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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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By Gary Thomas

(Tulare, CA – September 29, 2021) – The biggest event of the season at Thunderbowl Raceway is fast approaching with the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 27 presented by Rudeen Racing ready to invade Tulare on October 21, 22 and 23.

The Trophy Cup continues to be one of the premier Winged Sprint Car showcases in the country and the 2021 version is sure to be another can’t miss weekend. The 27th edition of the Trophy Cup once again boasts a $200,000 overall purse for the three nights.

The event originally started out 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 $5,000 in weekend winnings and the overall champion is guaranteed a record $27,000 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 continue to be on sale for the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 27 presented by Rudeen Racing with all seating in the house reserved during the weekend. Adult grandstand tickets 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.

A seating chart is online at www.ThunderbowlRaceway.com and tickets can be acquired by calling 559-688-0909. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 21, with the drivers meeting around 3pm. Wheel packing, hot laps, qualifying and heat races will follow.

The special events that have become so popular are also returning with a slight twist. Following the races on Thursday will be Hot Dog/ Chili Dog Night sponsored by KRC Safety, while Friday after the races will be Taco Bravo Fiesta Night featuring Tacos. On Saturday afternoon Steve Faria and Thunderbowl Raceway will present the Spaghetti Feed as well. Both Thursday and Friday nights will also showcase RC car racing, while Cow Pie Bingo returns as usual on Saturday.

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 26-years Dave Pusateri and the Trophy Cup team have raised more than 2 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

The Make A Wish Race

Special thanks to Steve Faria with System 1 Filters and all our partners for making things happen at Thunderbowl Raceway including Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Budweiser, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, Western Metal Company, 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/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway

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.

 

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Tim Kaeding Wins NARC 410 Stockton Dirt Track

(8/24/19) By Jim Allen, Stockton, CA …  Tim Kaeding clinched the Fastest Four Days in Motorsports title with an impressive $10,000 King of the West by NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series victory in front of a huge crowd at the Stockton Dirt Track’s Champions Classic on Saturday.
 
It was his second victory aboard Rod Tiner’s potent AB Company/Shark Racing Engines number 83 Helix sprinter during the four day event.  He finished third in the other two races to walk away with an additional $2000 from the Sunnyvalley Bacon point fund.  It was his 68th career series win.
 
Despite the popular victory, Kaeding was very apologetic in victory lane, after inadvertently running into the slower car of Jace VanderWeerd.  While cutting through traffic with just five laps remaining, Kaeding clipped the front end of VanderWeerd’s causing him to flip and bring out the only red flag of the 30-lapper.   Luckily, he was unhurt.
 
“The first thing I want to say is I apologize to Jace and his team,”  said Kaeding.  “I thought I had him cleared while going past him and I feel really bad.   I know I hit him hard because it shook my head inside my helmet.”
 
Surprisingly, Kaeding did not sustain any damage to his car, which allowed him to hold off a hardcharging Shane Golobic and King of the West by NARC championship point leader DJ Netto in the late going to secure the win.
 
“I can’t say enough about Rod Tiner and all of the guys on this team,” continued Kaeding.  “They worked really hard to give me a great race car these past four days.”
 
ARP fast qualifier and Pole Shuffler winner Dominic Scelzi led the first 10-laps, until Kaeding drove under him in turn one and motored out of the second corner with the lead.  Golobic, who started sixth aboard Matt Wood’s Elk Grove Ford ride, powered past Scelzi with six to go to move into the hunt.   Golobic pressured Kaeding in the late going, but was unable to make anything stick.

Netto may have had the fastest car on the track after the red flag and charged into third with four remaining.  Netto launched a couple of attacks at Golobic, but had to settle for third aboard the Netto Ag/Rotella Shell KPC.
 
Kyle Larson drove the Finley Farms-sponsored ride to fourth, followed by Scelzi in the Roth Motorsports KPC.
 
The second five to cross the checkered was Rico Abreu, Mitchell Faccinto, Bud Kaeding, Willie Croft and Colby Copeland.  Geoff Ensign earned the Swift Metal Finishing hardcharger award charging from 23rd to 11th.
 
Heat races were picked off by Golobic, Faccinto and Chase Johnson.
 
FUJITSU FEATURE EVENT (30-laps):   Tim Kaeding, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Kyle Larson, Dominic Scelzi, Rico Abreu, Mitchell Faccinto, Bud Kaeding, Willie Croft, Colby Copeland, Geoff Ensign, Ryan Bernal, Kyle Offill, Sean Watts, Nathan Rolfe, Tim Estenson, Michael Sellers, Jace Vanderweerd, Cole Macedo, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler, Kenny Allen, Jonathan Allard, Jenna Frazier.
 
LAP LEADERS:   Scelzi 1-10, T. Kaeding 11-30
 
ARP FAST QUALIFIER (24 cars):   Dominic Scelzi – 13.661 seconds
 
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT (8 laps):     Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, Cole Macedo, Dominic Scelzi, Colby Copeland, Michael Sellers, Jason Statler, Kenny Allen.
 
FK ROD ENDS SECOND HEAT (8 laps):   Mitchell Faccinto, Bud Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Sean Watts, Rico Abreu, Jace VanderWeerd, Geoff Ensign.
 
SPEEDSHIFT TV/MVP THIRD HEAT (8 laps):  Chase Johnson, Ryan Bernal, DJ Netto, Willie Croft, Kyle Offill, Tim Estenson, Nathan Rolfe.
 
SUNNYVALLEY BACON/FOUR CCCC’S CONSTRUCTION POLE SHUFFLE:  Netto beat Larson; Golobic beat Netto; T. Kaeding beat Golobic; Faccinto beat T. Kaeding; Scelzi beat Faccinto.
 

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