TULARE, Calif. – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway officials have released schedule of events for the new season with 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 March 17-18 showcasing the national traveling World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The USAC West Coast 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series on April 8, the fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic on April 21-22, the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on May 20, a visit by the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on July 22 and the season ending 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup on Oct. 19-21.
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 Sprint Car Series and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series highlight the card during the finale.
In addition to the Peter Murphy Classic the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series will also be on hand for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, as well as an event on 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 and July 22.
The season will get underway with the two-night Spring Nationals on Friday & Saturday Feb. 24-25 featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks. The late-season Dirt Nationals will be contested for the second straight year at the Thunderbowl, with that event slated for Oct. 6-7.