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Monadnock cancels opener this Saturday, May 4


Due to weather delaying the installation of new bleachers and much needed work in the parking area and the track’s safety wall after last weekends heavy rainfall, this Saturday’s appearance by the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Monadnock Speedway has been cancelled. The track opener is now scheduled for May 25 and will not include the VMRS. At this time the series is scheduled to compete a week later at Monadnock on June 8.  

The next event on the Valenti Modified Racing Series schedule is May 18, & 19 at Lee USA Speedway.

Source: John Spence, Sr. ?VMRS PR

Upgraded fan experience planned for 2019 Law Tigers Sacramento Mile

Note: The American Flat Track Series will be making a new stop at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Father’s Day Weekend 2019 on a brand new 1/4-mile dirt track. This event will be during the 94th Annual Laconia Bike Week.

Flat Track Motorcycles in action on a dirt track
Grand Marshal and Legends of Flat Track Meet & Greet Announced for May 18 Event Sent on behalf of SDI Racing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 30, 2019) – As the American Flat Track season prepares for its highly-anticipated west coast swing, SDI Racing announces some exciting additions to its programming for the 2019 Law Tigers Legendary Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear powered by Estenson Racing. The event – taking place at Cal Expo Fairgrounds on May 18 – will include Grand Marshal Mert Lawwill, an expanded Motion Pro Legends of Flat Track Meet & Greet and additions aimed to improve fan accessibility to and around the track. 

Lawwill won his first of 15 career Grand National wins at the Sacramento Mile in 1965. After winning the Grand National Championship in 1969, Lawwill went on to star in the iconic motorcycle racing film On Any Sunday, a feature film that chronicled Lawwill’s quest to defend his previous season’s title against a bevy of strong contenders. A number of other legendary professional flat track riders will be on hand to interact with fans as part of the Motion Pro Legends of Flat Track Meet & Greet Session. All of the Class of ’79 – including greats such as Wayne Rainey and Scotty Parker – will participate as 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the group. 

The addition of ADA shuttles from designated parking areas to the track as well as a second fan-crossing for the Rider Autograph Session will certainly provide a more-streamlined experience for fans at the track. “The entire SDI Racing promotions team is beyond excited to offer a better experience for our fans,” said Vincent Delorenzi, Promoter of the Sacramento Mile. “We are happy to alleviate the stress of walking from the parking lots to the grandstands on race day. We are also thrilled to host the Class of ’79, both Larry Langly and Charlie Roberts have done an amazing job in corralling some of the most recognizable names in two-wheeled motor sports to meet and greet fans at this year’s event.”

The Law Tigers Legendary Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear powered by Estenson Racing returns into the iconic Cal Expo Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Get your tickets now at For more information on American Flat Track visit To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit

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About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Jimmy Blewett sets sights on NAPA Spring Sizzler Victory Lane

NASCAR Modified driver Jimmy Blewett is with a new NASCAR Modified team combination for 2019.

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season has gotten off to a strong start for the new combination of Jimmy Blewett and the #21 Gershow Recycling / John Blewett, Inc. team. In the first three races, Blewett has recorded two third place finishes and a tenth place effort to sit third in the points standings heading into the NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford, only 8 points behind Doug Coby.  Blewett says that he is not surprised that he and the #21 team have been able to find success on the track so quickly.

“I’ve been friends with Joe [Bertuccio] for a while and we talked over the winter about what our plans were going to be for the upcoming season,” said Blewett.  “Joe ended up giving me a call about a month before New Smyrna and asked if I wanted to go racing in Florida and now we’re running the Tour schedule.  I’m not really surprised we’ve had good results.  The car has been fast before and now it’s just a matter of getting the car comfortable for me.  They were pretty comfortable with Ronnie [Williams] in the car but they didn’t have something that would last the whole race so our main focus has been making the car last for an entire race.”

With the Whelen Modified Tour heading to Stafford for the rescheduled NAPA Spring Sizzler® this weekend, May 4 & 5, Blewett is looking forward to possibly adding his first win together with the #21 team at one of his favorite tracks.  Blewett has three career wins at Stafford and has 10 top-5 and 19 top-10 finishes in 37 career starts at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“Stafford is definitely one of my favorite tracks,” said Blewett.  “I’m always comfortable racing there and as long as we can make the car comfortable for me, I think we have as good of a shot as anybody else at winning.  I think we can get the job done, we just need to work a little harder on the car.  We’ve been working on little things here and there every time we go to the track to try to figure out that comfort zone.  After the Thompson race we found out the frame was bent on the car so we took it to Brad at North East Race Cars and got it fixed.  I feel like we’ll have a better shot at Stafford now that we found that issue.”

Blewett will be looking to join his brother John on the list of NAPA Spring Sizzler® champions.  John won the NAPA Spring Sizzler® back in 2001 and also beat Jimmy to the checkered flag in August 2006 at Stafford.

“I remember John beating me to win a race at Stafford,” said Blewett.  “The amount of history that Stafford has accumulated over the years is astronomical.  To be able to put my name on the list of drivers along with my brother who have won the Sizzler would be great.  Hopefully we’ll have a car that I can contend for the win with.”

Blewett and the NWMT field will have their work cut out for them in seeing who will be the first driver to see the checkered flag.  With a race distance of 200 laps, the NAPA Spring Sizzler® is 50-laps longer than most NWMT races and with pit rules dictating one tire change per pit stop along with the field having to stop for gas, teams will have to pick and choose when to make their pit stops during the race.  With so many different variables, Blewett says that teams will have to adjust their strategy on the fly rather than having a predetermined plan of when to take fuel and change tires.

“Pit strategy is going to be the key to winning the race,” said Blewett.  “You have to see where you qualify and then take things on the fly during the race.  Qualifying up front is going to be huge.  We haven’t been qualifying where we’d like to be just yet.  We’ve been working on things to where we can get a good solid top-5 or top-10 effort in qualifying.  I think most guys are going to try to go as long as they can before making their first pit stop and then see where they come out in the lineup with track position and go from there.  You need to have good track position and be there for the end of the race in order to win.”

The rescheduled 48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.  Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seating is priced at $45.00 for all ages.  As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.  All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Discount Tickets are available at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores.  For a full list of the 70 participating locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, please call the speedway office or point your web browser

Source: Scott Running/Stafford PR

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Scott Sundeen looking to get back to Victory Lane



By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – During the week, Scott Sundeen is busy running a business.

On the weekend, he takes left turns at high-speed in Connecticut, as Sundeen competes at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Limited Sportsman division.

The Sutton, Massachusetts, driver is the owner of Sundeen Furniture, a company he started nearly 30 years ago. But when he first decided to open the business, furniture wasn’t exactly what he had planned.

“Honestly, I came off from racing motorcycles after I got hurt, and I was hoping to open a motorcycle business, but I didn’t have the money to do it,” Sundeen said. “I got lucky enough to find a place to sell furniture. I worked for a furniture store in high school and college, and I got into the business when I found a place.”

Fast-forward to the present and he is thriving with his business, and still finding the time to wheel a Limited Sportsman in a division that has fierce competition. Sundeen is no stranger to success, as the veteran has been around the block before, winning four championships in a span of eight years at one point.

Sundeen won his first title in 2008, and followed it up by winning three out of four between ’12 and ’15, marking himself down in the record books as one of the best the division has ever seen.

“It seemed like for a few years I was always battling Larry Barnett and he seemed to always win it. I never really had the time I should have to put into the car and I had a ton of mechanical issues,” Sundeen said. “It was just a huge weight off of my shoulders to finally get it.”

Since the last title, Sundeen has struggled with some unfortunate luck on the track, including this year at the Icebreaker, where he started from the pole position but had to pit early on after a spin.

“When you are on a roll, everything is easy, but when you aren’t on a roll, everything is really hard,” Sundeen said. “I had one of the fastest cars and the tow truck pushing my car out to the Fan Appreciation Party at the Icebreaker lifted my rear spring out of the car and I didn’t know about it until the feature. I knew it as soon as the race started. These are the things that happen when you aren’t on a roll.”

He went to the back of the field following his spin, but was still able to work his way up through and finish in the seventh position in the opener. Sundeen finished fifth in the championship standings in 2018 with three top fives finishes and top-10 efforts in all but one of the seven races.

This year, he has three more races on his calendar, as Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule includes 10-races. Following another successful Icebreaker weekend in April, teams will now return to the track next on May 19.

But, right now, he isn’t quite planning on running for the title again in the Limited Sportsman division. Instead, Sundeen will look to compete in the premiere Sunoco Modified division for a few races.

“I had no plans on running all of the races because I want to jump in a Modified and run a few races in that,” Sundeen said. “I just want to have fun. Before I retire, I just wanted to try it. The car has been sitting there with a brand new motor in it.”

But that isn’t quite in the cards for the next event. For now, Sundeen will buckle back behind the wheel of his No. 36 Limited Sportsman for the extra distance 30-lap event on May 19. The extra distance event is something Sundeen is used to having on the schedule, but last year, he didn’t have much luck.

“In the 30-lapper last year, we didn’t even complete a lap and we got wrecked on the frontstretch,” Sundeen said. “I’m looking forward to it. You have to get to the front as quickly as you can.”

With the Limited Sportsman taking center stage, Thompson fans won’t want to miss the second race of the season. The Late Model feature for the Sunday afternoon event has been extended to 40 laps, giving drivers just a few more laps to get the job done. Thompson’s Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds® and Sunoco Modifieds will also all hold qualifying and feature racing.

Lock City Drift begins their competitive drifting partnership with Thompson on May 19 as well – as the Street Series gives fans a new perspective to racing at Thompson’s facility. More details surrounding the event, including the event schedule, are coming in the near future.

Fans are encouraged to find all of the latest news surrounding Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, including the full event schedule, at

Thompson is active on social media, where fans can also keep updated with the latest information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Taylor Pelletier

Event Manager

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Bullring Bash WMMP practice day cancelled after Spring Sizzler reschedule

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Attleboro, Massachusetts (April 30, 2019) — The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by has elected to cancel the White Mountain Motorsports Practice Day that was scheduled for Sunday, May 5. The decision was made after the 48th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway was rained out and rescheduled for the same weekend.
The Stafford event includes the 200-lap Spring Sizzler for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as the 40-lap SK Modified season opener. Both races typically attract many of the same Modified drivers and teams that are also interested in the Bullring Bash. In addition, the Spring Sizzler is an event that many racing teams like to attend as fans even if they’re not directly participating.
As such, rather than force teams to choose between the two, Bullring Bash is cancelling its Practice Day so those who wish to go to the Spring Sizzler can do so without a conflict. Drivers and teams who are still interested in testing at White Mountain Motorsports Park can contact Josh Vanada at (774) 226-3229 to discuss rescheduling the Practice Day or setting up a private session.
The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, presented by will have additional announcements regarding registered teams, sponsors, officials, partnerships, and much more in the coming weeks. To keep up with the Bullring Bash, teams and fans can visit Fans can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BullringBashQMC.

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Team JEGS racers hungry for hometown success at 17th annual Buckeye Nationals

Note: The NHRA Nationals will be in action at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH over the July 4th Weekend 2019.
Source: Scott “Woody” Woodruff

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 30) — The thrill of competing in front of a hometown crowd filled with family, friends and fellow associates of JEGS High Performance awaits Team JEGS drag racers Mike Coughlin, Troy Coughlin Jr. and Paige Coughlin at this weekend’s 17th annual NHRA Buckeye Nationals.

The group will contest both the Top Dragster and Super Comp categories at the event, which is the first regional race of the year on the North Central Division schedule.
“I’m searching for a run of good luck and I can’t think of a better place to start that than National Trail,” said Mike, who will be racing his Top Dragster. “This is actually our third race of the year and our car has been great. We just haven’t had any luck. That’s not for lack of effort or talent. Everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing and the dragster is very fast and consistent.

“I made my first ever passes at National Trail and I’ve definitely been down that quarter-mile more than any other one in the world. We were just there a week ago for the track’s first race of the season and Jay Livingston (track owner) and his staff have done so much to improve the facility. My son Clay was racing his Junior Dragster and everything looked great. I’m excited to get started myself and look forward to racing with my niece and nephew.”

Mike is assisted by longtime Team JEGS crewmen Justin Beaver, Greg Cody, Tony Collier, Ryan Micke and Dave Rourke. Beaver and Collier also help Troy Jr. and Paige in their Super Comp dragsters.

Regional Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Jr. will step away from his regular ride — the McPhillips Racing TAD — to compete this weekend. Troy Jr. has earned six national and six divisional victories in his career, including the 2014 JEGS SPORTSnationals Super Gas title at National Trail Raceway.

“There’s no place like home and racing with some of my family members brings up tons of wonderful childhood memories for me, especially at National Trails,” Troy Jr. said. “I am really excited at what Jay and his staff have in the works for the facility. I know there are lots of great things coming.

“It’s an extra big weekend for me personally because my wife Brenna is graduating from nursing school Saturday so I’ll be really busy between the races and her ceremony. She’s worked so hard at getting her BSN. I’m very proud of her and looking forward to celebrating this accomplishment with her.”

Paige hasn’t driven her Super Comp dragster since starting her collegiate career at the University of Miami-Ohio last August, but says a recent test session at National Trail Raceway helped get her back into competition mode.
“I don’t feel too nervous yet but it’s only Monday,” Paige said. “I know the car is ready to go and it looks awesome. I’m pretty excited to be coming back because I haven’t competed in a race since last August. 

“We had a great day of testing last Wednesday at NTR and Justin and Tony were super happy with everything. They changed some things on the car over the winter to make it more consistent and it ran really well so we’re all excited to get back to real racing. We have lots of plans for the summer race season and it all starts now.”

A double-major studying psychology and strategic communications, Paige is the third child of three-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin and his wife Julie, the younger sister of Troy Coughlin Jr. and the niece of Mike Coughlin.

Troy Coughlin Jr. will be racing Super Comp this weekend
Paige Coughlin has a full summer of races ahead
Paige Coughlin will be racing for the first time since starting her 
college career at University of Miami-Ohio

About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS) is one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide. Founded in 1960 by racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., JEGS remains family-owned to this day and offers more than 1 million SKUs available for purchase. The JEGS corporate headquarters is located in Delaware, Ohio, and is home to a 225,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, two state-of-the-art call centers, the Coughlin Family classic car and truck collection, the Team JEGS racing research and development facility and The JEGS Foundation. For more information, call (800) 345-4545 or visit us at

About Team JEGSTeam JEGS is the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS), and is fueled by the legacy of one of racing’s most winningest families, the Coughlin Family. Led by JEGS founder and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his four eldest sons, John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr., Team JEGS has claimed nine National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) World Championships, 17 divisional championships and 122 NHRA national event victories. Meet Team JEGS, follow the Team JEGS race schedule and results, and learn more about racing by visiting

Jeg Coughlin is the defending NHRA Pro Stock champion and is always a factor in the NHRA National coast-to-coast circuit. (Credit: NHRA photo)
Team JEGS, 101 JEGS 

Magic Dry pro Scott Palmer on Cloud 9 heading into Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals

Note: The NHRA Nationals will be making an appearance at New England Dragway in Epping, NH over the July 4 Weekend 2019

Magic Dry pro Scott Palmer on Cloud 9 heading into Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals

COMMERCE, Ga. (April 30) — Coming off an odd, but ultimately successful, drag race in North Carolina, Scott Palmer arrives in Georgia for this weekend’s 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals with high hopes of another memorable national event. After struggling mightily during qualifying for last weekend’s Four-Wide Nationals, Palmer came to life on race day, beating past world champions Brittany Force and Antron Brown on his way to a fifth-place finish overall. 

 “Going to Atlanta, we are Cloud 9 because of our performance on Sunday in Charlotte,” Palmer said. “We didn’t qualify well because of some parts failures and we certainly didn’t have a good draw with Brittany Force, Antron Brown and my teammate Dom Lagana in our foursome. I mean, that’s a terrible first-round draw. Nobody thought, with the struggles we had in qualifying, we could pull it off but me and Dom both advanced. 

“Then we spun the tires down-track in the next race but it made it 600 feet before it did. We easily could have won that round and been in the final but we ended up being the quickest of the four that didn’t make it, so we finished fifth. We are not disappointed by that result.” Parts failure is bound to happen when you’re dealing with 11,000-horsepower, nitro-burning engines, and no team is immune to gremlins, but as Palmer points out, it can be harder on smaller crews. “It was just a few things we didn’t have time to double check and they bit us,” he said. “Since Sunday, we have gone over everything on this car with a fine-tooth comb to try and eliminate any more failures. It’s hard when you are on the road as much as we are and we only have three full-time people. Big teams usually have 10. So, it catches up with you at times and you have to stop and focus on the details to get it right.” 

Palmer benefits from a tuning alliance with the CAPCO Contractors team, which fields the cars of reigning world champion Steve Torrence and his father Billy Torrence. He’s also teammates with CAPCO crew chief/part-time driver Dom Lagana, who will once again race the Lagana family’s dragster this weekend. “That gives us two cars with the exact same set-up to go off of in Atlanta,” Palmer said. “Dom helps us quite a bit. Me and him are trying to keep the little guys out here. He struggled in Charlotte qualifying just like we did but also came alive and advanced on race day. “Having someone like Dom as a teammate helps us so much because we were able to get together with our tune-ups Saturday night and figure out what we were going to do first round. That was huge for both of us. “That was also the first time we have run in hot conditions this year and we are fairly confident when it’s warm outside, and it will be in Atlanta, that we can run with anyone.”

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Six-time world champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. returns to first love at K&N Spring Fling in Galot

Note: The NHRA coast-to-coast championship circuit will be making it’s annual visit to the New England Dragway in Epping, NH over the July 4 Weekend 2019

Jeg Coughlin is ta defending NHRA Pro Stock champion and is always a factor in the NHRA National coast-to-coast circuit. (Credit: NHRA photo)
Source: Scott “Woody” Woodruff

Six-time world champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. returns to first love at K&N Spring Fling in Galot

BENSON, N.C. (April 29) — Long before he was winning world championships in NHRA competition, Jeg Coughlin Jr. was lining up against the toughest drag racers in the world at various high-dollar bracket races around the country. The six-time world champ returns to those roots this week at Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo’s renowned K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Galot Motorsports Park.

Coughlin, who has 81 NHRA national event wins, will be racing a dragster and his popular Chevy II wagon at the event. He’ll be joined by his talented wife Samantha Coughlin, who will race her own dragster. “We’re eager and very excited to start racing,” Jeg Jr. said. “The last time I had the chance to bracket race was in 2016 so it’s been a little while. I’m thinking this has been the longest stretch of my driving career where I haven’t bracket raced somewhere so it’s a real thrill to be gearing up for this week. “Peter and Kyle are longtime friends and they’ve done such a great job putting together all of these big ‘Fling’ races. I’ve spent a lot more time keeping up with them on the Internet then competing in them myself but this one I’m going to experience first-hand. If there’s a blessing to the NHRA trimming the Pro Stock schedule back a few races, being able to attend events like this definitely makes it worthwhile.” Aside from his jaw-dropping NHRA resume, Coughlin has two dozen wins at specialty events like this one, including the 2015 Spring Fling, so he’s certainly no stranger to the extremely competitive racing that occurs at these high-profile events.  “Without question, all of the big hitters in our sport will be there,” Coughlin said. “I certainly picked a tough one to renew my vows, as it were, in the bracket racing world, but I’m going in with a big smile on my face.  “This style of event is the purest and most challenging form of drag racing you can get. I’ve been bracket racing since the ’80s when I first started driving and I compare success at events like this to be every bit as prestigious as a national event win. I’m proud to be a part of it all and for JEGS to be one of the sponsors. We’re all ready to get after it and have some fun.” JEGS is supporting the $20K-to-win main event on “JEGS Thursday” and the live audio/video racecast for the entire event, which will be broadcast by “I’ve actually never been to Galot Motorsports Park before but I’ve seen pictures and heard a bunch of great things about the facility,” Coughlin said. “I am excited to hit the throttle!”


About JEGS Automotive, Inc.

JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS) is one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide. Founded in 1960 by racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., JEGS remains family-owned to this day and offers more than 1 million SKUs available for purchase. The JEGS corporate headquarters is located in Delaware, Ohio, and is home to a 225,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, two state-of-the-art call centers, the Coughlin Family classic car and truck collection, the Team JEGS racing research and development facility and The JEGS Foundation.

 About Team JEGS

Team JEGS is the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS), and is fueled by the legacy of one of racing’s most winningest families, the Coughlin Family. Led by JEGS founder and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his four eldest sons, John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr., Team JEGS has claimed nine National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) World Championships, 17 divisional championships and 122 NHRA national event victories. Meet Team JEGS, follow the Team JEGS race schedule and results, and learn more about racing by visiting

Team JEGS, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH 43015

Thunder Road unveils plans for 2019 track facility projects

Thunder Road Speedbowl lives up to its motto “The Nation’s site of excitement!

The new outside retaining wall at Thunder Road is the first in a series of projects that will transform the Turn 3 and 4 areas at the facility. (Thunder Road file photo)

Barre, VT – Thunder Road management has unveiled its plans for a series of facility projects that have recently been undertaken at the historic quarter-mile oval. The projects are part of the goal set by track owners Cris Michaud and Pat Malone to make Thunder Road a showplace for racing and entertainment in the Northeastern United States.

It was recently revealed that Thunder Road was in the process of building an outside retaining wall that circles the speedway. The wall extends all the way around the track except for the main pit entrance and exit as well as the “Eddie Carroll Highway” that leads onto the backstretch.

Such a wall had not previously existed in the track’s 60-year history, making its construction a surprise to many teams and fans. But the construction of this wall, which has been completed in time for the season-opening Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, May 5, is just the first part of a larger plan that will have Thunder Road at the forefront of racing in the region for the next 60 years.

One of the most notable changes is to Forsythe Hill. Workers are currently in the process of moving the Turn-3 viewing area closer to the track so fans will have an even more up-close view of the racing. The hill will also be “terraced” with multi-level seating rows like in the main grandstands.

Due to winter weather delaying the start of construction on the project, Forsythe Hill will be closed for the season opener. However, work on the viewing area will be finished in time for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic barring unforeseen circumstances.

The next phase of the larger project will add more viewing options and make it easy to access them. A patio area is planned between turns three and four with additional seating and other amenities. This will give fans a whole new perspective to watch Thunder Road racing from.

In addition, a new ticket booth is being built closer to the track. A walkway will be added from the ticket booth that goes around the outside of the wall. When it is completed, fans can go from Forsythe Hill in Turn 3 all the way to the concession stands in Turn 1 without exiting the gates.

A Kid’s Area is also planned for Turn 3. This will provide a place for young children and their families to hang out before and during the races on Thursday nights. The exact location of the Kid’s Area is to-be-determined, but it will likely be in Turn 3 near Forsythe Hill.

 “When Pat (Malone) and I bought Thunder Road, it was with the understanding that we were in this for the long haul,” managing partner Cris Michaud said. “It’s about more than just keeping Thunder Road a race track. It’s about making Thunder Road THE race track to come to. Pat has a great vision of how to do just that. The work we’ve done over the past two years, such as the new pavement, new lights, and revamped concession area, was the first phase of his vision. Now we’re entering the next phase that sets up Thunder Road to be a racing and entertainment mainstay for both current and future generations.”

“We understand that, for the last week and half, most of the talk from teams and fans has been about the wall,” Michaud continued. “That alone is a big change for many people, and we realize that. However, it’s important to remember the wall is only a small part of the overall picture. None of the things we’re adding over the next year would be possible without a retaining wall that allows people to get closer to the track. We think it’s going to be really exciting to see the finished product.”

Work on these projects will continue in stages throughout the 2019 season. Each new area and amenity will be opened as it is ready so fans can start enjoying the facility additions as soon as possible.

Thunder Road opens the 2019 season on Sunday, May 5 at 1:30pm with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Maplewood/Irving Late Models will do battle for 150 green-flag laps with the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors also in action. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under.

The weekend starts with the Thunder Road Car Show at the track on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am-12:00pm. The morning also includes a Pit Stop Competition at 10:30am, a bounce house from Sky High Slides N’ Such, face painting for kids, and live music from local band Rumblecaddy. Open practice for all divisions will follow from 1:00-5:00pm.

Source: Michael R. Stridsberg/Thunder Road SpeedbowlMedia Director

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