The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returned to action on Tuesday night, June 3 as the USAC National Sprint Tour and the ARDC Wingless Midgets took center stage of the Grandview Speedway.This event marked the eighty-first race of the nineteen year old Thunder Series. With a 70% chance of rain in the forecast, the show did go on with a sizeable crowd and a pit area that was packed solid with 37 wingless sprint cars and 36 ARDC wingless midgets.
The Grandview track crew, drivers, owners and officials worked feverishly to keep the show flowing, but the rain began to fall at the completion of the ARDC "B" Main. All qualifying was completed and the USAC wingless sprint cars were staged for the feature event when the rain began to fall.
The speedway immediately went into a holding pattern, waiting for the rainfall to end. But more then forty minutes later, the rain was still falling and the disappointing decision to cancel the balance of the event was announced.
USAC officials and Thunder on the Hill organizers reviewed several options on how to complete show, but at the time of this writing a final decision could not be made.
The decision makers involved, including USAC, Grandview Speedway and the Thunder on the Hill organizers are looking at a suitable option for the fans and competitors alike.
For the USAC wingless sprints, fast time of the night went to Jerry Coons over Chad Boat and Billy Pauch.
In heat race competition, the victories went to Dustin Morgan, Chris Windom, Dave Darland and Shane Golobic. In the USAC "B" Main, the winner was Jerry Coons Jr.
In ARDC Midget competition Tracy Readinger, Steve Buckwalter and Darren Hagen were heat race winners as Taylor Malsam won the "B" Main. Thunder on the Hill organizers were also talking with ARDC to find a make-up date for their feature, with a plan to include ARDC on a future Thunder on the Hill event in 2008.