COVID-19 Stops Tulare’s Trophy Cup Once More

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The 27th running of the Trophy Cup for sprint cars has been postponed again. (Devin Mayo photo)

TULARE, Calif. – The 27th running of the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup, planned for May 27-29 at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, has been postponed until Oct. 21-23.

Continued uncertainty as to COVID-19 restrictions placed on Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway made it necessary to again adjust the plans for the event.

Originally, the Cup from last year that was not held was to be made up in May, with a second event for this year scheduled for the traditional October dates.

However, Trophy Cup founder Dave Pusateri remains firm on wanting fans to be able to attend before racing the event.

Tulare’s track has not had a race since the 2019 Trophy Cup, a memorable three-day affair that saw Rico Abreu win each night.

Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 27 presented By Rudeen Racing will offer a purse of more than $200,000 for winged 360 sprint cars in October, with the event champion guaranteed $27,000 for accumulating the most points over three days of competition.

There will not be any further plan to have two Trophy Cups in a single year, like was originally planned going into this year.