Peter Murphy Classic Tickets On Sale Monday

Thunderbowl Raceway Peter Murphy Classic tickets on sale this coming Monday

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – April 26, 2018…One of the biggest events of the year at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is fast approaching and with that in mind tickets will be on sale this coming Monday for the fifth annual Peter Murphy Classic.

The immensely anticipated two-night event on Friday and Saturday May 18 and 19 is always a must-see showcase organized by retired sprint car driver Peter Murphy.

Murphy suffered injuries during a racing crash at the Antioch Speedway in 2013, which ultimately forced him to step out of the seat. The following year he organized the first Peter Murphy Classic and received rave reviews for it. This season we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Opening night will be headlined by the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards, while Saturday’s finale is headlined by the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series. Both nights will also see the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless Sprint Cars in action.

Adult reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic cost $25 each night, while general admission bleacher tickets are $20 both nights. Kids 6-12 are $13 in the grandstands and $10 in the bleachers. Senior grandstand seats will be $23 and senior bleacher tickets are $18. To reserve your seats starting on Monday April 30 contact 559-688-0909. A seating chart, as well as hotel info is available online at

Commemorative Peter Murphy Classic T-shirts will be on sale at the event with all proceeds going to the NARC Benevolent Fund, which aids injured drivers and assisted Murphy following his accident. There will again be a victory podium made up with champagne to help celebrate the winners in style. It will surely be a victory presentation that fans want to stay for! Sprint Car ambassador Brad Doty will also be on hand at the event with throwback T-shirts for sale.

Prior to the Peter Murphy Classic the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will host the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on Saturday May 5. Also in action that night will be the IMCA All-Star Modified Tour and the 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.

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