Two Trophy Cups At Thunderbowl In 2021

Two Trophy Cups
Two runnings of the Trophy Cup for winged sprint cars will be held next year. (Joe Shivak photo)

TULARE, Calif. – Announced as part of Thunderbowl Raceway’s calendar reveal, the third-mile dirt track will host two editions of the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing next year.

Trophy Cup 27, pushed back from this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be contested on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29. The originally-planned Trophy Cup 28 will follow in its traditional mid-fall slot, running from Oct. 21-23.

The Trophy Cup is traditionally one of the more well-attended and most-prestigious winged sprint car events on the West Coast. Rico Abreu is the most recent Trophy Cup champion, having swept all three features in 2019.

Other highlights of the 2021 Thunderbowl Raceway schedule include the return of the ASCS National Tour to the track on March 12 and a two-day World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series weekend March 26-27.

Thunderbowl Raceway will also work closely with Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and promoter Peter Murphy to grow sprint car racing in the region next year.

The partnership includes a shared Peter Murphy Classic weekend between the two facilities, with Hanford hosting the opener on May 14 and Tulare closing the twinbill on May 15.

“We are definitely excited with how the schedule came out for 2021,” noted Thunderbowl Raceway promoter Steve Faria. “Bringing the World of Outlaws and ASCS National Tour back to the track will be a great thing and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host a pair of Trophy Cups next season.

“We look forward to working with Keller Auto Speedway promoter Peter Murphy over in Hanford to help grow the sport down here in the Central Valley as well.”


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