The racers are back this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway revs up for its 11th season. Thunderhill Raceway photo.
KYLE — The season opener for stock car racing at Thunderhill Raceway is only a few days away as track officials move forward at full speed to pull off the 11th year of racing at the 3/8-mile asphalt track.
The season opener is Saturday. Changes for the upcoming season include an expanded Midway area near the front entrance to the grandstands. Various food booths will be available, and fans will be given the opportunity to interact with the drivers at a new drivers’ autograph booth. Kids can also expect to have lots of fun this year with inflatable bouncers, bike races and rides in the race cars on the track.
“We went through a few rough spots at the end of last year, and we weren’t sure if we’d even be able to keep the track open in 2010,” said Mary Ann Naumann, THR’s owner and promoter. “Fortunately, we were able to work out an agreement with the landowner, and we plan to make this year the best one ever – and hopefully for many more years to come … We also feel that we have the best entertainment value in the area – with four-five hours of jam-packed, up-close racing action on a Saturday night.”
The full racing agenda for Saturday night will include the fan-favorite TSRS (Texas Super Racing Series) late models, along with the TSRS Allison Legacys, Texas pro dedans, dwarf Cars, SportMods, ASA A-Line super stocks, thunder stocks, grand stocks and mini stocks.
Kids’ bicycle races are on Saturday’s list of activities, and kiddie rides (in the race cars) will also be offered at the end of the night.
Grandstand gates will open on Saturday a little earlier than usual – at 4 p.m. Qualifying will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a driver autograph session at 5:15 p.m. The racing action will begin with heat races at 6 p.m. and opening ceremony and feature races immediately afterwards.
Admission for the grandstands is $12 for adults (including tax), with a $2 discount for seniors, military and police and EMS personnel (with ID). Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track located at 24801 IH-35, on the access road just north of San Marcos near Yarrington Road (Exit 210). Information on Thunderhill Raceway may be found on the track website at www.thunderhillraceway.com.