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Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
announces 2016 racing schedule

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA - December 19, 2015'The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has released its 2016 schedule of events, which as always, puts a focus on special shows throughout the campaign.

A total of 11 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 11 & 12 showcasing the national traveling World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

For the second straight year the March extravaganza will be co-sanctioned by the California based King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series will be on hand both nights, while the Western RaceSavers will also compete during the Saturday finale.

Other highlights on the schedule include the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on Saturday May 14, the third annual Peter Murphy Classic on Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23, the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on Saturday October 8 & the season ending 23rd annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup on Thursday, Friday & Saturday October 20, 21 & 22. All the top drivers from California & beyond will converge at the Trophy Cup, in what has become the 'Grand Daddy' of California Sprint Car racing.

The Peter Murphy Classic has also grown to be a big part of the Thunderbowl Raceway season and expands to a double header weekend this coming summer. The King of the West 410's, USAC West Coast 360's, USAC Western Midgets & Western RaceSaver Sprints make up traveling divisions that have a heavy presence at the track. Dirt Modifieds will also make their return during the Faria Memorial in May.

Tickets are on sale for the much anticipated March 11 & 12 World of Outlaws/King of the West/USAC weekend by calling 559-688-0909. All seating is reserved in the house, with Grandstand tickets $45 & Bleacher tickets $40 each night. This past season saw 46 Winged 410 Sprint Cars invade the facility for the first ever co-sanctioned event between the two series. You can also have your name put on a list to be advised as soon as Trophy Cup tickets go on sale.

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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