Thunder Raceway under new ownership, new name

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August 25, 2017  |  by Mike Leiby, White Mountain Independent

Thunder Raceway is under new ownership and a new name.

It will now go by the name “Show Low Speedway Park.”

Shon Deskins, a 25-year sprint car racing veteran, said he wants to ensure racer support at the clay oval race track where sprint car, stock car, modified and other motorsports have taken place since the track opened in 1995.

He said the transition to new management was seamless, adding that no race dates were or will be affected.

Deskins and Jason Cox—his “left-hand man”—said races are still typically on Saturday nights with a 7:30 p.m. start time.

Both Deskins and Cox said prices are staying the same at $12 for adult general admission. Children age 10 and younger get in free, and family packs are $30.

Cox, however, said race fans can expect some food changes like the Manzanita Raceway-style Indian fry bread that is now offered.

He said that is one of the things he fondly remembers about visiting Manzanita Speedway years ago and wants people to come away with the same kind of memories when they visit Show Low Speedway Park.

Cox did not say what other food changes are coming, just that they will be “crowd pleasers.”

“Sprint cars are back on the mountain after a six-year absence,” Deskins said, adding that it is open-wheel, non-wing sprint car racing that will be featured at Show Low Speedway Park.

Deskins was born in Phoenix, but said he spent most of his life on the mountain, adding that he just wants to make sure competitors who race at Show Low Speedway Park will have the support they need and that race fans will have the experience they want.

He said if not for the help of Cox and his “right-hand man,” Tim Thomas, the switch to new management would not have been as seamless as it was.

Deskins and Cox reminded race fans about the two-day Labor Day Weekend event, Sept. 2-3, saying that people who want more information about it or racers who want to get in on the two-day “show of racing” should call (928) 369-8611 or visit

Story courtesy of The White Mountain Independent