Silver Dollar Speedway gears up for fireworks show

Jul 2, 2014 8:11 PM by Ross Field

There is always a packed house at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico on the 4th of July.

But this year the annual fireworks show holds special meaning for one local driver who will be racing in honor of his fallen uncle.

It should be an action packed 4th of July show this Friday night at the Silver Dollar.

Five divisions, the 410 Sprints, Street Stocks, Dirt Modifieds, Mini Stocks and Economy Sprints will all be on hand.

Gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 6:30pm.

Kids 11-and-under will be admitted for free.

"I get goosebumps that night, just because the place is packed, I know what we're here celebrating," said Troy Hennig, announcer at the Speedway.

They'll be celebrating our independence with fireworks both on and off the track.

It's grass roots racing at its finest combined with and end of the night fireworks display that will light up the sky.

"Since this is the only show in Chico we go above and beyond," said Hennig. "The show last year was about 18 minutes and it ended with such a big grand finale it was awesome."

Chico's own and winged sprint driver Brad Bumgarner will take to the track with a heavy heart.

On Tuesday, Brad's uncle Jerry, 1988 Silver Dollar Speedway track champion, passed away after a long bout with cancer. Brad says he's dedicating this race to Jerry.

"We definitely want to run good for Jerry. He won the championship here in 1988 and he's been a crew chief for a lot of different people, Sean Becker, Jonathan Allard, Destiny Hayes, he won a lot of races with a lot of different drivers. He was a really good man and I'm going to miss him a lot," added Bumgarner.

It'll be a race to remember a fallen driver on a night we honor our country's independence.


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