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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The 2016 Racing Season Begins! Thunderbird Raceway Re-Opens Under Owner Tom Sprague!

Muskegon likes to hang on to a tradition or two and one of the biggest is our local racing community.

Local drivers compete weekly in cars of every level from 4 cylinders, that basically are street cars with a few safety changes to high horsepower late models who tour the region or even the country. Any given weekend night, you can bet there is going to be a race and local drivers have spent all week getting ready for the show.

After the 2008 season, Thunderbird Raceway had fallen silent.  Opening in 1958 Thunderbird became the staple of all things racing in the Muskegon area.  After years of use and time taking it's toll on the infrastructure, seating, facilities and the growing diversity of things to do dug in, people wondered if that was the end of the hallowed grounds that were once roaring with cars, fans and that world famous "dirt track dust" that so many are addicted to.

In 2015 the rumblings began on social media about re-opening Thunderbird Raceway.  It began as a grass roots effort but the cry was heard and the one guy who could pull it off better than any other jumped in and made it a reality along with the help of many volunteers who were ready to pitch in and bring the once famed race track back to life in 2016.

Tom Sprague had returned Winston Speedway to a great place for racers and fans, and when his time there was luck would have it, Thunderbird was ready for rebirth so Tom grabbed the reigns and is now poised to open in the 2016 race season with great, family fun every Saturday night!

Have a listen to our interview about the process of re-opening the legendary raceway and what fans can expect in the 2016 season and beyond!  Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.. Thunderbird Raceway is rising in 2016!  We'll see you at the track!

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1 comment:

  1. Tom and I both have carried many checkered flags there. Glad to see it return and I know it will be successful with a former driver at the helm. Thanks Andy.