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Gold Cup Race of Champions
Silver Dollar Speedway | Chico, California
Thursday, September 08, 2022
Race Recap  

BACK WITH A BANG: Kyle Larson Tops Ryan Timms in Sensational Gold Cup Opener

The Gold Cup Race of Champions is back, and back in a big way.

On Thursday, Silver Dollar Speedway kicked off the 68th edition of the iconic event with new promoters bringing back old traditions and injecting a much-needed boost as they return to Crown Jewel status with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The first of two preliminary programs delivered all you could ask for in a thrilling 30-lap Feature. Three different drivers combined to offer five official lead changes throughout a breathtaking race on the choppy, tricky, and treacherous Chico, CA 1/4-mile.

Ultimately, Kyle Larson – the “L” in SLC Promotions at Silver Dollar – chalked up the win in his one and only night at Gold Cup this week. He won’t be back for Saturday’s finale with NASCAR obligations taking precedent, but he had the time for Thursday’s opener and made the most of it; returning to Victory Lane at the same place where his first-career World of Outlaws win came in 2011.

Leading the final six laps, the 30-year-old dubbed “Yung Money” for his stunning ability to shine on the biggest stages as a teenager was forced to fight off the new kid on the block, who is quite frankly now deserving of that title himself. At 16 years old, Ryan Timms, of Oklahoma City, OK, has become arguably the hottest topic in Sprint Car Racing this year.  He nearly won his second-ever World of Outlaws race in August, and he almost beat Kyle Larson on Thursday at his own game.

The duo exchanged the lead several times through the middle stages, but it was the final restart on Lap 24 that decided it all. Timms had survived an attack before, but this time Larson chucked the Kevin Kozlwoski-owned #57 through turns one and two to clear the Randy Timms-owned #5T and drove off to a 1.983-second margin of victory.

“I knew my only opportunity was going to come if Ryan didn’t get a great launch on the restart,” Larson admitted. “I knew that I would have to slide across quicker that second time, and thankfully it stuck. This place was awesome tonight, it was treacherous. It made sliders really sketchy and you’d be off the throttle sliding across super fast. It felt great when I hit it right, but it was tricky every single corner.”

Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, is up to seven total Sprint Car wins in 2022. [Trent Gower]

“He is really, really good,” Larson added on Timms. “I know most of these young kids nowadays can rip a cushion like that. I saw him on the front row of the lineup and figured he would be a tough guy to beat tonight. It was crazy coming through the pack. I think if he hit those restarts a little better it was his to win.”

A second-place finish gives Ryan Timms already two runner-up finishes in World of Outlaws competition through three weeks against The Greatest Show on Dirt. He’s locked in for Saturday’s $25,000-to-win finale of the Gold Cup Race of Champions, where a victory would make him the youngest winner in the Series’ storied 45-year history.

“I really thought when he slid me and I got around him that it was my break,” Timms said on the initial restart he beat Larson. “It seemed like it was just better to be in second than first in some way tonight, so you could attack differently. It stings, but losing to him isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s a lot better than I expected, really.”

Closing out the podium after a ferocious drive from 11th to third was James McFadden in the Roth Motorsports #83. The Australian will find himself on the front row of a Gold Cup Heat Race on Saturday with hopes of a win locking him into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

“Even by yourself you had your hands full tonight, “McFadden said on the track. “It was so treacherous up there. I wish we didn’t get those restarts because I felt like I was way better all bunched up in traffic. We sucked early and dug ourselves a hole, but these guys worked really hard and got this Roth #83 back where it belongs.”

Thursday’s podium included a NASCAR champion, 16-year-old kid, and an Australian Outlaw. [Trent Gower]

Brad Sweet, who finished fourth and collected 386 points on the night, is the unofficial high point man with brother-in-law Kyle Larson (395) not returned for Saturday. “The Big Cat” will have a chance at the pole position on Saturday as he continues to pursue his first-career title at the Gold Cup.

Kalib Henry, in his sixth-ever World of Outlaws Feature, led a lap while mixing it up with Timms and Larson after he started on the pole position. The Citrus Heights, CA native ended up in fifth-place to put his #17M in a good position ahead of Saturday’s finale.

Rounding out the top-1o on Thursday was Sheldon Haudenschild in sixth from 16th, Andy Forsberg in the seventh spot, Sean Becker with a KSE Hard Charger runs from 24th to eighth, Mitchell Faccinto with another ninth-place effort, and Tanner Carrick in the 10th position.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$10,000]; 2. 5T-Ryan Timms [2][$6,000]; 3. 83-James McFadden [11][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,800]; 5. 17M-Kalib Henry [1][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$2,300]; 7. 92-Andy Forsberg [3][$2,200]; 8. 83V-Sean Becker [24][$2,100]; 9. 21-Mitchell Faccinto [14][$2,050]; 10. 83T-Tanner Carrick [9][$2,000]; 11. 29-Willie Croft [19][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13][$1,400]; 13. 14-Corey Day [17][$1,200]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$1,100]; 15. 53-Jessie Attard [21][$1,050]; 16. 2K-Kaleb Montgomery [18][$1,000]; 17. 33-Dylan Bloomfield [6][$1,000]; 18. 12J-John Clark [22][$1,000]; 19. 20G-Noah Gass [15][$1,000]; 20. 5V-Landon Brooks [10][$1,000]; 21. 55D-Dawson Hammes [23][$1,000]; 22. 18T-Tanner Holmes [4][$1,000]; 23. 19-Colby Thornhill [20][$1,000]; 24. 2X-Justin Sanders [12][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Ryan Timms 1-8, 10-13, 18-24; Kalib Henry 9; Kyle Larson 14-17, 25-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83V-Sean Becker[+16]

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Feature Results
18+757Kyle Larson 300.00010Running0$0
2205TRyan Timms 30-1.98319Running0$0
311+883James McFadden 30-3.512Running0$0
47+349Brad Sweet 30-4.901Running0$0
51-417MKalib Henry 30-5.6772Running0$0
616+1017Sheldon Haudenschild 30-6.510Running0$0
73-492Andy Forsberg 30-7.081Running0$0
824+1683VSean Becker 30-7.506Running0$0
914+521Mitchell Faccinto 30-8.379Running0$0
109-183TTanner Carrick 30-9.294Running0$0
1119+829Willie Croft 30-9.498Running0$0
1213+13ZBrock Zearfoss 30-10.665Running0$0
1317+414Corey Day 30-11.093Running0$0
145-91SLogan Schuchart 30-11.819Running0$0
1521+653Jessie Attard 30-12.213Running0$0
1618+22KKaleb Montgomery 30-13.727Running0$0
176-1133Dylan Bloomfield 29-1 LapsRunning0$0
1822+412JJohn Clark 29-1 LapsRunning0$0
1915-420GNoah Gass 28-2 LapsRunning0$0
2010-105VLandon Brooks 28-2 LapsRunning0$0
2123+255DDawson Hammes 28-2 LapsRunning0$0
224-1818TTanner Holmes 22-8 LapsRunning0$0
2320-319Colby Thornhill 22-8 LapsRunning0$0
2412-122XJustin Sanders 3-27 LapsRunning0$0
KSE Hard Charger: Sean Becker
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
12+153Jessie Attard 120.00012Running0$0
23+112JJohn Clark 12-3.710Running0$0
34+155DDawson Hammes 12-5.087Running0$0
41-383VSean Becker 12-5.513Running0$0
56+133TJimmy Trulli 12-8.730Running0$0
65-175Brian Boswell 12-10.621Running0$0
79+26Bill Rose 12-11.794Running0$0
87-154SDrake Standley 11-1 LapsRunning0$0
98-177Ryan Lippincott 11-1 LapsRunning0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+121Mitchell Faccinto 100.00010Running
24+283TTanner Carrick 10-2.625Running
3303ZBrock Zearfoss 10-3.690Running
46+257Kyle Larson 10-4.047Running
55018TTanner Holmes 10-8.571Running
61-553Jessie Attard 10-11.166Running
77075Brian Boswell 2-8 LapsRunning
8806Bill Rose 0-10 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+120GNoah Gass 100.00010Running
23+12XJustin Sanders 10-0.991Running
36+349Brad Sweet 10-2.169Running
45+192Andy Forsberg 10-4.670Running
51-419Colby Thornhill 10-7.131Running
64-283VSean Becker 10-7.498Running
77033TJimmy Trulli 10-9.974Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+114Corey Day 100.00010Running
24+25VLandon Brooks 10-1.339Running
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-3.208Running
45+15TRyan Timms 10-3.780Running
56+133Dylan Bloomfield 10-4.853Running
61-512JJohn Clark 10-6.691Running
77054SDrake Standley 10-9.347Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+12KKaleb Montgomery 100.00010Running
24+283James McFadden 10-1.210Running
36+31SLogan Schuchart 10-1.479Running
45+117MKalib Henry 10-2.908Running
53-229Willie Croft 10-4.488Running
61-555DDawson Hammes 10-9.584Running
77077Ryan Lippincott 10-13.001Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11357Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA11.9180.000
22649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.116-0.198
31033Dylan Bloomfield Oakley, CA12.172-0.254
4161SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.203-0.285
52818TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.266-0.348
6992Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA12.274-0.356
7155TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK12.375-0.457
8717MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA12.386-0.468
9183TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA12.398-0.480
10883VSean Becker Roseville, CA12.401-0.483
11245VLandon Brooks Yuba City, CA12.415-0.497
121483James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.427-0.509
13193ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.432-0.514
1462XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA12.448-0.530
152717Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.453-0.535
16429Willie Croft Colfax, CA12.467-0.549
17221Mitchell Faccinto Hanford, CA12.489-0.571
182920GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.495-0.577
191114Corey Day Clovis, CA12.504-0.586
20202KKaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA12.549-0.631
21353Jessie Attard Landilo, NSW12.628-0.710
222319Colby Thornhill Enumclaw, WA12.751-0.833
231712JJohn Clark Windsor, CA12.813-0.895
242155DDawson Hammes Marysville, CA12.823-0.905
252275Brian Boswell Creswell, OR12.939-1.021
262533TJimmy Trulli Placerville, CA13.073-1.155
271854SDrake Standley Yuba City, CA13.191-1.273
281277Ryan Lippincott Minden, NV13.685-1.767
2956Bill Rose Plainfield, IN15.292-3.374
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Gold Cup Race of Champions
Thursday, September 08, 2022
Silver Dollar Speedway
2343 Fair St.
Chico, California 95928 

Event Description
The 68th edition of the Gold Cup Race of Champions is here to bring the Silver Dollar staple back to nationwide prestige.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
Gates at 3PM, Racing at 6PM
*All times Pacific

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(530) 350-7275

Options And Prices
Reserved Seating – $45 Sold in four day package
Single Day Tickets Go On Sale August 14, 2019
General Admission: 4 day ticket $100 row I and below.
General Admission: row I and below individual ticket: Adults $30, Kids 11 and under $15

Reserved Seating – $55 Sold in four day package
Single Day Tickets Go On Sale August 14, 2019
General Admission: 4 day ticket $100 row I and below.
General Admission: row I and below individual ticket: Adults $40, Kids 11 and under $15

Grandstand Type
bleacher with some seat backs

Handicapped Seating Location
Below the main grandstand with the box seats, turn four. A reserved seat is required. Companion seating is available.

Pit Age Requirement
All persons must be at least 14 years of age to enter the pits. Persons 14-17 years of age need a signed and notarized parental consent form submitted to the office prior to entering pit area.

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Call 530-350-7275

Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand
bleacher with some seat backs

Handicapped Seating
Below the main grandstand with the box seats, turn four. A reserved seat is required. Companion seating is available.

Pit Age Limit
All persons must be at least 14 years of age to enter the pits. Persons 14-17 years of age need a signed and notarized parental consent form submitted to the office prior to entering pit area.

Personal Coolers
No personal coolers allowed


Alcohol Sales
alcohol is available for purchase

Smoking Policy
no smoking in the grandstands

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Call 530-350-7275

Track Info  

Silver Dollar Speedway
2343 Fair St.
Chico, California 95928 

Track Phone
(530) 891-6535

Ticket Phone
(530) 350-7275

Track Type
0.250; High-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
10.918 seconds by Daryn Pittman on 3/22/13

Closest Airport
Chico, CA (CIC / KCIC) Chico Municipal Airport

Other Airport
Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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