posted April 21, 2003 09:12 PM
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Thunder Ridge Raceway history the 2003 edition is ready to take the green flag this Saturday evening April 26th as JD Racing INC presents the Thunder Ridge Raceway Season Opener
Due to all the bad weather that the area has experienced over the past month the new clay that was scheduled to be put down on the track will have to be postponed until a later date because the track would need some time to bond with the new surface and with the racing season upon us the decision was made to delay the resurfacing until later in the season Hershal Colwell Event Manager for the track said “It has been bad all winter so we could not do anything with it, now after talking to a few people they told me right now that it would not bond good with the dirt, so we are just going to start working the track with what we got right now and start racing and put the clay on when we get time”
Although the new surface was put on hold other improvements have been made at Thunder Ridge Raceway; a upgraded sound system has been added to the grandstand area also some new ideas will be implemented that should make the racing program run more smoothly from beginning to end.
On April 26th four exciting divisions will take to the 3/8th mile dirt track looking to be the first driver in claim the victory of 2003 in the Limited Late Model, Street Stock, Bomber, and 4-Cylinder division
One of the fastest growing divisions in the area is the Limited Late Model division, last year the competition both on and off the track was very close with several memorable moments in this division, this season look for the action to be even better as several new teams join the weekend war at Thunder Ridge. This weekend the Limited Late Models will be chasing a $1,000 to win feature.
The Street Stock division at Thunder Ridge has always had the reputation of having some of the best races of the night this season should be know different with several familiar faces in the division as well as some new faces trying to dethrone the veterans of the division. This weekend the Street Stock division will be after a $700 to win feature event.
In 2002 the Bomber division at Thunder Ridge was dominated by Tim Mason, but don’t expect him have such a easy time in 2003 as several new teams are working on cars to challenge Mason each and every week. This weekend the Bombers will be after a $600 to win feature event.
The 4-Cylinder division has always been a crowd favorite at Thunder Ridge. The 4-Cylinders have always drew some of the biggest car counts for a regular show and have never disappointed the fans always putting on a show with racing two and three wide all the way around the track. This weekend looks for a large count in the 4-Cylinder ranks as the 4-Cylinders will be chasing a $500 to win feature event.
The Late Model division will join the show beginning on May 3rd, but the Late Models are welcomed to come to the track this weekend and test their cars out in preparation for the season opener on May 3rd which will be a $1,500 to win feature event. Thunder Ridge in past years has helped launch some of the Eastern KY Late Models drivers careers on a more national level. Randall Chupp was the first ever Thunder Ridge Late Model Track Champion and now is very well known to dirt late model race fans all over the nation since his days at Thunder Ridge Chupp has run at tracks from Florida to California. Jackie Boggs won the Thunder Ridge Track Championship a couple years ago and the year after winning the track championship Boggs went to Florida Speedweeks and left Florida as the Renegade Dirt Car Series points leader and top money winner for the two weeks of racing in Florida. Boggs continued to follow the series the entire year and ended the season in the top three in Renegade Points. Eddie Carrier JR won the 2002 Thunder Ridge Track Championship and also was able to capture the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Inaugural Points Championship and now in 2003 Eddie Carrier JR has accepted a ride with Grover Motorsports from West Virginia and will compete full time as a dirt racer and will try to defend his STARS Battle of the Bluegrass title while also hitting several other nationally known races.
This year the Late Model division will be stronger than ever at Thunder Ridge with 10 races paying $3,000 or more during the 2003 season, with four different series making the trip to Thunder Ridge.
This weekend will also be a good time for the cars to prepare for the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) event. The May 10th MACS race will be a weekend of first for Thunder Ridge and the MAC Series. This will be the first ever trip to Eastern KY for the MAC Series, this be the first time ever at Thunder Ridge, but it will also be the first race of the year for the MAC Series for 2003 so many new drivers that plan on running the entire series will be on hand to begin their season long points battle toward the MACS Championship. The MAC Series and drivers will invade Thunder Ridge on May 10th chasing a $5,000 to win feature event.