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  • By Gary Thomas

Tim Kaeding earns first SCCT victory

San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding battled his way around Mitchell Faccinto early on and held off a charging DJ Netto late in the going to claim his first career Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards triumph on Saturday in Stockton.

Kaeding’s win at the “Salute to LeRoy Van Conett” came aboard the Joshua Bates owned R&B Company No. 42x and earned him $3,000 by collecting the Kyle Larson Racing full-time bonus money. He becomes the eighth different winner in the eight main events held so far this season.

Netto’s charge from the 13th starting spot to finish second earned him the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award in the feature. The Hanford driver closed in on Kaeding as the laps wound down and came up just short at the finish line. Faccinto and Roseville driver’s Sean Becker and Willie Croft completed the top-five. For Becker it was his third consecutive fourth place effort in Sprint Car Challenge Tour competition.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Lemoore’s Cole Macedo, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Paradise’ Kyle Hirst and Roseville’s Colby Copeland.

A-main finish Stockton Dirt Track: 1. #42X Tim Kaeding, 2. #88N D.J. Netto, 3. #37 Mitchell Faccinto 4. #75 Sean Becker 5. #29 Willie Croft 6. #21X Cole Macedo 7. #4S Michael Kofoid 8. #22 Ryan Bernal 9. #83 Kyle Hirst 10. #5C Colby Copeland 11. #83SA Matt Dumesny 12. #7 John Carney 13. #X1 Andy Forsberg 14. #20 DJ Freitas 15. #94 Steven Tiner 16. #99T Tanner Boul 17. #5 Kalib Henry 18. #2K Kyle Offill 19. #P37 Matt Petersen 20. #3C Tanner Thorson 21. #31C Justyn Cox 22. #3 Craig Stidham 23. #7C Tony Gualda 24. #56 Justin Sanders

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The Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards points chase has closed up even further following Saturday’s event. Kyle Hirst now holds a one-point advantage over Tim Kaeding going into the “Nor-Cal Posse Shootout” at Placerville Speedway on September 21 and 22.

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