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November 2nd, 2012
Thunderhill Raceway promoter declines to renew track lease

A billboard marks the entrance to the former Thunderhill Raceway on Interstate 35 north of Yarrington Road. HAYS FREE PRESS PHOTO


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.

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4 thoughts on “Thunderhill Raceway promoter declines to renew track lease

  1. Absolutely no loss but I’m sure they will take the limestone and add it to the mess already created on Yarrington Road east of the Interstate.

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