Ohio Thunder Sprint Series brings IMCA, RaceSaver to the Buckeye State

FRANKFORT, Ohio – Fourteen point races are on the initial schedule for the inaugural Ohio Thun­der IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Series.

Atomic Speedway at Waverly hosts April 18, May 2 and 16, July 31, Aug. 1 and Oct. 3 events. Jackson County Speedway at Jackson is the site of April 17 and 24, May 8 and 15, June 5 and 19, July 24 and Aug. 21 races.

Sponsored locally by Southern Ohio Equipment Company of Frankfort, the Ohio Thunder Series is the first RaceSaver series in Ohio.

“RaceSaver keeps everything on a level playing field. You don’t have to spend $50,000 on an engine to be competitive,” Series Director Andy Hill said. “The rules are clear and don’t have any gray areas.”

Encouraged by attendance at a meeting held late last year for potential drivers, Hill expects to start the series with 10-15 cars.

“We’ll have drivers new to Sprint Cars and we’ll have others who have raced 410’s before,” he explained. “We like the backing we’ll get from IMCA, we like the point funds and we appreciate the help we’ve gotten getting this series started.”

A second drivers’ meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Jackson County Speedway owner Chris Smalley’s shop, located at 13706 US Route 23 in Waverly.

The last IMCA-sanctioned Sprint Car event held in the Buck­eye State was in 1970.

Test and tune sessions are March 14 at Atomic and April 4 and 11 at Jackson. IMCA RaceSaver Sprints are part of Atomic’s Open Wheel Championship special on May 2.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the first 13 Ohio Thunder Series events; special series points only would be given for the Oct. 3 race.

More information is available at the Ohio Thunder IMCA RaceSaver page on Facebook. The series website address will be www.ohiothunder.com.