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October 21st, 2009
2010 in jeopardy for Thunderhill

STAFF REPORT

KYLE — The owner of Thunderhill Raceway said Wednesday that the track’s 2010 season could be in jeopardy after a subtenant and race sponsor decided to not renew its lease.

“Following weeks of negotiation, I’ve been informed that America’s Auto Auction will no longer be a subtenant at the track,” said Thunderhill owner and promoter Mary Ann Naumann. “They’re moving to a property that’s located directly on the IH-35 access road that’s more visible to the public and has a lot more paved areas. Unfortunately, we’re not only losing a tenant, but we’re also losing a race sponsor.”

Owned by MAN Racing Promotions LLC, Thunderhill Raceway holds a three-year option on a lease for the track property, which is up for renewal in November.

“As you might expect, the loss of income from America’s Auto Auction will have a major impact on my bottom line,” Naumann said. “I don’t want to throw in the towel on the future of Thunderhill Raceway with this latest news, but the reality is that the future of Thunderhill Raceway is in jeopardy unless we can find a major sponsor or locate another subtenant soon.”

Naumann said she hopes getting the word out early will help the racing community understand that she needs their help to pull off the 2010 racing season.

“To make it happen, I’m not looking for cash or a handout, but rather I’m asking for help in finding a new subtenant by simply getting everyone to pass the word,” Naumann said.

Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, on the access road just north of San Marcos near the Yarrington Road (Exit 210). Information on Thunderhill Raceway may be found on the track website at www.thunderhillraceway.com. For more information, contact Naumann at (512) 844-3582.

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0 thoughts on “2010 in jeopardy for Thunderhill

  1. “To make it happen, I’m not looking for cash or a handout, but rather I’m asking for help in finding a new subtenant by simply getting everyone to pass the word,”

    That’s definitely a refreshing sentiment and I hope that it works out. The races at Thunderhill are very well run and it is hard to think of anything more entertaining for $10.

    I’d be curious to know what kind of money we’re talking about. Not that I’m in any position to do anything, but if we knew the level of commitment needed, it might help someone to identify a sponsor.

  2. I agree with Ted, spending and evening at Thunder Hill is very entertaining for the whole family. I really hope that this track can remain open. Racing is as American as Apple Pie!

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