McCarl

7 -- Craig Dollansky

89 -- Rico Abreu

7s -- Jason Sides

14 -- Jason Meyers

5h -- Logan Forler

11 -- Steve Kinser

83sr -- Jac Haudenschild

2 -- Dustin Morgan

44w -- Austen Wheatley

41 -- Jason Johnson

83jr -- Tim Kaeding

1 -- Sammy Swindell

5w -- Lucas Wolfe

29 -- Kerry Madsen

26 -- Sam Hafertepe Jr.

33v -- Henry Van Dam

63 -- Chad Kemenah

6 -- Bill Rose

(5:48 p.m.) A couple of changes. The Last Chance Showdown is eight laps and the feature is 30 laps.

(5:14 p.m.) The autograph session just finished and some of the drivers are putting heat into their engines. There are 27 cars here and they'll each get two qualifying laps. After qualifying, there will be three, eight-lap heat races inverted by four. Therefore, the top qualifier starts fourth in the first heat, the second quickest starts fourth in the second heat, etc.

The top six from each heat advance to a 25-lap feature. The top two in each heat plus the next four fastest in qualifying who advance to the main event advance to a dash. The drivers who didn't advance to the main event will compete in a 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top six to the feature.

(4:19 p.m.) The driver's meeting just wrapped up. It looks like we have about 27 sprint cars here for the World of Outlaws event. There is about to be an autograph session behind the grandstands for a half hour. Hot laps should start around 7:10 p.m. with qualifying shortly after 7:30 p.m.

(1:41 p.m.) We're at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to start the West Coast swing throughout the month of March. It's a beautiful 70 degrees and sunny with strong winds.

The cars are rolling into the pits and I'd expect to see around 25 sprint cars here tonight. The driver's meeting is at 4 p.m. and qualifying is tentatively set for 6 p.m.

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