Thunder On The Prarie Grand Opening Spectacular

Thunder On The Prarie GRAND OPENING


The sound of thundering feature cars including nitro entries will fill the air at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex, Onawa, Iowa on Saturday, August 4 with Thunder on the Prairie; the official Grand Opening Spectacular.

Headlining the feature car line-up includes the burner popping Miss Elle’ Jet Dragster, America’s favorite wheelstander the “Chevy Rebellion,” a trip back in time with a match race of nostalgia gassers plus outrageous funny cars, altereds and pro-mods in the Midwest Pro-Outlaw circuit. In addition to the stellar professional line-up, a full sportsman bracket program with all the regular classes will be contested.

“We are happy to finally reach the point of hosting a major event at the facility, said OREC Board President Phil Schroder, it’s been a lot of work to get here but I’m sure the efforts will be worth the result” he continued.

The pit gate opens Saturday, August 4 for sportsman competitors at 8 AM, with time trials underway at 9:30 AM followed by eliminations. The feature show will be underway at 6 PM. Adult admission is $20, with kids (6-12) $5 and under 6 free. All admission tickets include a pit pass and parking is free. The Onawa Racing and Events Complex concession facilities will be open throughout the event.


Event Schedule & General Information

(Schedule is subject to change, please monitor for updates or follow us on FACEBOOK)

Gates open 9 AM

Sportsman bracket time trials 10 AM

Bracket Eliminations follow the two (2) time trial sessions & Reaction Time Challenge contest (time permitting).

Midwest Pro-Outlaw Qualifying session 4 PM (approximate time)

Feature Show 6 PM

          Midwest Pro Outlaw, Wheelstander & Jet Dragster

          Sportsman eliminations conclude

Feature Show 8 PM (approximate time)

           Midwest Pro Outlaw Final, Wheelstander & Jet Dragster Finale


Adults $20, Kids (6-12) $5, Under 6 Free

Parking and Pit Pass included with GA ticket

Spectator parking is located next to Events Center (enter at corner of highway k45 & 248th St.)

Complete concessions on the grounds including adult beverages

Please, no coolers and no glass bottles

Modern & clean restrooms inside the Event Center

Grandstand seating is on a first come – first served basis

Spectator camping allowed in spectator parking lot

Racer camping in the pit area


 The Onawa Racing and Events Complex is located off highway K45 south of Onawa, Iowa (just off I-29).

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