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Tim Kaeding puts on clinic at Thunderbowl Raceway to win thrilling Saturday night main event and collect third Trophy Cup title

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, California – October 26, 2009…Over the past number of seasons no driver has been more thrilling at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway than 2002 King of California Tim Kaeding and this past weekend the San Jose racer lived up to that billing once again by putting on one of the greatest drives in recent memory to charge all the way from 24th to first in the feature on Saturday night aboard the Roth Motorsports, DTR Transport No. 83 jr. to capture his third career Trophy Cup championship.

Kaeding went into the 16th running of the event on the heels of back-to-back wins to close the GLR Investments 360 Series season at Watsonville's Ocean Speedway and parlayed the momentum into becoming the first driver to ever start dead-last in the Trophy Cup main event and drive all the way through the field for victory. "I feel a bit like Leroy Van Connet right now cause guys like him used to always start in the back and win races like this," said an exuberant Kaeding in victory lane. "That main event right there is what sprint car racing is all about and I hope all you fans enjoyed that one."

Going into the 50-lap, 24-car main event on Saturday night T. Kaeding and Oklahoma's Shane Stewart, arguably the two favorites going into the weekend, sat tied atop the Trophy Cup point standings. The totally inverted feature saw action right from the get-go as drivers tried to find the right spots to put their machines on as the Thunderbowl Raceway had slicked off nicely and created multiple-groove racing. Medford, Oregon's Roger Crockett jumped into the lead early on behind the wheel of his SKS Racing, Omlid and Swinney No. 11 sprinter as he looked to have things going his way out front in the opening stages.

During the first 15-circuits many of the drivers from the rear of the field hadn't made progress as much as expected, with the exception of Chico's Jonathan Allard however, who had been putting on a show from his 18th starting position. By the time a yellow flag on lap 15 became the mandatory stop for fuel and adjustments, the two-time King of California had charged all the way up into seventh at the helm of his Williams Motorsports No. 0 and was the high-point driver up till that part of the race. Things would change on the restart though as Allard appeared to bicycle in-between turns one and two, which resulted in him getting upside down to put an end to his Trophy Cup chances.

With Allard out of the race the focus was back on Kaeding and Stewart and when the green flag came back out the duo began picking their way forward as the competition intensified throughout the field. While eyes were focused on the point battle Crockett continued to lead out front, but his hopes at victory came to an end on lap 21 when he spun out in turn four. This handed the lead to San Jose's Randy Hannagan, who had also won the past two Trophy Cup Saturday night main events and was in search of making it three-in-a-row. Stalking Hannagan in second however, was Elk Grove's Kyle Larson as the 17-year-old racer looked for any kind of an opening to make his move for the top-spot aboard the Al's Roofing Supply, Stadelhofer Construction No. 99.

Larson looked to the bottom of turn four a couple times and finally got the bite off the exit he needed to slice by Hannagan and claim the lead at the stripe on lap 26, but the "Hurricane" would cut back to the bottom in turn two and put his Terry Hannagan Racing No. 1x machine back out front. At this point Kaeding and Stewart had been putting on a show as well with their thrilling battle for the Trophy Cup point title being a back-and-forth fight. By the time there were 15-laps to go both drivers had worked their way into the top-five with "TK" sitting in fourth and Stewart in fifth. With the race winding down Stewart was able to make his way by Kaeding and put his Paul Silva Motorsports, Probilt Construction No. 57 back atop the Trophy Cup standings, but Kaeding would have none of it and charged back to bottom of the raceway to take back fourth with a little over 10-laps left.

Kaeding though wasn't happy with just riding the race out and continued to show the aggression that has made him one of the most thrilling drivers in all of sprint car racing as he made an amazing move to the bottom of the raceway in turn three to thread-the-needle under Nashville, TN's Paul McMahan and Larson to claim second with just around 10-laps remaining. The 31-year-old then closed in quickly on Hannagan and the pair would proceed to put on an exciting duel for the win as they traded the lead a few different times on the one-third mile clay oval. As Hannagan appeared to not be able to hold the bottom off the exit in turn four "TK" took advantage on lap 46 to put his Dennis and Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr into the top-spot that he would never relinquish, as he pulled away and the large crowd gave Kaeding a standing ovation as he crossed under the checkered flag.

The performance was also reminiscent of a pair of other races at the Thunderbowl Raceway in which Kaeding put on similar charges to claim victories in the past, including a Thanksgiving weekend 410 event in 2002 that saw him come from 16th to first in the feature, as well as the '06 National Sprint Tour finale where he charged from 13th to pick up the win. "I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for giving me the opportunity of a life-time and all my guys because this car was amazing again tonight," Kaeding said. "The Trophy Cup is one of the best races around and it's all about supporting the kids of Make-A-Wish and Dennis Roth just told me that he is going to donate the winnings from tonight to the foundation."

Finishing second through 10th in the 50-lap Trophy Cup finale were Hannagan, Larson, 23rd starter Stewart, Paul McMahan, Fresno's Craig Stidham, Chico's Stephen Allard, Campbell's Brent Kaeding, Friday night winner Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Sacramento's Mike Henry.

The final top-10 in the Trophy Cup standings for the weekend was comprised of Tim Kaeding, Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Andy Forsberg, Kyle Larson, Brent Kaeding, Randy Hannagan, Campbell's Bud Kaeding, Stephen Allard and Craig Stidham.

A total of 68 cars competed in the 16th annual Trophy Cup this season and had to be considered one of the most exciting in the history of the event, a trend that seems to be happening each and every year. "It was definitely a great Trophy Cup and it was great to see all the support this weekend," said event founder Dave Pusateri. "I want to thank all the drivers and teams, everyone with Thunderbowl Raceway, the sponsors, the volunteers, the announcers, the officials, the fans and everyone who helps support us. I also have to give a big thanks to Dennis and Teresa Roth for their generosity. We still have our golf tournament coming up, but no matter what we're going to be giving Make-A-Wish at least $50,000."

Next up at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway will be the season finale at the 1/3 mile clay oval when the USAC National and CRA Sprint Car Series' invade the track for the Pacific Coast Nationals on Saturday and Sunday November 14 and 15. Many of the top wingless 410 drivers in the country will be on hand at the event including Dave Darland, Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr, Cole Whitt, Bryan Clausen, Brad Sweet, Tracy Hines, Kevin Swindell, Jesse Hockett, Damion Gardner and many more. Tickets will be the same price both nights with Reserved Grandstand seats being $35 and General Admission Bleacher tickets being $30. Children under 12 will be half-price in the bleachers. Saturday's show will be a standard start time, while Sunday will be a twilight event starting around 4pm.

Full results from the 16th annual Trophy Cup and more info on the Pacific Coast Nationals in the coming weeks can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com


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San Jose drivers Tim Kaeding and Randy Hannagan shaking hands in victory lane after a thrilling Saturday night main event at the Trophy Cup. It also marked the second weekend in a row that the duo has battled it out for a victory in California sprint car racing competition. Photo by http://www.jacksracephotos.net




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Saturday night Trophy Cup results- Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway

D main 1---Randy Pierce, Jim Richardson, Roberto Kirby, Burt Foland Jr., Pat Harvey, Steve Jaquith, Albert Pombo (DNS)

D main 2--Kurt Nelson, Andy Ferris, Steve Dyer, Jonathan Logan, Rusty Carlisle, Koen Shaw

Heat 1--Geoff Ensign, Chad Groves, Randy Hannagan, Kyle Hirst, Bradley Terrell, Cory Eliason, Shane Stewart, Kyle Larson

Heat 2--Jason Statler, Mike Reinke, Davey Pombo, Tim Kaeding, Craig Smith, Brad Furr, Henry Van Dam, Steven Tiner

Heat 3--Paul McMahan, Brad Bumgarner, Tommy Tarlton, Shane Golobic, Tyler Walker, Greg DeCaires, Matt Barber, Ronnie Day

Heat 4--Roger Crockett, Jonathan Allard, Mark Dobmeier, Chad Compton, Stephen Allard, Mason Moore, Andy Forsberg, Matt Sargent

Heat 5--Brock Lemley, Peter Murphy, Stan Yockey, Brent Kaeding, Mike Henry, Andy Gregg, Zach Zimmerly, Bobby McMahan

Heat 6--Brett Miller, Sean Becker, Wayne Johnson, Bud Kaeding, Cameron Mendes, Justyn Cox, Craig Stidham, Anthony Simone

C main--Zimmerly, Miller, Compton, Bumgarner, Pierce, Nelson, Sargent, Ferris, Richardson, Foland, Kirby, Logan, Groves, Yockey, Dyer, Simone (dns)

B main--Hannagan, Murphy, Moore, Crockett, Golobic, Statler, DeCaires, Terrell, Becker, Miller, Reinke, D. Pombo, Day, Cox, Bumgarner, Gregg, Zimmerly, Barber, Compton, Smith, Lemley, Mendes, Ensign, Tiner (dns)

A main--T. Kaeding, Hannagan, Larson, Stewart, P. McMahan, Stidham, S. Allard, B. Kaeding, Forsberg, Henry, Van Dam, Crockett, B. Kaeding, Johnson, Tarlton, Dobmeier, Walker, Moore, B. McMahan, Furr, Hirst, J. Allard, Murphy, Eliason

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Next event at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway:

Pacific Coast Nationals-

November 14th & 15th, 2009
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Trophy Cup DVD info from Grove Hill taken from the Nor Cal board-

The entire 2 day show is available on 2 DVD's for $25. including postage. It was the most incredible performance I can remember. No one just rolled out of TK's way and let him go. He had at least a dozen hard fought battles getting to the front.

When he caught the Hurricane, he shot by with ease
but Randy ran him down and took the lead back a couple of times. Shane Stewart was right on TK's heels through most of the 50 laps and took the spot away from Tim 2-3 times.

Everyone was asking me if I'm coming out of retirement? Not yet! But I will never miss the Trophy Cup. Since I retired Quality Race Video, I no longer have a credit card account or a bank account for the bussiness. You can send a check to:

Grove Hill

19318 Bumpy Lane

Grass Valley, CA 95949

530 268-0197

OR . . . you can go to Paypal and access my account with my email address and ask for the Trophy Cup. The price is the same either way. I get almost instant response from them on any order. DVD's will be ready to ship no later than this thursday.

email grove@qualityracevideo.com

2 hrs and 45 minutes but you can select which events you want to go to off the menu, so you won't have to weed through everything to find the events you're looking for.



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Final top-10 in Trophy Cup standings for 2009-

1. Tim Kaeding
2. Shane Stewart
3. Paul McMahan
4. Andy Forsberg
5. Kyle Larson
6. Brent Kaeding
7. Randy Hannagan
8. Bud Kaeding
9. Stephen Allard
10. Craig Stidham



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Trophy Cup Friday night story courtesy Ron Rodda:

Forsberg Nabs 2nd Career Trophy Cup Win

by Ron Rodda

Tulare, CA…Auburn, CA driver Andy Forsberg is running his last event ever for his long time car owner, and he made the most of a pole assignment to win the opening night main of the 16th Annual Trophy Cup. His prior main event Cup win was in 2000 at Watsonville.

A 68 car field of winged 360s checked in and Tim Kaeding again set fast time, bettering last year’s top mark with a 13.502 to take the 150 points available in qualifying. The top 48 cars ran one of six heats, inverting six by time and moving the top 3 into the A main. The cars ranked 49 and higher ran one of a trio of non-qualifier heats.

After all heats, the non-qualifier cars ran a pair of D mains, moving the top 2 from each to a 12 lap C main that included the last two from each of the six heats. Randy Hannagan, Ronnie Day, Davey Pombo, Mike Reinke, Roger Crockett, and Zach Zimmerly took the top 6 C main spots to move into the B main.

A talent laden B main inverted 6 by points and moved the top six finishers to the night’s 30 lap headliner. Mike Henry led 16 of the 20 laps from the outside front row before sixth starting Tim Kaeding drove around him on the top of turn 4 for the win. Henry followed to the line with Kyle Hirst, Tommy Tarlton, Steven Tiner, and Craig Stidham claiming the transfers.

The A main inverted 12 by points and was run on a fast, heavy surface. Some drivers were still able to make forward progress, but no significant pressure was put on Forsberg in his flag to flag run. Bobby McMahan ran the entire race in 2nd and Hirst was 3rd in the early stages.

When Hirst bicycled in turn 2 on the 3rd lap, Henry grabbed 3rd but became a DNF after 17 laps to end his run. Henry’s mechanical issues put rim riding Cory Eliason into 3rd and he put intense pressure on B. McMahan for 2nd until the top 3 came upon a lapped car late in the race.

With only 3 yellows slowing the pace, one for Hirst’s broken axle while in the top 5, incoming point leader, Shane Stewart was still able to move forward and took 3rd from his 12th starting spot, using the top of turn 4 on lap 27 for his final pass Forsberg, B. McMahan, and Stewart filled the podium at race’s end with Tyler Walker and Tim Kaeding next in line.

Points after the opening night are:

1. Shane Stewart 278 2. Tim Kaeding 269 3. Tyler Walker 266 4. Andy Forsberg 265 5. Bobby McMahan 263 6. Bud Kaeding 263 7. Cory Eliason 257 8. Brad Furr 256 9. Tommy Tarlton 255 10. Jonathan Allard 247

Main Event finishes: D main 1--Jesse Hockett, Brett Miller, Chad Compton, Kurt Nelson, Jonathan Logan, Todd Miller, Andy Ferris, Rusty Carlisle, Steve Dyer, Koen Shaw

D main 2--Zack Zimmerly, Stan Yockey, Randy Pierce, Albert Pombo, Pat Harvey, Roberto Kirby, Jim Richardson, Jerry Wise, Jr., Steve Jaquith, Burt Foland

C main--Randy Hannagan, Ronnie Day, Davey Pombo, Mike Reinke, Roger Crockett, Steven Tiner, Miller, Anthony Simone, Brad Bumgarner, Yockey, Jason Statler, Chad Groves, Hockett, Cody Darrah, Matt Sargent

B main--Tim Kaeding, Mike Henry, Kyle Hirst, Tommy Tarlton, Tiner, Craig Stidham, Hannagan, Peter Murphy, Craig Smith, Bradley Terrell, Crockett, Brock Lemley, Mason Moore, Sean Becker, Geoff Ensign, D. Pombo, Shane Golobic, Matt Barber, Reinke, Zimmerly, Justyn Cox, Wes Gutierrez, Day, Kyle Harris

A main--Andy Forsberg, Bobby McMahan, Shane Stewart, Tyler Walker, T. Kaeding, Cory Eliason, Jonathan Allard, Bud Kaeding, Brad Furr, Brent Kaeding, Tarlton, Wayne Johnson, Kyle Larson, Henry Van Dam, Stephen Allard, Paul McMahan, Mark Dobmeier, Andy Gregg, Steven Tiner, Cameron Mendes, Henry, Hirst, Greg DeCaires, Craig Stidham



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Notes from Trophy Cup by Bobby Gerould at http://hammerdownusa.com/

Thanks to Bobby Gerould, Troy Hennig and George Hague for announcing Trophy Cup as always. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better announcing combination than those three.



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Stephen Allard drives Griffin Racing No. 50 to ninth place finish in Trophy Cup standings

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – October 27, 2009…Making a last minute opportunity to compete in the prestigious Trophy Cup pay off Chico, CA’s Stephen Allard claimed a top-10 finish in the overall points during the 16th running of the event this past weekend at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.

For the two-night event Allard sat behind the wheel of the Jeff Griffin Racing, Abreu Vineyards, Stadelhofer Construction No. 50 sprint car and his ninth place finish the Trophy Cup standings marked the second straight season that he has been among the top-10, after scoring a seventh place result last year. “I have to give a big thanks to Jeff Griffin and the 50 team for giving me a shot to race at the Trophy Cup,” Allard said. “I didn’t think I’d be able to run this year, but thankfully this opportunity presented itself because it’s always a great race and one that everyone wants to be a part of.”

A total of 68 cars showed up on Friday for the start of the $80,000 event, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Allard timed-in 30th fastest to begin the night in the extremely stout field. It set him up to start from the outside of the front row in the sixth and final heat race and in the early stages he would duel with IRA driver Mike Reinke as the pair went wheel-to-wheel a couple of different times, before “SA” charged under him to drive away for the victory. He then started from the 11th row in the feature and brought home a 15th place finish on the extremely hooked up 1/3 mile clay oval.

Going into Saturday night the two-time Silver Dollar Speedway track champion sat 16th in the Trophy Cup standings and it put him on the outside of the third row in his heat race, where he would tally a fifth place finish. When points were tabulated following the heats Allard had accumulated enough to make the main event and what followed was one of the most exciting contests in some time. With the track surface slicked off and wide it made for some fantastic racing and at the conclusion of the 50-lapper Allard sat in the seventh position. “We had a real good car and even though I thought we could have finished higher in the points we are happy with how the weekend ended,” said the veteran driver.

The next scheduled event for Allard will be next months Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series sanctioned 42nd annual Western World Championships at the USA Raceway Park in Tucson, Arizona. The three-night event will be held on November 19, 20 and 21 and will award $15,000 to the winner of the ASCS National Series main event during the final night. “I’m really excited about going to Tucson to be able to run the Western World this year,” said Allard, who is expected to be aboard the Richie Peterson No. 23n machine, which is the same car he won the ASCS NW Region’s season finale in during the last weekend of September. “We had a great run up in Washington in the 23 car and hopefully we can duplicate that in Arizona. There's going to be a lot of great cars there so it should be fun”


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Competing in the Jeff Griffin Racing, Abreu Vineyards, Stadelhofer Construction No. 50 special Chico's Stephen Allard drove to a ninth place finish out of 68-entrants in the overall standings at the 16th annual Trophy Cup in Tulare


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Mike Henry battles and perseveres through weekend to get 13th in final standings at 16th annual Trophy Cup

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Tulare, CA – October 28, 2009…Despite a pair of tough breaks that took him from the front of the order both nights at the annual Trophy Cup Sacramento, CA's Mike Henry was able to fight through adversity and bring home a 13th place finish in the overall standings this past weekend at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.

Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation the 16th annual Trophy Cup saw one of the strongest and deepest fields in event history and considering the tough luck Henry was happy to score a top-15 finish. "It seems like over the past few years I've been getting more comfortable in Tulare and at the Trophy Cup I felt the best I ever have there so I'm real excited about that," said the veteran driver. "We were really good all weekend long and without the power steering problem on Friday and the flat on Saturday I think we definitely could have been right at the top-five in points."

An extremely talented 68-car field showed up to kick off the 16th annual Trophy Cup this most recent Friday and Henry was able to cut a great second lap in qualifying to open the night and place the Rudy & Bev Warrington No. 18 machine seventh fastest overall. Starting fifth in the opening heat race he would battle right around the third and final transfer spot in the early stages, before crossing the stripe in fifth and being forced into the b-main. Going from the front row in the longer than usual 20-lap contest Henry jumped out into the top-spot and with the heavy and fast surface the laps ticked off quickly.

Having to deal with thick lapped traffic it allowed San Jose's Tim Kaeding the chance to close in and the pair put on a great show for the fans battling for the lead, until "TK" took advantage of a slower car to get by with just four laps remaining for the win. Finishing second it put Henry into the feature and allowed him to start towards the front of the field with the 12-car invert based on points tallied up till that part of the night. It was apparent right from the get-go that the former two-time Civil War Series champion had hit the set-up for the main event as he charged up into third during the first part of the race, but the party would come to a stop just past the midway point when a power steering fitting broke and forced him to pull into the infield.

The power steering issue resulted in him finishing 21st in the order and was a major hit during an event that is based so much on accumulating points. "We looked to be sitting really good in the Trophy Cup standings so that deal definitely cost us pretty big," said Henry, who ended opening night 17th in the points. "When the fitting cracked I got a bath in fluid and I tried to keep going, but my hands had so much fluid on them that I couldn't grip the wheel and had to pull in. During the b-main I had the car a bit tight and Tim was able to get by in traffic, but in the feature the car was perfect and would have liked to see what we could have done late in the race with McMahan and Forsberg."

Coming back on Saturday Henry kicked-off the night by bringing home a fifth place finish in the fifth heat race and with his point total it was enough to put him into the 50-lap totally inverted A-main. An extremely racy track was put together by Steve Faria and the Thunderbowl Raceway crew, with cars dicing it up right from the start of the feature as there was plenty of room to battle it out on the 1/3 mile clay oval. Henry was sitting in the sixth spot early on and looking for more when contact with another car left him with a flat tire and having to go to the pits to get it changed. Returning to the raceway the Sacramento driver would work his way back up into the 10th position by the time the checkered flag was unveiled by starter Willie Williams after 50-laps of exciting competition.

When the final tallies were added up Henry sat 13th in the final Trophy Cup standings, just behind 2009 King of California Tyler Walker and right in front of Knoxville, Iowa's Wayne Johnson. "The flat tire definitely hurt because we certainly could have finished higher up if it wasn't for that," he commented. "This is a great track though and we need to get a Civil War race here next year because it's too good of a place to go only once a season. The Trophy Cup is a great event and we were fast every time we hit the track so that made it a lot of fun and I feel like I've finally gotten the hang of this track now with more and more laps on it."

The Trophy Cup puts a wrap on what has been a strong season for Henry since returning to action aboard the Rudy & Bev Warrington, A.R.T. Chassis No. 18 sprinter and he looks forward to having even more success next year. "I have to thank the Warrington's for giving me the chance to run the car because we had a great go of it to come out midway through the year and be fast right away," said Henry, who finished fifth in the Civil War Series standings even despite missing the first three events of 2009. "We don't have the biggest budget out here, but we do the best with what we have, although it would definitley be nice if we could pick up a sponsor or two for 2010."

Henry next year will look to challenge for the California Sprint Car Civil War Series title in the No. 18 mount and based on his performances this season he appears to have as good of a shot as anyone. "We're going to give it a good run at the Civil War title next season and try to just keep focusing on having fun like we have been," he said. "I had a blast running with Sean Becker this year in Civil War and hopefully next year we can keep doing the same and try to get that championship. I just can't wait till next year because I have a lot of confidence going into the off-season and feel that we can be competitive no matter what track we go to and that's what it takes to win championships."

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Jonathan Allard's Trophy Cup bid ends in treacherous turn two area after charging from 18th to seventh in first 15 laps of main event on Saturday

By Gary Thomas


Tulare, CA – October 28, 2009…Hoping for a good run to put a cap on his Northern California sprint car season Chico, CA's Jonathan Allard looked to be on way to a strong effort Saturday night at the 16th annual Trophy Cup, until getting upside down in the second corner to put an end to his charge this past weekend at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.

Going into the prestigious two-night event Allard was searching for his first career Cup victory, but things got off to a little bit shakier of a start than he would have wanted as issues in qualifying left him 28th fastest in the 68-car field. "It definitely wasn't the way we wanted to start the weekend, but the one good thing is that it was pretty much the only time all of Trophy Cup that this car wasn't a rocket ship because we were locked down really good after that," Allard said. "Even though the weekend didn't end how we would have liked it to either, we were really fast and have to be happy about that at least."

Starting from the outside of the front row in his heat race on Friday Allard then beat Andy Gregg into turn one and never looked back to dominate the 10-lap contest for victory to transfer into the main event. With the lower qualifying time though it stuck him back in the ninth row for the 30-lapper and with very fast track conditions he would have his work cut out for him. It didn't take the Chico driver long however, as he drove through the field quickly get into the top-10 and have an entertaining battle with Brent and Tim Kaeding as the trio went side-by-side and wheel-to-wheel for a handful of laps, before Allard got sideways in turn four and stalled to bring out a yellow on lap 11.

Restarting at the rear of the field Allard once again got his "elbows-up" and began to carve his way back through the field as every pass meant more valuable points towards the Trophy Cup title. Charging high and low on the 1/3 mile clay oval "JA" maneuvered his Williams Motorsports mount all the way back up to seventh and was quickly closing in on Tim Kaeding and Cory Eliason when the checkered flag was waved by starter Willie Williams. "It was a nice rebound in the feature and it would have been cool to see what we could have done with five more laps," said Allard, who also turned the second fastest lap of the main event on lap 25. "After the spin I knew I had to get back up as far as I could and I have to thank my guys for giving me a great car because this thing was on a rail."

Coming back on Saturday Allard found himself sitting 10th in the overall Trophy Cup standings and with the eight invert in the heat races it put the Sharp Insurance, K&N Filters, A.R.T. Chassis No. 0 sprinter on the inside of the fourth row in his heat. A hooked-up yet racy track was present for the heats and the two-time King of California put the car on the very top of the racetrack as he put on a crowd-pleasing performance blowing around a number of drivers to get up to second by the finish. The performance was good enough to move him up to seventh in the event standings heading into the main event and it put him in the 18th starting position with the total invert.

When the green lights came on for the 50-lap contest Allard continued right where he left off in his heat race as he put the Ashley Smith prepped No. 0 machine on the ragged edge of the Thunderbowl Raceway clay and charged by a number of drivers in the early stages. "JA" was clearly the fastest car on the track and around lap 13 would make the move under Kyle Hirst to claim sixth, but couldn't hold it off the exit of two and Hirst was able to get bite down low to re-claim the position heading down the back stretch. Lap 15 then saw a yellow come out and officials decided to make it the mandatory stoppage for fuel and adjustments so teams could make it the full 50-laps without issues.

During the red flag, points were added up and at that time of the race sitting in seventh, Allard had made up enough positions to be the high-point driver in the field up till that part of the race, but when things got back underway disaster struck in-between turns one and two as the Chico driver bicycled and got upside down to put a tough end to the main event. The second corner had claimed a number of drivers during the weekend and someone in fact had jokingly called it the "Bermuda Triangle." Allard was officially placed 22nd in the main event run-down and finished the overall Trophy Cup 18th in the standings. 

This weekend was to see Allard and a handful of other California drivers in action at the 22nd annual O'Reilly Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, Arkansas however, Mother Nature has pushed the event back one week and it will now be held on November 5-7. The $15,000 to win event will see Allard behind the wheel of the Bobby Spark's owned No. 91 and he looks forward to competing at the prestigious three-night show. "I'm ready for the Short Track Nationals because we were pretty quick when I was out there driving for Bobby Sparks a couple weeks ago in Texas," said the 33-year-old veteran. "We had some problems that took away better finishes that weekend, but I think we're going to have a good run at the Short Track Nat's and just hope the weather cooperates next week."

More news on two-time King of California Jonathan Allard can be found at http://www.allardmotorsports.com

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Chico's Jonathan Allard looking to the inside of Kyle Hirst during Saturday nights main event at the Trophy Cup where he got up to as high as sixth at one point in the first 15-laps, before getting upside down to put an end to the weekend. "JA" is expected to be in action next at the 22nd annual Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 5-7 driving for Bobby Sparks.


Last edited on Thursday Oct 29th, 2009 12:00 AM by Gary Thomas



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