One of Thunder Valley’s most popular events, the All Harley Drag Racing Association Thunder in the Valley Nationals, is geared up and ready to rock Bristol Dragway Aug. 6-7 with a powerful show of brute force and the famous Harley rumble.

With the arrival of the mid-season mark in AHDRA’s Sceamin’ Eagle Championship Series, the competition is expected to be stronger than ever at the Thunder in the Valley Nationals.  AHDRA racers will give fans plenty of 2-wheel excitement at this year’s event with the top gun battling it out on the legendary quarter-mile.

Fans can expect to see plenty of fast action with sixteen classes of competition, including nitro classes, modified gas bikes, street bikes and more. 

Among the event highlights are the nitro-powered Top Fuel machines which can run in excess of 230 mph.

In addition to the racing action, a huge array of vendors including Rush Racing Products will be on site at Bristol Dragway, along with the AHDRA Merchandise Trailer.

Black Wolf Harley Davidson will host an AHDRA Nitro Party (1061 Old Abingdon Hwy., Bristol, VA) on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Race fans can meet several racers and get a peek at their nitro-burning machines.

Gates open Friday at noon with a test and tune session from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by live music featuring The Peace Pipe Band. Racing action gets underway Saturday with sportsman classes qualifying at 3 p.m. and pro classes qualifying at 5 p.m. Racing begins at noon Sunday.

Admission to the Thunder in the Valley Nationals is $50 for the weekend and $30 for single-day admission.  H.O.G. members receive a $5 discount at the gate. Children 11 and under are admitted free and free admission is offered to active and reserve military personnel with proper identification.  Discount tickets are available at Colboch Harley Davidson in Morristown, Smith Brothers Harley Davidson in Johnson City and Black Wolf Harley Davidson in Bristol, Va.

Weekend camping is available at Bristol Dragway beginning on Friday. Campsites are $25 per tent site and $100 per RV site. 

A weekend full of great racing, camping, vendors, live entertainment and much more are in store at this must-see event!

For more information on the Thunder in the Valley Nationals contact 336-924-2095 or visit

To learn more about all of Bristol Dragway’s exciting events, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit