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October 15th - 17th
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October 2014, Dave Pusateri and his loyal Trophy Cup team present the Make-A-Wish Foundation a check for $100,000 at the annual event an additional 35,000 from the auction. Over the past 22 years, Dave Pusateri and the Trophy Cup Team have raised well over $1,135,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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Updated June 15, 2015
 
TBA BK RACING 69   TBA BK RACING 4
CRAIG STIDHAM 3   COLTON HEATH 33
TBA HP RACING 7M   ANTHONY SIMONE 10
JUSTIN COX 31C   TBA TARLTON RACING 21
TBA TARLTON RACING 21T   CARSON MACEDO 21X
JAYME BARNS 9   DOMINIC SCELZI 41
WILLIE CRAFT 26   KEN FREDENBERG 23
ROGER CROCKETT 11   MASON MOORE 22
BRADLEY TERRELL 43   BUD KAEDING 0
DANNY FARIA 17V   PAT HARVEY 15
MIKE FARIA 4F   SHANE GOLOBIC 22JR
BROOK LEMLEY TBA   ROB LINDSEY 23
TBA ROTH 83C   KYLE KURST 83JR
TBA ROTH 83SR   JONATHAN ALLARD 3C
GREG DE CAIRES 4SA   JEREMY CHISUM 8
BILLY BUTLER 57   MITCHELLE FACCINTO 37
JASON STATLER 00   DJ NETTO 88N
SHAWN WRIGHT 99   HEATH DUINKERKEN 79
TBA SWE 81     SWE 80
SOARES or MC MAHAN 12   JAKE HAULOT 7H
TOMAS BRAY-SCULLY 23   TBA VANLARA 5V
RICO ABREU 24   MIKE SCHOTT 22
LANDON HURST 9S   KOEN SHAW 88
KYLER SHAW 92   CORY ELIASON 00
STEVEN KENT 7   TBA TINER 83SA
ANDY GREGG 14R   TBA F&F RACING X1
LUKE DIDIUK 9A   KENNY ALLEN 7K
TBA VIKING ENGINEE 14   ROBERTO KIRBY 10X
SCOTT PARKER 12   REECE GOETZ 9R
TBA ENSIGN RACING TBA   CHASE JOHNSON 24
GEOFF ENSIGN 23B   JUSTIN SANDERS 18
CODY LAMAR 9L   MATT PETERSON P37
JAKE MORGAN 45   RYAN ROBINSON 1R
ANDY FORSBERG 7C   TRAVIS RILAT 39C
HENRY VAN DAM 33V   AUSTN LEGGETT 83
RYAN BERNAL 56   TERRY McCARL 88
STEVEN TINER 94   BRAD FURR 2
RICHARD VANDER WEERD 88V   JACE VANDER WEERD 10V
CHASE GOETZ 91   KURT NELSON 72W
TOMMY LALIBERTE 27   ROBBIE PRICE 21P
TREY STARKS 55   LUCA ROMANAZZI 96
             

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Making the Holiday brighter for Make-A-Wish

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.

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2013 Trophy Cup Last 5 Laps.



2013 Trophy Cup clips.

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Willie Croft Wins It All In Tulare
by Ron Rodda

Tulare, CA ¦The script has always been one in which a dramatic climb forwards from the back of the pack results in a driver becoming 2014Trophy Cup champion, usually starting from the last 2 or 3 rows. Saturday night Willie Croft wrote his own script when the outside 3rd row starter not only won the 50 lap main event, but also became the event champion by virtue of having 7 points more then Mason Moore. Croft became the closest to the front starter in Trophy Cup history to win the title.

The final evening started with a trio of D mains, elevating the top 4 to the C main. Jake Morgan, Koen Shaw, and Jonathan Cornell took those preliminary mains and became part of the C main later. A six pack of heat races followed for the top 48 in points from Thursday or Friday, inverting the field completely, and awarding 36 points for a win, dropping by 3 for each finishing position. Incoming point leader, David Gravel, stretched his lead after the heats and now had a 10 point gap between himself and teammate Kyle Hirst, Tim Kaeding, Roger Crockett, and Shane Golobic were next in line in the point battle while Croft was 19th in points leading to the A main to end the evening.

Transfers from the heats were assigned to a main event based on total points, regardless of finishing position. The lowest 8 from the heats were joined by the 12 D main transfers for a 20 car, 15 lap C main with the top 4 moving on to the B. On a racy track, Sean Becker won the C with Shawn Wright, Justin Sanders, and Travis Rilat emerging with the top 4 spots. Rilat won a furious three car battle for the final transfer.

The B main was for point cars 21-40 plus the quartet of C main transfers, inverting six by points and moving the top 4 to the A main. Another excellent race over the 25 lap distance included a dramatic turn of events for the final transfer spot. Mitchell Faccinto led 5 laps before Jonathan Allard took over and led the rest of the way. The coveted 4th finishing spot was the center of attention with Mike Faria owning it early before several virtual ties at the finish line dotted the race. John Carney II used the bottom of turn 4 to take 4th on lap 9 but then had terminal engine problems to surrender the spot to Jason Statler. That failed to settle the issue when Statler crashed and it wound up being a tussle between Faria and Dominic Scelzi. It was finally settled at the finish line when a near dead heat with the two cars banging off each other saw Faria slide to the infield and Scelzi win the spot by a very small margin.

Due to being the lowest point cars in the fully inverted A main, the B transfers always fill the first two rows. Greg DeCaires had an outstanding B main, racing from 18th starting to 2nd, finishing behind Allard and ahead of Faccinto and Scelzi to create the four transfers. Being the lowest point car, DeCaires was on the pole with Scelzi alongside. Top point car David Gravel shared row 12 with 2nd in points, Kyle Hirst, and a race to complement the excellent B main was expected.

Scelzi took the lead but lost an engine after 7 laps and DeCaires had the lead. With a 5 point drop per finishing position, the early laps showed Shane Golobic as having moved the most forward from his 20th starting spot, but still well behind the front runners. The first 33 laps were very smooth with just 3 yellows appearing and several lead changes at the front. DeCaires took over when Scelzi lost the engine and led with Faccinto and Croft in pursuit. Fifteen laps in Faccinto took over and two laps later Croft moved into 2nd with a low turn 1 drive. Tim Kaeding lost a right rear after lap 18 just before Allard moved into 3rd.

The track was beginning to shows signs of rubber and at the halfway point Golobic was 7 spots ahead of Gravel to lead among the back of the pack starters. It became obvious as the laps continued that moving forward was going to become more and more difficult as the race continued. Croft continued chasing Faccinto and took the lead on lap 30, driving past the 2nd generation local driver on the bottom of turn 2. When Allard came to a stop after 33 laps, the yellow became a red for the planned fuel stop, a fuel only opportunity. However, Rico Abreu needed to add air and both Hirst and Gravel changed a tire so all 3 were back to their original starting locations, at the rear of the field when racing resumed.

The move back to tail essentially ended all 3 from being contenders with only 17 laps left and passing becoming more unlikely. On the restart, Tim Kaeding flipped in turn 4 and a short term flame appeared. Having been collected in the flip, Rico Abreu jumped out of his car and helped Kaeding emerge safely from his and both cars were done. Golobics run ended after 36 laps with a broken rear end and the final stoppage was Craig Stidham’s hard flip into the turn 4 wall. Stidham was dazed but was able to walk away after a couple minutes.

With 8 laps left, the only threats to Croft’s title were Mason Moore, needed to finish 2nd from his current 4th to win, and Roger Crockett, still having to move up to 4th from his current 8th. Crockett was just too far back to make that happen but Moore caused excitement when he passed 3rd running DeCaires on the low side going into turn 1 on lap 43. That meant if Moore could get past Faccinto he would take the Cup title lead, but DeCaires motored around Moore on the outside in turn 2 on lap 44 and the threat was over.

Croft led the last 21 laps to win the A main and the Cup championship together. DeCaires finished a fine pair of drives to take 2nd over young and impressive Mitchell Faccinto. Moore finished 4th and was 7 points behind Croft in the final tally while Crockett was 3rd in points. Croft’s win and title came from 6th starting while 2nd in points Moore started 12th and Crockett’s 3rd point spot came after his 21st starting position assignment.

Earlier in the evening the Trophy Cup group of volunteers presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a check for $100,000 for this year’s contribution, raising the total over the last 20 years to $1,070,000. The money this year came from the entry fees, golf tournament, donations, and many prized given to the event. Dates for the 2015 race will be announced in the near future.

A main—Wlllie Croft, Greg DeCaires, Mitchell Faccinto, Mason Moore, Bud Kaeding, Carson Macedo, Roger Crockett, Terry McCarl, Steven Tiner, Kyle Hirst, Justyn Cox, Cory Eliason, Brent Kaeding, Henry Van Dam, Jonathan Allard, Colby Copeland, D. J. Netto, Tim Kaeding, Craig Stidham, Shane Golobic, Tim Kaeding, Rico Abreu, Dominic Scelzi, Scott Russell

B main—Allard, DeCaires, Faccinto, Scelzi, Mike Faria, Jason Meyers, Danny Faria Jr., Brad Furr, Randy Hannagan, Jason Solwold, Matt Peterson, Sean Becker, Kurt Nelson, Justin Sanders, Billy Butler, Travis Rilat, Jason Statler, Herman Klein, Shawn Wright, Jamie McFadden, John Carney II, Andy Forsberg, Seth Nunes

C main—Becker, Wright, Sanders, Rilat, Colton Heath, Heath Duinkerken, Reece Goetz, Trey Starks, Jayme Barnes, Scott Parker, Chase Johnson, Jeremy Chism, Jake Morgan, Koen Shaw, Colin Baker, Austin Wheatley, Landon Hurst, Bradley Terrell, Jonathan Cornell, Adam Walter

Top ten in final points—Willie Croft 426, Mason Moore 419, Roger Crockett 415, Carson Macedo 412, Bud Kaeding 410, Mitchell Faccinto 406, Kyle Hirst 404, Terry McCarl 401, Steven Tiner 397, Greg DeCaires 390

 Colby Copeland Takes Night Two
by Ron Rodda

Tulare, CA¦Roseville driver, Colby Copeland, scored the big win as night two of the 21st Annual Trophy Cup unfolded on a perfect night of weather at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. Copeland ™s drive to the win was spiced with an excellent duel with Andy Gregg before Copeland took over and led the last 7 laps.

Ninety of the original 94 teams returned to the high-banked 3/8. Groups A and B were switched in order and the drivers within the groups also reversed the order from Thursday. David Gravel again set quick time for his group, a 14.097 before group A fast time was set by Justyn Cox at 14.597, each driver earning the 150 points for their effort.

Five heats in each group inverted six by time and tonight the top two point cars, regardless of finishing position, moved directly to the A main, the next two in points to the B main, etc. Heat points are 36 to win with a 3 point drop and are added to qualifying points to determine main event assignment.

Jeremy Chism won the D main and moved on to the C, accompanied by Dustin Golobic, Geoff Ensign, and Kurt Nelson. The 12 lap C main saw Dominic Scelzi take the win ahead of fellow transfers Greg DeCaires, Austin Wheatley, and Cory Eliason. Those 4 were added to the B main transfers from the heats and a talent laden field raced an exciting 20 laps before Jason Statler won over Steven Tiner, Randy Hannagan, and Jamie McFadden.

The 30 lap A main inverted 12 by points, assigning Colby Copeland and Justyn Cox to row 1 with Brent Kaeding and Andy Gregg to row 2. Just 3 yellows slowed the pace with the first 17 laps nonstop. Copeland led from the green with Gregg and Cox in pursuit. Lap 2 saw Cox get sideways on the bottom of turn 4, but he saved it to keep the race green but Brent Kaeding was now 3rd.

The top 3 raced each other intently but remained unchanged in order until Gregg grabbed the lead by driving under Copeland into turn 1 on lap 10. That order stuck until 5th starting Roger Crockett moved into 3rd just before the first yellow. On the resumption of the tight battle, Gregg continued to lead Copeland and Crockett until lap 24 when Copeland drove off of the top of turn 4 to edge past Gregg at the line. Copeland built up momentum running the top line though 3 and 4,using that speed to beat Gregg to the line.

Two laps later Crocket used the same move in turn 4, although not as high on the track, and took 2nd. David Gravel, the 12th starter due to his high point status, used the bottom of turn 2 to move to 3rd on lap 28 while Crockett closed on Copeland. A last turn effort led to a drag race to the line and Copeland held off Crockett by a couple feet for the win while Gravel was 3rd to again be the night’s high point driver.

The finals tonight will see the top 48 in points run six heats, fully inverted by points, with the usual 36 points to win and a 3 point drop. Each driver’s higher point total from the two preliminary nights was used to create the heats. The top 20 in points after heats, no matter which heat nor where a driver finished, will move to the A main while the next 20 to the B main, etc. All drivers from both groups A and B are now in one group for heat race assignments. Several D mains will open the race program with the top 4 from each moving into the C main.

The evening and event will culminate with the crown jewel of Trophy Cup racing, the 50 lap fully inverted A main with a built in fuel only stop after lap 20, always in conjunction with a yellow or racing red. The driver who finishes the A main with the most points from a qualifying night and tonight will be crowned the champion of the 21st Annual Trophy Cup and receives the $20,000 payout from the over $150,000 purse.

The total purse has two components, the usual racing purse, and another $81,500 that is paid to the top 24 in points, which will be the A main starters tonight.

A main 1 Colby Copeland 2 Roger Crockett 3 David Gravel 4 Kyle Hirst 5 Andy Gregg 6 Shane Golobic 7 Tim Kaeding 8 Brent Kaeding 9 Carson Macedeo 10 Justyn Cox 11 Henry Van Dam 12 Willie Croft 13 Mitchell Faccinto 14 Bud Kaeding 15 Jason Statler 16 Randy Hannagan 17 James McFadden 18 John Carney 19 D.J. Netto 20 Seth Nunes 21 Andy Forsberg 22 Mason Moore 23 Mike Faria 24 Steven Tiner (DNS)

B main 1 Jason Statler 2 Steven Tiner 3 Randy Hannagan 4 James McFadden 5 Craig Stidham 6 Jonathan Allard 7 Matt Peterson 8 Jason Meyers 9 Reece Goetz 10 Colton Heath 11 Justin Sanders 12 Shawn Wright 13 Dominic Scelzi 14 Brad Furr 15 Bradley Terrell 16 Austin Wheatley 17 Cory Eliason 18 Heath Duinkerken 19 Greg DeCaires 21 Chase Johnson 22 Travis Rilat 23 Jake Morgan 24 Trey Starks 20 Brock Lemley

C main 1 Dominic Scelzi 2 Greg DeCaires 3 Austin Wheatley 4 Cory Eliason 5 Jayme Barnes 6 Danny Faria Jr. 7 Sean Becker 8 Herman Klein 9 Steven Kent 10 Jonathan Cornell 11 Dustin Golobic 12 Adam Walters 13 Geoff Ensign 14 Jeremy Chisum 15 Robbie Price 16 Colin Baker 17 Kurt Nelson 18 Garen Linder

D main 1 Jeremy Chisum 2 Dustin Golobic 3 Geoff Ensign 4 Kurt Nelson 5 Koen Shaw 6 Roberto Kirby 7 Jace Vander Weerd 8 Collin Markle 9 Scott Parker 10 Rob Lindsey 11 Luke Didiuk 12 Dylan Black 13 Billy Butler 14 Anthony Simone 15 Mike Stallings 16 Tomas Bray

Top 15 in points, better night used

1. David Gravel 282 2. Roger Crockett 274 3. Colby Copeland 274 4. Tim Kaeding 273 5. Rico Abreu 272 6. Kyle Hirst 272 7. Andy Gregg 267 8. Mason Moore 266 9. Terry McCarl 265 10. Brent Kaeding 261 11. Shane Golobic 260 12. Steven Tiner 257 13. Henry Van Dam 257 14. Carson Macedo 257 15. Justyn Cox 256

 Hirst Has Huge Trophy Cup Night
by Ron Rodda

Tulare, CA¦Coming back from a heat race finish that assigned him to the C main, Kyle Hirst turned the setback into success when he won the C, B, and A mains on the opening night of the 21st Annual Trophy Cup at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. Despite his performance, Hirst finished the opening night 4th in points as only qualifying, heat races, and the A main earned points for the 84 teams on hand.

With 42 drivers in each group, the first to test the clocks from group A were led by Hirst when he posted a 13.920, the only sub-14 second lap. Group B qualifiers were led by David Gravel, a 14.208 with the two groups running five heats each, inverting six and moving the top 2 onto the A main. Finishers 3 and 4 went to the B main, etc. Hirst was 6th in his heat while Gravel won his, awarding Gravel 15 more points than Hirst.

The A group heats were on a difficult to pass track as post qualifying track prep led to a fast surface, but by the 2nd heat for group B, and 7th overall, the racing saw more heat race passing. There were still 15 of the fastest 20 qualifiers that did not make a heat transfer, leading to assignments in the B, C or even D mains.

As the five mains started, the track had continually improved and dramatic racing followed. Geoff Ensign and Jared Georges were to two and joined the D. Seth Nunes took the D main and moved onto the C along with Kenny Allen, Colton Heath, and Steven Kent. The C main, straight up by points, put Hirst on the pole and he won over fellow transfers Willie Croft, Bud Kaeding, and Mike Faria,

The B main was a 20 lap test with 6 inverted by points and again the top 4 moving on. With a field that would normally mostly be A main cars, the racing was furious and multiple turn 4 sliders spiced the action. Hirst won from 7th starting over Steven Tiner, Mason Moore, and Roger Crockett with Crockett coming from 16th starting.

The 4 transfers joined the 20 cars that finished top 2 in the ten heats with 12 inverted by points. Terry McCarl and Jason Solwold were front row starters with high point David Gravel in 12th. Seven yellows flew during the 30 laps on a track that started very racy and turned rubber dominated over the last 10 or so laps.

McCarl led a pair of laps before Hirst used the upper line out of turn 2 to take over from his 3rd starting spot. Mason Moore was 3rd until throwing a slider on McCarl on lap 5 and taking over 2nd. Three laps later McCarl regained the spot down the back stretch while Hirst continued to lead.

Just before mid-race Hirst distanced himself from McCarl and Tim Kaeding, starting 8th, moved into 3rd on lap 15 with a low side turn 2 effort. Kaeding then battled Rico Abreu for a couple laps before moving into 2nd with another turn 2 low groove move on the 19th circuit. T. Kaeding slowly closed on Hirst but his latter laps effort fell short and Hirst had the win over T. Kaeding, McCarl, Abreu, and Moore.

Tonight the program will repeat with this time group B cars qualifying first and the order within the group reversed. That means that Bradley Terrell, the final to test the clocks Thursday, will be the first on Friday while Mike Faria will be the last overall after leading off for group A opening night. Friday’s point total for each driver will be compared to Thursday’s total with the larger being used for Saturday’s heat assignments. Friday’s direct heat transfers to the A main will be the top two point cars from each of the ten heats no matter their finishing position.

D Main 1 Seth Nunes 2 Kenny Allen 3 Colton Heath 4 Steven Kent 5 Reece Goetz 6 Landon Hurst 7 Dylan Black 8 Kyle Miller 9 Luca Romanzzi 10 Jeremy Chisum 11 Adam Walters 12 Nick McColloch 13 Mike Schott 14 Mike Stallings 15 Anthony Simone 16 Roberto Kirby 17 Geoff Ensign 18 Dustin Golobic 19 Jared Goerges 20 Jace Vander Weerd

C main 1 Kyle Hirst 2 Willie Croft 3 Bud Kaeding 4 Mike Faria 5 Randy Hannagan 6 Chase Johnson 7 Colin Baker 8 Jayme Barnes 9 Austin Wheatley 10 Steven Kent 11 Collin Markle 12 Heath Duinkerken 13 Garen Linder 14 Robbie Price 15 Jonathan Cornell 16 Colton Heath 17 Seth Nunes 18 Scott Parker 19 Kyler Shaw 20 Jake Morgan 21 Kenny Allen 22 Bradley Terrell 23 Andy Gregg

B main 1 Kyle Hirst 2 Steven Tiner 3 Mason Moore 4 Roger Crockett 5 Shane Golobic 6 Bud Kaeding 7 Andy Forsberg 8 Mitchell Faccinto 9 James McFadden 10 Greg DeCaires 11 Jason Statler 12 Jason Meyers 13 Sean Becker 14 Henry Van Dam 15 Mike Faria 16 Justin Sanders 17 Trey Starks 18 Shawn Wright 19 Colby Copeland 20 Travis Rilat 21 Koen Shaw 22 Willie Croft 23 John Carney 24 Jake Haulot

A main 1 Kyle Hirst 2 Tim Kaeding 3 Terry McCarl 4 Rico Abreu 5 Mason Moore 6 David Gravel 7 Roger Crockett 8 D.J. Netto 9 Herman Klein 10 Danny Faria Jr. 11 Steven Tiner 12 Justyn Cox 13 Cory Eliason 14 Jonathan Allard 15 Brock Lemley 16 Craig Stidham 17 Brad Furr 18 Kurt Nelson 19 Billy Butler 20 Brent Kaeding 21 Jason Solwold 22 Dominic Scelzi 23 Matt Peterson 24 Carson Macedeo

Thursday points top 15 1. David Gravel 276 2. Tim Kaeding 273 3. Rico Abreu 272 4. Kyle Hirst 271 5. Mason Moore 266 6. Terry McCarl 265 7. Steven Tiner 257 8. D. J. Netto 254 9. Roger Crockett 252 10. Cory Eliason 250 11. Herman Klein 250 12. Jonathan Allard 247 13. Craig Stidham 244 14. Danny Faria Jr. 244 15. Carson Macedo 238

 

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