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USAC's Valvoline Western Sprint Car participants will compete for their second largest paycheck ever in the August 21 "Trigueiro Classic" at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The event concludes with the series' first-ever 100-lap feature...

USAC's Valvoline Western Sprint Car participants will compete for their second largest paycheck ever in the August 21 "Trigueiro Classic" at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The event concludes with the series' first-ever 100-lap feature event on Madera's 1/3-mile pavement.

Wirtgen America has jumped on board by matching the posted winner's share of the $22,260 purse to offer the race winner a $6,500 payday, second only to the $8,000 posted to win last year's National/Western Sprint race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.

The "Trigueiro Classic," saluting one of short-track America's first families, debuted as a supermodified race in 2001 and in 2002 included USAC's Regional Sprint Car Series participants. Troy Regier won the inaugural, while Lonnie Adamson (supermodifieds) and Todd Ellison (sprints) won the 2002 events and Regier repeated last year. Both 2002 winning cars were from the Trigueiro stable.

In addition to the posted prizes, $2,000 in lap prizes are also available, as well as a $500 Cromer fast time award and $500 in additional bonuses, bringing the total prize money for the August 21 event to $27,510.

Larry Trigueiro, team manager for Team Orange/Western Speed Racing, received the 2003 Weld Racing Mechanical Achievement Award for his work on USAC Western Sprint Car driving champion Michael Lewis' car.

Lewis is currently second in the Valvoline Western Sprint Car standings following back-to-back victories in the state of Washington.

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