XTREME MOTORSPORTS CLASH ON THE HILL KICKS OFF APRIL 28
By Troy Harrison
For the past two years, the direction for Thunder Hill Speedway under Conkwright family ownership has been one of consistent improvement to the facilities and the program, and increasing benefit to the racers, the fans, and pit personnel. This year is no different, as new sponsorship and new technology headline the changes for 2012.
The first big change is that Thunder Hill welcomes XtremeMotorsports as the title sponsor of the “Xtreme Motorsports Weekly Clash on the Hill.” In addition, Xtreme Motorsports will serve as the infield parts vendor to the racers every Saturday night. “We’re happy to have Xtreme on board,” Mike Conkwright said, “and we’re also happy that all the class sponsors from 2011 have returned. That really says something about the loyalty and the relationships we’re building here.”
As Conkwright mentioned, all four class sponsors from 2011 have returned to form the core of a weekly program headlined by the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds, the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars, theKansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMods, and the BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stocks.
A new class will take to the track in 2012, with the IMCA Sport Compacts joining the four other IMCA divisions. “This is part of our commitment to grassroots racing,” Conkwright said. “This can be a low-dollar, entry level division. And they put on competitive racing– the feature at the Fool’s Day Meltdown was decided by a car length. I think this will be a real growth class at the track.” The track is currently seeking a class sponsor for the Sport Compact division.
High-tech also will make its presence known at the Hill in 2012. This year, it will refer to Thunder Hill’s new partnership with Mylaps.com, a race scoring website. For the first time, scoring will become electronic with transponders mounted in every car, with the data fed to track management and accessible by racers and fans.
This will enable several new conveniences for both racers and fans; a new electronic scoreboard is being installed so fans can better follow the races. Want more information? Not a problem – Mylaps.com will enable real time scoring monitoring on smartphones and similar devices from the grandstands and the pits. Racers can leave their stopwatches at home, as well – Mylaps.com stores lap times and makes those available to racers when they log in. The only requirement will be that racers purchase a transponder holder at the track for $15. To start the season, the Sport Compacts will not use the transponders, but management will evaluate this on an ongoing basis.
Thunder Hill will also take advantage of technology to increase safety in their events, as well. The popular Raceiver one-way radios will be required for use in Modified, Northern SportMod, and Stock Car divisions, and will be optional in Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. “The ability to quickly tell our drivers what we need from them will make the racing a lot safer and speed up things like lineups and so forth,” Conkwright said. “It’s a big benefit that works well at a lot of tracks and it will work well here.” Racers can purchase Raceivers at the track from Xtreme Motorsports or online at BuyRaceParts.com, or at any other authorized dealer.
Thunder Hill wishes its entire racing family a Happy Easter and safe travels. Engines will run again at Thunder Hill at practices on April14 and April 21. For more information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.