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Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

Extreme machines roar into Bristol Dragway June 13-15 for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, treating guests to one of the most electrifying weekends in all of motorsports.

Scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, the event has become a can’t-miss on the NHRA calendar and Bristol Dragway creates an action-packed weekend guaranteed to not only celebrate Dad but entertain the entire family!

 The weekend kicks off Friday with one of the most unique experiences in motorsports as exhaust flames blaze behind 8,000 horsepower, nitro-fueled machines rocketing down the straight strip at speeds in excess of 320 mph during Thunder Valley’s night qualifying session.

 Saturday features a full day of drag racing action, capped off by what has quickly become one of the best-attended autograph sessions on the NHRA circuit as thousands of fans line-up to collect autographs from more than two dozen of the sport’s biggest names.

 On Sunday, celebrate Father’s Day with the excitement of final eliminations in Thunder Valley as earth-shaking Top Fuel dragsters and ground-pounding Funny Cars battle for supremacy on the quarter-mile. Bristol Dragway officials even created a few additions to make Dad’s day more special, including an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the legendary racing surface during the morning track walk.

 And since every ticket provides pit access, all fans can get up-close-and personal with these remarkable rides, the men and women who steer them and the crews thrashing to prepare their machine for the next round of competition.

 With free Sunday entry for kids 12-and-under and adult tickets starting at $20 for the final elimination rounds or prices starting at just $79 to spend the entire weekend in Thunder Valley, there’s no better time to experience the extreme speeds, thunderous engines, and valley-shaking power featured at one of the most popular stops on the NHRA calendar. Ticket prices increase Saturday, June 7 so reserve your seat today!

 If you’re looking to upgrade your 2014 visit to the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals, be sure to check out Bristol Dragway’s premium hospitality areas including the popular Thunder Valley Club which grants guests access to a members only pit-side grandstand or Bruton’s luxury skybox that provides a birds-eye view of track action in a climate controlled suite. Space in both is limited so act fast to reserve the ultimate weekend experience!

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FRIDAY, June 13, 2014


     Spectator Gates Open

   9:00 AM

     Racer Registration/Tech Inspection (all categories)

   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

     Sportsman Qualifying

 10:00 AM

     Pro Mod Qualifying Session

   4:30 PM

     Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

  5:00 PM

     Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

  5:30 PM

     Nitro Harley Qualifying Session

   6:30 PM

     Pro Mod Qualifying Session

   6:45 PM

     Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

  7:30 PM

     Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

  8:00 PM


SATURDAY, June 14, 2014                     



     Spectator Gates Open

   7:30 AM

     Sportsman Eliminations

   8:00 AM

     Nitro Harley Qualifying Session

 12:15 PM

     Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

12:30 PM

     Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

  1:00 PM

     Pro Mod Qualifying Session

   2:00 PM

     Nitro Harley Qualifying Session

   2:45 PM

     Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

  3:00 PM

     Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

  3:30 PM

     Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 1

   4:30 PM


SUNDAY, June 15, 2014                         



     Spectator Gates Open

   8:30 AM

     Pre-Race Ceremonies

 11:00 AM

     Final Eliminations

12:00 PM


Schedule subject to change                 



Thunder Valley 101

Designed to guide rookie race fans through their first Bristol Dragway experience during the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Thunder Valley 101 (TV101) gives newcomers insight into the intricacies of straight track racing.

Tuning into 100.1 FM gives first-time guests of Thunder Valley the advantage of expertise from track announcer and noted Bristol Dragway historian David McGee, ensuring novices are up to speed on all the action happening during the Father’s Day Weekend Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Fans can purchase headsets, good for listening to TV101 or the NHRA broadcast on 100.9 FM, for $10 at any souvenir stand or get real time answers to their racing questions during the event by texting BRISTOL followed by their question to 69050.


Bruton's Suite

If you're looking for the pinnacle of the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bruton's Suite is the answer.

Bruton's Suite is a luxury skybox that sits above the heart of Thunder Valley quarter-mile and boasts a wide array of fan amenities.

  • Enclosed theatre-style seating
    & Outdoor Veranda Seating
  • Climate-Controlled Interior
  • Chef's Table Buffet
  • Wait Staff
  • Private Restrooms
  • Closed-Circuit TV
  • Bruton's Suite Gift pack
  • Golf Cart Shuttle from parking area
  • *Driver Appearances Including: TBA

*Check back daily for driver appearance updates

Pricing: $475 per person and includes all three days of Thunder Valley Nationals racing action.

To purchase, please call Lisa Bunn at (423) 989-6946 or send her an email.

General Information: For general information on Bruton's Suite, please call Joni Cole at (423) 989-6997 or send her an email.

Thunder Valley Club

Bristol Dragway invites you to enjoy the FORD NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in our exclusive Thunder Valley Club. 

In addition to the exciting and power-packed NHRA Mello Yello Series drag racing action, as a member of the Thunder Valley Club, you'll have access to a wide variety of amenities:

  • Members Only Pit-Side Grandstand
  • Private Restrooms
  • Preferred Parking with Golf-Cart Shuttle Service
  • Catered Meals with Cash Bar
  • Daily Door Prizes and Entertainment
  • Thunder Valley Club Gift Pack (available only for guests purchasing 3 Day Combo Package)
  • Kids Area
  • Closed-Circuit TV
  • *Daily Driver/Crew Appearances Including: TBA

*Check back daily for driver appearance updates

Pricing: Thunder Valley Club for the weekend is $315 per person.

To purchase, please call Lisa Bunn at (423) 989-6946 or send her an email.

General Information: For general information on Thunder Valley Club, please call Anthony Golden at (423) 989-6956 or send him an email.

Event News

Date Headline
12/19/13 Bristol Dragway Announces 2014 Schedule