Ocean Speedway Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2 “Howard Kaeding Classic”


The Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series will get set for a big double-header weekend coming up on July 1 and 2 at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The event will be billed as the “Howard Kaeding Classic” paying honor to the legendary racer from the San Jose area.

“HK” was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the “Campbell Comet” claimed over 300 main event victories in his career.


On Friday July 1 the front grandstand gate will open at 4:30pm with racing scheduled to start around 6.

On Saturday July 2 there will be an earlier start with the front grandstand gate opening at 3:30pm, wheel packing at 4, qualifying around 4:45 and racing to follow.


The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.


Adult tickets will cost $20 each night, children 6 to 12 will be $15, seniors 65 and older are $18 and kids five and under will be free. A family pack featuring two adults and two children will be available for $60.

About the track:

The Ocean Speedway is semi-banked quarter mile clay oval with the Golden State 410 Series track record being 11.496 set by Jonathan Allard on August 8, 2009. The all-time track record was set by Mark Kinser in 2000 with a blistering 10.949.

Last April at the Ocean Speedway:

San Jose’s Tim Kaeding made an early pass of father Brent Kaeding and held off a hard-charging Justin Sanders of Prunedale to pick up his 50th career Golden State 410 victory. Sander’s ended up finishing an impressive third with Chico’s Jonathan Allard in third, Brent Kaeding fourth and Placerville’s Andy Gregg in fifth.

Camping at the track:

For fans wanting to camp at the “HK Classic” on the grass area by the front gate of Ocean Speedway, please contact the fairgrounds at (831) 724-5671. For those wishing to camp by the pit gate please check in at the pit gate. The camping at the fairgrounds costs $25 a night and will have full hook ups. The camping on the road by the pit gate has no charge and no hook ups.

Top-10 in points going into the Howard Kaeding Classic:

1. Tim Kaeding 1364; 2. Evan Suggs 1320; 3. Brent Kaeding 1293; 4. Jonathan Allard 1281; 5. Willie Croft 1251; 6. Jason Statler 1240; 7. Andy Gregg 1224; 8. Bobby McMahan 1164; 9. Brent Bjork 1117; 10. Kenny Allen 1113 

On the internet:

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Official Website-
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