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(Tulare, CA, March 16, 2024) – Next October when the Abreu Vineyards 30th Annual Trophy Cup Presented By Rudeen Racing takes place at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, a big increase in the purse will occur thanks to the support of Kevin and Monika Rudeen.

A total of $300,000 will be paid to the winged 360 sprint field, an increase of $75,000 over last year’s purse.

The payout will be different in that the 2024 point champion will receive $30,000 from the point fund plus whatever was earned over the three days of racing. The main events purse is also being increased and are now $5,000 to win on Thursday and Friday and $7,500 on Saturday.

Saturday’s A main for the top 24 cars in points has two payouts, $27,900 for the race with $7,500 to win, and $184,500 in the point fund. That means the fifty lap finale pays a total of $212,400.

An additional $7,400 has been added to the purse for both Thursday and Friday nights.

This year the lineup for Saturday’s A main will return to the 24 car inversion, putting the high point car outside row twelve. Tim Kaeding is the only driver that has won the Saturday main from last starting.

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(TULARE, Calif. – October 21, 2023) — Seventeen-year-old Corey Day put in a stellar drive from 20th on the grid to win the 29th annual Abreu Vineyard Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Logan Seavey took the checkered flag first, with Day finishing second. However, Seavey was disqualified when his car was too light at the scales following the race.

Thus, Corey Day was awarded the Saturday night feature victory and the Trophy Cup Championship, earning $29,000 in the process.

The evening started with the top 48 in points from the preliminary nights split into six heat races, fully inverted by points. These very tough heat races offer 36 points to win with a three-point drop per position and the top twenty in points after the heats go directly to the A main. Those 20are fully invented by points in the 50-lap A main.

Cars 21st to 40th in points move to the B main while the remaining cars are joined by D main transfers to create a C main. The four B main transfer cars earn no points and fill rows 11 and 12 of the A main field.

All drivers that qualify for the A main are guaranteed $6,000 minimum for their three days of competition.

Day started the evening as the high point driver, looking to break Michael Kofoid’s record by two years for youngest champion. Ronnie Day, Corey’s father, was the champion of the first Trophy Cup at San Jose Speedway in 1994.

Of the top six in points in the heats, Ryan Timms had the best finish with a third while Day took a fourth. Rico Abreu was a DNF following a lap one, turn one tangle to dampen the chances of what was the second place car

The main is 150 points to win with a three drop per position. Day led Timms by six points, Buddy Kofoid and Shane Golobic by 11, and Colby Copeland by 12 heading to the invert-20 main.

Justyn Cox used a front row assignment to lead with little pressure until just before the fuel break when Logan Seavey used a turn four slider to take the lead.

Day was in the 15th spot at the break but those ahead of him in points were close to the front and running out of passing opportunities.

Dominic Scelzi took third on the restart and two laps later a red halted action. Day passed five cars in two laps and the two were now tied in points.

When a lap-33 yellow flew, Day was in 7th and just needed to finish to win the Trophy Cup. Seavey was in control of the lead with Cox and Scelzi in pursuit.

Day stayed with the bottom groove and continued moving forward, taking third on lap 37 and second six laps later.

Day moved to the top and closed on Seavey but wisely accepted second and the Cup.

He was eventually awarded the victory, with Cox finishing second. Scelzi, Kofoid and Landon Brooks completed the top five.

The Day family now joins the Kaeding family with father and son Trophy Cup titles.

This year $200,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The Trophy Cup has now raised a total of $2,875.000 for the Foundation.

The finish:
1) Corey Day
2) Justyn Cox
3) Dominic Scelzi
4) Michael Kofoid
5) Landon Brooks
6) Shane Golobic
7) Rico Abreu
8) Justin Peck
9) D.J. Netto
10) Aaron Reutzel
11) Bud Kaeding
12) Hunter Schuerenberg
13) Tyler Courtney
14) Jake Andreotti
15) Zeb Wise
16) Grant Dunkerken
17) Justin Sanders
18) Cole Macedo
19) Chase Randall
20) Colby Copeland
21) Chase Johnson
22) Willie Croft
23) Logan Seavey

Trophy Cup Champions

2023
Corey Day
2022
Shane Golobic
2021
Buddy Kofoid
2020
COVID
2019
Rico Abreu
2018
Jac Haudenschild
2017
Shane Golobic
2016
Shane Golobic
2015
Bud Kaeding
2014
Willie Croft
2013
Kyle Larson
2012
Jason Meyers
2011
Jac Haudenschild
2010
Jonathan Allard
2009
Tim Kaeding
2008
Brad Sweet
2007
Jason Meyers
2006
Tim Kaeding
2005
Brent Kaeding
2004
Jac Haudenschild
2003
Steve Kent
2002
Tim Kaeding
2001
Craig Stidham
2000
Tom Tarlton
1999
Brent Kaeding
1998
Brent Kaeding
1997
Mark Kinser
1996
Brent Kaeding
1995
Kevin Pylant
1994
Ronnie Day

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(TULARE, Calif. Oct 19) — Rico Abreu took the checkered flag and collected $4,000 for winning on the opening night of the Abreu Vineyards 29th Trophy Cup Presented By Rudeen Racing Thursday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Sixty-five teams were on hand for the event with the entrants split into two groups with each having a fast time car and four heat races. Fast qualifiers earned 150 points with a one-point drop per position. Four heats for each group inverted six and the heat winner plus the highest total point car moved directly to the A main. 

Heats earned 36 points to the winner with a three-point drop per finishing position.

The top 40 in points that did not qualify for the main event raced a pair of B mains with the top four moving to the night’s 30-lap finale. The main inverted 12 by points and the winner earned 100 points with a two-point drop per position.

Group A was led by Rico Abreu in qualifying with a 13.853-second lap and Justyn Cox and Ashton Torgerson were next in time. Group B top qualifier was Ryan Timms at 14.169 seconds, while Cole Macedo and Jeb Wise were second and third.

After heat race points were added to qualifying, Ryan Timms was top in points. That meant starting 12th in the 30-lap main.  

Chase Johnson utilized a pole assignment to lead from the green with the team cars of Landon Brooks and Rico Abreu in pursuit. By lap eight Johnson’s lead had evaporated with traffic in play.

Contact between Johnson and Tyler Courtney drew a red flag after 11 laps when Courtney flipped into the turn-four wall. Johnson continued in the lead.

Brooks used a turn-four slider to take the lead on lap 19 after Dominic Scelzi had raced into third.

Scelzi drove under Johnson in turn four on lap 20 for second and a lap later Abreu took third before Timms dropped out.  

With eight laps remaining, Abreu ran the wall in turn two on lap 22 to gain second and chased Brooks until a lapped car created a problem for Brooks.

Driving Tiner Hirst Enterprises cars, Brooks and Abreu ran the last two laps side by side.

Coming out of turn four, the side-by-side racing went to the finish line with Abreu winning by a couple feet.

Brooks was second. Corey Day finished third, and Scelzi and Cole Macedo completed the top five.

Abreu was also the top point earner on night one, with Brooks second and Scelzi third.

The finish:

1) Rico Abreu
2) Landon Brooks
3) Corey Day
4) Dominic Scelzi
5) Cole Macedo
6) Colby Copeland
7) Aaron Reutzel
8) Chase Johnson
9) Chase Randall
10) Justin Sanders
11) D.J. Netto
12) Logan Seavey
13) Hunter Schuerenberg
14) Buddy Kofoid
15) Willie Croft
16) Zeb Wise
17) Grant Duinkerken
18) Tanner Carrick
19) Jake Andreotti
20) Dustin Freitas
21) Justyn Cox
22) Ryan Timms
23) Shane Golobic
24) Tyler Courtney

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(Roseburg, Oregon – Oct 17, 2023) – It’s late Tuesday night as this is written and the Trophy Cup is set to kick off in less than 48 hours. The actual start will be some time early Thursday evening when the first of two groups begin qualifying.
 
And make no mistake about it, Qualifying at the Trophy Cup might be the most important laps a driver takes all weekend. Thursday night is especially important because if a driver can qualify well, it starts their weekend ahead. Let me explain.

Trophy Cup Qualifying

In the Trophy Cup format qualifying is worth 150 points and then drops by one. With qualifying split into two groups it means two drivers will get 150. Last year Shane Golobic won with 451 points. Get those 150 points first thing Thursday, and a driver already has a third of the total points that won the year before.
 
Now to be clear this doesn’t guarantee anything. A good qualifying lap followed up by lackluster rest of the weekend will obviously not work. But start with a bad qualifying lap Thursday and the pressure is on. Every lap around the Thunderbowl will become that much more important.
 
Yes, drivers still have Friday night to get a lot of qualifying points and get right due to the fact the best preliminary is chosen going into Saturday. However the pressure only ratchets up if you struggle on Thursday.
 
No driver wants to go into Friday knowing they have to have a good night. They would rather score those points Thursday and be in a good spot points wise, which is usually 270 or above. Friday is when desperation rises and carnage usually follows. A good Thursday is key to avoiding this.

Friday is when desperation rises and carnage usually follows

Now, the way the Trophy Cup format is laid out, qualifying and the Saturday Main Event are huge. Saturday’s Main Event gives out 150 to the winner and then down by three. If a driver can qualify in the top five and finish in the top five on Saturday night that in itself would net at least 285 points.
 
But it all starts with qualifying. Unlike any other race the winner is not necessarily, and usually isn’t, the driver who crosses the finish line first on Saturday. The winner is the driver that has the most points. Qualifying 20th in your group would be a lot to overcome.
 
Unlike the Dirt Cup, where qualifying is huge but winning races can get you out of that hole sometimes, the Trophy Cup doesn’t work that way. With points added up through Saturday’s Main Event, getting a good lap the first time out Thursday is a way to feel confident and get ahead of the game.
 
A driver never knows what will happen the second night with qualifying and what the track may be like when they come out, even with the split groups. A really good driver cannot just race himself into contention like they could at the Dirt Cup.
 
This is what Zeb Wise tried to do last year when he scored a perfect 186 points Saturday night. The result, though, was still only a fourth place finish overall. It wasn’t enough. He had given up too many points on the preliminary nights.
 
The extra pressure of points being awarded every time out makes Thursday qualifying one of the most important and exciting qualifying sessions all year and a must watch.
 
Furthermore Thursday is when the field is finally set. All year summer drivers and entries are added to the Trophy Cup list and subtracted. The driver roster is moving piece all the way until load in day on Thursday. That is when the field is finally set and the cream can start to rise.
 
For the cream to rise, it all starts with a good qualifying lap Thursday and the huge amount of points that come with it.
 

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By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – October 16, 2023…Enthusiasm is wafting through the air as one of the biggest weeks in California Sprint Car racing has arrived, which means only one thing, it’s time for Trophy Cup 29 at Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

The Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing is not just known for featuring some of the best racing seen all year long, but it’s also well regarded for being held to benefit one of the truly great organizations around, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

With the Trophy Cup’s donation last year, it brought the total amount of contributions to a remarkable $2,675,000 since the event was created back in 1994.

This weekend marks the 18th occasion that the Trophy Cup will be held at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. All cars that start the Saturday A-main are guaranteed a record $6,000 in weekend earnings and the overall champion is guaranteed a stout $29,000 in weekend winnings. The three-day extravaganza on October 19th, 20th and 21st features a $225,000 overall purse.

Past Trophy Cup champs set to compete this weekend include three-time winners Shane Golobic from Fremont and Tim Kaeding of San Jose; along with single-time victors Buddy Kofoid from Penngrove, Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Bud Kaeding from Campbell and Willie Croft of Colfax.

“It’s been great to see the fan and team support continue to be outstanding at the Trophy Cup year after year,” said Thunderbowl Raceway Promoter Steve Faria. “The extra functions on the fairgrounds continue to create a happening at the event and one that people mark down on their calendar every season. I know we are looking forward to it and hope everyone else is too. Dave Pusateri and his entire team do an excellent job with everything. I know we’re honored to host the Trophy Cup for the 18th straight year.”

Adult grandstand tickets for the 29th Trophy Cup cost $50 on Thursday and Friday and $55 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday and $50 on Saturday. Kids pricing and senior pricing is also available.

Tickets can be purchased starting at approximately 10-10:30am on Thursday behind the stands at the box office. It will then open at 1pm on both Friday and Saturday. The event has never sold out and plenty of tickets will be available. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 19th, with the drivers meeting around 3:20pm. Wheel packing, hot laps, qualifying and heat races will follow.

Something new this year, on Wednesday October 18th (day before the race) Thunderbowl GM Josh Miller will be around the campground if you’d like to obtain your Will Call Tickets, or if you need to purchase additional tickets. By handing out will call tickets on Wednesday, this will help alleviate the line at the box office on race day.

Following the races on Thursday will be Taco Bravo Fiesta Night featuring Tacos, while Friday after the races will be BBQ Night sponsored by High 5 Pizza and Catering. On Saturday afternoon from 11am-2pm Steve Faria and Thunderbowl Raceway will present the annual Spaghetti Feed.

The post-race parties start 20 minutes after the checkered flag with beer, water and soft drinks available for purchase inside. A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated.

A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated. Fans and teams are all encouraged to attend the special eating events. More info on the Trophy Cup, as well as an entry list can be found at www.trophycup.org

Special thanks to Promoter Steve Faria with System 1 and System 1 Pro Ignition, General Manager Josh Miller, along with all our partners for making things happen at Thunderbowl Raceway including Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Budweiser, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, General Manager Craig Borba at Garton Tractor, Double “D” Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.

For more info on the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway visit www.thunderbowlraceway.com and like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway-392991907541396/?fref=ts

The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at 620 South K Street Tulare, California 93274. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds.

 

Images courtesy of Wildlight Photography and Tim Holland

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By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA…With the 29th Trophy Cup ready to tackle Thunderbowl Raceway next week Promoter Steve Faria has announced an extra special perk that will go to the overall champion at the event once again.

The driver who wins the overall title at the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing already goes home with $29,000 in weekend earnings. Thanks to Steve Faria, they will also take home a commemorative solid gold ring, engraved with the Trophy Cup logo for the second consecutive season.

The 29th Trophy Cup occurs on October 19th, 20th and 21st at Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway.

“The Trophy Cup is such a great event for an outstanding cause, and we are really ramping up for it,” commented Steve Faria. “I wanted to do something special for the champion again this year, so felt that offering up this solid gold ring with the Trophy Cup logo on it was just that. The event is all about raising money for Make-A-Wish, spending time with friends and watching some great Sprint Car racing.”

Adult grandstand tickets for the 29th Trophy Cup cost $50 on Thursday and Friday and $55 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday and $50 on Saturday. Kids pricing and senior pricing is also available.

Tickets can be purchased starting at approximately 10-10:30am on Thursday behind the stands at the box office. It will then open at 1pm on both Friday and Saturday. The event has never sold out and plenty of tickets will be available. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 19th, with the drivers meeting around 3:20pm. Wheel packing, hot laps, qualifying and heat races will follow.

Something new this year, on Wednesday October 18th (day before the race) Thunderbowl GM Josh Miller will be around the campground if you’d like to obtain your Will Call Tickets, or if you need to purchase additional tickets. By handing out will call tickets on Wednesday, this will help alleviate the line at the box office on race day.

Following the races on Thursday will be Taco Bravo Fiesta Night featuring Tacos, while Friday after the races will be BBQ Night sponsored by High 5 Pizza and Catering. On Saturday afternoon from 11am-2pm Steve Faria and Thunderbowl Raceway will present the annual Spaghetti Feed.

The post-race parties start 20 minutes after the checkered flag with beer, water and soft drinks available for purchase inside. A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated.

A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated. Fans and teams are all encouraged to attend the special eating events. More info on the Trophy Cup, as well as an entry list can be found at www.trophycup.org

Special thanks to Promoter Steve Faria with System 1 and System 1 Pro Ignition, General Manager Josh Miller, along with all our partners for making things happen at Thunderbowl Raceway including Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Budweiser, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, General Manager Craig Borba at Garton Tractor, Double “D” Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.

For more info on the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway visit www.thunderbowlraceway.com and like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway-392991907541396/?fref=ts

The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at 620 South K Street Tulare, California 93274. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds.

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Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 29
presented by Rudeen Racing
Fast Approaching at Thunderbowl Raceway

By Gary Thomas

(Tulare, CA – September 20, 2023) The most anticipated period of the season at Thunderbowl Raceway is fast approaching with the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 29 presented by Rudeen Racing ready to invade Tulare on October 19th, 20th and 21st.

Something sure to add intrigue once again this year will be the “Trophy Cup Tune-Up” featuring the Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars on Saturday October 14th. The event held on the weekend before Trophy Cup is guaranteed to fill the pit area as drivers get one final stab at the track prior to the big show.

It’s sure to be a classic lead-in for the Trophy Cup, as teams and fans get to enjoy back-to-back weeks of racing at the Thunderbowl.

The Trophy Cup continues to be one of the premier Winged Sprint Car showcases in the country and the 2023 version is sure to be one of the biggest and best yet. The 29th edition of the Trophy Cup boasts a record $225,000 overall purse for the three nights, with 90 cars entered for competition.

The event originally started at San Jose Speedway in 1994 and was held at the track until its closing in ‘99. It then moved to Ocean Speedway for one year, before heading to the Kings Speedway in Hanford from 2001-2004. In ‘05 the Trophy Cup was moved to Thunderbowl Raceway, where it has been held ever since.

With its unique format the Trophy Cup regularly produces some of the best Winged Sprint Car racing fans will witness all season. Each time a driver hits the speedway for competitive racing there are points on the line. It’s all a lead-up to the 50-lap feature on Saturday night, which features the top-20 in overall points inverted, plus the four transfers out of the B-main comprising the final four spots.

All cars that start the Saturday A-main are guaranteed at least $6,000 in weekend winnings and the overall champion is guaranteed a record $29,000 in weekend winnings. The Trophy Cup is always an all-star showcase in California, with champions and winners from all over the state and beyond in action.

Tickets and Details:

Adult grandstand tickets for the 29th Trophy Cup cost $50 on Thursday and Friday and $55 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday and $50 on Saturday. Kids pricing and senior pricing is also available.

Tickets can be acquired by calling 559-688-0909 or at the gate. Pre-sale tickets will be available until two weeks prior to the event, as all track staff will be at the raceway daily and not in the office, in preparation to make sure everything goes as well as possible. The event has never sold out and tickets will be available if you choose to purchase at the gate.

If you are unable to buy pre-sale tickets please do not worry, as you’ll be able to purchase them at the gate. We are aware of the kinks with the new phone system and are still attempting to get them sorted out.

Something new this year as well, on Wednesday October 18th (day before the race) Thunderbowl GM Josh Miller will be around the campground if you’d like to obtain your Will Call Tickets, or if you need to purchase additional tickets. By handing out will call tickets on Wednesday, this will help alleviate the line at the box office on race day.

The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 19th, with the drivers meeting around 3:20pm. Wheel packing, hot laps, qualifying and heat races will follow.

The special events that have become so popular are also returning. Following the races on Thursday will be BBQ Night sponsored by High 5 Pizza and Catering, while Friday after the races will be Taco Bravo Fiesta Night featuring Tacos. On Saturday afternoon from 11am-2pm Steve Faria and Thunderbowl Raceway will present the annual Spaghetti Feed.

The post-race parties start 20 minutes after the checkered flag with beer, water and soft drinks also available for purchase inside. A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated.

Over the last 28-years Dave Pusateri and the Trophy Cup team have helped gather more than 2.5 million dollars in donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fans and teams are all encouraged to attend the special eating events. More info on the Trophy Cup, as well as an entry list can be found at www.trophycup.org

Special thanks to Promoter Steve Faria with System 1 and System 1 Pro Ignition, General Manager Josh Miller, along with all our partners for making things happen at Thunderbowl Raceway including Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Budweiser, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, General Manager Craig Borba at Garton Tractor, Double “D” Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.

For more info on the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway visit www.ThunderbowlRaceway.com and like our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com.

The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at 620 South K Street Tulare, California 93274. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is available for fans off turns three and four.

Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway Remaining Schedule

Saturday October 14th: Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprints, West Coast Sport Compacts and Legends of Kearney Bowl (Trophy Cup Tune-Up)

  • Thursday October 19th: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 29 presented by Rudeen Racing
  • Friday October 20th: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 29 presented by Rudeen Racing
  • Saturday October 21st: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 29 presented by Rudeen Racing

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Devin Mayo Photo of Shane Golobic crossing the finish line to score the Trophy Cup 28 title in 2022.

Trophy Cup 29 has 90 Entries

The Abreu Vineyards 29th Annual Trophy Cup Presented By Rudeen Racing has it’s usual lengthy entry list for October’s record purse at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. 

The 90 entered cars have 14 showing TBA for driver name, which makes it interesting with the usual speculation of who will fill those seats.

This being the 29th year of the unique event, the champion will be earn $29,000 for accumulating the most points over the three-day period.  A record purse of $225,000 will be paid out this year over the three days of racing. 

The Saturday main event pays $6,000 guaranteed to start. The $6,000 guarantee is the total over the three-day event.

Last year, $25,200 was added to the payout for the Saturday main event to reach the 2022 guarantee of $5,000 as 15 of 24 teams had not reached $5,000 total.

Also increased this year is the payout for both B and C mains on Saturday.

Entry List Highlights

Entered this year are six prior Trophy Cup champions with TIm Kaeding being the veteran of the group. Kaeding’s wins came in 2002, 2006 and 2009 and one more would tie his father, Brent Kaeding, with his wins coming in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2005. 

Another driver that could reach the four championship level is Shane Golobic. The wins for the Fremont, Calif. driver scored wins in 2016, 2017 and last year. One-time champions entered this year include Jonathan Allard, Willie Croft, Bud Kaeding and 2019 winner, Rico Abreu. 

Four years ago Abreu accomplished something that was considered impossible when he won all three main events. One feat that will never be matched was champion Tim Kaeding winning the Saturday main event from 24th position. Now the Saturday main event inverts the top 20 in points, so matching Kaeding’s stellar drive is not possible.

One driver who is not yet entered but likely will be on hand owns two Trophy Cup records which are the most difficult to match. Buddy Kofoid is the youngest to win a Trophy Cup main event, accomplishing the remarkable win at age 14. 

Then five years later he became the youngest Trophy Cup champion, winning the point battle at age 19. Kofoid may wind up driving one of the TBA cars.

See the Complete list: Trophy Cup Car Entries

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(TULARE, California) — The Abreu Vineyards 28th Trophy Cup presented By Rudeen Racing had 75 cars return to Thunderbowl Raceway for the final night with Shane Golobic crowned champion for the third time.

One driver was to be named champion and earn a guaranteed $28,000 for accumulating the most points.

But four drivers had a chance for a bonus ranging from $22,000 to $2,000 dependent on starting in rows nine or 10 for the 50-lap finale. If any of those four won the race and title, the bonus earned was based on starting position.

No qualifying was needed as the better of the two preliminary race nights points determined lineups. A trio of D mains moved a dozen to the straight up C main. Four from the C moved to the invert six B main which added four to the invert 20 A main.

After the D mains the top 48 in points competed in six heat races fully inverted by points. These heats were 36 points to win with a three point drop per position.

With heats adding points to the preliminary night points, the top 20 in points moved directly to the A main, 21 through 40 went to the B main, and 41 to 48 were C main bound.

Starting in the A main guarantees $5,000 minimum payout for all three nights.

Shane Golobic had the best heat race with a third-place finish moving him from third to first in points, making him the driver eligible for a $50,000 payout to win. Tyler Courtney finished fourth in his heat to maintain second in points and eligible for a $40,000 check to win the main and title.

Kyle Hirst dropped to third in points by finishing sixth in a heat and would collect $35,000 for winning the main and championship. Corey Day and Ryan Timms remained in fourth and fifth.

The big finale had Tony Gomes and Zeb Wise on the front row for the 150 points main with a three point drop per position.

Wise led initially with Gomes and Kalib Henry in pursuit. Henry passed Wise on the front stretch on lap 14 and led five laps before Wise used a turn two slider to regain the lead. Chase Randall got third with a low line turn one pass on lap 26.

The planned fuel stop came after 29 non-stop laps and Golobic was 10th and Courtney 14th but the point battle doesn’t become clear until the lap count gets into the final 10. If the title battle came down to those two whoever was ahead of the other would win.

Wise continued leading while Henry held off pressure from Randall for second until Gomes took third back before a red flew for a Tim Kaeding and Kyle Hirst tangle that eliminated both.

As the lap count approached 50, Wise clicked off the laps smoothly and kept a late-charging Rico Abreu in second at the finish.

The drama centered around Golobic as he was in control of the championship but needed to pass four cars in six laps to collect the bonus.

Golobic got past two on a restart but Wise and Abreu were too far ahead to catch and no yellow to help saw Golobic finish third 20th starting spot.

Golobic became a three-time Trophy Cup champion. Corey Day was fourth in points, Courtney third. Wise fourth and Abreu was fifth.

The Trophy Cup continues to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a $321,000 donation to raise the total to $2,671,000. This is made possible by many contributors and activities as well as all entry fees going to support the Foundation.

The finish:

Feature (50 laps): 1. 26-Zeb Wise[2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[9]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic[20]; 4. 5J-Kalib Henry[3]; 5. 14-Corey Day[17]; 6. 83T-Tanner Carrick[11]; 7. 18-Cole Macedo[6]; 8. 57W-Tyler Courtney[19]; 9. 2X-Justin Sanders[8]; 10. 94TH-Landon Brooks[7]; 11. 5T-Ryan Timms[16]; 12. 18T-Tanner Holmes[12]; 13. 9R-Chase Randall[10]; 14. 88-Austin McCarl[4]; 15. 5V-Colby Copeland[13]; 16. 7B-Sean Becker[21]; 17. 41X-Colton Hardy[14]; 18. 7C-Tony Gomes[1]; 19. 94-Kyle Hirst[18]; 20. 83-Tim Kaeding[15]; 21. 22-Ryan Bernal[23]; 22. 41-Dominic Scelzi[24]; 23. 73-Hunter Schuerenberg[22]; 24. 21-Mitchell Faccinto[5]

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(TULARE, California) — The second preliminary night of the Abreu Vineyards 28th annual Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing had 84 winged 360s in action at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Friday night with Tyler Courtney standing in victory lane.

Thursday’s format was repeated and drivers raced hard to win a heat or be the highest point car following eight intense laps.

The A main inverted 12 by points putting 21-year-old Kalib Henry and 16-year-old Chase Randall in row six for the 30-lap, $4,000-to-win race, adding 100 points to the night’s total for the win with a two point drop per position.

Justin Sanders wasted no time, blasting out of turn two to lead initially from fourth starting. Colton Hardy was second for a lap before Tanner Holmes took the spot to chase Sanders.

Courtney used the bottom of turn two to take third on lap 10 and by mid-race the fast lane moved up to the wall, a Tulare tradition that leaves no room for error. Kyle Hirst, Thursday’s point leader, dropped out with engine issues.

Tanner Holmes dove low into turn three and got under Sanders to take the lead on lap 16, Courtney grabbed second two laps later, and Sanders found the turn-two wall and was able to continue.

Tim Kaeding moved up to third on the restart and immediately pressured Courtney for second. Corey Day used a low turn two pass to run third on lap 29 before Kalib Henry brought out a red.

It was now a 31-lap main and Holmes, a 19-year old from Jacksonville, Ore., had to keep Courtney behind him for a pair of laps.

Courtney used a turn-one slider to take the lead on the restart, lost the spot a lap later in turn two, but raced out of turn two to gain the win over Holmes. Corey Day, Tim Kaeding, Shane Golobic finished the top five.

Drivers will use the better point total from each preliminary night to determine the heat race lineups on Saturday.

The top 48 in points will race six heats, fully inverted, for points and the top 20 in points after the heats go to the A main. Preliminary mains will follow, leading to the 50-lap championship main which inverts 20 by points.

Hirst and Courtney are tied with 278 points after two nights of racing.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps): 1. 57W-Tyler Courtney[9]; 2. 18T-Tanner Holmes[2]; 3. 14-Corey Day[8]; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding[5]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic[14]; 6. 69-Bud Kaeding[24]; 7. 7P-Jake Andreotti[17]; 8. 41X-Colton Hardy[1]; 9. 9R-Chase Randall[11]; 10. 18-Cole Macedo[20]; 11. 46JR-Joel Myers[19]; 12. 94TH-Landon Brooks[3]; 13. 5V-Colby Copeland[6]; 14. 88-Austin McCarl[15]; 15. 98H-Tyler Thompson[21]; 16. 2X-Justin Sanders[4]; 17. 2K-Kaleb Montgomery[16]; 18. 5T-Ryan Timms[22]; 19. 5J-Kalib Henry[12]; 20. 7C-Tony Gomes[10]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu[13]; 22. 94-Kyle Hirst[7]; 23. 52-Blake Hahn[23]; 24. (DNS) 88N-DJ Netto

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