(7/11/2022) Sacramento, CA… A fan favorite event is on tap this weekend for the NARC Fujitsu General Sprint Cars as Watsonville, CA’s Ocean Speedway is set to host the 12th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic presented by Al’s Roofing Supply.

Racing will kick off Friday, July 15th headlined by the Ocean Speedway 360 Sprint Cars, and on Saturday, July 16th the NARC 410 Sprint Cars take center stage.

The event honors the legendary patriarch of the Kaeding family who established a legacy as one of the greatest drivers of all time along the West Coast, primarily recognized for his countless triumphs at San Jose Speedway. Talent behind the wheel of a racecar has proven to be a genetic gift among the Kaeding lineage as Brent, Howard’s son, is NARC’s winningest driver of all-time, and most recently Brent’s sons, Tim and Bud, have accomplished great things in sprint car racing across the entire country.

The race is organized in large part by Bud whose annual efforts bring in plenty of support to help make it a lucrative night for racers, and 2022 is no exception. Saturday’s Fujitsu Feature will pay $6,900 to win and a strong $800+ to simply make the show.

“I’ve got a lot of great supporters that help the event,” Bud said of the generous group. “They’ve always came back. It’s a great group of people. Nowadays they kind of know it’s that time of year, and when I call them the first thing they say is ‘I’m sending a check today.’ It’s cool because a lot of those people know my grandfather from around the track, so they’re honored to help an event in his name.”

The tradition of fan-friendly events at the Howard Kaeding Classic will also continue in 2022. After Friday’s action wraps up, the Kaeding family will host a pizza party on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. And on Saturday afternoon prior to the racing the annual BBQ Luncheon will take place. Donations are required for entry to both with all proceeds will benefitting the NARC Benevolent Fund.

Who to Watch

A pair of Ocean Speedway experts in Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Aromas’ Justin Sanders have come oh so close to claiming the NARC portion of the Howard Kaeding Classic, and both hope to finish the job this year. The two of them own a combined six series triumphs at Ocean Speedway and five runner-up finishes in the HK. Both are former winners of the 360 portion and are looking to claim the coveted 410 feature this year.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi has spent much of the past two seasons adding prestigious event victories to his resumé, but he’s still in search of a Howard Kaeding Classic win. In Scelzi’s last two series starts in Watsonville, the current NARC point leader has finished third and second, so he’ll look to occupy the remaining spot on the podium Saturday.

While Bud Kaeding flexes his promoting muscles leading up to this race, his focus will shift to snagging a third victory in the NARC portion of the HK, which would equal Kyle Hirst’s current record tally. Kaeding’s five series victories at the Watsonville bullring suggest he’s got a good shot.

Bud’s brother, Tim Kaeding, has been strong since returning from injury and will look to translate some recently built momentum into his first Howard Kaeding Classic checkered flag. At Dirt Cup a couple weeks ago, the San Jose driver picked up a win and didn’t finish worse than eighth over three nights of racing in the Bates-Hamilton Racing machine. Kaeding is a seven-time NARC feature winner at Watsonville.

Sean Becker is reuniting with Vertullo Motorsports to pilot the No. 83V this weekend. Last year the Roseville native ended a seven-year NARC winless drought with his victory in the Howard Kaeding Classic in Dave and Debbie Vertullo’s machine.

Other drivers expected to compete include Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Redding’s Max Mittry, Benicia’s Billy Aton, Sebastopol’s Joel Myers Jr., Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Hanford’s D.J. Netto, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox and more.

Fan & Competitor Info

The NARC-King of the West Hoosier Tire Format will feature ARP Fast Time Group Qualifying, 10-lap Heat Races, a six-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash, a 12-lap Starr Property Management Semi if necessary, and the 30-lap Fujitsu Feature.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on race day.

Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E Lake Ave Watsonville, CA 95076. For more event information visit oceanspeedway.com or call 831-668-7223.

The Howard Kaeding Classic can be viewed live on floracing.com along with the entire NARC Fujitsu General Sprint Car Series schedule.

COMPETITORS:  Hoosier “H” or Medium Tires are required for Saturday’s event.

Previous Winners of the Howard Kaeding Classic:

Night One: Tommy Tarlton – King of the West
Night Two: Evan Suggs – King of the West
Night One: Brent Kaeding – USAC
Night Two: Jonathan Allard – King of the West
Night One: Bud Kaeding – USAC
Night Two: Jonathan Allard – King of the West
Night One: Brad Furr – Civil War
Night Two: Bud Kaeding – King of the West
Night One: Justin Sanders – Civil War
Night Two: Kyle Hirst – King of the West
Night One: Kyle Hirst – Civil War
Night Two: Kyle Hirst – King of the West
Night One: Kyle Hirst – Civil War
Night Two: Buddy Kofoid – King of the West-NARC
Night One: Tanner Thorson – Civil War
Night Two: Colby Copeland – King of the West-NARC
Night One: Shane Golobic – Civil War
Night Two: Bud Kaeding – King of the West-NARC
Night One: DJ Netto
Night Two: Kyle Hirst – King of the West-NARC
Night One: Kaleb Montgomery
Night Two: Sean Becker

2022 NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series
Championship Points Standings (After ten events in 21-race series – 6/20/22)

  1. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 1450
  2. Willie Croft, Colfax – 1406
  3. Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 1380
  4. Justin Sanders, Aromas – 1373
  5. Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 1359
  6. Max Mittry, Redding (R) – 1346
  7. Billy Aton, Benicia – 1282
  8. Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 1277
  9. Joel Myers Jr, Sebastopol – 1200
  10. Logan Forler, Boise, ID – 1195
  11. Corey Day, Salinas – 949
  12. Tanner Holmes, Jacksonville, OR (R) –  904
  13. Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 797
  14. DJ Netto, Hanford – 733
  15. Garen Linder, Central Point, OR – 708
  16. Tanner Carrick, Lincoln – 633
  17. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 620
  18. Tyler Thompson, Harrisburg, OR (R) – 619
  19. Nick Parker, Tucson, AZ (R) – 600
  20. Kerry Madsen, Sydney, AUS – 591

The NARC Fujitsu General USA Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires and Floracing.com.  Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Dirt.Travel, FK Rod Ends, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, Kimo’s Tropical Car Wash, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, Mettec Titanium, Pyrotect, Roth Motorsports, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Scelzi Enterprises, Starr Property Management, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Lite Brakes, Vortex Wings, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.

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July 23 – Stockton Dirt Track – $6000 to win Salute to NARC Champion Leroy Van Conett
August 27 – Stockton Dirt Track – $6000 to win Champions Classic

Bud Kaeding (69) and Shane Golobic are among the favorites this weekend at the Howard Kaeding Classic. Photo by Donna Peter