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NHRA Racing Returns to Thunder Valley

There’s absolutely no place in the country like Thunder Valley – just ask any NHRA driver who has competed at the iconic venue throughout the years.

 One of drag racing’s most popular quarter-mile strips, Bristol Dragway features one of the most unique settings in all of motorsports.

 Originally built in 1965 at a cost of $1 million by Larry Carrier and Carl Moore, the track sits between hills on either side of the strip and reverberates with nitro noise, thus its Thunder Valley nickname. The facility was purchased in 1996 by Bruton Smith, who bulldozed the facility, making way for a state-of-the-art dragstrip that reopened in 1998.

This year’s annual NHRA event, the Thunder Valley Nationals, takes place June 9-11, running a week earlier than its traditional Father’s Day weekend.

The best drag racers in the world will descend on Thunder Valley as they vie for the coveted Wally, NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship trophy. The event will feature the #2Fast#Tasty Mission NHRA Challenge on Saturday, which offers bonus money and points in the professional classes.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as every ticket is a pit pass! Fans will have direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

On Friday, June 9, fans can enjoy Thunder Valley under the lights as the pro classes will be in action that evening. Two more rounds of qualifying are slated for Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday, June 11, which begin at noon.

Grandstand tickets are available in a weekend combo or for single days. Other seating options include the Thunder Valley Club, Bruton’s Suite, the Moonshine Lounge, and the Burnout Box. Tickets are now available on the website.