This Week In Motorsports


Motorsports News by David Vodden


Willows, Ca. The final race of the 2019 championship series set for Thunderhill Park on October 25 through the 27th is expanding in magnitude. Drivers from all over the West have indicated a desire to race the five-mile portion of the weekend that also includes racing on the traditional three-mile course. Three days of racing plus a Thursday test-day opportunity make this weekend a must for all who want to end the year on a high!

 “The key element in this big race at Thunderhill is the final aspects of the season-long championship point battles,” noted Club Board member Tim Sullivan. “There are several drivers who want to win the FREE YEAR OF RACE ENTRIES that will be awarded to one lucky point series champion at the year-end celebration and dinner. Bob Bradfield, currently one of the top contenders in this year’s Miata point contest won this award years ago when it was called, “The Championship Awards program.”  This earlier iteration of the program had many prizes in addition to the year of Free Entries and was touted as one of the key-reasons drivers raced for points. “It was awesome back then when winning an SCCA Regional Championship was a big deal,” Bradfield lamented. “I won the free entries for a year and it was hella-good!” “My hope is to win it again this year and to race next year for FREE,” Bradfield predicted.

Program organizer David Vodden is considering trying to get other prizes for champions to win via a drawing that includes all 2019 eligible class champions in a drawing. The winners from among this pool of drivers are drawn from a basket at the banquet.  More is better!

“I would like to see any driver, vendor, sponsor, anyone who would like to see our race program grow in the coming years to put up a prize for the champions drawing,” Vodden said. “I can start that process now by adding to the FREE RACE ENTRIES, a year of FREE OPEN TESTING before SCCA events at Thunderhill Park in 2020 as another prize for the drawing.

Champion drivers at the end of the 2019 race season at Thunderhill in October must be eligible under the Supplemental Regulations defining such things and must also be present at the dinner. “We are doing this program to build our race program and to build loyalty to our race program,” Vodden said. “Having qualifications to participate including attendance at the annual banquet is the Return on Investment for these efforts. Over time the ROI will be a bigger, better, exciting and a more rewarding race program for all who wear the SCCA banner into amateur road racing competition.

Anyone interested in supplying a prize for the year-end drawing is asked to contact David Vodden at Thunderhill by e-mail: or by calling 530-934-5588 Ext 101.


Thunderhill Raceway