CHICO, Calif. – It has been the goal of promoter Dennis Gage since the day he took over the yearly operations of the Silver Dollar Speedway to offer a wide variety of auto racing for the fans.
In 2014 he believes he has accomplished that goal by offering to host 16 different divisions of cars at the Silver Dollar Speedway this upcoming year.
“We pride ourselves in offering our fans a diverse line up of racing events,” said Gage. “Our schedule offers an assortment of motorsports entertainment.”
The Silver Dollar Speedway will host such diverse events as the World of Outlaw sprint car series three times in 2014, Monster Trucks for three days, Arena/Supercross and a Destruction Derby during the Fair in May. However, even with the diversity, the staple of the speedway has always been the Friday night weekly series.
“While we try hard to offer new and exciting forms of auto racing, we also know that our bread and butter is the drivers, teams and fans that support our Friday night races,” said Gage.
This year the Silver Dollar Speedway will attempt the earliest play date in the history of the facility. Feb. 21, we will offer a “play night” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other practice days are scheduled for March 2 and March 23 from Noon to 4 p.m.
The official first race weekend will take place on March 7-8 with the annual Silver Cup Race of Champions. Friday night opens up with the 360 winged sprints, wingless sprints and dirt modifieds. On Saturday night the winged 360 sprint cars return along with a point shows for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless series and the Nor-Cal Modified Challenge.
Another first for the speedway is the offering of two weekly Friday night point shows in March. On March 14 the season begins with 360 winged sprints, hobby stocks, street stocks and modifieds. Point race No. 2 will be held March 28 with the winged 360 sprints getting a guaranteed $2,000 to win on this night. Joining them will be the Perma-Zyme wingless sprints and winged economy sprints. This night leads us into Saturday night when the World of Outlaws return for one night only as part of the Mini Gold Cup on March 29.
Silver Dollar Speedway is hosting a March Madness opportunity for winged 360 drivers and teams. If one driver wins all four races in March, they will receive an extra $4,000 on top of the winnings of each race. Win three of four races and receive an extra $2,000. Win two of the four and get an extra $1,000.
April 4 is the first chance for the winged 410 sprint cars to get a point show under their belts for 2014. In all, 11 point shows are scheduled for the 410 winged sprint cars. As of now, points will also be kept for the Perma-Zyme wingless series, hobby stocks, modifieds, street stocks, late models, mini stocks and winged economy sprints.
The speedway will host numerous memorial races in 2014. April 18 is the Bill Brownell night, May 3 the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, June 6 is the David Tarter Memorial and Aug 22 will once again be the Tyler Wolf night. The Fall Nationals will honor native Stephen Allard. Both the Bradway and Tarter races are King of the West events.
The speedway will be busy once again during the Silver Dollar Fair. May 23 the arena cross track will be built inside the race track. The following night the traditional 200-lap Enduro race will take place. The Civil War sprint car series will headline the Sunday night activity. The second annual destruction derby on Monday, May 26, will bring a close to four consecutive days of motorsports.
The 61st Anniversary of the Gold Cup Race of Champions will take place from Sept. 3-6 and offer four of the fastest nights in dirt track racing. The Civil War and Joe Hunt Magnetos series will attack the track on Wednesday night. Thursday we are excited to bring back the USAC/CRA non-wing sprint cars along with the USAC/BCRA midgets. Once again, Friday and Saturday night will belong to the World of Outlaw sprint cars. This year’s theme will include a thorough and heart-felt tribute the greatest sprint car driver ever, Steve Kinser, who announced late last year that this will be his final full season on the World of Outlaws tour.
The season will once again conclude with the Fall Nationals. This year we are going to dedicate the event to the memory of Stephan Allard and offer extra incentives for fans and drivers. Joining the winged 360 sprint cars will be the dirt modifieds on both nights.