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Rico Abreu Racing
25th Annual Trophy Cup
presented by
Rudeen Racing

October 18th - 20th

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY

2018 DRIVER/OWNER INFORMATION
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October 2017, Dave Pusateri and his loyal Trophy Cup team presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation a check for $150,000 at the annual event  Over the past 23 years, Dave Pusateri and the Trophy Cup Team have raised well over $1,570,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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2018 Trophy Cup Info

   
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25th anniversary shirt and caps are now available for order!
These are in Limited Supply order now.

Send orders to:
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Shirts $27.00 size S - 3X   Caps $22.00 (one size)
price includes shipping in the US

 

 



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by Ron Rodda 

This year’s Trophy Cup has received new sponsorship, resulting in a name change for the October three day event. The new title is Rico Abreu Racing 25th Annual Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing. Abreu and Rudeen Racing have generously stepped up to sponsor the event and the new event name is to show appreciation for their support. 

Offering a $200,000 purse for winged 360 sprints, the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway will host the 90+ eligible entries on October 18-20 for the silver anniversary. Thanks to continued support from the track and many sponsors, the purse will increase by $35,000 over last year. 

The three preliminary nights will now pay $4000 to win, $2500 for 2nd, with $1750, $1300, and $1000 completing the top five. All cars that make the Saturday A main will be guaranteed $5000 total pay for the three days, a large increase from the previous $2000 guarantee. 

No new entries will be accepted, as only the teams that raced the Cup in 2017 are eligible for this year. Invitations will be sent mid-April to those teams that either raced last year or would have raced if not for injury or being affected by the Northern California fires. The name has been altered, the purse is the highest of its 25-year history, but the unique and challenging format will remain unchanged.
 


Dave Pusateri Named 2017 Recipient of “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport” by North American Sprint Car Poll! 

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Dave Pusateri of California has been named the recipient of the 2017 “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport” by all three voting panels of the North American Sprint Car Poll. Over the past 24 years, Pusateri and his team at Tulare (California) Thunderbowl’s Trophy Cup have raised around $1,500,000 for the “Make A Wish” Foundation. 

In 1994, Dave Pusateri came up with the idea of an event that featured a main event that was fully inverted, putting the fastest cars at the rear for a passing filled race. The 24th edition of the Trophy Cup last October was bigger than ever, as the event continues to grow as one of the crown jewels of winged 360 sprint car racing. 

 

The North American Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2018 at tracks throughout North America. This award was announced at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

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Updated 8/8/2018
 
FREDDIE RAHMER 69
 
DOMINIC SCELZI 41
TBA FREDENBUR MTS 23
 
GIOVANNI SCELZI 41S
MASON MOORE 22
 
ZANE BLANCHARD 7Z
SEAN BECKER 75
 
COLTON HEATH 33C
KALIB HENRY 18
 
TBA S & C THOMAS 68
COLBY COPELAND 16A
 
DUSTIN FREITAS 9
JARRETT SOARES 12
 
JASON STATLER OO
CRAIG STIDHAM 3
 
COLLIN MARKLE 5
WILLIE CROFT 26
 
BUD KAEDING 0
TBA HENRY MTSP 93
 
VAUGHN SCHOTT 67
PAT HARVEY 15
 
TANNER BOUL 99T
MARK HERZ 28
 
CARSON MACEDO 21X
JASON MYERS 21
 
JAKE MORGAN 45
JOHN CARNEY 7
 
TBA F&F RACING X1jr
TBA F & F RACING X1
 
KYLE OFFILL 2K
DANNY FARIA JR. 67V
 
TANNER THORSON 3C
MATHEW MOLES 10
 
TBA LARRY MOLES RACING O1
CHELSEA BLEVINS 21M
 
DUSTIN GOLOBIC 57
KALEB MONTGOMERY 3
 
TBA WATT #81 81
JASON SOLWOLD 18
 
COLTON HARDY 74
TBA RANDY PRICE 21P
 
CODY LAMAR 9L
JUSTYN COX 31C
 
TERRY McCARL 88
CORY ELLIOTT 11E
 
LANDON HURST 9S
BROCK LEMLEY 10L
 
GEOFF ENSIGN 63
TBA MEDONIA MTRSPT 42
 
JUSTIN SANDERS 56
JOEY SALDANA 29
 
RYAN BERNAL 22
ANDY GREGG 16
 
GARY NELSON JR. 2
MITCHELL FACCINTO 37
 
TBA WILLIE KAHNE 51
STEVEN TINER 94
 
BUDDY KOFOID 4S
BURT FOLAND JR. 4
 
TIM KAEDING 42X
JACE VANDER WEERD 88V
 
RICHARD VANDER WEERD 10V
JEREMY CHISUM 8
 
SCOTT PARKER 12P
SHAWN CONDE 91C
 
BRADLEY TERRELL 43
TRAVIS COELHO 6C
 
TBA A. KAISER 4
RANDY HANNAGEN 55
 
TBA JFM RACING 73
LUKE DIDIUK 9A
 
TBA ROTH MTR SPTS 83
TBA ROTH MTR SPTS 83JR
 
TBA ROTH MTR SPTS 83SR
MATT PETERSON P37
 
TBA M. INGRAHAM 93
RICO ABREU 24
 
DAVE ABREU 24R
GRANT DUINKERKEN 67G
 
KURT NELSON JR. 72W
JARED FARIA 10F
 
LUCA ROMANAZZI 96
TONY GUALDA 7C
 
DJ NETTO 88N
LUCAS ASHE 33
 
TIM CRAWLEY 87
KOEN SHAW 88K
 
JIMMY TRULLI 33T
TBA WHEATLEY RACING 45
 
CHASE GOETZ 91
REECE GOETZ 9R
 
LANCE SARGENT 33S
GEORGE TRISTAO 23T
 
CHASE JOHNSON 5V
AUSTIN LIGGETT 83 CO COLE DANELL 5X
TBA MILLER RACING 4SA
 
STEVEN KENT 7
TBA ROD TINER 83SA
 
DALTON HILL 19
SHANE GOLOBIC 17W
 

 

 

 


 

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Holiday Lighting Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Interview of Dave Pusateri the founder of the Trophy Cup
with highlights of past races.
(50 minutes)


compliments of KWS (King of the West Sprints)

2011 Trophy Cup clips.

compliments of
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2013 Trophy Cup Last 5 Laps.



2013 Trophy Cup clips.

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Trophy Cup Observations

by Ron Rodda October 24, 2017

 

LINCOLN, Calif. – Here are a few observations from the 24th annual Trophy Cup, held last weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

Format – Any format that requires drivers to pass cars any time they have the opportunity to do so is good. There is no such thing as a Trophy Cup heat race where if a driver is fourth then all they need to do is cruise until the checkers wave. Shane Golobic edged Willie Croft by five points. That equates to two positions in a heat or main. There is also no such thing as a perfect format, but the Trophy Cup is closer than any other.

 

Shane Golobic — Winning the Trophy Cup is a tremendous achievement given the depth of the field of winged 360 sprints. To win consecutive years is amazing. Brent Kaeding did it in 1998-99, but it is more difficult to accomplish that feat now. Winning requires some luck along the way and Golobic had it the last two years.

Saturday’s very difficult heats, fully inverted by points, saw Golobic go from seventh to fourth while in the same heat Joey Saldana finished sixth from eighth. They shared row eight in the main event and for much of the 50 laps raced each other for the title.

Saldana reportedly had a tire going down and had to spin the tires to keep enough heat in them. That would have been a factor in not being able to keep up with Golobic after he had moved into the point lead on lap 37.

A huge deal was Golobic’s heat on Thursday. Winning from fifth starting spot was a point bonanza, but a three-car melee made that task much easier. Thursday was his high point night, without that three car wreck it could have been a different headline following Saturday’s main.

Heat races — Thirteen of 16 preliminary heats were won off of the front row. But watching the front of the field is not the place to focus. The race for high point car and therefore the second transfer is between the third row starters in the invert six heats. Some great racing took place between them, often multiple lead changes for the top point car honor during the eight laps.

Track conditions — Thunderbowl Raceway recently received a new layer of clay, making track prep more of a guessing game than usual. Much of the time it could have been better, but one thing that makes dirt track racing special is the unpredictable factor of track conditions.

B mains — Both preliminary nights had two, Saturday just one, and all five B mains were good. Announcer extraordinaire Fred Rannard Jr. uses the line, “This B main would be an A main anywhere else in the country.” That was absolutely true for this year’s collection of B mains.

A mains — Thursday was good, Friday was OK, Saturday was very good up front with a battle between Ryan Bernal and Bud Kaeding when the track was at its best. Bernal’s win shows how the once only non-winged racer has become an equally skilled winged driver. Kaeding reported his engine was losing power as the end neared. The point race between Saldana and Golobic was exciting as it was the last 10 laps or so before Golobic was in control.

Flips— There were way too many flips and some people blame the track. It is a difficult track to race compared to many, yet Golobic made 140 laps at speed and never seemed to even come close to the dreaded wall.

Officiating— The officiating crew did a great job and the racers never went past 11 p.m., probably the first time that has happened since the Trophy Cup moved to Tulare. Drivers cooperated by being ready on time, making for a situation where all worked together.

Crowds — Thursday has grown over the last couple of years and Friday plus Saturday were large turnouts. The campground was jammed like never before.

Accompanying activities — By all reports, companion events were well attended and very successful. These are significant fundraisers as businesses donate to make these events happen.

The big winner — Make-A-Wish Foundation received a check for $150,000 from the Trophy Cup, raising the total given to $1,570,000 with a goal to make an even larger contribution next year.

The future — The 25th annual Trophy Cup is set for Oct. 18-20, 2018 and will offer a purse of $200,000. It pays $25,000 to win the championship and to start the A main on Saturday is $5,000 guaranteed for total winnings over three days. There was a possibility that the 25th would be the finale, but track promoter Steve Faria has given his word that the 26th annual will be just as big. When Faria gives his word, you can count on it.

The track will likely see a significant improvement next year as new lighting is being planned. Assuming all the pieces come together, it will be one of the best lit tracks in the country.

Next year 95 invitations will be sent to teams eligible to attend the 25th annual Trophy Cup. Only five out of 100 entries this year were unable to compete as required to receive the invite.

This must be the first time ever that a sprint car race entry list is full a year in advance. It started in 1994 at San Jose Speedway and will offer the largest purse in winged 360 sprint history in 2018, all due to Trophy Cup founder Dave Pusateri having a vision and making it happen.

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Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race Tulare California Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race Tulare California Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race Tulare California
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