Bud-dy disappointing

MORE than 2000 fans saw plenty of high-speed action at Maryborough Speedway on Saturday night.

What they didn’t get to see was American superstar Bud Kaeding in action during round four of the Mighty Midgets National Speedcar Super Series at the Tinana track.

Kaeding, the current American Silver Crown champion, was a no show after the transporter bringing him and the Q91 car from Brisbane broke down.

But those bringing the 30-year-old Californian, who had been in Brisbane racing V8 Sprintcars for the international season here, left it very late before letting officials know that was the case.

It wasn’t until just before the meeting started that the owner of the car called Maryborough Speedway general manager Ryan Harris to tell him.

Not surprisingly, Harris was not amused to say the least.

“So many people were looking forward to seeing him race because he’s one of the finest in the world,” Harris said.

“Being told so late in the day that he wasn’t coming was a disgrace – it left me red-faced for sure.

“It wasn’t good trying to explain to the huge crowd that he wasn’t coming and I’m sincerely sorry for it.”

But Harris, the trackside race commentator, said it might have been a different story had club officials been told earlier.

“Had we known we could have got another truck to go to Brisbane to get him and his car here but we didn’t know,” he said.

“It was so disappointing and a lot of people feel let down I can tell you.”

While Kaeding didn’t impress, the same cannot be said of Sydneysider Mark Brown.

Brown, the defending Mighty Midgets National Speedcar Super Series champion, showed his class by holding off the challenges from Victorian Harley Bishop and South Australian John McKay.

The long trip north from Sydney was worth it Brown said.

“I said before the meeting that I had never won a feature race in Maryborough, well, now I have,” Brown, who finished second here last year, said.

“It feels real good.”

In the other main event of the two-night meeting, a meeting which saw more than 3500 spectators come through the gates, Cairns flyer Johnno Collins drove a superb feature race to win ahead of Dennis Shallcross and Ashley Barron in round two of the Modified Production Fraser Coast Drivers Championship.

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