The inaugural World of Outlaws event at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway occurred in September of 2003 when 20-time series champion Steve Kinser scored victory over Tim Shaffer and Jason Meyers. The 2018 season marks the 15th overall year that the “Greatest Show on Dirt” will invade the one-third mile clay oval. This weekend’s event features both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series each night. If you’re a fan of Sprint Car racing this is the weekend for you!
Past World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series winners at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
2017- David Gravel on March 17, Donny Schatz on March 18
2016- David Gravel on March 12
2015- Tim Kaeding on March 13, Rico Abreu on March 14
2014- Daryn Pittman on March 14, Rico Abreu on March 15
2013- Tim Kaeding on March 15, Craig Dollansky on March 16
2012 - Tim Kaeding on March 16
2011 - Joey Saldana on March 19
2010 - Jason Meyers on March 5, Joey Saldana on March 6
2009 - Randy Hannagan on March 20, Joey Saldana on March 21
2008 - Jac Haudenschild on Oct. 18
2007 - Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, Tim Kaeding on Feb. 24, Donny Schatz on Oct. 13
2005 - Tim Shaffer on Feb. 25, Donny Schatz on October 14, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 15
2004 - Erin Crocker on October 29, Terry McCarl on October 30
2003 - Steve Kinser on September 3
To purchase your tickets for the March 9 and 10 double header contact the Thunderbowl Raceway box office at (559) 688-0909. Tickets will be available at the track for purchase beginning at 1pm each day with will call also opening at that time. The front gate will open at 4pm both nights and racing is scheduled to fire-off around 7pm.
All seating is reserved during the weekend with grandstand tickets $45 on Friday and $50 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $40 on Friday and $45 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 and under are free. A seating chart, as well as hotel info is available online at www.tularethunderbowl.com
Following this weekend Thunderbowl Raceway will go dark until Saturday April 14 when the USAC/CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Cars make their return to Tulare, along with the Light up the World USAC Western Midgets and Western RaceSaver Sprints.
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Special thanks to all our partners for making things happen at the Thunderbowl Raceway including Merle Stone Chevrolet, Budweiser, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, Western Metal Company, Southwest Contractors, Double “D” Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds located off turns three and four.
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway 2018 Schedule
Friday March 9: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and USAC West Coast 360 Sprints
Saturday March 10: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl
Saturday April 14: USAC-CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Cars, USAC Western States Midgets and Western RaceSaver Sprints
Saturday April 21: Spring Nationals- King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series, Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and Legends of Kearney Bowl
Saturday May 5: Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, All Star Modified Tour and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars
Friday May 18: Fifth annual Peter Murphy Classic- Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl
Saturday May 19: Fifth annual Peter Murphy Classic- King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl
Saturday June 2: Chris and Brian Faria Memorial- King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints and Western RaceSaver Sprints
Thursday October 18: Rico Abreu Racing 25th annual Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing - Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Friday October 19: Rico Abreu Racing 25th annual Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing - Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Saturday October 20: Rico Abreu Racing 25th annual Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing - Winged 360 Sprint Cars