It was announced on Monday that Speed51 will be bringing back Summer Thunder TV for a third straight year. Summer Thunder TV returns with nearly 70 races at 33 race tracks in 17 states and one Canadian province, beginning this weekend with six races in three days.
For the second year in a row, Summer Thunder TV will kick off in the Badger State at State Park Speedway Thursday night for the Flip Merwin Memorial. Last year’s race had its share of controversy late after MG Gajewski and Justin Mondeik got together and Gajewski spun with less than 15 laps to go. Mondeik tapped out and went to the back, while the Wausau veteran Gajewski held on to win his second straight Merwin Memorial.
Friday night will see a Summer Thunder TV doubleheader with both asphalt and dirt Late Model racing represented. The Southern Super Series heads to Pensacola as the road to the Snowball Derby continues with the second Blizzard Series race at Five Flags Speedway, where rising star Giovanni Bromante looks to make it two Blizzard Series victories in a row.
For our dirt fans, the ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series is set for their season-opening Run for the Musket at I-77 Speedway (WV) after four attempts to host their opener were ruined by Mother Nature. Eddie Carrier, Jr. won last year’s ULTIMATE MOV championship, but the series will see a new champion in 2019 as Carrier stepped back from full-time racing.
A total of three races will be featured on Summer Thunder TV on Saturday. The southeast tripleheader will start with Pro Late Model racing from the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for their second race of the season. Kyle Ivey won the season-opener last month in the Sterling Marlin-owned No.114, but will have stiff competition in the form of the last four track champions – Cole Williams, Willie Allen, Casey Roderick and Michael House.
Recently announced as a part of Summer Thunder TV will be the Modifieds of Mayhem 50-lap feature from Montgomery Motor Speedway. Donnie Hamrac won the series’ first appearance on the half-mile during the Alabama 200 weekend.
Dirt racing will also be featured as the Florida Pro Truck Challenge Series will make their debut on the dirt at Volusia Speedway Park for a 30-lap special as part of Summer Thunder TV. A strong contingent of Pro Trucks are expected to compete at the fast half-mile, led by Florida Pro Truck Challenge Series points leader Becca Monopoli.
“It’s exciting to be a part of this huge weekend of racing and the diversity among the races that will be shown on the Speed51 Network,” said Speed51.com Digital Manager Tom Ryan. “This is an exciting part of the season to be a member of the Speed51 Network.”
All of the Summer Thunder TV races will be available to watch at no additional cost to Speed51 Network premium subscribers. Remember, there will be 68 races (and counting) on the schedule this summer and it comes down to only 32 cents a race, plus you gain access to all of Speed51’s on-demand video content.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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