KYLE, Texas – Thunderhill Raceway is a three-eighths mile D-shaped asphalt oval track, in Kyle, Texas, that officially opened on April 18, 1998.
Mary Ann Naumann, owner/operator of MAN Racing Promotions, LLC, took over in 1997.
In 2011 Thunderhill Raceway became a NASCAR-sanctioned track. It currently holds stock car racing events from March-October of each year.
Following recent negotiations with the primary lease holder, Armadillo Promotions, MAN Racing Promotions LLC has decided not to renew its lease for the Thunderhill Raceway property.
“It was such a tough decision to make, and I’m moving forward with a heavy heart,” said Naumann. “Thunderhill Raceway has been an important part of my life ever since it opened 14 years ago. I dearly love my racing family, and I know it will be very difficult for me to no longer be a part of stock car racing at Thunderhill Raceway.
Naumann added, “After 12 years with Thunderhill, it’s time.”
Many people will think that the recent reopening of nearby San Antonio Speedway (SAS) was part of the decision to terminate the lease; however, it had no effect on the decision. Naumann commented, “The terms of the proposed lease were just too demanding to even possibly consider.”
Naumann would like to give a huge thanks to all the racers, fans, support staff, family, friends and believers from the bottom of her heart. “I could have not done it without them,” said Naumann.
Effective immediately, the entire lease of this property will be held by Armadillo Promotions, which is owned by Tim Self. The facility will be renamed the Kyle Music and Events Center.