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2022 Firebird Raceway Gold Cup Series Review

BOISE MUFFLER/NAPA AUTO PARTS GOLD CUP POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Boise Muffler/NAPA Auto Parts Gold Cup 2022 Championship Series
Firebird Raceway – Boise, Idaho

2022 Firebird Raceway Gold Cup Series Review

by Kirk Walton

The 2022 season Sled/Bike class in the Boise Muffler/NAPA Auto Parts Gold Cup Series at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho was dominated by Dave “Wheels” Wheeler of Murray, Utah. Wheels took 7 wins and 6 runner-up spots. In addition, he also won the “Halloween Classic” NHRA Wally and the NHRA Division6 “Land of Leaders” Wally for the most points in the motorcycle class from the various tracks in selected races chosen at the beginning of the season.

Dave Wheeler at the LODRS race in Boise at Firebird Raceway. Photo Robert Grice of Extreme Photography
Dave Wheeler at the LODRS race in Boise at Firebird Raceway. Photo by Robert Grice of Extreme Photography

Mike Pinkston, Magna, Utah was a distant second with 21 rounds won including the first race of the season for his only win. He finished with 703 points to Wheeler’s 823. Zak Pedraza was third with 685 points with 16 round wins.

Mike Pinkston
Mike Pinkston

FINAL POINTS – TOP TEN

  1. Dave “Wheels” Wheeler 823
  2. Mike Pinkston 703
  3. Zak Pedraza 685
  4. Liz Micheletty 645
  5. Jacob Wood 631
  6. David Wood 611
  7. Dylan Miller 604
  8. Danny Jones 595
  9. Steve Harrison 572
  10. Clay Pollitt 572
Dave Wheeler with NHRA president Glenn Cromwell receiving the "Land of Leaders" ET Challenge "Wally".
Dave Wheeler with NHRA president Glenn Cromwell receiving the “Land of Leaders” ET Challenge “Wally”.

Dave Wheeler thanks the following people for their support: 

“I would like to first and foremost thank my wife for her support. I would like to thank my mother Kathryn Wheeler, Jacob Stufflebeam and all of my other Utah racers for your support! Also a special thank you to Mike Pinkston and Roy Barrera Sr. and Roy Barrera Jr., Jeremy Bates, Mike Cragun, Firebird Raceway and the New family, Robert Grice (Extreme Photography), Nick Steuri, Matt Levonas, and Jeff Durfey. Thank you to Captain Kirk Walton, Wright’s Motorcycle Parts and Specialized Chimney Repair. 2022 was one for the books so here’s to making 2023 even better!”

Dave "Wheels" Wheeler (left) and Conner New showing off their championship plaques. Photo courtesy of Conner New.
Dave “Wheels” Wheeler (left) and Conner New showing off their championship plaques. Photo courtesy of Conner New.

 

See you all this upcoming season!

Kirk Walton
#7151 NHRA ETMX

 

ABOUT THE BOISE MUFFLER/NAPA AUTO PARTS GOLD CUP POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

It’s easy to find the class and current point’s standings. All you have to do is click on the 3 bars before CATEGORIES, above right, and an accordion menu displays all classes. Click on the category you are looking for and this will open up the current standings.

GOLD CUP RACING dates back to 1971 when Firebird awarded Track Championships for the very first time. Fast forward five decades and we positively thrilled to offering an exciting line-up of events for 2022. Firebird offers points racing in Super Pro, Pro, Sled/Bike & Sportsman, in addition to the Jr. Dragster and Jr. Street divisions. We’d like to pass along our appreciation to Boise Muffler and NAPA Auto Parts for their alliance with the Season Championship point’s chase.

Please note, all racers in the Summit Series (Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Sled/Bike, Jr. Dragster and Jr. Street) will need to register for points in the Gold Cup Series. Also, to compete in the series, you will need to stop by Sport Shop for two contingency decals from our friends at Boise Muffler (and apply to both sides of your car).

At the same time, special thanks goes out to Gold Cup eliminator sponsors: Kidd Performance & Dyno (Super Pro), Big O Tires (Pro), and United Oil (Sportsman) for claiming the title-class rights to each of these Firebird eliminators for the full sesaon.

Furthermore, championships will be contested this season in Idaho Army Nat’l Guard High School, Jr. Dragster, Jr. Street, the Economy Transmission Alumni, Fairly Reliable Bob’s Club Challenge, Carl’s Cycle Sales Street Bike, Capitol City Transmission Nostalgia, Moffitt & Bratton Outlaw Street, Wayne’s Transmissions Street Truck, Modern Driveline Super Shifter presented by Rich’s Auto Care, and Factory Muscle eliminators. Additionally, we would like to thank both The Comfort Source for endorsing the Pro Comp point’s series.

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