SEPTEMBER | 3-6 | 2014
61st Annual GOLD CUP
RACE of CHAMPIONS
WORLD of OUTLAWS
Sprint Car Series
California Sprint Car
Civil War Series
Joe Hunt Magnetos
Wingless Sprint Car Series
Celebrating Independence Day at the SDS
By Troy Hennig
Photo by Steven Cox [sprintcarphotos.com]
CHICO, CA (7-2-12) - The largest display of fireworks in Chico will take place this Wednesday night, July 4th, at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Fast cars and freedom will be the theme at this year's Independence Day and Night of traditional grass roots racing and in sky fireworks. The 410 winged sprint cars, street stocks, mini stocks and hobby stocks will provide the on track fireworks on the traditional quarter-mile clay oval. Directly following the races, the skies will light up with bright lights and loud booms. Throughout the night the speedway will be playing American themed music, offer American themed concession food and the have all kinds of decorations around the grandstands.
Front grandstand gate opens at 5pm. Racing is slated to start at 6pm. Adult ticket prices are $16.00 with juniors ages 12 to 15 is $12.00. Kids 11 and under are free! To buy advance tickets please visit your local Chico, Paradise and Oroville Riebes Auto Parts. Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event at the speedway box office located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.
Chico's Brad Bumgarner and Kenny Allen will lead the list of local drivers vying for the $3,000 pay day. Paradise top runner John Michael Bunch and defending track champion Tyler Wolf of Redding are also entered. Chico's Michael Tarter and Kevin Sharrah will also give this race a local flavor. With so much money on the line it should reach out to a lot of drivers looking for a chance to win it all. Campbell's Bud Kaeding is set to try and win for the second time on July 4th at Chico.
Can anyone stop Misty Castleberry? She has been on a tear of late at Chico wining the last two Mini Stock main events. She currently sits in the third spot in points behind second place Jason Clayton and leader Shaun Merritt. The only other winner this year is Merritt. As of now, the top five in the Mini Stock points are only separated by just eight points. July 4th will mark the divisions' fourth race of the year.
Another driver on a roll is Orland's Jake Vantol. He has won two of the last three main events at Chico and is the current point leader. Vantol out-dueled Chico's Phil Marino this past Friday night. The two will battle it out once again on Wednesday. Chico's Bill Patterson will look to add another win to his season while Shawn Smith and Richard Workman will try and break into winners circle.
The Hobby Stocks will return to the speedway fresh off their performance last Friday night. Brian Compton has been the best on the track in this division. He has two wins and has been the class of the field. Mike Slightom Jr. and Jason Rash will try to break the Compton streak.For more information call the track office at (530)350-7275 or www.silverdollarspeedway.com