KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 20, 2005) – California’s Bud
Kaeding denied Levi Jones a clean sweep of the inaugural O’Reilly
Sprint Bandit Tour ‘N Topless swing by winning Saturday night’s
30-lap Ron Shuman Classic at Lakeside Speedway, collecting a cool
$10,000 paycheck in the process.
Leading from the outset, Kaeding caught an assist from Lady Luck
when Jones raced into the lead on the 23rd round only to see a
caution fly moments later, thus negating the move. Kaeding took full
advantage of the reprieve and raced to the checkered flag aboard the
Jason Leffler Racing Team ASE/Loan City No. 29F Maxim to secure the
“The money’s all good, but where’s that pedal car trophy,
that’s what I want,” an enthused Kaeding laughed in victory
lane. “I won this race in 2002 but my dad got that car, this time
I want it for myself.”
While Kaeding gridded the feature field outside the front row, it
was two-time and defending race winner Jesse Hockett leading the way
to the green flag from the pole position after accumulating the most
points in heat and qualifying race action.
While Hockett had his sights set on a third consecutive $10,000
Lakeside triumph, it was Kaeding gunning into the lead at the drop
of the green. Meanwhile, it was Jones eyeing a five-race sweep of
Sprint Bandits “TNT” from his fifth starting slot. While Kaeding
led Hockett and fourth-starter Jon Stanbrough in the opening rounds,
Jones had climbed to fourth by the time the race’s first caution
flew for Steve Ostling, who slowed with a flat tire. Ostling
rejoined the chase.
Back under way, the next 20 laps ran in non-stop fashion with
Kaeding pacing the field. Jones worked past Stanbrough for third on
the seventh round, then took second from Hockett by the tenth round
with his sights set on the leader.
Jones kept the pressure on Kaeding and as the duo raced through
lapped traffic, Kaeding bicycled in turns one and two on the 24th
lap. Jones took quick advantage aboard Scott Benic’s Gaerte-powered
Lucas Oil Products No. 2b Maxim by racing into the lead down the
backstretch, only to see the move negated when Yuma, Arizona’s
Mike Martin slid to a halt on the front chute with mechanical
On the ensuing restart, Dickie Gaines took a nasty flip into the
turn two fencing. While his car was destroyed, Gaines walked away
with little more than a throbbing right hand.
Kaeding took off on the restart and beat Jones to the line to
score the prestigious victory. Jones settled for the runner-up slot
and sealed the O’Reilly Sprint Bandits “TNT” championship
after winning the first four events.
Stanbrough earned second in series points by posting a third
place feature finish aboard the R&B 24-Hour Truck Service entry,
while Dave Darland drove Jeff Walker’s Jam-It-In Storage/Hoosier
Tire No. 11 to fourth. Hockett rounded out the top five in the VKCC
Motorsports No. 75.
California’s Tyler Spath turned in his strongest showing of the
week by battling to a sixth place finish, with Casey Shuman
advancing from twelfth to seventh in the race named for his father.
Zach Chappell crossed the stripe eighth, with Bill Rose and Ostling
completing the top ten.
Hockett, Chappell and Martin topped heat race action for the
29-car field, with Darland, Don Droud, Jr., and Ostling winning
Justin Marvel went for a wild qualifying race flip, but was able
to take the green flag in the main event before making an early
Derek O’Dell and Kim Kennedy flipped in tandem in the opening
set of hot laps and while both escaped injury, both machines were
done for the night.
O’Reilly Sprint Bandits “TNT” Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. #75 Jesse Hockett, 2. #10T Bill Rose, 3.
#2b Levi Jones, 4. #35 Tyler Spath, 5. #7c Chris Morgan, 6. #10x Don
Droud, Jr., 7. #55 Tony Everhart. DNS: #65 Chris Parkinson, #11d
Derek O’Dell, #1k Kim Kennedy.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. #50z Zach Chappell, 2. #29F Bud Kaeding,
3. #96c Jim Cameron, 4. #47 Justin Marvel, 5. #83 John Scott, 6. #11
Dave Darland, 7. #45 Steve Ostling, 8. #29 Travis Rilat, 9. #5 Joe
Boyles, 10. #18 Tim Newman.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. #57 Mike Martin, 2. #21x Dickie Gaines,
3. #10 Jon Stanbrough, 4. #53 Casey Shuman, 5. #92J J.R. Topper, 6.
#01 Bob Moore, 7. #1 Brad Sweet. DNS: #76 Jay Russell. Disqualified:
#21 Charles Davis, Jr. (Failed to report to scales after finishing
First Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. #11 Dave Darland, 2. #75 Jesse
Hockett, 3. #10 Jon Stanbrough, 4. #2b Levi Jones, 5. #29 Travis
Rilat, 6. #01 Bob Moore, 7. #83 John Scott. Disqualified: #96c Jim
Cameron (weighed in below the 1,175 pound minimum after finishing
Second Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. #10x Don Droud, Jr., 2. #29F Bud
Kaeding, 3. #50z Zach Chappell, 4. #10T Bill Rose, 5. #53 Casey
Shuman, 6. #7c Chris Morgan, 7. #5 Joe Boyles. DNS: #1 Brad Sweet.
Third Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. #45 Steve Ostling, 2. #35 Tyler
Spath, 3. #92J J.R. Topper, 4. #21 Charles Davis, Jr., 5. #55 Tony
Everhart, 6. #57 Mike Martin, 7. #18 Tim Newman, 8. #47 Justin
Marvel, 9. #21x Dickie Gaines.
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. #29F Bud Kaeding, 2. #2b Levi Jones, 3.
#10 Jon Stanbrough, 4. #11 Dave Darland, 5. #75 Jesse Hockett, 6.
#35 Tyler Spath, 7. #53 Casey Shuman, 8. #50z Zach Chappell, 9. #10T
Bill Rose, 10. #45 Steve Ostling, 11. #1 Brad Sweet, 12. #29 Travis
Rilat, 13. #10x Don Droud, Jr., 14. #21 Charles Davis, Jr., 15. #7c
Chris Morgan, 16. #96c Jim Cameron, 17. #18 Tim Newman, 18. #21x
Dickie Gaines, 19. #57 Mike Martin, 20. #92J J.R. Topper, 21. #55
Tony Everhart, 22. #83 John Scott, 23. #01 Bob Moore, 24. #47 Justin
Marvel. DNS: #5 Joe Boyles, #76 Jay Russell, #1k Kim Kennedy, #11d
Derek O’Dell, #65 Chris Parkinson.
Final O’Reilly Sprint Bandits “TNT” Points (Top Fifteen):
1. Levi Jones (Olney, IL) 746, 2. Jon Stanbrough (Jamestown, IN)
692, 3. Bud Kaeding (Campbell, CA) 682, 4. Dave Darland (Lincoln,
IN) 664, 5. Dickie Gaines (Mitchell, IN) 660, 6. Justin Marvel
(Pittsboro, IN) 624, 7. Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA) 617, 8.
Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) 610, 9. John Scott (Avon, IN) 597,
10. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 593, 11. Tyler Spath (Chico, CA) 583,
12. Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) 577, 13. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 570,
14. Steve Ostling (Corona, CA) 494, 15. Casey Shuman (Phoenix, AZ)