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Louie Vermeil Classic sprint car races welcomed in Chico

CHICO, Calif. – Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway welcomes the Louie Vermeil Classic sprint car races during Labor Day weekend, continuing a 13-year tradition.

The race is normally held at the Calistoga Speedway in Napa County, but because of Covid-19 restrictions, the event was held in Chico this year.


Hundreds continue to gather for the races over the holiday weekend, also enjoying wine and olive oil tasting from regional award-winning vineyards, live music, and local vendors.

HMC Promotions organized the event and brought the prestigious races to Butte County this year.

The weekend racing honors Louie Vermeil’s legacy. Vermeil was a co-founder of the Northern Auto Racing Club and was a sprint car racing leader at the Calistoga Speedway.

The video above shows the arrival of a helicopter carrying Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea at the opening of the races on Saturday. Sunday the Butte County fire chief will kick off the event.

The USAC-CRA and KWS-NARC sprint cars will race at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday on the high-banked 1/4 mile Silver Dollar Speedway dirt track. Regional food tasting, vendor booths, and music will be available from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.