World of Outlaws Sprint Series to tackle high-banked Silver Dollar Speedway in $50,000-to-win 53rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions Reno, NV -- Dec. 10, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, VP of Public Relations The Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series to tackle high-banked Silver Dollar Speedway in $50,000-to-win 53rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions
Reno, NV -- Dec. 10, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, VP of Public Relations
The Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico has long been one of the most competitive events each season on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series circuit so it is with great excitement that DIRT MotorSports and the Outlaws will return in 2006 to sanction the high-profile John Padjen Motorsports event, now worth $50,000 to the winner.
Taming Silver Dollar Speedway is no easy task, but the Outlaws are looking forward to racing Sept. 7-9 against many of the West Coast's most formidable drivers in the 53rd running of the prestigious event. Last fall, Craig Dollansky broke the single-lap record in a Gold Cup preliminary feature that he eventually won. While he'll be aiming to put his machine into the wild Victory Lane in 2006 at Silver Dollar, Dollansky will have to get the better of the tough California racers as well as the rest of the Outlaws.
"Some of the most crowd-thrilling World of Outlaws Sprint Series events last season were on quarter-mile ovals," said DIRT Vice President and CFO Brian Carter. "The Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway was no exception. It was an exciting event with hard racing for just about every position throughout the field, and with $50,000-to-win this year that's the way it should be when you're competing in one of sprint car racing's highest profile events at a first-rate facility like Silver Dollar Speedway."
It also was important to John Padjen Motorsports that the Gold Cup be a World of Outlaws event.
"We are pleased to be able to continue our long relationship with the World of Outlaws and keep the Gold Cup as one of the Outlaws' premier events, especially now that the winner will take home $50,000," said John Padjen, the longtime promoter at Silver Dollar Speedway. "The racing already is intense, but for $50,000 there's no telling what might happen."
DIRT MotorSports and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series continue to shape the 2006 schedule and look forward to the series' 29th year of bringing the best collection of sprint car racers from coast to coast for what will no doubt be one of the most competitive seasons in series history.
About DIRT MotorSports
Based in Norman, OK, DIRT MotorSports, Inc. is the premier dirt racing and sports entertainment company dedicated to the promotion of competitive dirt track racing. DIRT MotorSports is the largest sanctioning body for sprint, late model and modified dirt track racing in the United States and also owns and operates several dirt tracks. DIRT MotorSports operates the industry's most prominent national touring series' including the World of Outlaws Sprint Series® broadcast on the Outdoor Channel® (Nasdaq: OUTD); the World of Outlaws Late Model Series® broadcast on SPEED Channel® and the DIRT Modified Series^Ù. "World of Outlaws" is a registered trademark of DIRT MotorSports.
About Silver Dollar Speedway
From it's inception, Silver Dollar Speedway has been the only track in Northern California to operate on a primarily Friday night weekly schedule. The first Northern Auto Racing Club all sprint car race was held in 1968 under VARA promotion and was won on July 27 by Billy Anderson, using neither wings or roll cages. In 1973, local businessman Jack Tindle took over as promoter of the racetrack, continuing to run open competition/open wheel cars and a variety of stock car classes. 1974 saw the 320 CID carburetor modifieds take over and run as the main class of open wheel cars until 1982. West Capital Speedway Promoter John Padjen gained control of the speedway in 1978 and continued to offer a complete scope of racing events. Padjen gradually moved to sprint cars as the headline class starting in 1983. The place to be in Chico on a Friday night is Silver Dollar Speedway. The track is host to a weekly Friday night show starting in early April and continues until the end of August. The main attraction of the weekly show includes the 410 sprint cars, dirt modifieds and pure stocks. Other big events throughout the year includes three days of racing during the Silver Dollar Fair always held on the Memorial Day Weekend and the annual July 4th race with fireworks at night. The Gold Cup Race of Champions was moved to Silver Dollar from West Capital Speedway in 1980 and is now considered one of the premiere events in the sprint car racing.