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Kyle Larson Pairs With Brent Kaeding Motorsports To Tackle 2010 Golden State Challenge Series

Elk Grove, CA. January 25, 2010. Coming off the highlight of his career with a 10th place finish in last week’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals A- main event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kyle Larson is set to take another positive step as he will embark on a 2010 campaign matched with one of the icons in the world of sprint car racing, 13 time King of California Brent Kaeding. The 17 year old Larson, with sponsorship from Stadelhofer Construction, will compete in approximately 40 races in BK Motorsports machinery this season, with an emphasis on the Golden State Challenge Series championship and the high profile events on the west coast.

Larson and Kaeding will continue a relationship that began at the tail end of 2009, when Larson found himself rideless just prior to the Trophy Cup at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. With a twist of fate that saw Larson, Rich Stadelhofer, and Kaeding all together a couple of weeks prior at an outlaw kart race in Lakeport, California, a deal was struck for the young driver to be entered in a number 99 Kaeding Performance mount. The association proved beneficial to all concerned when Larson placed third in the feature event and finished fourth in the all important overall points.

Another strong effort by Larson at Tulare three weeks later when the USAC National sprint car group came to town further impressed Kaeding and crew, which set in motion the talks which will join the threesome over the course of the 2010 racing season. “ I am so fortunate to be in this position,” said Larson. “To be together with Brent and his crew, and the resources they have, is just awesome every time I think about it. His operation, with the “Hogs” working on his cars, is as good as or better than any team in sprint car racing. To be able to tap into Brent’s knowledge and experiences in racing will without question make me a better driver and I am looking forward to this season so much.”

“Without Rich’s support, none of this would be possible,” Larson continued. “His support all last year, and his help at the Chili Bowl last week when I got to drive for Corey Tucker and Bryan Clauson, has been a big boost to my career. I am so fortunate to have him take an interest in my racing career and I appreciate everything he has done to get me to where I am now.”

The schedule will see Larson open the season in the Stadelhofer Construction/ Kaeding Performance Center Maxim powered by Ron Shaver engines at the unsanctioned Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico on March 12th and 13th. After that the complete Golden State Challenge Series slate for 410 sprint cars will be contested by the 2009 Rookie of the Year, who finished fifth in last year’s title chase. The first event of the 24 race GSC tour will take place at Placerville Speedway on March 27th.

The GSC series is this year highlighted by a recently announced Speedweek that will begin June 11th in Chico and continue northward the next night with a stop at Medford’s Southern Oregon Speedway. Two nights later teams will converge at the well prepared Cottage Grove Speedway, before heading Tuesday night to Lebanon, Oregon and the series’ first ever visit to Willamette Speedway. On Thursday, June 17th, the unsanctioned 39th annual three day Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington will commence with drivers from around the United States and Canada vying to take home the $25,000 first prize on Saturday night.

Other highlights of the GSC schedule will see the return of the series to Kings Speedway in Hanford after a couple year hiatus. Also, Marysville Raceway Park is back in the fold after a several year absence. Besides Placerville and Silver Dollar Speedways, tracks also returning to hold events are Calistoga, Antioch, Petaluma, Tulare, Santa Maria, and Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway.

In addition to the aforementioned races Larson will also compete for BK Motorsports at the USAC/CRA non winged doubleheader at Calistoga Speedway over Labor Day weekend. The next weekend will see Larson taking on the best in winged sprint car racing when the World of Outlaw regulars come to Chico for the 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions. 360 sprint car events will take place in October at Chico for the Fall Nationals and at Tulare for the Trophy Cup. An additional Taco Bravo Series 360 race is slated at Santa Maria Speedway on Friday April 30, a night prior to the GSC’s first visit to the track on May 1st.

Although the bulk of Larson’s schedule is set with the BK Motorsports team, he is looking to fill out many other open dates that are available. 360 openings are Watsonville’s Friday night Taco Bravo Series and a handful of Civil War races. Several winged and non winged 410 dates are vacant also. For anyone that might be interested in the services of this rising talent please check out his current schedule at http://www.kylelarsonracing.com.





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Kyle Larson shown gettin around the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway during last season's USAC National Sprint Car sanctioned Pacific Coast Nationals.

The 17-year-old is coming off an impressive 10th place finish in the 50-lap A-main during the final night of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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very fortunate young man with a ton of talent! :cool: Could not be driving better equipment. Good luck Kyle!



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2010 Golden State Challenge King of California 410 Sprint Car Series schedule

Sat March 27- Placerville Speedway

Sat April 3- Antioch Speedway

Sat April 10- Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial"

Sat April 17- Petaluma Speedway

Sat April 24- Ocean Speedway

Sat May 1- Santa Maria Speedway "Doug Fort Memorial"

Sat May 8- Silver Dollar Speedway "Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial"

Sat May 15- Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway "Pombo-Sargent Classic"

Friday May 21- Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway

Friday May 28- Petaluma Speedway
Sat May 29- Calistoga Speedway
Sunday May 30- Calistoga Speedway "Salute to Walter T Ross"

Sat June 5- Placerville Speedway

Friday June 11- Silver Dollar Speedway "Tribute to Gary Patterson" 2010 Western Speedweek

Sat June 12- Southern Oregon Speedway- 2010 Western Speedweek

Monday June 14- Cottage Grove Speedway- 2010 Western Speedweek

Tuesday June 15- Willamette Speedway-2010 Western Speedweek

Thursday June 17 through Saturday June 19- Skagit Speedway "Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup" Non-Points event- 2010 Western Speedweek

Sat June 26- Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway

Sunday July 4- Silver Dollar Speedway "4th of July fireworks show to conclude night"

Sat July 10- Santa Maria Speedway

Sat July 17- Antioch Speedway

Sat July 24- Marysville Raceway Park

Sat July 31- Petaluma Speedway

Sat August 7- Ocean Speedway

Sat August 21- Placerville Speedway "Season Finale"

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2010 Golden State Challenge, 28 races worth more that $450k in gold
Additional $225,000 Western Speedweek added to King of California tour

by Bill Sullivan, Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions, Inc.



ROSEVILLE, CA (1-13-10) - The much anticipated schedule for the 2010 season of the Golden State Challenge Sprint Car Series has been officially slated by the office of Handy Racing Promotions Incorporated. The latest edition of California's premier series for winged sprint cars is action packed with some 28 events taking place at 14 different tracks in California and the Pacific Northwest.
The upcoming season for the coveted battle of the King of California title will be worth more that $450,000 in overall winnings throughout the California portions of the series. An additional $225,000 will be up for grabs in the road to the Dirt Cup Western Speedweek addition to the series in 2010.

Every Golden State Challenge Series event will pay $3000 to win every night and $400 to anyone who starts the A-feature. The championship point fund for 2010 will be an estimated $50,000 with contingency sponsors throughout the year, barring any rained out events during the year.

The battle will begin on Saturday, March 27 as Placerville Speedway will host the season opener. The quarter-mile bullring will host three Golden State Challenge events in the year to come with follow up events on June 5 and the series finale on August 21 when the champion is officially crowned.

Antioch Speedway will be the second track on the schedule this season. The fire breathing winged sprint cars will thrill the Antioch crowd for their first appearance on April 3 and a late season appearance July 17th. Nearby Petaluma Speedway will host the tour for three exciting nights this year. The first Petaluma date will fall on April 17 followed by appearances on April 17, May 28 and July 31.

The always exciting Tulare Thunderbowl is host to a pair of GSC thrillers this year. Competitors will travel far south for the visit to Tulare on Saturday, April 10 and will return on May 15 for the second and final appearance of the year.

Ocean Speedway will present two King of California events this season. Located in Watsonville, the track will feature the 410 sprinters on April 24, and a late season appearance on August 7th. The famed Santa Maria Speedway is host to a pair of events during the season with a date on May 1 followed by a second visit on July 10.

Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will be home to three GSC events during the year. The second appearance of the year will fall on Saturday, May 15th. This event will be the annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. The series returns to the Chico banks on June 11 for the Tribute to Gary Patterson and will conclude their Silver Dollar appearances on July 4th for a special event that includes fireworks following the night of racing.

The month of June will feature a very exciting series of events as the series will travel to the Pacific Northwest as part of Western Speedweek. This event features seven races in nine days at five different tracks for more than $225,000. Three of the Northern events will be point races in the Golden State Challenge campaign which lead up to the annual Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington.

Western Speedweek begins with the June 11 event at Silver Dollar and continues with the second leg of the mid season stretch on June 12 at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford. Competitors will travel to Cottage Grove on Monday, June 14 and then over to Lebanon at Willamette Speedway on June 15. The stretch concludes with the Dirt Cup at Skagit on Saturday, June 19th. The Dirt Cup will not count as a GSC point race but the majority of the teams which travel north will be in competition for the high dollar event.

The Western Speedweek is the work of Skagit Speedway promoter Steve Beitler working together with Silver Dollar Speedway and GSC Promoter Alan Handy to bring something the GSC tour that drivers have been asking for over the last several seasons. Thus, "The Road to Dirt Cup" is finally here.

"I am excited to be working with Steve and the other promoters on this new speedweek tour. It's great to expand on a tradition that started long ago between Jim Raper and John Padjen to work together as promoters around the Dirt Cup." said Handy. "The racers, the fans and the tracks have been wanting this for a long time."

After a long absence, the Golden State Challenge returns to King's Speedway in Hanford this season with two appearances on Friday May 21 and Saturday, June 26. Much like the return to Hanford, competitors and fans are excited to be returning to Marysville Raceway Park for the first time in several years.

Promoter Paul Hawes has made many great improvements to the facility over the last two seasons and will host the first GSC event under his track management reign on Saturday, July 24.

In 2009 a total of 109 different drivers competed in the Golden State Challenge Series and earned championship points. In the end it was Tyler Walker of Los Angeles completing a record breaking season and earning his first Golden State Challenge Series Championship.

Walker won a record nine feature wins during the campaign. Driving for the Sacramento based SC Motorsports #24 team he finished the year with a 26 point advantage over former series champion Jonathan Allard of Chico. Brent Kaeding finished in third over all followed by Evan Suggs and Kyle Larson, the 2009 series Rookie of the Year.
For a complete detailed schedule of the 2010 Golden State Challenge Series please visit the official website of the tour at http://www.goldenstatechallengeseries.com. The series business office can be reached at (916) 969-7484.



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