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Jonathan Allard sets fast-time to open 56th Gold Cup Race of Champions & finishes it off with 4th place finish Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – September 14, 2009…After a career best third at the Gold Cup Race of Champions last year Chico, CA's Jonathan Allard came back this past weekend and put together another impressive showing to score his second straight top-five finish in the prestigious World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series sanctioned event at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

Prior to the Gold Cup Allard had shown speed with the World of Outlaws in Washington and Oregon, but the finishes weren't exactly indicative of the true performance that the Williams Motorsports team had been experiencing. "We were really fast during the whole West Coast swing and even though the results weren't what we wanted up north, a fourth place finish at the Gold Cup will definitely make up for it," Allard said. "We couldn't be happier with the way Gold Cup went and were glad to represent California well with a top-five."

Coming into the 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions the former two-time King of California had won four main events this season at Silver Dollar Speedway and also had confidence after his first career podium effort at the event last year. Allard was part of the Thursday preliminary night and he opened it up by blistering the quarter-mile in 11.681 seconds to set his 13th overall quick-time of the season at the helm of the Village Green Resort, Karsten Homes, Platinum Powder Coating No. 0 sprinter.

Allard then scored a third place finish in the opening heat race and a fourth in the dash to set himself up with an outside row two starting spot in the 30-lap prelim main event. When the green flag waved the 33-year-old settled into the fourth position and ran among the top-five for much of the contest on the well prepared SDS surface. Just around the midway point he would have an entertaining battle with Tim Kaeding as the pair exchanged positions multiple times, putting on a great show for the huge crowd on hand. Kaeding would get the better of it after a handful of laps and Allard would then lose a spot late in going to a fast moving Craig Dollansky to finish sixth on opening night.

When Saturday night came Allard had earned enough points to put the K&N Filters, Red Line Oil, JP's Paint & Body machine on the outside of the third row for the $50,000 to win Gold Cup Race of Champions main event. When racing got underway it was apparent that the former Silver Dollar Speedway titlist had a strong car as crew chief Ashley Smith and the Williams Motorsports team put a great set-up underneath him. The opening lap saw Allard make a pair of great moves to get underneath both Sammy Swindell and Tim Kaeding to move his way into third, before closing in fast on second running Joey Saldana.

Allard then had his hands full with Jason Meyers and on lap 15 the former California regular made an aggressive move to slide underneath the 0 sprinter and force "JA" to get on the brakes hard to avoid getting knocked off the second corner. Allard would remain composed though and on the next lap would give Meyers some of his own medicine and put a thrilling slide-job on the 14 car in turn one to reclaim the spot. A yellow flag flew shortly after however, and Meyers was awarded the third position for the restart. When the green came back out Allard ran strongly in fourth, until a red flag came out on lap 28, which turned into an open red to give teams the chance to make adjustments.

On the restart former WOO champ Danny Lasoski got under Allard for fourth in turns one and two, but in the next set of corners the Chico driver made a bold move to rip around the high-side and take back the spot, before another caution came out to slow things down once again. The final 12-circuits saw Allard run comfortably in the fourth position and after 40-laps of racing he crossed under the checkered to score his second career top-five finish at the Gold Cup Race of Champions. "It's really an honor to be able to run up front with these guys because they are truly the best in the business," said Allard, who finished behind only Joey Saldana, Jason Sides and Jason Meyers, all of whom are top-five point competitors on the Outlaw tour.

"I have to thank Morrie and Katie Williams and my whole team for giving me this opportunity and even though we maybe haven't won as many races this season as we've wanted to, it has definitely been one heck of a year for us. The car has been fast every night and we've been right in the thick of things all season long," Allard said. "I also want to thank all of our sponsors and supporters because we really do appreciate everyone that helps out on this team and gives us the chance to be out here."

Allard was also very appreciative of everyone who helped make the 56th Gold Cup one of the best in recent memory. "I want to give props to Alan Handy and Handy Racing Promotions for giving us an awesome track at the Gold Cup and it made it a lot of fun. I think it was also great to have our regular track announcer Troy Hennig up stairs on Saturday. Sitting in the car on the front stretch during driver intros you could just hear how much he got the crowd pumped up and that was really cool. I really believe this event is just going to get bigger and better as the years go on and definitely hope the fans and everyone enjoyed this one. It was amazing to see so many people in the stands and the pits during the week and hope everyone comes back for the Fall Nationals in a few weeks," Allard concluded.

For more news and info on Jonathan Allard and Williams Motorsports visit http://www.allardmotorsports.com  

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Chico, California's own Jonathan Allard scored a fourth place finish at the 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions on Saturday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway. The former two-time King of California also opened the $50,000 to win event by setting his 13th fast-time of the season behind the wheel of the Williams Motorsports, Butler Built Performance No. 0 sprint car. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com


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The next scheduled event for Jonathan Allard in the Williams Motorsports No. 0 will be the 18th annual Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals, which will be held at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico and is coming up fast on October 1, 2 and 3. Last season "JA" started 13th on the grid Saturday night and charged forward on a rough-and-tumble surface to record his first career Fall Nationals victory. Allard pictured after the big $6,000 win last year. Photo by http://www.johnsracingphotos.com




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Jimmy Pettit makes last lap pass to claim victory during Wednesday night "Wingless Cup" at Silver Dollar Speedway

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Chico, CA – September 14, 2009…Helping to kick-off the 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions this past Wednesday night 2009 Silver Dollar Speedway wingless sprint car champion Jimmy Pettit made things exciting and executed a last lap pass to pick up his first career Wingless Cup victory at the Chico based quarter-mile bullring.

Pettit last season charged from 12th to fourth at the Wingless Cup and the win on Wednesday night marked his third triumph of 2009, but by far the biggest of the year. "I was just trying to be really patient for much of the race with the way the track was," said Pettit. "I had a couple of chances earlier in the race and I didn't want to force the issue and take us both out, but coming for the white flag he gave us a couple inches too much and I took advantage of it."

For most of the season the wingless car counts have been much lower than what had been seen the previous couple of years at the Silver Dollar Speedway, but the Wednesday night Wingless Cup saw a strong field of 29 cars on hand for the $1,000 to win event. On this night the wingless class had the chance to take to the clocks for qualifying and Pettit opened up the evening by timing-in seventh fastest overall aboard the Skyway Tool Center, Kevin Sharrah Designs, Esplanade Taco Bell No. 24p.

In heat race competition the "Love-Shack" started from the third row and made quick work to get up into second where he would go to finish and transfer into the main event. When the number six pill was drawn for the inversion it gave him the pole position for the feature, but going into the first set of corners after the green flag waved Pettit missed the bottom a bit and it gave third starting Mason Myers the chance to sneak under and take the lead.

Settling into second Pettit focused on hitting his marks down low as the Silver Dollar Speedway surface was extremely slick and icy, which is much different than what had been seen during the regular Feather Falls Casino/Hunt Magnetos weekly season. The Chico driver remained on Myers bumper for much of the 25-lap contest as he looked for an opening to get by and very nearly got it a few times when Myers slipped up a bit, but each time Pettit tucked back in line waiting for the correct moment to make his move.

With just a couple laps left Pettit stepped up his challenges and as the pair rounded turn four coming to the white flag the opening was finally big enough and he pounced on it to slip underneath the Browns Valley driver and maneuver the Pep Boys, Ing Excavation, Pro Machine Racing Engines No. 24p sprinter into the top spot. Pettit would then withstand a final challenge from Myers heading down the back-stretch to cross under the flag stand in first and score the biggest win of his wingless spec sprint career.

After the main event Pettit stopped the car on the front stretch and climbed from the top pumping his first as the crowd cheered loudly following the exciting last lap. "This just feels amazing to come out here and win in front of all these great fans and I want to thank my family, "Captain Ron" and my team and all of our sponsors," the Chico driver said. "Right before the main event we put on a harder tire and I think it seemed to help us later in the race. Earlier this year we were leading the Silver Cup feature, but lost a tire on lap 12 and definitely didn't want to have a repeat of that."

With the Silver Dollar Speedway season winding down it will all come to a close with the running of the fifth annual Wingless Nationals on October 9 and 10. The two-night event saw 52 cars in action at it last year and should feature the biggest field of the SDS wingless season when it comes up in less than a month. "We'd really like to run up front at the Nationals this season after not being able to even run it last year when we had a motor problem in hot laps," Pettit said. "We've had a great year, the car has been good every night and I have a lot of confidence so hopefully we can get a little luck and maybe finish off the season in victory lane."

More information on the Wingless Nationals, as well as the upcoming Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals on October 1, 2 and 3 at the Silver Dollar Speedway can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

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Chico's Jimmy Pettit beat out a 29-car field on Wednesday night during the Wingless Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway to score the biggest wingless spec sprint victory of his career. "The Love-Shack" will finish off the season at the fifth annual Wingless Nationals on October 9 and 10


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Stephen Allard tallies podium finish at Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational after starting from last row

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Chico, CA – September 15, 2009…Making his first start in a month Chico, CA's Stephen Allard returned to his home track of Silver Dollar Speedway this past Wednesday and utilized some great driving early on in the main event and some veteran experience late to bring home a third place finish after starting from the 22nd position during the annual Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational.

The result marked Allard's third podium finish of the season with the California Sprint Car Civil War Series and came in what was also his first appearance at the Silver Dollar Speedway since Memorial Day weekend. "It's really cool to get my team a good finish tonight and I just can't thank them enough for putting in all the hard work this season," Allard said. "The track was pretty tough tonight and I tried to be as easy as possible on my tires so thankfully they held up and we're standing here on the front stretch."

The evening didn't get off to the kind of start that Allard and the Double-D Motorsports team were hoping for though, as the former two-time Silver Dollar Speedway track champion fought the car around the curb of the surface that had developed and his fastest lap was good enough for just 26th quick out of 32 cars. A fifth place finish in the heat race then put him into the b-main where he lined-up from the 10th spot and scored sixth at the checkered, which was good enough to earn the final transfer into the feature.

Starting dead-last on the grid Allard fought not only very slick track conditions early on, but also numerous yellows and reds that slowed the pace to a near crawl. In-between the stoppages though the Chico driver was able to pick off cars and steadily begin to make his way forward through the pack. With rubber quickly developing on the speedway, race officials decided to cut the amount of laps in the main event back to 20 as multiple cars had already fallen victim to flat tires. With the event winding down Allard had placed himself into the third position and was forced to hold off the strong challenges of Visalia's Stephen Tiner and Elk Grove's Kyle Larson with just a handful of laps remaining.

Tiner was able to get to the outside of Allard a few times, but each occasion saw the driver of the Double-D Motorports, JP's Paint & Body, Medi-Pro Billing No. 4  sprinter get drive off the bottom of the surface and stay ahead. The 37 year-old veteran would charge away from Tiner on the final circuit and cross the checkered in third to finish off a solid end to the night. "I got by a lot of guys early on, but once the rubber laid down we had to pretty much follow whoever was in front of us like most everyone did," Allard said.

The finish helped Allard maintain fourth in the Civil War 360 Series standings as he's competed in 10 of the 11 events held so far in 2009. "We've been really good each and every night and just wish we could run more with this car," he said. "We've had some tough luck here and there, but we've been consistently up front so that's definitely a good thing. I want to thank Dorothy Lee and all our sponsors for helping out because without them we couldn't be doing this."

For more on two-time Silver Dollar Speedway track champion Stephen Allard visit http://www.stephenallard.com

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Chico's Stephen Allard made some nifty moves early on and conserved his tires late in the going to carve his way from 22nd to third during this past Wednesday's Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com


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Brett Miller comes up just shy of making first Gold Cup A-main

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Chico, CA – September 16, 2009…Following a runner-up finish during Coke Championship Night at the Silver Dollar Speedway on August 28 Chico, CA's Brett Miller looked to push his way forward at this past weekend's Gold Cup Race of Champions and he proceeded to put together his best career run at the event, ultimately missing out on the A-main by just four spots on Saturday night.

The outing was Miller's first start at the Gold Cup since 2007 after having to miss the event last season and it also marked the final 410 winged sprint car race in Northern California for the year. "Although we would have liked to make the main event this season it was a fun Gold Cup and we can't wait for next year," Miller said. "I have to thank all of our sponsors and my family for giving me the chance to be out here and I'm focused on getting into that A-main next year."

Miller took part in Friday's preliminary action and started off the night strong by timing in 16th out of 41 cars to earn the final spot in the inversion, which is huge in World of Outlaws competition since the top-two finishers in the heat races make the dash. At the waving of the green flag in the fourth and final heat the 20 year-old driver got a great start to rocket out into the lead, however, the caution lights would fly for a spun car to make for a complete restart.

On the ensuring restart Miller looked to try the same move in the first set of corners, but outside front row starter Kyle Harris got a better jump than the first time and used a lower entry. As Miller tried to slide under him contact occurred and it caused the Care Free Pools, Wolfe Electric, Live Energy Drink No. 1x to get sideways and fall back to fifth. "The Catfish" was able to straighten the car out and hold off Midwest driver Wayne Johnson to score the final transfer spot into the main event, where he would eventually go on to finish 18th.

Coming back on Saturday Miller found himself having earned enough points to line-up from the 17th starting spot in the evening's 20-lap b-main. The track surface had remained a bit heavy by this time of the night and it made passing chances a little more difficult to come by, but the Chico driver began to march his way forward and started to put himself in position to fight for a top-four transfer spot. Miller had found the high-side to his liking and made his way up into the sixth position as he closed in on Kraig Kinser and Jayme Barnes.

At one point Miller put his machine on the top of turns one and two and looked to have a chance to charge around the drivers ahead of him, but the rear-end broke loose on the exit of the corner and he couldn't keep his momentum up like needed. It cost him a spot and as the race went on he would lose another position to Evan Suggs, before driving off and crossing the checkered flag in eighth. "We made a nice run in that b-main and were racing with some great drivers so we can't complain," said the Chico driver. "This event is just plain awesome and it was fun to be able to race in front of so many fans."

The next event for Miller and Care Free Pools Racing at Silver Dollar Speedway will be the 18th annual Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals on October 1, 2 and 3. Adult tickets on Thursday and Friday will be $15 with Saturday being $20. The Fall Nationals routinely attracts a huge field of sprint cars and the last couple seasons have featured some of the best racing seen during the year.

For more info on Chico's Brett Miller log onto http://www.brettmillerracing.net and more on the Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com in the coming weeks.

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Chico's Brett Miller raced his way from 17th to eighth in Saturday night's b-main at the 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, which marked his career best run at the prestigious World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series event


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Mason Moore heads for Civil War Series event in Petaluma following 13th place finish in b-main at 56th Gold Cup Race of Champions

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Chico, CA – September 16, 2009…As he continues to get back into the racing groove Princeton, CA's Mason Moore will travel to the Petaluma Speedway this Saturday night after making the b-main at the Gold Cup Race of Champions for the first time in his career this past weekend at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

The 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions marked Moore's fourth weekend of racing back since getting injured on May 23 and although wanting a little higher finish he was still able to accomplish a goal of getting into the b-main for the first time. "Going into the Gold Cup I definitely wanted to get in the b-main this season so I'm happy we could at least do that," Moore said. "I'm still trying to get my endurance and everything back so it was fun to be able to race with all those guys on Saturday night because it was a pretty stout b-main."

The $50,000 to win World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series sanctioned event saw Moore take part in the Friday qualifier and he started off the evening by timing-in 18th fastest overall, which missed the heat race inversion by just two spots. It then put "Primetime" in the third row for his heat race and he would run a solid 10 laps to tally fifth at the checkered and transfer into the main event. Starting 18th in the 30-lap contest Moore drove a solid and consistent race to complete all of the laps and record a 14th place finish at the checkered flag aboard the Friends & Family Racing, Inventory Sales Co, Wiley X Eyewear No. x1 sprinter.

With a total of 76 cars taking part in the two prelim nights Moore came back on Saturday sitting 34th in the overall Gold Cup standings, which put him on the outside of the sixth row in the b-main. The 20-lap event saw the Princeton racer battle his way up into the top-10, until a spin in the second corner forced him to restart at the rear where he went on to bring home a 13th place result at the conclusion. "Just being able to run the Gold Cup is a great thing and I really can't wait till next year," Moore said. "I have a lot of confidence that if I can get another full year under my belt then we can have a great chance to get into the A-main next season."

With the 410 winged sprint car season done in Northern California the focus is shifted back to the 360 scene and this Saturday night will find Moore and the F&F Racing team making the tow to the Petaluma Speedway for the penultimate weekend of racing with the California Sprint Car Civil War Series. The event this weekend will also mark the one year anniversary of the 18 year-old's first outing in the No. x1 machine last year, where he qualified fifth fastest and scored fifth in the feature at the always sticky 3/8 mile clay oval.

"Primetime" has also made one Civil War Series start at the Petaluma Speedway this season and that night saw him time-in second fastest out of 38 entrants and run seventh in the main event on April 11. "I've felt really comfortable at Petaluma both times I've ran there with Steve Tuccelli and Alan Bradway so I'm definitely looking forward to going back there on Saturday," Moore commented. "We're hoping for a good solid night to try and get some momentum rolling as the season comes to an end with some big shows coming up."

More information on the Friends & Family Racing team can be found at http://www.fnfracing.com

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After making the b-main at the Gold Cup for the initial time this past weekend Princeton's Mason Moore will bring the F&F Racing, Levin's Auto Supply, Roseville Precision No. x1 into the Petaluma Speedway this Saturday night looking to get into victory lane for the first time this season


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Mason Myers comes up one lap shy of first career Silver Dollar Speedway victory at Wingless Cup

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Chico, CA – September 17, 2009…Returning to the Silver Dollar Speedway for just the second time this season the Myers Brothers Racing team had its second career wingless sprint car win at the track in sights, until a final lap pass took away the opportunity from driver Mason Myers as searched for his first victory at the Wingless Cup.

Last season saw the Myers Brothers Racing team compete in all 28 Hunt Magnetos point races at the Silver Dollar Speedway/Placerville Speedway and finish third and fourth in the final standings, but the Browns Valley, CA duo has spent this year running over at the Marysville Raceway Park in the Browns Valley RV/Performance Auto Supply Wingless Sprint Series.

The Wingless Cup on Wednesday September 9 marked the first time that Myers Brothers Racing has been in action at SDS since the Silver Cup in April and although the night didn't end how the team might have wanted, it was still a solid event nonetheless with a pair of top-five finishes to conclude the evening. 

In 2008 Mason Myers ended the year third in the Silver Dollar standings and although coming extremely close a few different times, he was unable to pick up a main event win during the season. Going into the Wingless Cup he looked to change that and got the night started off on a strong note by timing-in fourth fastest out of 29 cars aboard the Franks Backhoe, Performance Auto Supply, Matco Tools No. 3m. 

The 19 year-old racer then started from the sixth spot in his heat race and scored a fourth place finish to transfer into the main event, where he lined-up from the inside of the second row. When the green flag came out on the 25-lap contest the drivers on the front row missed the bottom and Myers took advantage of it to slice his way into the top spot coming out of turn two. With the track being very slick and treacherous the driver of the distinctive looking No. 3m machine known as "pinkie" focused on hitting his marks towards the bottom of the raceway.

As 2009 Silver Dollar Speedway champion Jimmy Pettit put intense pressure on his rear bumper Myers ran a near mistake free race until coming to the white flag when Pettit was able to get to the inside of him, which dropped the 3m sprinter back to second. Heading down the backstretch Myers tried a last ditch effort, but Pettit didn't make a mistake and he was forced to settle for second at the checkered. The end of the main event was surprisingly similar to last year's Coke Championship Night when Mason held the lead all the way till the last corner, until '08 SDS track champ Keith Bloom Jr. was able to get by and steal the win away.

Brother Cody Myers also had a strong night at the Wingless Cup as he put on a solid charge in the main event to carve his way forward for a top-five finish. The 20 year-old started off the event by qualifying 13th fastest overall, before driving to victory in the opening heat race at the helm of the Browns Valley Truck & RV, Aces Heavy Transport, Cal West Concrete No. 9m. Myers then started from the 14th spot on the grid in the feature and maneuvered his way through the field to bring home a fourth place finish at the stripe.

This weekend will find the Myers Brothers Racing team returning to the Marysville Raceway Park for the final race of the Browns Valley RV/Performance Auto Supply Wingless Sprint Series season. Going into the night Cody ranks second in the standings with Mason sitting eighth.

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