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May 27th, 2012

DJ Troutman scored his first ever Thunder Valley win Saturday in the Limited Late Model portion of the annual Windmill 100 celebration.  The event features the visit of the Limiteds as well as extra distance events for each of the support classes adding up to the 100 lap feature total.  It was those extra laps that made the difference in each of the other events as Jim Sayler (Semi Late), Bill Replogle  (Pure Stocks)  and  Andrew Pluta  (4 Cylinders)  all rallied late for their wins.
     Troutman started fifth in the Limited field  as Matt Emerick led early.  In what became a cautionfest, Troutman inched through the field and found  himself third behind Jesse Snyder by lap 8.  They became the  fourth caution event one lap later as they banged together on the backstretch with Snyder spinning.  On the restart, Troutman found himself behind only the leader Emerick and went to work.  On lap  15 he shot by into the lead and ran off to the big win.
    Enerick attracted a crowd late but hung on for second place, followed by Curtis Heath who started dead last in the field, Robby Black, Ron Bottenfield, Travis Calhoun, Snyder, Steve Bard, Rance Garlock and Wayne Johnson Jr.  Troutman and Brian Lessley won the heats Read more »


May 20th, 2012

 Shawn Claar’s miserable 2012 racing luck changed just in time  as he roared to victory Saturday night at Thunder Valley.  It was an emotional win as it came in the annual Shawn McGarvey Memorial event at the track.
In other action, Tom Warren won the Semi Late event, Willy Ling was the Pure stock victor and Dan Jackson won the 4 Cylinder finale.
Shawn Claar, who has had  car trouble in   the 25 lappers this season, was on the point for this 30 lapper.  He shot to the lead on the first lap and ran off from the field.  Behind him Wayne Johnson and Doug Glessner battled for second for much of the race before Johnson moved away in the closing laps.  Greg Fetters moved out of the pack ti run  Glessner down late but he ran out of laps.   Several cautions for minor issues closed the field but Claar was  clearly the class of the field and ran off unchallenged to the win. Read more »


May 15th, 2012

5-12 Chuck Clise completed the best weekend of his career by winning the Late Model event at Thunder Valley Saturday night.  For Clise , who 24 hours earlier had won at Bedford, it was the first two race win weekend in his  long career.  In other Thunder Valley action, Charlie Walter rallied late to snag the Pure Stock event,  Jeff Benson was the Semi Late winner and  Robert Pluta was the 4 cylinder winner.   Walter’s win came in the Detwiler Memorial, the most prestigious event of the season for the Pure Stocks.
Chuck Clise was on the mark from the very start of the Late Model 25 lapper..  He shot by  both front row starters on the first lap and literally ran off from the field.   He had over a straightaway lead  by the time the first caution flew on lap 8.  On that restart a tussle in the pack saw  Matt Sala and Jason Hess collide almost head on in a grinding crash.  On the restart Shawn Claar took second spot be he was no match for the fleet Clise who again ran off from the field.
Cory Weaver battled with Claar for the duration but could not get by until Claar’s great run ended  when he went pitward on lap 23.  A last lap yellow gave Weaver and the field a one lap shot at Clise but Clise romped away for the win.   Weaver scored his career best Thunder  finish at second,  followed by Doug Gless ner, Dan Lee, Wayne Johnson, Chris Rhodes, Gene Kain, Ron Bottenfield, Bill Burns and Claar.  Greg Fetters and Clise won the heats. Read more »


May 6th, 2012

Defending Late Model champion Greg Fetters started out the new season with a big win in the 2012 opener at Thunder Valley Saturday night. While Fetters’ win came in the Late Model headliner, the star of the night was Jim Sayler who set two speedway marks by winning the accompanying Semi Late event. That win for Sayler was his 31st Semi Late win at the track, making him the all time class win leader. At the same time the win, combined with 3 Limited Late Model wins was his 34th at the track overall, breaking a tie with Scott Rhodes to become the winningest tract driver of all time. Bill Replogle won the Pure Stock event before Dave Lambert won the 4 Cylinder finale. Lambert also set a record of sorts as the first driver to ever win two Joe Padula winners hats in one weekend as he was also the Friday winner at Bedford.

It took three tries to get the Late Model event under way setting the stage for a caution filled event. Steve Everhart took the early lead but Greg Fetters hunted him down. The pair battled as Chad McClellan jockeyed into position in third. Fetters pulled even with Everhart on lap 6 but the two leaders tangled going into turn three. Everhart spun but Fetters did not, inheriting the lead. McClellan applied pressure for several laps but Fetters got stronger at the end and ran off for the win.

McClellan settled for second at the line, followed by Chuck Clise and Dan Lee. Everhart roared back for fifth while Ron Bottenfield, Ted Gallaher, Mike Altobellyi Jr, Travis Calhoun and Gene Kain completed the top ten. Clise, Tom Decker and Fetters won the heats. Read more »

Thunder Valley Concludes Successful 2011 Season

January 9th, 2012

As winter quickly comes to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, racing has ended for the year. Thunder Valley’s 2011 racing season, the 14th in the tracks history, will certainly go down as the most successful.

We would like to recognize and congratulate our track champions. Greg Fetters claimed his first Late Model Championship, Jim Sayler continued his mastery in the Semi Lates winning his third title. Rookie Brian Shaw triumphed in an exciting Pure Stock title chase. And Martin Vinosky won his third straight Four Cylinder Championship.

The speedway is planning a 2011 Awards Banquet and Dance to recognize the top ten in each division, details will be released shortly.

Under the guidance of Promoter Joe Padula and his staff the speedway completed 17 events during a summer which difficult weather conditions continually hampered racing plans. Plans for the 2012 racing season continue with the speedway management looking at multiple options to maintain successful operations at the speedway.

Fans and Competitors can look forward to a racing season commencing with the traditional early May start with racing continuing until the Annual Valley Finale Fall Fest in mid-September. Currently no major rules changes are being planned for racers, but the speedway is continuing to monitor racer feedback in this area.

We would like to thank all of the Fans, Drivers, Sponsors, and Officials who contributed to make racing successful this past season. And we look forward to another exciting campaign next season.

Please continue to check this website throughout the off season for developments regarding the 2012 Thunder Valley racing season.


September 17th, 2011

Tom Warren and Chad Walter both won the biggest race wins of their careers Saturday night as Thunder Valley  brought down the curtain on the 2011 racing season.   Warren capped a fine Semi Late rookie season with the win in the 76 lap event, the longest and richest Semi Late event in track history, while Walter took the similar length  Pure Stock event.  In between  those events,  Rance Garlock  scored the 25 lap  Limited event and  Dan Jackson was the surprised winner of the 4 Cylinder finale.

Danny Atherton was the  pole sitter and early leader of the Semi Late marathon.  He led the first few laps as Tom Warren closed in.    Warren got by on lap 8 and managed to be the uncontested leader for the duration of the 76 lapper.  But as Warren led,   Atherton fell into a tremendous battle with Dave Whetstone and Zane Weicht, a knot which was soon joined by Greg Cornell and Jim Sayler. Read more »


September 16th, 2011

Hancock Maryland’s Wayne Johnson had a night to remember  in the first night of “Valley Finale”  action as he swept to his first career Thunder Valley win Friday night.   Johnson’s win came in the Late Model portion  invitation only 20 lapper, the last Late Model event of the 2011 Thunder Valley season,  In other action on the opening night of the two day weekend, Rick Singleton scored his first Thunder win since he swept a program at the track in July 2007 in the Limited Late Model 20 lapper and  Ray Edwards out his new Acura  was in Victory Lane in the 4 Cylinder finale.    The Semi Lates and Pure Stocks ran qualifying events only for their  76 lap events scheduled on Saturday at the track. Read more »


September 13th, 2011

Chris Rhodes won the Late Model event at Thunder Valley in the last point race of the season.  It was Rhodes’ fourth win of the season at the track, leading all competitors, and the second in a row, marking the first time any Late Model driver has been able to win two successive events since Scott Rhodes did the feat  exactly 4 years ago.In other action, Greg Hainsey wired the   Semi Late field, Charlie Walter won the Pure Stock event and Andrew Pluta  was ahead when the lights went out in the 4 Cylinder finale,  and was credited with the win. Read more »


August 26th, 2011

It was a long time in coming but Daniel Cornman scored his first ever Thunder Valley win.  It came in the Steel Block Late Model portion of the annual 4-20s program  on a rare Friday night program at the track. It was also a Friday to remember for Semi Late standout  Jimmy Sayler as he scored his 30th career win in that class, tieing him for the career lead at the track and pretty much cemented the 2011 track title at the same time.  In other action, Ryan Beckett scored his second Pure Stock win of the season  while Robert Pluta grabbed the 4 Cylinder 20 lap finale. Read more »


August 20th, 2011

With one of the most dominating performances in recent memory, Chris Rhodes devastated the  field to win the Late Model event at Thunder Valley Saturday night.  It was Rhodes’ third win of the 2011 season, all coming in the last six events.  Greg Cornell made it two in a row by narrowly snagging the Semi Late event before Justin Milburn  survived a near photo finish to score his first career Pure Stock victory.  Robert Pluta  finished the night with a win in the 4 Cylinder finale. Read more »