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Gold Cup Race of Champions
Silver Dollar Speedway | Chico, California
Thursday, September 07, 2023
Race Recap  

HEROIC HOMECOMING: Late Pass Leads Kyle Larson to Second Straight Gold Cup Prelim Victory

California loves Kyle Larson. And Kyle Larson loves California.

The Elk Grove, CA native’s talents were shaped by “The Golden State’s” bullrings. And Larson enjoys any opportunity to return to those racetracks. On Thursday night, the opportunity arose for Larson to return to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA, and for the second year in a row, Larson gave his home state fans a show with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

Fresh off a Southern 500 win with the NASCAR Cup Series last weekend, Larson flew to California for the opening prelim of the 69th Gold Cup Race of Champions. “Yung Money” lined up sixth for the 30-lap Feature, took the lead on the 22nd circuit, and drove away to the checkered flag for his 10th career win at the quarter-mile.

Any win at the historic Silver Dollar Speedway is a special one for Larson. Last year he, Brad Sweet, and Colby Copeland formed SLC Promotions and took the reins of the facility. Their efforts have already restored a measure of Gold Cup’s former glory. And Larson stood proud in Victory Lane in front of an admiring crowd as the atmosphere continues to grow toward feeling like the Gold Cup of old thanks in large part to his passion for the sport.

The only part that could make it any better for Larson? If he could stay to chase his third Gold Cup title, but NASCAR duties call.

“Thanks to all the fans. I wish I could stay the rest of the weekend but got to get to Kansas tomorrow,” Larson said. “It’s just great to see Gold Cup growing again. It’s awesome. I hope to hear about everybody having fun at the glow party… You get a little FOMO. You wish you could be at two places at once. It’s tough, but I’m fortunate to be here for Wednesday and Thursday. I wasn’t supposed to run tonight, but things changed with my schedule and was able to stay for tonight.”

While Larson began the main event back in sixth, it was Kalib Henry and Shane Golobic leading the field to green. But it was neither Henry or Golobic leading the opening lap. Fourth-starting Chase Johnson powered to third entering Turn 1 and went low while the front row starters opted for the high line. Johnson found enough grip to pull by Golobic going down the back straightaway and slide Henry for the lead in Turn 3.

Johnson wasted no time pulling ahead after the massive move from fourth to first while Larson quickly began his charge by jumping from sixth to fourth on the opening lap and claiming third on the next circuit.

At the front, Johnson drove away and even when first encountering traffic, he sliced through the slower cars to extend his lead. The Penngrove, CA native controlled the first half of the Feature.

Chase Johnson races just ahead of Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson hunted down Chase Johnson late for the win on the opening night of Gold Cup (Trent Gower Photo)

Right at the halfway point was when Larson roared to life behind the wheel of the #57. The two-time Gold Cup champion began to pressure Henry for second. Then on the 15th lap Larson ripped the top in Turns 1 and 2 to take over the runner-up spot. Once he claimed second, Johnson’s lead began to vanish. On the lap Larson passed Henry, he was 2.047 seconds behind. The next lap he slashed the gap nearly in half to 1.197 seconds. Three laps later it was down to three tenths as he began to show Johnson a nose here and there.

On Lap 22 in traffic, the gap he needed opened as Larson ducked under Johnson exiting Turn 2 and cleared him heading into the next set of corners. Johnson tripped up on the cushion in Turn 4, and that was all Larson needed to drive away to the finish line with a four-second lead.

While the win will cap Larson’s racing for the week at Gold Cup, he fully intends to keep an eye from afar as the California crown jewel continues to grow again.

“I’ll for sure be tuned in on Saturday,” Larson said. “This is a race that I grew up coming to for so long. Won my first ever World of Outlaws race at this track in this event. This facility means a lot to me.”

After Johnson’s mistake on the cushion, Shane Golobic was able to roll by to claim the second spot. The pilot of the Matt Wood Racing/NOS Energy Drink #17W finished runner-up to continue his impressive year at Silver Dollar. Golobic is at four wins and two seconds in six starts at the Chico oval. His performance throughout the night earned him enough points to claim one of two lock-in spots for Saturday’s Toyota Racing Dash. Golobic came away happy with his team’s continued speed but wishing he could try the start of the race over.

“It just shows how fast this NOS Energy Drink #17W is,” Golobic said. “I didn’t do my job early in the race. You can’t go second to fourth and expect to do anything and let the #57 by early in the race. You’re going to be in trouble. I’ve got to clean that up. Really wish I could do that over to try again, but second is nothing to hang our heads about.”

Completing the top three by way of a charge from 11th was Corey Day in the Jason Meyers Racing #14. The Clovis, CA teenager completed an all-California native podium sweep by continuing his recent impressive stretch. Day is up to four consecutive World of Outlaws top fives and three podiums in the last four races. With Larson unable to attend Saturday, Day moved into the other available spot in Saturday’s Dash.

“We didn’t really have a good qualifying run there, and that hurt us in points,” Day said. “We needed to perform in that Feature, and that was about as good as I could do with no cautions. Glad we could be good at this place the first time here this year. We got rained out every single time we tried to come up here and race. Happy to run third our first night at this place for the biggest race of the year here.”

Logan Schuchart and Brad Sweet rounded out the top five.

Day’s efforts also earned him the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Carson Macedo grabbed another Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat Race One went to Andy Forsberg. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Sean Becker, Giovanni Scelzi, and Cole Macedo.

Dylan Bloomfield won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race was awarded to Chase Johnson. After leading the opening 21 laps, Johnson slipped back to seventh in the final rundown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are right back at Chico, CA’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, September 8 for the second prelim of the 69th Gold Cup Race of Champions ahead of Saturday’s $25,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start finale. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the racing live on DIRTVision.


NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson[6]; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic[2]; 3. 14-Corey Day[11]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo[8]; 7. 24X-Chase Johnson[4]; 8. 83-James McFadden[7]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 10. 17M-Kalib Henry[1]; 11. 3-Kaleb Montgomery[12]; 12. 20G-Noah Gass[10]; 13. 21-Cole Macedo[16]; 14. 83V-Dylan Bloomfield[21]; 15. 6-Tim Kaeding[14]; 16. 92-Andy Forsberg[13]; 17. 7S-Robbie Price[17]; 18. 1-Chance Grasty[22]; 19. 2K-Gauge Garcia[19]; 20. 12J-John Clark[20]; 21. 55D-Dawson Hammes[23]; 22. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez[24]; 23. 77-Ryan Lippincott[18]; 24. 7B-Sean Becker[15]

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Feature Results
16+557Kyle Larson 300.0009Running90$10,000
22017WShane Golobic 30-4.073Running90$5,500
311+814Corey Day 30-6.786Running90$3,200
43-11SLogan Schuchart 30-7.215Running90$2,600
55049Brad Sweet 30-8.523Running90$2,350
68+241Carson Macedo 30-9.630Running90$2,150
74-324XChase Johnson 30-9.90021Running90$2,100
87-183James McFadden 30-10.630Running90$1,950
99018Giovanni Scelzi 30-10.920Running90$1,900
101-917MKalib Henry 30-12.011Running90$1,850
1112+13Kaleb Montgomery 30-12.669Running90$1,400
1210-220GNoah Gass 30-12.784Running90$1,200
1316+321Cole Macedo 30-14.824Running90$1,000
1421+783VDylan Bloomfield 30-15.702Running90$950
1514-16Tim Kaeding 29-1 LapsRunning90$900
1613-392Andy Forsberg 29-1 LapsRunning90$900
171707SRobbie Price 29-1 LapsRunning90$900
1822+41Chance Grasty 29-1 LapsRunning90$900
191902KGauge Garcia 29-1 LapsRunning90$900
2020012JJohn Clark 28-2 LapsRunning90$900
2123+255DDawson Hammes 28-2 LapsRunning90$900
2224+287Ashlyn Rodriguez 28-2 LapsRunning90$900
2318-577Ryan Lippincott 28-2 LapsRunning90$900
2415-97BSean Becker 6-24 LapsDNF90$900
KSE Hard Charger: Corey Day
Last Chance Showdown Results
11083VDylan Bloomfield 100.00010Running0$0
2201Chance Grasty 10-1.701Running0$0
34+155DDawson Hammes 10-4.362Running0$0
43-187Ashlyn Rodriguez 10-5.351Running0$0
5503AUKarl Hoffmans 9-1 LapsRunning90$300
6607XEddy Lewis 3-7 LapsDNF90$250
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+192Andy Forsberg 100.00010Running
24+217MKalib Henry 10-0.464Running
3303Kaleb Montgomery 10-5.623Running
46+241Carson Macedo 10-7.495Running
55049Brad Sweet 10-7.995Running
61-555DDawson Hammes 10-8.666Running
7703AUKarl Hoffmans 10-12.970Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+17BSean Becker 100.00010Running
23+114Corey Day 10-0.913Running
31-22KGauge Garcia 10-3.360Running
44020GNoah Gass 10-3.942Running
55024XChase Johnson 10-4.408Running
66083VDylan Bloomfield 10-4.941Running
7707XEddy Lewis 6-4 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+218Giovanni Scelzi 100.0003Running
21-177Ryan Lippincott 10-2.7687Running
32-17SRobbie Price 10-3.324Running
46+283James McFadden 10-4.205Running
5501SLogan Schuchart 10-4.834Running
64-21Chance Grasty 10-5.073Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+121Cole Macedo 100.0005Running
23+16Tim Kaeding 10-0.4695Running
35+217WShane Golobic 10-1.119Running
46+257Kyle Larson 10-1.414Running
51-412JJohn Clark 10-4.375Running
64-287Ashlyn Rodriguez 10-7.424Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
12441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.9980.000
22583VDylan Bloomfield Oakley, CA12.048-0.050
31783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.062-0.064
4357Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA12.107-0.109
52349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.108-0.110
62124XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA12.129-0.131
771SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.156-0.158
81817WShane Golobic Fremont, CA12.191-0.193
92017MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA12.199-0.201
101520GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.229-0.231
1161Chance Grasty Suisun City, CA12.238-0.240
121687Ashlyn Rodriguez Wilton, CA12.244-0.246
13133Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA12.280-0.282
14514Corey Day Clovis, CA12.301-0.303
15118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.301-0.303
16196Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA12.317-0.319
17292Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA12.342-0.344
1847BSean Becker Roseville, CA12.368-0.370
1997SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.377-0.379
201021Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA12.600-0.602
212655DDawson Hammes Marysville, CA12.659-0.661
22112KGauge Garcia Lemoore, CA12.718-0.720
231477Ryan Lippincott Minden, NV12.739-0.741
242212JJohn Clark Windsor, CA12.809-0.811
25123AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD13.211-1.213
2687XEddy Lewis Chico, CA13.352-1.354
Hot Laps Results
12124XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA12.5210.000
271SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.531-0.010
347BSean Becker Roseville, CA12.573-0.052
4514Corey Day Clovis, CA12.606-0.085
52583VDylan Bloomfield Oakley, CA12.606-0.085
6357Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA12.637-0.116
72441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.642-0.121
82017MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA12.643-0.122
91783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.721-0.200
101817WShane Golobic Fremont, CA12.774-0.253
112349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.777-0.256
12196Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA12.807-0.286
13292Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA12.833-0.312
141520GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.907-0.386
15118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.977-0.456
162212JJohn Clark Windsor, CA12.984-0.463
17133Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA13.028-0.507
1897SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.104-0.583
191687Ashlyn Rodriguez Wilton, CA13.133-0.612
2061Chance Grasty Suisun City, CA13.133-0.612
21112KGauge Garcia Lemoore, CA13.443-0.922
221021Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.473-0.952
231477Ryan Lippincott Minden, NV13.545-1.024
24123AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD14.296-1.775
2587XEddy Lewis Chico, CA14.365-1.844
262655DDawson Hammes Marysville, CA0.00012.521
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Gold Cup Race of Champions
Thursday, September 07, 2023
Silver Dollar Speedway
2343 Fair St.
Chico, California 95928 

Event Description
The 69th 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

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

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(530) 350-7275

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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