Trophy Cup to Thunderbowl Raceway in 2005. Tulare becomes fourth host in race history - By Bobby Gerould - Tulare, CA. 08/18/05 …The Trophy Cup is on the move. For the fourth time in the 12-year history of the storied winged 360 sprint car event, the Trophy Cup will change venues. Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA for will host the popular races in 2005. The dates are set for October 28-29th. Originally contested at the now defunct San Jose Speedway from 1994-99, the event made a one-time appearance at Watsonville Speedway in 2000. Most recently Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA was the host track (2001-04). (Read the whole deal)
The Thunderbowl is a high-banked 1/3 mile with long straights. It reminds some of the old Baylands Raceway Park. The World of Outlaws made their first appearance at the Thunderbowl on September 2, 2003.
- ...Seek a video tape of "Bud" Kaeding's Tulare, Wheelie-contest winner. Young, Brandon rode a wheelie with one hand on the steering wheel, while the other hand was waving to the judges.
- Tulare Thunderbowl ran the one and only NARC race held in 2001. The Thanksgiving weekend event was won by World of Outlaws Champion, Danny Lasoski. (read here)
Feature Winners of MAJOR 410 sprint car races at Tulare.
Steve Kinser Lightning Fast at Thunderbowl - By Bobby Gerould - 09/02/03 - Tulare, CA. ...Throughout his incomparable career Steve Kinser has adapted quickly. The 17-time World of Outlaws champion christened Thunderbowl Raceway Tuesday night under wild circumstances, garnering his 491st A-Main win in O'Reilly World of Outlaws competition. During the 35-lap feature race, lightning struck a transformer two blocks from the track, knocking the lights off while cars were at speed on lap 19. Thankfully no one was injured and all cars stopped safely. When the lights returned, rain appeared. However the quick thundershower at the Thunderbowl let up in time for the finish.
Kinser, in his own Quaker State Maxim #11 tuned by Scott Gerkin, snatched the lead from his contemporary Sammy Swindell on lap five. What turned out to be the winning pass occurred on the high side of turn two. Kinser told WoO announcer John Gibson in the winner's circle, "We got a good run there at the beginning, and got by Sammy, and then we started messing around on the bottom, and finally got up top, and it seemed to run a little better up there." (more)
All-Time Track Record: Kevin Swindell 12.740 10/15/05
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Career Wins at Tulare: 410's Only: