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Press Release-For Immediate Release
360 Platinum Cup Debuts at Gold Cup
(Chico, CA 8-17-18) The historical Silver Dollar Speedway will host the 65th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions that will run September 5th – 8th of 2018. The longstanding event will introduce a new event on Thursday night September 6th. The Inaugural 360 Platinum Cup will feature winged 360 sprint cars running a one-night show separate from the USAC/CRA 410 non-wing sprints.
The pay structure will follow the guidelines of a traditional Civil War Purse. The main event winner will receive $2500 with a guaranteed $400 to start the feature event. However, the uniqueness of this race will be its format. During this night we will use the Cycleland Speedway format. Lowell Moural has used this format successfully for many years at his track and drivers like Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet and Sean Becker have endorsed it over the course of their careers. “We wanted to add a twist to this race and felt that the Cycleland format would work great on this night,” said Moural. “We wanted to give the fans of sprint car racing something unique during their time at the Gold Cup.”
The Cycleland format starts off with individual qualifying. Once qualifying is completed, the fastest six qualifiers move directly to what’s called a dash/fast heat. These six drivers will be locked into the feature event. The rest of the drivers will be placed in corresponding heat races and start straight up on their qualifying times. Seventh fastest gets the pole position of heat one. Eighth quick pole position of heat two and so forth. Winners of the heat races get to start in the first two rows of that night’s main event. The dash cars will start behind the heat race winners in the main event. After the heat races are completed, it is important how you finish those races because qualifying times are thrown out. You will be lined up in the A main or B main based on how you finish the heat races. In example, the first non-transfer in heat one would start pole position of the B main. The format will be thoroughly explained at the drivers meeting.
Menne Hay Ranch Inc has come on board to sponsor the Dash/Fast Heat. There will be a $1,000 purse for the dash. The winner receives $500, second $300 and third $200.
Joining the 360 Platinum Cup on Thursday night is the USAC/CRA sprint cars. This will serve as the one and only race of the season for the popular traditional non-wing traveling series at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Many activities for the 65th Gold Cup are planned including the Black Light party on Thursday, the Clyde Lamar Golf Tournament on Friday, and the world famous Chili Feed and Miss Gold Cup Bikini contest. Beginning on August 15th fans purchasing both Friday and Saturday night race tickets will receive a free Chili Feed ticket.
The Gold Cup features 4 full nights of racing featuring the Civil War Sprints and Hunt Magneto Wingless series on Wednesday followed by the USAC/CRA show on Thursday with the all new 360 Platinum Cup added this year. Friday and Saturday the barnstorming World of Outlaws hit the ¼ clay oval this year joined by the NorCal Dwarf cars. Details are available at 530-350-7275 or at www.silverdollarspeedway.com.