Grand Marshal Of Vermeil Classic Is Brent Kaeding

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Grand Marshal Of Vermeil
Brent Kaeding is interviewed after a win in 2004. (Tear-Off Heaven photo)

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Calistoga Hall of Fame officials announced Thursday that Brent Kaeding, the most-decorated California sprint car driver of all-time, has been named Grand Marshal of the 12th annual Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga Speedway.

The Louie Vermeil Classic will be held during Labor Day weekend. The first of two nights of racing takes place Saturday, Aug. 31, and racing concludes on Sunday, Sept. 1.

This year, the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series will join the AMSOIL USAC/CRA non-wing sprint cars for a doubleheader night of racing.

On Friday night, Aug. 30th, the Calistoga Speedway Hall of Fame dinner will also take place inside the Tubbs building at the Napa County Fairgrounds.

Tickets for either the Hall of Fame dinner or Louie Vermeil Classic can be purchased by calling (916) 773-7223 from Tuesday through Sunday. Fans can also purchase general admission tickets online by clicking here.

Kaeding is a Hall of Fame member at Calistoga Speedway. He is a 13-time champion of both the Northern Auto Racing Club and the Golden State Challenge Series. Kaeding is the all-time leader in wins for both series.

His 21 main event wins at Calistoga place him second all-time on the wins list, and he is also listed with seven wins as a car owner at Calistoga.

Kaeding and Steve Kent are tied for the most Tribute to Gary Patterson wins at Calistoga, and Kaeding is one of the few drivers to win both a non-wing and winged sprint car race at Calistoga Speedway.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be named Grand Marshal of the Louie Vermeil.  I have so many great memories of racing there, both with a wing and without,” said Kaeding. “The racing was always great, but the things that stick out to me are all the pre- or post-race activities, like the pancake breakfasts, racing during the fairs and drinking out in the pavilion until the sun came up.”

Kaeding was helped by legendary crew chief Billy Albini, leader of the hogs, who recently passed away on March 12. This year, Calistoga Speedway has inducted Albini to join Kaeding in the Calistoga Hall of Fame.

“I knew of Billy in the ‘70’s but we actually partnered up in 1987,” Kaeding noted. “We had a lot of success and won too many races to remember. We miss Billy tremendously and will be honored to be a part of his Hall of Fame induction to Calistoga Speedway.”

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