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KYLE, TX (May 27, 2008) – Plenty of race cars, trucks and karts were on hand to entertain the fans this past weekend at Thunderhill Raceway (Kyle, TX). The green flag waved for 124 entries from all over the state of Texas, and time limits were imposed on each race to provide continuous racing action throughout the night.

The Lone Star Legends highlighted the agenda with its Legend, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster classes.

The Bandoleros were the first feature race on the agenda, and lots of youngsters took their scaled-down, sleek racecars out on the track. The race winner was ten-year-old T. J. Michael from Plano (TX).

Sixteen old-style race cars in the Legends class showed the fans lots of spins and action in their 15-lap feature event. Michael Dabney, Jr., from Kaufman (TX) came up through the field from the rear and managed to capture the checkered flag.

The Thunder Roadsters were next in line, and the two race leaders playing plenty of “bumper tag,” throughout the race. J. C. Umscheid from Alvarado (TX) grabbed the win.

Brian Kyempel claimed yet another victory in the NasKarts, while Jim Albert from Lockhart (TX) continued his domination in the Pro Trucks by adding another feature race to his winning streak.

The Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas was next on the agenda, and a melee on the first lap brought out the caution for a complete restart. Keith Roach from Buda (TX) took the lead on Lap 8 and held on for the win.

The time limit was enforced for the 16 Thunder Stocks that started the feature race. Following a huge oil spill caused by a blown engine, Gary Chancellor from Bastrop (TX) was declared the winner when the clock expired.

Umscheid pulled double-duty on Saturday night and started on the outside pole for the ExpressJet 35 Pro Modified race. Although he battled hard for the lead, Umscheid had to head to the pits due to an oil leak and restart at the rear of the field. Justin Long was able to take advantage of Umscheid’s mechanical misfortune by grabbing the lead and a race victory.

The scheduled 40-lap ASA A-Line Super Stock was cut short due to six caution flags. Cary Stapp from San Marcos (TX), who was the 2007 A-Line Super Stock champion, took the lead on Lap 15 and survived the wrecks and spins to claim victory. Four different drivers have captured wins in the four races that have been held so far this year in this exciting class.

Topping off the night was the 25-lap Grand Stock feature race. Floyd Reed from Spicewood (TX) started the race in the 13th position and survived several wrecks to work his way to the front. Reed took the lead on Lap 9 and claimed victory when the time expired on this event.

The next race scheduled for Thunderhill Raceway will be held on Saturday, May 31, starting at 7:00 p.m. The racing action will be highlighted by the 4th Annual TSRS (Late Models) Operation Interdependence 75 presented by Chuck Nash – along with the Thunderhill Raceway ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks and NasKarts. The Texas Pro Sedans and Allison Legacy Racing Series will also be on the racing agenda. The JRA Kids Club will also be hosting its second Bike Race of the year for the young Thunderhill Raceway fans.

Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, asphalt D-shaped oval track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, just north of San Marcos (TX) near Yarrington Road (Exit #210).

For more information on Thunderhill Raceway, visit the THR website at

Public Relations Director – Thunderhill Raceway

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