Thunder Valley Set To Rumble With Packed 2010 Season Schedule
For anyone suffering the blues due to a need for speed, Thunder Valley's 2010 season schedule features a number of thrill-inducing events sure to make hearts race, including the flagship NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on a new summer date.
NHRA's biggest names invade Bristol Dragway June 18-20 for one of the season's most anticipated events, the 10th Annual Thunder Valley Nationals. Jeff Byrd, Bristol Dragway president and general manager, feels the new date will provide fans an even greater Thunder Valley experience.
"A couple of dates in the early part of NHRA's national event schedule were shifted around and this moved us into summer, directly between our two NASCAR events," said Byrd. "June is one of the most beautiful months of the year in Northeast Tennessee, so we're looking forward to an amazing weekend in Thunder Valley. I believe fans definitely will be planning their summer vacations around a trip to Bristol Dragway in June 2010."
Fans will see seven-time Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher take on all comers in his U.S. Army dragster. Drag racing legend John Force and his daughter Ashley will slug it out with the rest of the Funny Car field, while local driver Allen Johnson will try to notch his first Bristol Pro Stock victory. For one of the most unique experiences in motorsports, the Thunder Valley Nationals is a must-see event for true drag racing fans.
Bristol's popular Fas Mart Street Fights series celebrates its 10th season in 2010. From grocery getters to import tuners and American muscle, the Fas Mart Street Fights series continues to prove it has something for everyone. The schedule is comprised of 17 Street Fights events, including five Saturday races. The remaining events take place on Thursday evenings. Once again, Fas Mart Street Fights kicks off the Bristol Dragway schedule with its season opener on Saturday, March 27.
Grassroots racing returns to Bristol when the region's best racers lay it all on the line in the DER Bracket Racing Series. After a successful inaugural season in 2009, the DER Series schedule will increase to 16 days of racing with competition in categories ranging from Super Pro to Junior Dragsters.
The popular SPEED show PINKS: All Out comes to Bristol Dragway October 1-2. If the last PINKS All Out in Bristol is any indication, this season's event will be one fans will circle on their calendars as a can't-miss event. With all-out racing action and the chance to be on television, Thunder Valley is definitely the place to be that weekend.
As always, several special events will provide fans the opportunity to visit Thunder Valley to cheer for their favorite manufacturers. The inaugural Blue Oval Bash roars in to town April 30- May 2 and promises to be a hit for Ford fanatics. The 11th Annual Mopar Thunder, set for September 3-5, gives Mopar fans a chance to see some of their favorite Mopar Muscle in action.
The 30th Annual Super Chevy Show sets up shop at Bristol Dragway September 24-26 and includes a new fan-favorite addition. Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak moves from May and highlights Saturday's activities of the Super Chevy Show. After racing is completed, a spectacular lineup of extreme machines will put on a show for everyone in attendance.
Metal-mashing monsters take center stage during the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 24. These massive machines tackle SUVs, cars, school buses and anything else unfortunate enough to be in their path.
The All Harley Drag Racing Association brings 16 classes of competition to town for the August 6-8 Thunder in the Valley Nationals. With the rumble of Harleys echoing in Thunder Valley, it is one of the most exciting shows on two wheels.
Bracket racers have three chances to break the bank with big money races in 2010. The April 22-25 Spring Fling Bracket Race will see bracket racers shake off the winter rust and race for the top prize. The fourth World Footbrake Challenge takes place July 16-18, and features the same format as previous years, with some of the biggest names in bracket racing going head-to-head for $10,000-to-win each day. A new event, organized by NHRA Pro Stock event winner Dave Connolly, is slated for May 27-30. This four day event, The Thunder Valley Bracket Challenge, will showcase several races with huge purses, including a guaranteed $100,000-to-win event on Saturday.
One of the biggest weeks of Junior Dragster competition takes place in July and begins with the July 24-25 Mike Bos Chassis Craft Jr. Dragster Nationals. The ninth annual event gives participants the chance to get a head start on tuning their cars for the July 26-31 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals. The Eastern Conference Finals attracts more than 600 racers, ages 8-17, from all states east of the Mississippi River.
With such a diverse lineup of events, race fans everywhere will want to begin the countdown to Thunder Valley's thrilling 2010 season. For more information about Bristol Dragway events, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.
2010 Bristol Dragway Schedule
Fas Mart Street Fights Opener March 27
Fas Mart Street Fights April 1
DER Racing Series Open House/Test & Tune April 3
Fas Mart Street Fights April 8
DER Racing Series Test & Tune April 9
DER Racing Series April 10-11
Fas Mart Street Fights April 15
DER Racing Series April 17-18
The Spring Fling Bracket Race April 22-25
Ford Blue Oval Bash April 30-May 2
Fas Mart Street Fights May 6
Fas Mart Street Fights May 8
Fas Mart Street Fights May 13
DER Racing Series May 15-16
Fas Mart Street Fights May 20
DER Racing Series May 22-23
Dave Connolly's Thunder Valley Bracket Challenge May 27-30
Fas Mart Street Fights June 3
DER Bracket Series June 5-6
Tenth Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 18-20
Fas Mart Street Fights June 26
Fas Mart Street Fights July 1
DER Racing Series Test & Tune July 2
DER Racing Series July 3-4
Fas Mart Street Fights July 8
DER Racing Series July 10-11
World Footbrake Challenge July 16-18
Fas Mart Street Fights July 22
Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness at BMS July 24
Mike Bos Chassis Craft Jr. Dragster Nationals July 24-25
NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals July 26-31
AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals August 6-8
Fas Mart Street Fights August 28
Mopar Thunder September 3-5
Fas Mart Street Fights September 9
DER Racing Series Test & Tune September 10
DER Racing Series September 11-12
Fas Mart Street Fights September 16
Fas Mart Street Fights September 18
Super Chevy Show September 24-26
Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak September 25
PINKS All Out October 1-2