TULARE, Calif. – Officials from Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway have announced the track’s schedule of events, with a focus on special shows throughout the season.
Fifteen nights of action will be featured at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based third-mile clay oval this coming year. The facility will once again work closely with nearby Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., including six combo weekends between the two tracks.
“We are thrilled to be working with Peter Murphy and the staff over at Keller Auto Speedway once again this season,” said Thunderbowl Raceway Promoter Steve Faria. “It really is a great thing for racing in the Central Valley. We have six combination weekends where Tulare and Hanford will each run on separate nights, giving folks a perfect opportunity to come from out of town for plenty of racing. We are happy with how the schedules worked out and can’t wait to get it underway.”
Highlights of the slate include the traditional double header weekend on Friday and Saturday March 11-12, showcasing the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. It marks the first appearance by the “Greatest Show on Dirt” since 2019 and will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprints on opening night, while the Kings of Thunder Winged 360s share the bill with WoO on the finale.
The annual Peter Murphy Classic has become one of the cornerstone events on the schedule and this year will take place on Friday May 13th. A massive show headlined by the Northern Auto Racing Club Fujitsu 410 Sprint Cars and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards vs KOT 360s will take place. The Murphy finale will then shift gears to Keller Auto Speedway that Saturday on May 14.
The always exciting AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make a trio of appearances next year, including the Thunderbowl Raceway season-opener on Friday, March 4. Also in competition that night are the USAC Western States Midgets and Western RaceSavers. USAC/CRA will return on April 2 for the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial and on July 9.
The Central California IMCA Clash sanctioned Kris Mancebo Memorial will converge at the Thunderbowl on May 4-5. Divisions tackling the track include the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Stock Cars.
A new event on the schedule this upcoming season will be the inaugural Dennis Roth Classic on Saturday, Oct. 15, which honors the famed car owner and large supporter of Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway. The NARC 410 Sprint Cars will contest an $8,300-to-win/$830-to-start main event, with the Kings of Thunder Winged 360s and Legends of Kearney Bowl also on the card.
The Dennis Roth Classic will serve as the lead-in to the 28th running of the Trophy Cup that occurs on Oct. 20-22. Winged 360 Sprint Cars will make up the bill all three nights of the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing, which as always benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.