Southwest Contractors
19th Annual
2012 Trophy Cup
Trophy Cup
Non Wing Race Results
Thursday
October 18th, 2012



Trophy Cup Non Wing Sprints - Oct. 18th, 2012

Bernal Wins First Ever Non Wing Trophy Cup

by Ron Rodda

Tulare, CA - The first time nonwing 360 sprints were a part of the Trophy Cup the event title was captured by Hollister, CA driver, Ryan Bernal despite Bud Kaeding winning both main events. Bernal built a 16 point lead after qualifying and heats but lost only 7 of those points back to Kaeding by finishing 2nd in both mains.

A 37 car field appeared to contest the first ever nonwing Cup show, using the original one day format not needed since the event became a two day show in 1997. Bernal set quick time at 15.298, the 21st car out to test the Tulare Thunderbowl's 3/8 track. Bud Kaeding qualified at 15.841 to earn 13 points less than Bernal as the 14th quick overall. That deficit proved too much to overcome for Kaeding as Bernal finished right behind him in main event racing.

Five heats inverted six and took the top 3 to the first A main. Bernal won his heat while Kaeding finished 2nd to add 3 points to the gap, now at 16. A 20-car field for 30 laps included the B main top 5 with the top ten inverted by points. This meant D. J. Netto and Bud Kaeding shared the front row while as top point car, Bernal started 10th.

Kaeding led all 30 laps with Austin Liggett 2nd until Andy Forsberg took that spot with a low turn 4 pass on lap 6. Kaeding ran the wall in turns 3 and 4 while Forsberg stuck to the bottom to pressure Kaeding until suddenly heading to the infield on lap 18, moving Kyle Hirst to 2nd and Danny Sheridan to 3rd. Four laps later Bernal passed his teammate for 3rd and when Hirst bumped the turn 4 wall on lap 29, Bernal moved into 2nd to set the finish. Kaeding won over Bernal and Hirst but picked up only 2 points on that 16-point deficit.

The 2nd main needed 4 more B main cars to create a full 20-car field, fully inverted by points. Bernal started 20th, Kaeding 18th, and Hirst in between at 19th for the 50 lap finale. With a five-point drop per spot, Kaeding needed two cars between himself and Bernal to overcome the 14-point difference. Kaeding had that margin for a while, but by the halfway mark it was obvious that, barring any issue, Bernal was going to win the Cup and maybe the main also.

Kelly Nichols led from outside front row starting spot until a front stretch mess after 12 laps saw him leave and James Sweeney take over the top spot. Two laps later Peter Murphy used the top of turn 1 to take the lead and Kaeding moved into 3rd, coming from 18th in just 15 laps. On the 18th lap Kaeding dove into turn 3 under Sweeney and had 2nd with Danny Faria Jr. in 3rd.

That order stabilized until Bernal took 3rd on lap 28, using the high line leaving turn 4. Murphy continued in the lead until the 45th time around the very racy oval when a turn 2 slider by Kaeding got him the lead and Bernal followed him into 2nd. The last five laps were a tremendous duel between the two nonwing stars, leading to a last lap turn 3 slider by Bernal that came up just short and Kaeding had both main events while Bernal was 2nd both times. Murphy was 3rd after 50 entertaining laps.

The $21,000 nonwing night will be followed by two nights of winged 360 racing with approximately $89,000 on the line to finish the 19th Annual Trophy Cup.

First main with starting spot. 1. Bud Kaeding (2), 2. Ryan Bernal (10), 3. Kyle Hirst (8), 4. Danny Sheridan (6), 5. Peter Murphy (11), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (7), 7. Rick Kirkbride (12), 8. Mike Spencer (5), 9. Geoff Ensign (13), 10. Mike Martin (17), 11. Andy Ferris (19), 12. Cory Kruseman (17), 13. Austin Liggett (4), 14. Andy Forsberg (3), 15. D. J. Netto (1), 16. Richard Vander Weerd (9), 17. Rusty Carlile (14), 18. Chris Ennis (16), 19. Kenny Perkins (20), 20. Kyle Miller (15)

Second main with starting spot. 1. Kaeding (18), 2. Bernal (20), 3. Murphy (15), 4. Hirst (19), 5. Faria (16), 6. Sheridan (17), 7. Netto (7), 8. James Sweeney (1), 9. Kirkbride (13), 10. Martin (8), 11. Kevin Barnes (15), 12. Liggett (10), 13. Perkins (5), 14. Geoffrey Strole (3), 15. Forsberg (9), 16. Terry Nichols (2), 17. R. Vander Weerd (12), 18. Ferris (6), 19. Spencer (14), 20. Ensign (11)

Top 20 in points. Bernal 429, Kaeding 420, Hirst 412, Murphy 401, Faria 398, Sheridan 394, Kirkbride 366, Netto 361, Martin 349, Liggett 344, Forsberg 327, R. Vander Weerd 322, Spencer 320, Ensign 305, Perkins 302, Ferris 294, Sweeney 256, Barnes 251, Strole 240, and Kruseman 240.

The top 20 in points are part of the $8,100 point purse.




NON-WINGED 360 SPRINT CARS
Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California
October 18, 2012 – 19th Annual Trophy Cup – Night #1

TIME TRIALS:
1. Ryan Bernal, 73-15.298; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10-15.303; 3. Kyle Hirst, 83JR-15.550; 4. Mike Spencer, 18K-15.575; 5. Austin Liggett , 83-15.599; 6. Danny Sheridan, 73X-15.622; 7. Ricky Kirkbride, 87-15.674; 8. Markus Niemela, 81-15.695; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V-15.707; 10. Darren Clayton, 14-15.738; 11. Andy Forsberg, 92-15.747; 12. D.J. Netto, 7N-15.768; 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 88-15.795; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29-15.841; 15. Geoff Ensign, 5V-15.930; 16. Chris Ennis, 86-15.945; 17. Jeff Sibley, 18-15.954; 18. Peter Murphy, 11-15.976; 19. Mike Martin, 16-15.988; 20. Kyle Miller, 10K-16.118; 21. Terry Nichols, 33-16.150; 22. Rusty Carlile, 51-16.155; 23. Geoffrey Strole, 09S-16.166; 24. Shawn Kautz, 27-16.180; 25. Cory Kruseman, 14K-16.190; 26. Andy Ferris, 4J-16.211; 27. Kevin Barnes, 36B-16.232; 28. Adam Frith-Smith, 62-16.271; 29. Kyle Evans, 84-16.407; 30. Matt Day, 97-16.569; 31. James Sweeney, 11X-16.572; 32. Koen Shaw, 92JR-16.679; 33. Kenny Perkins, 29X-17.046; 34. Mark Herz, 28-17.929; 35. Mike Collins, 35-18.288; 36. Billy Butler, 57-NT; 37. Ray Knight, 6K-NT.

HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
1. Bernal, 2. Forsberg, 3. Sheridan, 4. Ennis, 5. Ferris, 6. Sweeney, 7. Nichols.

HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
1. Carlile, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Netto, 4. Barnes, 5. Kirkbride, 6. Shaw, 7. Sibley.

HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
1. Murphy, 2. Hirst, 3. Perkins, 4. Strole, 5. Frith-Smith, 6. Niemela, 7. J. Vander Weerd.

HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. Kaeding, 3. Martin, 4. Spencer, 5. Evans, 6. Kautz, 7. Herz.

HEAT RACE #5: (10 laps)
1. Kruseman, 2. Miller, 3. Ensign, 4. Liggett, 5. Clayton, 6. Day, 7. Collins.

C-MAIN: (8 laps)
1. Nichols, 2. Sibley, 3. Collins, 4. Herz.

SEMI-MAIN: (20 laps)
1. Liggett, 2. Spencer, 3. Kirkbride, 4. Ennis, 5. Ferris, 6. Strole, 7. Nichols, 8. Sweeney, 9. Barnes, 10. Day, 11. Shaw, 12. Kautz, 13. Herz, 14. Clayton, 15. Collins, 16. Sibley, 17. Evans.

FEATURE #1: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Bud Kaeding (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal (10th), 3. Kyle Hirst (8th), 4. Danny Sheridan (6th), 5. Peter Murphy (11th), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 7. Ricky Kirkbride (12th), 8. Mike Spencer (5th), 9. Geoff Ensign (13th), 10. Mike Martin (17th), 11. Andy Ferris (19th), 12. Cory Kruseman (18th), 13. Austin Liggett (4th), 14. Andy Forsberg (3rd), 15. D.J. Netto (1st), 16. Richard Vander Weerd (9th), 17. Rusty Carlile (14th), 18. Chris Ennis (16th), 19. Kenny Perkins (20th), 20. Kyle Miller (15th).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bud Kaeding.

FEATURE #2: (50 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Bud Kaeding (18th), 2. Ryan Bernal (20th), 3. Peter Murphy (15th), 4. Kyle Hirst (19th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (16th), 6. Danny Sheridan (17th), 7. D.J. Netto (7th), 8. James Sweeney (1st), 9. Ricky Kirkbride (13th), 10. Mike Martin (8th), 11. Kevin Barnes (4th), 12. Austin Liggett (10th), 13. Kenny Perkins (5th), 14. Geoffrey Strole (3rd), 15. Andy Forsberg (9th), 16. Terry Nichols (2nd), 17. Richard Vander Weerd (12th), 18. Andy Ferris (6th), 19. Mike Spencer (14th), 20. Geoff Ensign (11th).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Terry Nichols, Laps 12-14 James Sweeney, Laps 15-44 Peter Murphy, Laps 45-50 Bud Kaeding.
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**Billy Butler flipped during time trials.
**Jace Vander Weerd and Adam Frith-Smith flipped during the third heat.
**Daron Clayton flipped during the semi-main.
**Geoff Ensign and Richard Vander Weerd flipped during the second main event.
**Ryan Bernal Wins Point Championship.














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