Bernal Reflects on Marquee Win at Trophy Cup


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2017) – Now that the dust has settled, and he’s had a chance to catch his breath, Hollister, California’s, Ryan Bernal, claims the victory at Trophy Cup to be “the biggest win” of his career to date.

“Winning a wing race at Tulare has always been a goal for me, but winning the Trophy Cup main event was something I didn’t think would come as soon as it did,” expressed Bernal. “Thank you, Ryan, Kerry, and Mike for their hard work all week. They made my job easy.”

The event that has raised over $1.5 million, benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, draws drivers and teams from all over the country. The Mike Phulps Motorsports No.56 entry kicked off the event with a disappointing showing, missing Thursday night’s A-main. With the unique format put in place, Bernal and team we able to make a huge comeback on Friday night, charging form 24th to 9th, and scoring enough points to be locked into a qualifying heat race on Saturday.

A 4th to 2nd finish, and a 12-car points inversion, put the Phulps Motorsports entry starting 3rd in Saturday’s 50-lap main event at the famed Tulare Thunderbowl. Bernal exchanged the lead several times with fellow Californian, Bud Kaeding, before sealing the deal, and taking home the 24th Annual Trophy Cup Feature Winner honors.

The Southwest Contractor’s 24th Annual Trophy Cup raised $150,000 to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets for the 25th showing of the event are already on sale at

Ryan Bernal would like to thank the following sponsors: 4 Alarm Promotions, Smith Precision, DMI, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Breaks,, Keizer Wheels, and Bell Helmets

Phulps Motorsports would like to thank the following sponsors: Metal Works, Nor Cal Powder Coating, Skyline Steel Erectors, Keizer Wheels, DMI, CSI Shocks, CAM2 Motor Oil, King Racing Products, Tel Tach, Joe Hunt Magneto, Hoosier Racing Tires, ART Ent, Outlaw Graphics, and All American Powder Coating.   

Whitney Thomas
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