(WIBW) - Officials with Thunder Hill Speedway responded Friday to a lawsuit filed by the widow of man killed during a race at the Mayetta track.
Vicky Bowers, the widow of Steven Bowers, filed a lawsuit against B&H Motors, doing business as Thunderhill Speedway, and Michael Henry. The 49-year-old died in the final lap of a July 2009 race at Thunder Hill. After the accident, the Topeka Capital Journal reported that Bower's son and other observers questioned safety standards and what they said were inexperienced fire crews responding to the accident.
In a statement issued Friday, Thunder Hill Speedway promotor Mike Conkwright said, "We would like to assure the racers, fans, sponsors, crew, and the entire racing community that the lawsuit filed by Vicky Bowers does not involve the current management or ownership of Thunder Hill Speedway, and in no way will affect the operations of the track. Since we purchased the Speedway prior to the 2010 season, we have made numerous improvements for the safety, comfort, and convenience of the racers and fans at our facility. We appreciate the support of the entire racing community in our efforts. We also would like to offer, again, our sympathies to Vicky and the entire Bowers family for the tragic loss of Steven Bowers.”
Vicky Bowers' lawsuit is filed in Jackson County District Court.