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Grant Sexton Gets His First Shot at the Famous Thunderbowl Raceway This Saturday

USAC/CRA rising teen star Grant Sexton will keep his sprint car racing dream alive on Saturday night, May 20th, when it first appeared at Stone Chevrolet, GMC and Buick Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulea, California. It’s the track young drivers always wanted to race.

Known as one of the fastest and toughest courses in the ‘Golden State’, the Thunderbowl is not for the faint of heart. The young Sexton was originally scheduled to race there on March 25, at the push of NHRA top fuel driver Steve, but that show was canceled due to rain. Perhaps it was luck for the young racer. Because he’s a completely different driver than he was at the end of March. Through the first five USAC/CRA races of 2023, the affable teen has made three A-main appearances. His best finish of the three was he was 12th April 15th at Perristh.His other two grades up to that point were 16th and 19th.

From April 15thth Sexton competed in three more USAC/CRA races, finishing 6th, 7th and His sixth-place finish at Mojave Valley Raceway in Arizona two weeks ago was the best of his short 410 career.This finish could have been superseded by his April 22 goalnd Finished 7th at Kings Speedway at Hanford. After 30 laps, Sexton looked destined for his first top five as he climbed up to fourth with two laps to go. However, a fierce battle for position dropped him back to seventh at the checkered flag.

Sexton has climbed the series points standings with his ever-growing skills in the 410 Sprint car. For the first time since he started racing in the series, the 18-year-old from Lakeside, Calif. will be competing on Saturday in a tough bullring ranked in the top 10 on the USAC/CRA rankings. He will start the night in ninth place with 282 points. He also has a commanding 142-point advantage in the Rookie of the Year race.

Not all of the news coming out of the Sexton Gatlin Racing camp this week has to do with the teen star. Lightning Sprint His three-time champion in his car and current leader of the POWri Southwest Lightning Sprint Series, father Brent is ready to make his first start in his full-size sprint car. The newly 51-year-old will make his senior sprint debut at Perris Auto Speedway on May 27 at the annual Salute to

The famous Thunderbowl opens for spectators at 4:00, with qualifying at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. In addition to USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars, Kings of Thunder Winged 360 will also be active. Adult tickets are $30.00 in the grandstand and $25.00 in the bleachers. For seniors, ticket prices are $28.00 and $23.00. Children ages 6-12 are $15.00 and $13.00; children 5 and under are free. The Thunderbowl is located at 620 South K Street Tulare (93274) on the corner of Bardsley and K is The office phone number is (559) 688-0909.

If you or your company are interested in becoming a partner of Sexton Gatlin Racing in 2023, please call or email us at (619) 454-6945. This email address is being protected from spambots. JavaScript must be enabled to view. or email to

Sexton Gatlin Racing would like to thank the following companies for making the 2022 season possible. Keys Brothers, East County Electric Works, Maxima Oil, Automated Interiors, Sexton Fire Protection, BK Wings, Troy Dirt, Victory Graphix, and Swift Powdercoat.


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