Smoke will rise from Thunder Valley during the Thursday, May 3 Taco Bell® Street Fights event at Bristol Dragway, but there will be no cause for alarm as the popular Burnout Competition returns with abundant tire smoke.

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes are invited to take part in this exciting contest to show which machine can produce the biggest and thickest cloud of tire-melting smoke in Thunder Valley. Fans should expect the unexpected to happen as drivers push their cars to the limit in this crowd-pleasing event.

The winner will be well rewarded with $200 and the title of Thunder Valley’s best burnout. Anyone is allowed to enter the burnout competition and all street-legal vehicles will be accepted.

Interested participants should sign-up in the Bristol Dragway tower during the event.

Taco Bell Street Fights is in its 12th season of competition and continues to be one of the best entertainment values in the region.

Spectator admission is just $5, while anyone with a street-legal car can challenge Thunder Valley for only $10.

Anyone can take on the famous quarter-mile in Thunder Valley in their car, while their friends cheer from the grandstands. In a tough economy, an evening at Taco Bell® Street Fights is an obvious choice.

Taco Bell’s® popular gift card giveaway continues at each Street Fights event during the 2012 season. Anyone who brings a Taco Bell® receipt can register to win a Taco Bell® gift card which will be given away at the end of the night.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening, with racing set for 6 p.m.

The DER Racing Series will host a three-day weekend, beginning with a Test and Tune session and the Virginia Laser Shootout on Friday, May 4. Racing continues May 5-6.

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Friday’s Test and Tune. Tech inspection starts at 4:30 p.m., with time runs at 5:30 p.m.

Gates open Saturday at 10 a.m., with tech at 10:30 a.m. and time trials at noon. Eliminations begin following time trials.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday. Tech inspection is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by time trials at 10:30 a.m. Eliminations take place after time trials.

For more information about the Taco Bell® Street Fights Series, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.

For more information about the DER Bracket Racing Series, please call Red Whitmore at (423) 989-6952 or visit www.derracingseries.com.