Fresno-based Roth Motorsports clinched its second straight King of the West sprint car championship when driver Tim Kaeding won the 28th annual Cotton Classic on Saturday night at Kings Speedway in Hanford.
Kaeding led a remarkable top-five sweep by central San Joaquin Valley cars in the 30-lap feature on the three-eighths mile clay oval. Jason Meyers of Clovis drove the Easton-based Tarlton & Son team car to a runner-up finish.
Jonathan Allard of Chico wrapped up the season driver's championship with a third-place finish in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car — Allard's third state title since joining Williams in 2005.
Fourth was Sacramento's Kyle Hirst in another Roth car. Fifth was Visalia's Cory Eliason, who had the night's best passing job after starting 16th.
Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, a rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, was in line for the win before running out of fuel on a green-white-checkered finish.
Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton wrapped up the U.S. Auto Club West Coast Sprints season championship with an eighth-place finish in the division's 30-lap Cotton Classic.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia won the feature with a 29th-lap pass of Finland's Markus Niemela. Vander Weerd was the season runner-up.
Hirst and Bud Kaeding (Tim's brother) were third and fourth.
The local sprint car racing season wraps up this week at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. Thursday is the second annual Non Wing Trophy Cup followed Friday and Saturday by the 20th annual Trophy Cup.