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Watsonville, CA – For the eighth time since its inception, the Howard Kaeding Classic is upon us once again. Drivers and teams from all over the state will converge on Ocean Speedway this weekend in hopes of adding their name to an impressive list of past winners. Friday night, the Civil War Sprint Car Series comes to town for their first of two 2018 visits as they face off against the Ocean Sprints. Since the Civil War Sprints were added to the Howard Kaeding Classic in 2014, Stockton’s Brad Furr and Aromas’ Justin Sanders each have one win, but Paradise’s Kyle Hirst has dominated the Friday night portion with his wins the last three years in a row and will look to make it four this Friday. Lemoore’s Cole Macedo has an 82-point lead over Chico’s Dustin Freitas in the Civil War standings and Stockton’s Brad Furr, fresh off a win with the Ocean Sprints last Friday, leads the standings in that series over Fresno’s Koen Shaw by 19 points. On Saturday, the King of the West/NARC 410 Sprint Cars will battle for the third and final time this season. Kyle Hirst and Justin Sanders have split the two prior events this season. Fremont’s Shane Golobic won last Saturday in Petaluma with the series and looks to keep the momentum going with a win at the HK Classic. Kyle Hirst leads the point standings for the King of the West Series by 37 points over Shane Golobic and 67 points ahead of Campbell’s Bud Kaeding.
The IMCA SportMods are on the card for both nights for rounds ten and eleven of their 2018 season. Last time out on July 6th, Bakersfield’s Austin Manzella broke through for his first career win. Watsonville’s Adriane Frost, Morgan Hill’s Anthony Giuliani, Turlock’s Danny Roe, and Atwater’s Tanner Thomas completed the top five. Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni struggled at the last race and lost several points to Anthony Giuliani, but he still has a 21 point lead. Prunedale’s Matthew Hagio has three wins this season and sits in third in the standings, 37 behind DiGiovanni.
The American Stocks are on the schedule for this Friday night. Last week, San Jose’s Matt Kile won for the fourth time this season and extended his point’s lead slightly in doing so. Kile held off a hard-charging JC Elrod of San Martin and fellow championship adversary, San Jose’s Robert Gallaher. Terry Campion of Santa Cruz and Ceres’ Nick Lawrence had a great battle and completed the top five. Including the two drop dates, Matt Kile’s lead in the standings is now five points over Robert Gallaher, and 45 points ahead of JC Elrod.
The South Bay Dwarf Cars are back again this Friday night. Last week, Gilroy’s Zach Price grabbed his third win in a row over Hollister’s Ryan Ameln. San Jose’s Mark Biscardi, Campbell’s Eric Weisler, and Carmel Valley’s Trafton Chandler completed the top five.
The IMCA Modifieds will have one last tune up before the 21st Annual Mike Cecil Memorial on August 4th this Saturday at the Kaeding. Last Friday, Cody Burke of Salinas fended off Bobby Hogge IV, also out of Salinas, to grab his second feature win of the year. Livermore’s Brian Cass, Bay Point’s Danny Wagner, and Austin Burke completed the top five. Cody Burke extended his point’s lead over his brother Austin to 13 points and 25 points over Alex Wilson.
Fans, crew members, and competitors alike are all invited to attend the post-race get-together after racing concludes Friday night and the annual luncheon on Saturday. Admission to the Friday event is a small donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund and the luncheon on Saturday is a $20 donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund.
Advance tickets for both nights are available online here: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?store=12231
Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm on Friday. On Saturday, the pits will be swept at noon and re-open shortly after and Grandstands will open at 3:30pm. Pit passes are $40 for track and IMCA members and $45 for non-members on both days. All seating is general admission both days and tickets cost $17 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $12 for Juniors 12-15, $8 for Kids 6-11, and Kids 5 and under are free of Friday. On Saturday, Adults and Seniors are $25, $12 for Juniors 12-15, $8 for Kids 6-11, and Kids 5 and under are free.
Photo Credits to David Spencer.