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Thunder Valley prepares for 2012 Race Season

January 31st, 2012

For the fifteenth year the roar of auto racing will return to beautiful Somerset County this April.

Another season of racing commences on Friday night March 2nd with the Thunder Valley Awards Banquet. The top ten in 2011 points will be recognized by receiving awards and their point fund checks. Tickets are still available; all requests must be in by February 15th.

For the first time, on track action will commence with the Icebuster 50. This one of a kind event will feature the FWD Four Cylinders running 50 laps for a record $2000 to win, $100 to start purse. Also on hand that day will be Pure Stocks with a 25 lap feature and a small car demolition derby.

The Thunder Valley race season will continue on Saturday night May 5th with the beginning of weekly Saturday night racing.

As is tradition racing will continue on Saturday nights until September. Regular Saturday night programs will feature Late Models, Semi Lates, Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders.

Highlights of the Thunder Valley schedule will again include the Shawn McGarvey Showdown in May, the Willie Will Tribute on Friday night July 6th and the Three State Flyers will again return for the annual Laurel Highlands Classic in August.

Fans can also look forward to visits from the popular All American Outlaws as well several pre-race car shows, kid’s bicycle races and kid’s candy throws throughout the season.

The Annual Valley Finale Fall Fest will again mark the conclusion to the Thunder Valley race season on Friday night September 14th and Saturday night September 15th.

Thunder Valley will continue with its mission to provide a show that is efficiently run, fair to the competitors, and entertaining to the fans. We strive to present a program that is enjoyable to the entire family, which is highly competitive and is over at a reasonable hour.  For competitors we offer competitive purses as well as a regular slate of extra distance and extra money specials designed specifically to benefit the local racer.

Promoter Joe Padula and his staff continue to work through the winter to prepare for the upcoming season. For more information about Thunder Valley please check our website