Kings Of Thunder Sprint Series Launching

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HANFORD, Calif. – A new winged 360 sprint car tour is set to debut in the Central Valley of California next season.

The Kings of Thunder Series will race at two tracks next year, with eight events scheduled for Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and six shows set for Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

A four events will be co-sanctioned with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards, including the Peter Murphy Classic in Tulare, Calif., and the Cotton Classic in Hanford, Calif. The Kings of Thunder will also compete alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on March 9 in Tulare, Calif.

The new series was formed between Keller Auto Speedway Promoter Brandon Morse and Thunderbowl Raceway events director Scott Woodhouse. The 14-race tour will feature a $10,000 point fund during the inaugural season and allows two throwaway events for teams during the year.

“We are really excited to form this two-track series for the upcoming 2019 season,” commented Morse. “We have a great group of racers down here in the Central Valley and definitely believe this will add a boost to the Winged 360 Sprint Car programs at both Keller Auto Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. The Kings of Thunder Series is something that we have worked on for a while and are glad to see it come to fruition. As of now there are only three total conflicts with SCCT and King of the West, which we tried to keep at a minimum.”

Woodhouse shared the same sentiment.

“This is certainly a positive step for all involved by tying in a Winged 360 Sprint Car point series for both Hanford and Tulare. The teams we have spoken with already are very enthused about the Kings of Thunder Series and we hope to see it grow. Co-sanctioning four of the nights with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour is a big thing as well, so we hope all the teams and fans will get behind it.”

The Kings of Thunder season will open on Feb. 23 at Keller Auto Speedway and concludes with a non-point event in Hanford, Calif., on Nov. 16.

2019 Kings of Thunder 360 Sprint Car Series

Feb. 23 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

March 9 – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

April 20 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

April 27 – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

May 4 – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

May 11 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

May 17-18 – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

June 15 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

June 22 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

Aug. 10 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

Sept. 7 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

Sept. 28 – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

Oct. 12 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.

Nov. 16 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.