CHICO, Calif. – Ronnie Gardner and Jimmy Trulli each picked up victories during preliminary action as part of Gold Cup weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway on Thursday evening.
Gardner raced to victory in the Honda USAC Western Midget Series feature, overtaking early leader Johnathon Henry on lap nine and leading the rest of the 30-lap feature.
Jake Swanson, Scott Pierovich, Matt Streeter and Henry completed the top five in that event.
In the companion USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series event, Trulli led the whole way to score his first victory of 2013 with the series.
Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, Kyle Hirst and Geoff Ensign completed the top five in the Western Classic feature. With his third-place finish, Bernal locked up the 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series championship.