Auto Racing: Central Texas Speedway opens inaugural season Friday
Stock car racing returns to Kyle in a big way as Central Texas Speedway (formerly Thunderhill Raceway) hosts its season-opening race this weekend — the Budweiser 250.
Under new ownership, the NASCAR certified 3/8-mile asphalt track and facility has been enhanced with a stage for live music, a beach volleyball court, remodeled VIP booths and a new Car Bar.
Opening weekend festivities will also feature a Women’s Volleyball tournament hosted by the Texas Beach Volleyball Association (TXBVA), as Brandon Jenkins is scheduled to perform after races conclude on Friday and the Jeff Haney Band is scheduled to perform after races conclude on Saturday.
“CTS Opening Weekend is all about bringing quality racing and family fun to the people of the Austin, Kyle, and San Antonio area,” CTS general manager Jim Hubbard said. “We can’t wait to show everyone how much the track has changed since its days as Thunderhill Raceway, and we’re excited to introduce new drivers and new amenities.
“With Budweiser’s help, CTS is going make this event one of the most dynamic racing weekends that Texas has ever seen,” Hubbard said.
From every ticket purchased this weekend, $1 will be donated benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and other assistance to help spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen U.S. service members become financially able to pursue higher education.
“We’re proud that we’re able to give back to our nation’s servicemen and their families,” Hubbard said. “It’s the least what we can do to repay them for their service and dedication to protecting the citizens of this country.”
Friday general admission tickets are $12, and Saturday general admission tickets are $20. Pit passes are $35 both days. Pit pass holders can interact with CTS drivers and vehicles. For more information, go to www.centexspeedway.com.