The company that has hosted regular stock car racing at Thunderhill Raceway for more than a decade says it is not renewing its lease with the racetrack property’s landlord.
MAN Racing Productions’ principal, Mary Ann Naumann, said proposed terms for a lease renewal “were just too demanding to even possibly consider.”
“It was such a tough decision to make, and I’m moving forward with a heavy heart. I dearly love my racing family, and I know it will be very difficult for me to no longer be a part of stock car racing at Thunderhill Raceway,” Naumann said in a written statement announcing the closure.
MAN Racing has operated at the 3/8 mile oval track off Interstate 35 in south Kyle since the facility opened in 1998. Thunderhill Race
way became sanctioned as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track in 2011.
The track sits property owned by developer Rick Coleman and is leased by a company called Armadillo Productions, whose representative has not been available to talk about his intentions for the property.
As people arrived at the Kyle Fair & Music Festival last month, they passed under a sign announcing Thunderhill’s new name: the Kyle Music and Events Center.Email | Print