Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Fast Talkers: 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions Chico, CA-- September 3, 2008-- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will wrap up the Gold Rush Tour for 2008 ...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Fast Talkers: 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions
Chico, CA-- September 3, 2008-- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will wrap up the Gold Rush Tour for 2008 with the 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, September 4-6. For the third consecutive season the winner will receive $50,000. Five former winners of the event that are full-time World of Outlaws drivers will be in attendance, led by Steve Kinser who has 12 wins in the race, along with Jac Haudenschild who has two wins, as well as, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz who each have one Gold Cup victory. Also, three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell will be competing in the event, which he won back in 1981. Prior to the Gold Cup, the 18 full-time World of Outlaws drivers shared their thoughts on the famed event.
Tony Bruce Jr., Driver of the No. 18 Best Well Service Maxim
"I love the race track over there and the facility is great, and they always put on a great race for the fans, and any place that has a bikini contest is a great place to go to... It's a win-win situation for everyone involved: the drivers, owners and fans...For the West Coast, it basically is the Knoxville Nationals. It's one of the biggest and most prestigious events to win. It's definitely a big event for everyone involved. I like having the split qualifying nights. That way, every hitter is not on your night an splits the field up and makes it a little more even. Hopefully we can have a good run and get locked in for Saturday."
Craig Dollansky, Driver of the No. 2 Snap-on Tools Maxim
"The Gold Cup has become one of the crown jewels of sprint car racing, and one that everyone wants to win. Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway) is one of the most fun tracks we go to on the tour. There is a lot of exciting racing that goes on there...The size of paycheck at the event definitely sets it apart from the rest. They have stepped up to pay 50-grand to win, which is the same as the Kings Royal, which is the second biggest race we have. It is right up there now as one of the biggest races of the season...The majority of us have run there quite a bit, but it does help some having the night to watch. We run on the first night so it really won't be a benefit to us, but for the guys that run on the second night, they'll be able to learn some things going into Friday. We are going in there with a strong team and see what we can do. It's a track that I definitely enjoy going to and I am looking forward to it."
Sam Hafertepe Jr., Driver of the No. 15H G.H. Plumbing J&J
"We had a pretty strong run there last year, and are definitely looking to improve on the run we had their last year...It's just like any other race. It has very tough competition, and we fared pretty well in qualifying, and that helped set us up for the final night...Any time you get that many cars it does take some luck and we had some good luck there last year and hopefully we have a little bit better this year...We can capitalize on a few things that we did wrong last year, and I think we'll be a contender this year. I really do. That was one of our strongest runs last year."
Jac Haudenschild, Driver of the No. R19 Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim
"We're looking forward to it. I always enjoy running the Gold Cup. It's a nice track and usually has two and three grooves. We like the short tracks... It's definitely tough and there are a lot of good California cars. A lot cars show up there and it's always good racing... It's definitely nice when the purse is up and makes you feel good. The Gold Cup has paid that for a couple of years now and it would be nice to win it... The track is usually pretty close each time. It's a good heavy track with great racing on it. Hopefully it will be the same this time."
Chad Hillier, Driver of the No. 5C DIRT Inc. Maxim
"It's always a fun race and there are a lot of festivities going on down there. It's three nights of racing and will be a good event as always this year...There is such tough competition down there and with all of these traveling cars, it does help to have a night to watch and study the track. By splitting the field up, you have a better chance to get qualified in for the final night. Having a night off if you race on the first night give you extra time to get ready for the final night...You prepare for every race that you go to. If you do run there night in and night out you can fine tune some things. Sometimes going to a place and just trying stuff you don't screw things up too bad before you get there."
Chad Kemenah, Driver of the No. 8K Kantor Oil Company Maxim
"It's definitely a big event. I enjoy going out there. The people are great and the fans are so friendly. It is one of the biggest races of the year...It's like a mini-Knoxville and you can't have anything go wrong. You have to have 'Lady Luck' on your side as well. Hopefully you can go forward every race that you are in...We just need to figure out the West Coast a little better. The tracks are usually a little more wet and heavy and I have to get better at those. All in all, we are having a good season and are looking forward to the Gold Cup."
Kraig Kinser, Driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops Maxim
"It's always a fun event and definitely one you want to run good at. It's a tough to get through your night with all the cars that are there on a small track. I think I've been there two years and crashed both of my qualifying nights, which put us behind for the rest of the event...It never hurts to have luck on your side, especially when you are in a good groove and have your car working good. You can drive around cars there. It's a fun track and the racing is always good. Hopefully I'll be on my game when we get there...It's always different when you have a unique format and you have to make sure you know the format better, so you know what to do to get yourself in a good spot to be in the show. We just have to have the best qualifying night that we can and hopefully put ourselves at the front of the field for the A-Main."
Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 Q Oil Maxim
"I always look forward to going there and running. It's a nice little short track and good Fairgrounds as well. It's a good place to go to...It would definitely be a good payday, that's for sure to win. It's a pretty good purse for a little quarter-mile race track...There are a lot of good racers out there, and always a good field of cars. The two nights of preliminary racing are always tough. You have to put yourself in a good position to win. It's a tough race to win... It just depends on how everything goes if the night off is a good thing or not. If everything is running smooth, it can be a good thing. These guys (the crew) are also used to getting things prepared and back down the road. It will be good to get a day off for everyone."
Kerry Madsen, Driver of the No. 55 TK Concrete Maxim
"I'm looking forward to it. We had a tough time there last year and I'm looking to redeem myself and have a good run...It's definitely one of the toughest races with the format and as many cars as they have. It's one of the most fun races of the year, and one that a lot of people look forward to. It should be good...You need things to fall your way to win one of these races nowadays. A little luck wouldn't hurt as well. At the end of the day, if you are fast and do everything right, you should be ok."
Terry McCarl, Driver of the No. 24 Big Game Treestands Maxim
"It's a historical event. It's one of those events that pays a lot of money to win, but it's an 'Event.' It's a lot of fun with all the people camping out and the atmosphere. It's fun to have all the fans hanging around. It's not just another race, it's a great event for the racers and the fans especially...You go in each night and try your best to win. They take out half the Outlaws guys on the qualifying nights and that makes your job a little easier, but there are tough local guys. Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway) is one of those places that is pretty unique and the local guys are pretty strong there. It's a tough event and tough to just make the field...You have to be on you game the entire time. Like any big event, if they are going to pay $50,000-to win it's going to be tough money to win. We're definitely looking forward to it."
Paul McMahan, Driver of the No. 6 Casey's General Stores Maxim
"The Gold Cup is the biggest race in California. Growing up in California that is the one race that you really want to win. It would be a great honor to win that race... It's always nice to go home. I have so many laps around Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway). My family and friends will be there and it's a great place to race. Robbie and John (Padjen) do a great job, and the track is always prepared great. I'm just looking forward to going back... The main night is Saturday night, but for fans that come all three nights, they get to see three full shows, with several different drivers. For the drivers, they get a night off to relax and watch races and just kind of be themselves. That's good for me, because it gives me a day to spend with my family and friends that come out to the races."
Jason Meyers, Driver of the No. 14 GLR Investments KPC
"It's a big race. It pays a lot of money, but just being able to go out there and be able to say that you won the Gold Cup is big. It's the most prestigious event on the West Coast and has been for years. It's something that we have hopefully worked hard enough for all year, to put our name on that list of winners... It would mean a lot to win it. It would not be about the money. It would be about the race. Guys like Brent Kaeding and Jimmy Sills have won it and besides them, there has not been a lot of California guys win. It would certainly be one way to top our year off. We haven't won one of these big races yet and have been second in a lot of them. It sure would be sweet to win one of these big races this year in our home state."
Daryn Pittman, Driver of the No. 21 Titan Garages Maxim
"It a huge event and I feel like one of the biggest wins we have ever had. There is so much history behind it and the race track itself. The event and the history is bigger than the race itself. Those are the best races to go to and the most fun to run and the best ones to win. To get a second one would be awesome... That place is so small and it's hard to put yourself in a position to win. I think you need to start in the first two or three rows to have a shot at winning. It takes a flawless run to win there and you have to do everything right. It's kind of like Knoxville, you don't luck into a Gold Cup win. With the qualifying days it takes good runs on multiple days to have a shot at winning. Those are the hardest ones to win and generally the best teams win those."
Joey Saldana, Driver of the No. 9 Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI
"That is a huge event. It's bigger than the World of Outlaws or all of us here as competitors. That's an event that was here long before us. It's an honor to have won it and hopefully we can do it again. They have raised their purse up to make the race as prestigious as it is. It pays the money it should and brings out all the fans. It brings a lot of attention to that race, and it should have that because of what it is. It's pretty historic and it's neat to be a non-California guy that has won it... We're definitely looking forward to it and it would be great to win it again for this team."
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 Armor All J&J
"It's a fun race. It's always a fun swing on the West Coast, going from Washington to Oregon to California. You kind of save the best for last there with the Gold Cup. It's just an awesome event, with all the people and the race cars. You actually get to watch for a night and have a night off. It's a pretty neat format. It pays 50-grand to win, so that is pretty cool...It's a unique deal and fun to have the cars split up, especially with all the local cars. It's a big event and fun to be a part of it. Like any race, anymore, it's tough, especially when you have all the cars like it has. It ranks right up there with the other big races."
Jason Sides, Driver of the No. 7S Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim
"It's always been a big event and definitely has since I have been coming out here, which has been the last six or seven years. It's still a big deal today. To run in the Top-Three or to win that thing would be great for us. It's a good place and everyone always seems to have fun there. There is a lot that goes on with the event. We always seem to go pretty good there...It's no different than Knoxville with the split nights. You have to beat a good field on your qualifying night and everyone on the final night. It's good that you get to go and watch one night and prepare yourself for the final night."
Shane Stewart, Driver of the No. 83 Roth Motorsports KPC
"It's definitely a big race on our schedule and pays very well. It's a big race for me. Driving for Dennis and Teresa (Roth) it's right in their backyard. Hopefully we can have a good showing over there. Dennis and Teresa will have a lot of customers there and family members as well...It helps a little bit having raced there earlier this year. We went there with a different car than what we have now. We'll have a basic set-up and go from there. We'll be strong and I am not worried about it. The track has been dry and sticky this year and the temperatures have been through the roof up there. I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully we can put on a good race for Dennis and Teresa."
Lucas Wolfe, Driver of the No. 5W Allebach Racing Maxim
"I'm very excited for it and looking forward to it. It's definitely one of the biggest races on the West Coast and in the whole country. I'm very excited to finally getting to be able to run in it. Hopefully it will be a good weekend and we run strong. It will be good to get to another new track...It's different. It just depends on your situation whether it makes a difference or not having the qualifying nights. You do get to watch the other cars race the night you are not racing so that can be helpful...These are definitely different types of race tracks than I am used to on the West Coast. They are a lot smaller and choppier. They are all types of tracks that you have to be good on. Hopefully we can continue to improve on them and keep coming back for years to come."