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Lone Star Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters join Saturday’s Racing Agenda

KYLE, TX (May 23, 2008) – Thunderhill Raceway, a 3/8-mile, asphalt D-shaped oval track that’s located in Kyle (TX), has scheduled some exciting stock-car racing action this Saturday (May 24) – highlighted by the Lone Star Legends.

The Lone Star Legends are headquartered at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (TX), and they visit racetracks all over the state.

The Legends class feature old-style racecars – including 1934-1937 Chevy, Ford and Dodge coupes and sedans. The Bandoleros are scaled-down, sleek racecars that run on small, 30HP engines. The Thunder Roadsters are unique-looking, fiberglass racecars that run on 132HP Yamaha engines. All three classes are sanctioned by INEX, which is an organization that promotes uniform rules and enforces safety standards.

Young drivers are often at the helm of these machines. The Bandit class of the Bandoleros starts its drivers at the age of eight. The Legends have a bit more horsepower, and youngsters who are 14 and over are allowed to drive these unique cars. The minimum age for the Thunder Roadsters is 16.

Mary Ann Naumann, THR Owner/Promoter, is excited about the appearance of these cars at this weekend’s race. “We’ve really seen this series grow over the past couple of years, and we know it’s giving young racers a great opportunity to start their racing careers,” said Naumann. “We know that our future depends on the development of young racers, and the Lone Star Legends group is helping to create the passion and skills needed for advancement in the racing ranks. We want to make sure they feel right at home here at Thunderhill Raceway this weekend.”

Naumann’s niece, Kristen “KT” Wallace, will be bringing her #12 Bandolero all the way from Jasper (GA) to race on Saturday. This 14-year-old driver is looking forward to racing in Texas – especially since she has some deep racing roots in the Lone Star State.

Kristen’s dad, Jake Wallace, Jr., is a racing legend at two South Texas former tracks – Longhorn Speedway and San Antonio Speedway. After losing his dad, Jake moved his family to Georgia and ran his Late Model at many of the tracks out east. Jake eventually passed on his racing genes to his son and Kristen’s brother, Eric Wallace.

Eric is currently employed by Roush Racing and will be making his debut this year as the Car Specialist and Tire Carrier for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #16 car driven by Greg Biffle.

One of Kristen’s grandfathers, the late Jake Wallace, Sr., also raced for many years all over the state of Texas. Her other grandfather, Jack Sandefur, is the well-known Director of Technical/Pit Operations for Thunderhill Raceway and the Texas Super Racing Series Late Models.

“Racing has been such a big part of our family life, and I’m ready to give it a try,” commented Kristen. “I really appreciate all of the support that I’ve already received from my family as I go through my first year of racing with the Bandoleros. I hope I do well this year, especially when I race at Thunderhill Raceway this weekend!”

Thunderhill Raceway is located at 24801 IH-35, just outside of San Marcos, TX (Exit #210 – Yarrington Road). The grandstand gates open at 4:00 pm, and the racing action gets started promptly at 7:00 pm.

Saturday night’s racing action will also feature the Thunderhill Raceway ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks and NasKarts – along with the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas, the Pro Trucks and the Pro Modifieds.

For more information about Thunderhill Raceway, visit the THR website at http://www.thunderhillraceway.com. Information on the Lone Star Legends can be found at http://www.lonestarlegends.net.

By DEBBIE WILLIAMS


Photo courtesy of Wallace Racing

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