By Nick Freimuth
The track formerly known as Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay will not stay dark for much longer. A new management/ownership group, PKS3, has reached an agreement with the county to bring racing back to the 1/3 mile clay oval next summer.
PKS3 members Melanie Sargent and Martin Kelsey were in studio this week to share the big news from the county board. Sargent said, “We were told to move ahead and start making plans for the 2017 season. We will have a full race season including Friday through Sunday options and a possibility of racing on the opening night (Wednesday) of the Door County Fair.”
The Hill will be known as a drivers track with a tremendous focus on the fans in the grand stand.
Kelsey added, “We are so excited for this opportunity. Racing is important to a lot of people in Door County and we are proud to keep a strong tradition alive. We’ve got one of the best facilities for local racing period. The fact that we are able to keep racing alive in Door County is exciting. It brings in a lot of money to the county and we couldn’t be more excited.”
The Hill Raceway will undergo some changes. The raceway will no longer be sanctioned by IMCA, something PKS3 member John Sternard says will give everyone more flexibility. “We have heard nothing but positive from this decision,” according to Sternard.
The Hill will run four classes, including Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Street Stocks and Enduro.
The county has resurfaced the track with 25 loads of clay this fall which will provide a great racing surface to get started. Kelsey added, “A special thank you to John White for putting in the hard work and open line of communication with our group to ensure optimal track conditions.”
“You never know what you’re going to get when you come to The Hill. We want to make it that it is entertaining to come and watch; not just that you are watching a bunch of cars drive in circles.” Sargent said.
The promotional team is contemplating a modified series called the Modified Madness Series featuring the fastest cars on the track. These cars hit 600 horsepower in a 2,500 pound car.
Other new features at The Hill in 2017 include:
– A Kids Club – A program that will get the kids actively involved including 10-and under free and fun activities and giveaways for youth every week. Kids will get to sit in cars set up under the grand stand throughout the race, hop inside and experience the feel of racing first hand.
– 14 and under – discounted rates for pit passes with a paid adult (legal guardian)
– Fan interaction with announcers and drivers.
– Exciting sponsor oriented announcing.
– Electronic Pay At The Gate –
Racing at The Hill is set to run between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Friday and Saturday nights and a few Sunday matinees mixed in. Questions can be directed to their FaceBook Page, The Hill Raceway.
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