Lapped traffic played a key role in Kaeding's seventh win in 18 NST races this season. Kaeding, who seemed to have lost the race due to lapped traffic 10 laps earlier, re-passed teammate and boss Steve Kinser on lap 29 of 30 to win at Winner Speedway in Winner, South Dakota.
Kinser took the initial lead from the outside pole, only to be passed by Kaeding before the end of the first lap.
The race got off to a slow start as Ricky Sammons Jr. went for a flip on the initial start. By lap 12, there had already been a total of three yellows and two reds.
"It does get to you," Kaeding said of losing a rhythm. "But you get a chance to breathe. It can help you, but it can also hurt you."
The same could be said of lapped traffic, such as that seen Saturday.
Kinser took advantage of Kaeding getting caught in traffic to take the lead on lap 18.
"I thought I was in good shape," said Kinser, who twice had to make nice saves off turn 4 earlier in the race.
Kaeding also thought his boss was in good shape at that point.
"I was concerned," Kaeding acknowledged. "I didn't think I would get back by him. I thought we were a second place car. He had the better car in the open. He's the King."
As Kaeding searched desperately for a way by Kinser with five laps to go, the leaders hit heavy traffic.
Kinser got bogged down coming off turn 2 on lap 29, dooming his chances. "My motor was stumbling off the bottom of the turns," he said. "I was alright on the bottom, as long as I had the track to myself."
When Kinser didn't have the track to himself, Kaeding pounced.
"I seen him get stuck on the bottom," Kaeding said. "I sailed it around the top and just hoped it would stick."
It did, and Kaeding held on to beat Kinser, Jason Solwold, Jason Meyers and Danny Lasoski.
Solwold had a catbird seat of the lead battle.
"I was just sitting back waiting to see if lapped cars would go their way or my way," Solwold said. "They hung up Steve. Getting to the front early was key, since it was tough to pass.
"It seemed every time I had a chance, it was gone that quick," Solwold added. "The track was difficult for everyone. I'm happy with a top-five."
The Steve Kinser Racing domination of the night started early, as Kinser and Kaeding handily won their heat races. Lasoski won his heat race after battling hard with two Aussie drivers, Kerry Madsen and Trevor Green, who was filling in for an injured Tim Shaffer.
Dash races were won by Kinser and Brian Paulus, with Kinser electing to start the A-Main on the outside.
Shane Stewart set fast time of the 31 drivers to time in with a lap of 15.083 seconds, his second fast time of the year. Jeff Reiman won the B-Main.
The National Sprint Tour next races July 7-8 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota.