History of Whiskey Row

In 1974, a group of friends worked on a race car for #9 Ron Mathews. Only so many pit crew members were allowed in the pits so the rest of us took to the stands in corner #4. Its here we decided t call ourselves Whiskey Row, as in those days some whiskey was consumed. We raffled off donated prizes and the proceeds went to sponsoring the car. We later brought Wayne Hari and Stu Crawford into the fold.

When Riverview closed and Mosquito opened we didn’t have a car to sponsor as Wayne and Stu were the track owners and Ron Mathews had passed away. Its here we decided to hold the Whiskey Row Classic for street stocks and put up 1000 dollars to win. The payout money was raised through ticket sales on prizes. The 1000 dollar pay out at that time was the largest payout at any track in North America that I know of. The winner took home a $1000 bill, got their name on the Whiskey Row Trophy, And their car features on the next years Whiskey Row t-shirt.

The tradition continues at Thunder City Speedway and we are now in our 50th year (2024)

-Rick Charbon (Mr Whiskey Row) & Linda Tasa (Mrs. Whiskey Row)