Houston Motorsports Park welcomes Thunderhill Raceway to the NASCAR family
HOUSTON, November 19, 2010 – Houston Motorsports Park (Houston, TX) is headed into its third season with NASCAR and is now proud to welcome Thunderhill Raceway (Kyle, TX) to the NASCAR family.
Thunderhill Raceway (THR) has just signed a sanctioning agreement with NASCAR to become part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. This short track racing program will give Thunderhill Raceway plenty of exposure with the NASCAR name and will also provide a great opportunity for THR drivers to compete for track, state and national championships.
As part of the same NASCAR organization, racers and fans alike can expect to see Houston Motorsports Park (HMP) and Thunderhill Raceway work closely together to bring more competition and excitement to both race tracks.
“All of us at HMP are very excited about the opportunities that NASCAR will bring for both racers and fans alike as we move forward with our plans for the upcoming racing season,” said John Mandabach, HMP’s Vice President & General Manager. “As we build stronger racing programs, more people will build race cars. It will certainly become more enticing for the drivers and fans.”
Mary Ann Naumann, THR’s Owner/Promoter, is also looking forward to an exciting 2011 racing season, especially with this new relationship with HMP.
“After recently announcing that Thunderhill Raceway had been selected for a reality TV show that will be produced by the Paul Hogan and Sarah Platt duo, I didn’t think the 2011 racing season could get more exciting,” Naumann proclaimed. “Now with this big NASCAR announcement and our partnership with HMP, I know we’ll have some incredible opportunities for our drivers and teams.”
Taking their first big step with this new partnership, both HMP and THR will host the NASCAR Modifieds as their Feature NASCAR Division in 2011. The NASCAR Modified racers can compete for a NASCAR Track Championship at each track ($10,000 points fund for each track) and a NASCAR State Championship ($7,500 points fund).
In addition, NASCAR currently uses a driver’s best 18 finishes in the feature division to determine the National Champion. With 30 combined scheduled races during the 2011 NASCAR season (14 at THR, plus 16 at HMP), Texas NASCAR Modified racers will have a real opportunity to compete for a NASCAR National Championship that awards $40,000 among the top three drivers.
“I feel very confident this opportunity could easily produce a NASCAR National Champion right here in Texas,” bragged Mandabach.
Thunderhill Raceway has also named three support divisions that will be eligible for a NASCAR-sanctioned recognition program and track point funds, namely the NASCAR TSRS Late Models, NASCAR Trucks and NASCAR Super Stocks.
HMP’s Late Models will continue to be NASCAR-sanctioned and run for the same purse structure as in 2010. The sanction will also remain in effect for the NASCAR 360 Trucks. More details regarding HMP purse and points funds will be announced later this week.
Known as “The Palace of Power,” Houston Motorsports Park, is a 3/8-mile, high-banked asphalt oval track that’s located in Northeast Houston. For more information on HMP, visit the track website at www.houstonmotorsportspark.com.
Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, on the access road just south of Kyle (TX) near Yarrington Road (Exit #210). THR is proud to be entering its 13th year of providing great auto racing action in Central Texas. Information on Thunderhill Raceway may be found on the track website at www.thunderhillraceway.com.