Saturday Night Thunder

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Thursday/Saturday Night Thunder
Starring Dave Despain
Steve Chassey
Larry Rice
Gary Lee
Country of origin  United States
Running time 1 to 2 hours (depends on Live or Tape Delay event)
Original network ESPN (Saturday) and ESPN2 (Thursday)

Saturday Night Thunder is a former ESPN program that showed USAC racing on Saturday nights. It began on Thursday nights with the name Thursday Night Thunder on ESPN2.[1] It featured tracks around the United States, although it frequently featured tracks in the Indianapolis area. Various racing series were televised, including Silver Crown, midget, and sprint cars.[2] The series witnessed drivers like Jeff Gordon's rise prior to moving to NASCAR.[3] It also saw the death of driver Rich Vogler.

During the summer of 1993, the program also featured the Fastmasters series.


  1. ^ McGee, Ryan. "Everyone but Jimmie Johnson". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  2. ^ The 25 Most Powerful Players in Indianapolis Auto Racing"17 Terry Lingner. Indianapolis Monthly. May 2001. 
  3. ^ "Humble Beginnings". Stock Car Racing magazine. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2009.