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Tim Kaeding claims victory during Golden State Challenge Series season finale and 18-year-old Kyle Larson wraps up 2010 King of California title at Placerville Speedway on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – August 21, 2010…Entering the final night of the Golden State Challenge Series season on Saturday with a nine-point lead in the standings Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson put together a smooth and consistent 30-laps of racing in the main event and drove to a fourth place finish at the conclusion to wrap up his very first King of California title.

By winning the championship the 18-year-old becomes the youngest driver to ever claim the Golden State Challenge title in the 25-year history of the series and finished the season with five A-main victories, 17 top-five finishes, 21 top-10’s and six heat race triumphs aboard the Stadelhofer Construction, Peppermill-Resort-Spa-Casino-Reno No. 99.

“It feels great to bring home this title and I have to give a big thanks to Rich Stadelhofer, my whole crew and all our sponsors for supporting us this year,” said Larson. “We’ve had a great season overall and it has been a lot of fun so far and hopefully we can continue it the rest of the year. To win a title racing against a guy like Brent Kaeding, who is a legend out here and also my car owner is pretty cool and I couldn’t be more excited to be standing up here right now.”

A rather rough and tumble 30-laps of competition was seen on Saturday during the season finale for GSC at the Placerville Speedway and in the end it was San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, who ended up making the move by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs with just three-laps left in the race to score his sixth series victory of the year.

When the green lights came on in the feature it was Suggs shooting into the lead, but exiting turn two he experienced a monster bicycle and then a huge wheelie, which allowed Oroville’s Sean Becker the chance to sneak under for the top-spot. It was all for naught however, as the red flag waved for second place in points Brent Kaeding of Campbell, who had tipped over in turns three and four.

On the ensuing restart Suggs once again jumped out in front and led the field across the line to complete the opening circuit, prior to a caution for Vancouver, Washington’s Zach Zimmerly. When racing got back underway things got into a flow with a number of green flag laps being run and the man on the move was T. Kaeding, as the former GSC champ made his way around Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Larson and Becker to take second by lap 11.

As “TK” tried to close in on the lead things began to come to a near crawl just after the midway point of the race when a number of red flag periods cropped up with multiple cars getting upside down during the final 10-laps. For the many restarts Suggs remained committed to the bottom line while T. Kaeding tried to give it everything he had up on the high-scary side of the high-banked quarter-mile. With Suggs in search of his first ever Golden State Challenge Series victory he looked to hit his marks on the tight bullring, but on lap 27 “TK” was able to thread the needle off turn four and rocket into the top-spot in exciting fashion.

Once in front the San Jose wheel-man had no problems and charged off to score his 48th career Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series win. His sixth victory of the season was also the most of any driver with GSC this year and came in just 10 overall starts. “We just love racing at this place and I hope you fans enjoyed that one because it was a lot of fun,” said the driver of the Roth Motorsports, DTR Transport Inc. No. 83. “I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth, my whole team and also want to give congrats to Kyle Larson for winning the championship.”

Making a strong move up high off the final corner and just nipping Suggs at the line to score second was Becker aboard the Brian Sperry Racing, Cherry Street Mini Storage No. 51 sprinter. The solid finish continued the impressive results seen from the “Shark” and the 51 team over the last month. “We love running with GSC and it’s great to get back up here on the podium tonight,” said Becker. “This whole team has really come together and it’s given me a lot of confidence behind the wheel so hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling with Gold Cup coming up fast.”

Suggs crossed the stripe in third to mark his third consecutive podium effort to complete the Golden State Challenge Series season at the helm of his Suggs Racing, HoservilleCA No. 33e mount. The 23-year-old also ends the season third in the final series standings to tally his career best GSC point finish. “It’s disappointing to lose the race with just a few laps to go, but Tim and Sean are two of the best out here so being up here with them is nice, even though we wanted to get a win bad,” said Suggs. “We’ve been doing really well lately though so it’s been a good way to end the season.”

Finishing in fourth was Larson, who had actually passed Becker for third on one of the late-race restarts, but was forced to go back behind due to a red flag on that same lap. The youngster officially captured the Golden State Challenge Series title by just 15-points over Campbell’s Brent Kaeding. Completing the top-five in the feature was current Placerville Speedway 360 point leader Andy Forsberg of Auburn at the helm of the A&A Motorsports, Red Line Oil No. 92.

Rounding out the top-10 in the final Golden State Challenge Series main event of the season were Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Sacramento’s Billy Strange, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Chico’s Jonathan Allard and Penngrove’s Alissa Geving.

The evening’s 12-lap b-main was won by Andy Gregg with three 10-lap heat races being held and captured by Chico’s Kenny Allen, Bobby McMahan and Brent Kaeding. Evan Suggs claimed victory in the night’s dash and also began the event by setting his fourth fast time of the GSC season by ripping off a 10.114 around the quarter-mile clay oval. Full results from the night can be found at
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San Jose's Tim Kaeding took the lead with a few laps left in the feature on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway and drove away to score his GSC high sixth victory of the season




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Elk Grove's Kyle Larson tallied a fourth place finish in the main event on Saturday and was good enough to make him the new Golden State Challenge Series King of California.

Photo's by Steve Lamothe. To view Steve's work from the Golden State Challenge Series season finale visit http://www.stevesracingphotos.com

The 18-year-old is pictured on the front stretch following the main event with sister Andrea, father Mike and mom Janet.





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Scotts Valley's Evan Suggs finished off the GSC season in solid fashion Saturday night by setting fast time, winning the dash and then coming within just a few laps of recording his first career series win in the main event. The 23-year-old ended the GSC year with three straight podium finishes and a third place finish in the final standings behind Larson and Campbell's Brent Kaeding.




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Tommy Tarlton tallies runner up at Ocean Speedway Friday and races to victory Saturday in Hanford

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – August 23, 2010…Continuing to ride the wave of momentum this past weekend Easton, California’s Tommy Tarlton put together another strong two night's of racing and was able to extend his current Ocean Sprint Car Series point lead on Friday, before picking up a win at the Giant Chevrolet Speedway on Saturday.

Tarlton went into this past Friday sitting atop the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo standings by 13-markers and used a runner up finish to Tim Kaeding in the main event to stretch that advantage out to 20-points, with just four events left in the season.

“It was a pretty good run for us on Friday and was nice to add on some points to our lead since the year is winding down,” said Tarlton after the race. “We had a good battle with Brad Furr for second and got by with about 10-laps left so that was good, but we just didn’t have enough to get Tim. We’re excited to come back for the Key next week to try and defend our win from last year.”

The defending Ocean Speedway 360 sprint car champion kicked off the night on Friday qualifying 11th fastest in the field and then brought home a runner up finish in his heat race to transfer into the main event aboard the Corporate America Lending, Tarlton & Son Inc., Sharp Insurance No. 21 machine.

Tarlton then lined up on the inside of the second row in the 30-lapper and settled into third after a couple laps behind early leader Tim Kaeding and second running Brad Furr. The Easton veteran proceeded to close in on the second position and began to apply pressure on Furr, until finally getting a break in traffic to grab the spot on lap 19. He then tried to move in on Kaeding for the lead, but had to settle for second at the checkered flag.

On Saturday the Tarlton Motorsports team then made the short trip to Hanford’s Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway for another winged 360 sprint car event and opened the night by setting fast time with a clocking of 13.778 around the 3/8 mile clay oval. After scoring a fourth place finish in the heat race Tarlton eventually led all 30-laps in the main event to score his second victory of the year at the track.

“I definitely have to give a big thanks to my whole crew, my family and all of our sponsors for supporting us this year,” said the driver of the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Ridgeline Framing, Elite Racing Maxim. “It’s great to get sprint car racing back in Hanford and we really hope the track continues to grow and be successful, because it will be awesome to have another quality track down here in the Central Valley."

Tarlton will now get set for one of the biggest races of the year this coming Saturday night with the 50th running of the Johnny Key Classic at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. The race will pay $5,000-to-win and features a 50-lap main event that is broken up into a pair of 25-lap segments. Last season Tarlton held off the strong charges of Kyle Larson early in the main event and withstood a late-race fight with Bud Kaeding to claim his first career Johnny Key Classic victory.

Tarlton is also one of six drivers that are already locked into the dash for cash and the feature this weekend, due to his win on July 30. “Winning the Johnny Key Classic last year with the history and prestigious behind it was pretty cool,” Tarlton commented. “We’ve had a strong year so far and winning big races like this is always one of your goals, so we’ll be giving it a strong shot Saturday and hopefully everything falls into place.”

For more on Tommy Tarlton and Tarlton & Son Inc. log onto http://www.tarltonandson.com/

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Current Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo point leader Tommy Tarlton will head into this Saturday's Johnny Key Classic looking to make it back to back wins in the event, after claiming victory in the 50-lapper last year for the first time in his career.
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