posted April 07, 2003 07:01 PM
Itís been almost 7 months since the last race at Thunder Ridge Raceway, since the last race some major changes has taken place. While the drivers prepared for the 2003, JD Racing Inc. was in negotiations to lease the track, after some lengthy meetings terms were agreed upon.
JD Racing Incorporated has already began work on preparing for the opening night which will be April 19th. Race fans and drivers will immediately notice the changes when entering the racing facility, a new racing surface is currently being added to the track, also a upgraded P.A. system will be in place, and some new ideas will be implemented that will help the racing program run more smoothly and efficiently.
The 2003 Dirt Track Racing schedule is packed full of special events, ten races will pay at least $3,000 to win for the Dirt Late Model, and 4 different racing series will grace the 3/8th mile track during the 2003 season.
Thunder Ridge will play host to the season opener of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Dirt Racing Series. This will be the first ever visit to Eastern KY for the series and this will bring in several new drivers to the area that many of the race fans have not had the chance to see compete before. The MACS Series will be at Thunder Ridge on May 10th for a $5,000 to win show
Another dirt racing series making their first appearance in Eastern KY will be the Southern All-Star Dirt Racing Series. The Southern All-Star Racing Series is one of the oldest dirt racing series in the nation and always has a great following of drivers and fans including a local driver that is currently vying for Rookie of the Year in the series Brandon Kinzer from Allen KY. The SAS Series will be at Thunder Ridge on June 21st for a $5,000 to win show
The Renegade Dirt Car Racing Series will makes it return to Thunder Ridge after a four years absence, The Renegade Dirt Car Series is one of the most popular dirt racing series in the nation with several nationally known drivers following the series. The Renegade Dirt Car Racing Series will be at Thunder Ridge on July 19th competing for a $7,500 to win feature.
In 2002 the only series that competed at Thunder Ridge Raceway was the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass. In 2003 The STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Dirt Racing Series will be at Thunder Ridge for four big shows. The Battle of the Bluegrass series was one of the most competitive and talked about series in the nation in 2002 and has close ties to Thunder Ridge. Eddie Carrier Jr from Leburn KY holds the pleasure of not only being the 2002 STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Series Champion, but also the 2002 Thunder Ridge Late Model Track Champion. Eddie Carrier Jr will lead the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Series back to Thunder Ridge on May 30th and May 31st as well on August 29th and 30th for the second annual "Summer Thunder at the Ridge" presented by JD Racing.
One of the biggest events in Thunder Ridge racing history will also be back in 2003. In 2002 The Miller Brothers/Pepsi Fall Classic drew one of the biggest audiences to ever see a dirt track race at Thunder Ridge with race fans filling the parking lot and over flowing out onto the shoulder of Rt.3, and race cars were backed out to Rt.3 by the time the gates were able to open. Drivers traveled from as far away as Wisconsin to compete in the event that paid the winner $10,000. The 2003 Fall Classic presented by JD Racing should be even bigger with $15,000 waiting for the winner of the feature race. The Fall Classic presented by JD Racing will be September 27th.
Thunder Ridge will present five exciting divisions of racing every Saturday night throughout the summer months; Late Models, Limited Late Models, Street Stock, Bomber, and Four Cylinders. Racing will begin on April 19th with the Limited Late Models, Street Stock, Bomber, and Four Cylinders all running a regular show. Late Models will be added to the weekly show lineup on April 29th.
For more information about the Thunder Ridge Raceway please call (606)436-1124 before 6PM or after 6PM call (606)436-5870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org