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FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M. APRIL 13, 2005




KYLE-Thunder Hill Raceway officials announced today that the NASCAR Grand National West Division will hold their inaugural race in Texas at Thunder Hill Raceway, in Kyle, TX, just 20 minutes south of Austin.


The event is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2005, and according to Thunder Hill Raceway Co-owner and General Manager, “This is the biggest thing to happen to Texas auto racing since the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup came to Texas Motor Speedway.”


The scheduling came about through the efforts of friends of Thunder Hill, and was signed on Saturday, April 9, 2005, the opening night of the 2005 Season at Thunder Hill.


According to their website at nascarregionalracing.com, “The West Series enters its 52nd season in 2005, making it the West Coast’s oldest stock car racing circuit. The West Series historically competes in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, and has been a launching pad for the careers of Brendan Gaughan, Kevin Harvick, Lance Hooper, Rick Carelli, Chad Little and many other drivers.”


It continues, “When NASCAR formally re-aligned its regional touring divisions to create a two-tier driver developmental system in 2003, the Busch North Series was combined with the West Series to form the NASCAR Grand National Division. Although the name has been a part of NASCAR since the beginning-NASCAR Grand National Division was the original name of what is now the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series-this represented a brand new direction for the sanctioning body.”


The NASCAR Grand National Division is separate from the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, which currently races in San Antonio.


More information will be forthcoming as details are worked out, and driver registration is confirmed.


Jon Sagester

Thunder Hill Raceway

Marketing/Public Relations



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