San Jose’s Tim Kaeding looks to join father Brent as the only other four-time winner of the Trophy Cup this weekend. The two-time KWS champion has won it all in 2002, ’06 and ’09. He hopes to add number four aboard the Bates-Hamilton Racing/ Teichert Construction No. 42X entry.
Brent Kaeding’s all-time leading four Trophy Cup wins occurred in 1996, ’98, ’99 and 2005. His most recent came during the very first season the event was held at Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway. After originally starting out at San Jose Speedway in 1994 this season marks the 16th occasion that it will be contested in Tulare.
Tickets continue to be available for the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 27 presented by Rudeen Racing with all seating in the house reserved during the weekend. Adult grandstand tickets cost $50 on Thursday and Friday and $55 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday and $50 on Saturday. Kids pricing and senior pricing is also available.
Tickets can be purchased starting at approximately 10am each race day behind the stands at the box office. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 21, with the drivers meeting just after 3pm. Wheel packing, hot laps, qualifying and heat races will follow. If you can’t make the event catch it live via www.thecushion.com
The special events that have become so popular are returning with a slight twist. Following the races on Thursday will be Hot Dog/ Chili Dog Night sponsored by KRC Safety, while Friday after the races will be Taco Bravo Fiesta Night featuring Tacos. On Saturday afternoon Steve Faria and Thunderbowl Raceway will present the Spaghetti Feed as well. Both Thursday and Friday nights will also showcase RC car racing, while Cow Pie Bingo returns as usual on Saturday.
The post-race parties start 20 minutes after the checkered flag with beer, water and soft drinks also available for purchase inside.
A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all these events is appreciated. Fans and teams are all encouraged to attend the special eating events. More info on the Trophy Cup, as well as an entry list can be found at www.trophycup.org
Images courtesy of Steve Lombardo, M&M Photos and Tim Holland