CHICO, Calif. — The anticipation is growing as the 68th “Gold Cup Race of Champions” approaches next week at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.
As fans get amped for the fastest four days in California racing, the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards is eager to launch the festivities on Sept. 7th with the rejuvenated “Pacific Sprint Cup.”
Bringing back tradition, the Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational features the top 32 in points from the SCCT standings plus a notable guest star — the 2021 NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson. The special weeknight event serves as the opener of the popular and prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions week at Silver Dollar Speedway.
The Pacific Sprint Cup gives SCCT teams an opportunity to compete before an audience that includes travelers from around the United States and beyond who trek to the town of Chico for its annual week of speed. The evening of hard-hitting competition marks the 13th round of the season for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and the first of two remaining appearances at the “Dollar.”
“Everybody at SLC Promotions has been working overdrive for Gold Cup and we’re excited to open it all with the Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational,” said Silver Dollar Speedway Announcer and Communications Director Reverend Troy Hennig. “Bringing the World of Outlaws back for three nights and having the top 32 in SCCT points kick it all off next Wednesday returns some of that tradition to the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
“It’s going to be a great week of racing, having fun and enjoying the sport we all love.”
Four-time Silver Dollar Speedway champion Andy Forsberg leads the Sprint Car Challenge Tour standings into the Pacific Sprint Cup.
“We have five races left with SCCT and having a good run at Chico next week will be big,” commented Forsberg, who has one tour victory this year along with a trio of other podium efforts. “It’s pretty cool to bring back the Wednesday show with the top 32 in SCCT points at Gold Cup. Having a great concert afterwards to enjoy is icing on the cake.”
Behind Forsberg in the SCCT points are Petaluma winner Tony Gomes, Stockton winner Ryan Robinson, Isaiah Vasquez and two-time victor Shane Golobic. Dylan Bloomfield, Landon Brooks, Gauge Garcia, Justin Sanders and Michael Faccinto complete the top 10.
Along with Golobic, Sanders is the only other multi-time winner this season with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.