By Troy Hennig, SDS Media Relations
CHICO, CA – March 9th and 10th, the 2012 Silver Dollar Speedway season will open with the annual running of the Silver Cup Race of Champions. Traditionally, the Mini Gold Cup is the first race of the year. However, this year, the World of Outlaws schedule did not permit the traveling series to have an open date that coincided with our first race weekend. So, to accommodate both races, Promoter Dennis Gage switched the two racing weekends giving the Silver Cup drivers the first chance to test out the new configuration of the famed quarter-mile speedway.
The Silver Cup is set to begin on Friday night, March 9 and conclude on Saturday night, March 10. The Mini Gold Cup is scheduled for March 23 and 24. You can purchase tickets for the Mini Gold Cup by visiting our website and clicking on the buy tickets link on the lower left hand side. The Silver Cup grandstand seating is general admission and tickets can be purchased the day of the events at the track.
The Silver Cup will feature four racing divisions including the 360 winged sprint cars, dirt modifieds, street stocks and wingless sprints. Saturday night will constitute a Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout event. Pit gates will open at 2pm while the front grandstand gate will open at 5pm. Racing is slated to start at 6pm for both nights. For pricing and general information please visit the speedway website at www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
Top teams and drivers are scheduled to compete at the Silver Cup Race of Champions. Big money is on the line once again for the all divisions. The winged sprint car winner will receive $2,000 on Friday night and $3,000 on Saturday night. The wingless and dirt modifieds will boast an impressive overall purse. The Saturday night Street Stocks winner will receive an unprecedented $500.00. A list of the payouts is available by calling the track office at 530-350-7275. Most of the competitors should have received fliers in the mail with the rules and payout information. Camping for the weekend is also available at the fairgrounds for $30.00 a night.
The off season provided the track maintenance staff at Silver Dollar Speedway ample time to flatten and widen and smooth out the racing surface. Fans and drivers alike who have visited the speedway over the winter are enthusiastic and optimistic about the new configuration and looking forward to racing the clay oval in 2012.
Photos Courtesy of Steve LaMothe from Steve’s Racing Photos.