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Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
announces 2017 racing schedule

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – December 27, 2016 - The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare has released its 2017 schedule of events, as always putting a focus on special shows throughout the campaign.

Fifteen nights of action will be featured at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based one-third mile clay oval this coming season. Highlights include the traditional double header weekend on Friday & Saturday March 17 & 18 showcasing the national traveling World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series will be on hand both nights in March, while the Sport Mods will also compete during the Saturday finale.

Other notable Sprint Car events on the schedule include a return of the USAC/CRA Wingless 410's on April 8, the fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic on April 21 & 22, the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on Saturday May 20, a visit by the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on Saturday July 22 and the season ending 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup on Thursday, Friday & Saturday October 19, 20 & 21.

The Peter Murphy Classic has also grown to be a big part of the Thunderbowl Raceway season and moves to an earlier date this season, rather than the traditional July one. This year's format for the first time will showcase Winged 360 Sprint Cars as the top billing on Friday night, while the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the USAC West Coast 360's highlight the card during the finale.

In addition to the Peter Murphy Classic the traveling King of the West 410 Sprints will also be on hand for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, as well as an event on Saturday June 10. Gaining in popularity each year the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars will compete in a total of five shows this season at the track, with those dates April 8, April 21, May 20, June 10 & July 22.

The season will get underway with the two-night Spring Nationals on Friday & Saturday February 24 & 25 featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks. It will be a nice prelude to the late-season Dirt Nationals, which will be contested for the second straight year at the Thunderbowl. All the same divisions will return for the prestigious showcase on Friday & Saturday October 6 & 7.

Special thanks to all of our marketing partners for making everything possible at the Thunderbowl including Merle Stone Chevrolet, Budweiser, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, Western Metal, Southwest Contractors, Double ?D? Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.

New pit area policies announced for
minors at Thunderbowl Raceway

Children under 14 not allowed in pit area
during races starting October 10, 2015

Tulare, CA – September 15, 2015 - With the season getting ready to resume at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare next month there are new pit area policies being put in place starting with the October 10 KRC Safety Fall Shootout.

Starting immediately children UNDER 14 years of age will not be allowed in the pit area during the races. Those that are under 16 will be required to provide proof of age, which means a copy of your birth certificate, id or a notarized document. A copy is also required to be left with the pit booth staff. There is no copy machine in the booth so it's required to bring a copy with you to leave with staff. Consent forms will be available in the booth.

Speed will also be closely monitored for those on ATV's throughout the pit area, regardless of age. Everyone is reminded to keep safe speeds and be smart when riding around the pits.

These policies will be permanently in place at Thunderbowl Raceway from now on and will be observed at both the October 10 KWS/USAC event, as well as the three-night Trophy Cup on October 15, 16 & 17.

"With insurance being such a big deal we felt that it was in the best interest of the track to put these new policies in place, " said Thunderbowl Raceway promoter Steve Faria. "We have two huge weekend's coming up in October and we want everyone to be safe in the pit area. A lot of cars will be idling around the pits, especially the Trophy Cup where we will have 100 cars. We're all really looking forward to finishing up the season in a huge way. Everyone is working hard to give the fans & teams a great show to cap the year."

Tickets for both the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on October 10 & the 22nd annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup on October 15, 16 & 17 are on sale at 559-688-0909. A seating chart is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

All of the special happenings are returning to the Trophy Cup once again, including the Thursday Chili Dog Night sponsored by Taco Bravo, the Friday Taco Bravo Fiesta Night and the Saturday afternoon spaghetti feed sponsored by La Villa Delicatessen. A new special Friday morning breakfast sponsored by the Tulare County Fairgrounds is also going to occur from approximately 8am to 10am on October 16. A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all the special events is appreciated! More info on the event can be found at www.trophycup.org

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