American Drag Racing League Set for Thunder Valley Debut April 20-21
Adding to Bristol Dragway’s reputation of being one of the country’s elite drag racing facilities, the American Drag Racing League is set for its debut race, the Spring Drags III, an event which will rock Thunder Valley April 20-21 with an all-out display of unmatched doorslammer action.
ADRL competition is largely considered to be the premier showcase for eighth-mile drag racing in the world, and Bristol Dragway certainly is no stranger to hosting the most unique and innovative drag racing events around.
Jerry Caldwell, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, said Spring Drags III is the perfect complement for the Thunder Valley season.
“There is no doubt that we have created a schedule of events at Bristol Dragway that would make any dragstrip in this country envious,” he said. “By adding the ADRL to our calendar, we have only strengthened our position as the ultimate destination for drag racing fans. We expect our debut ADRL event to be a great show with unpredictable racing action.”
John Montecalvo, a longtime competitor and standout Extreme Pro Stock racer, said the ADRL event will highlight Bristol’s roots in doorslammer action.
“We’re really excited to go to Bristol,” he said. “The history of Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Pro Modified racing runs deep there. It’s a big Pro Mod and Pro Stock area and this race will be great for both classes there. That’s where it all began. The tradition at that track and in that area is incredible.
“It’s a real racing town. There’s a terrific fan base in that area.”
Fellow Extreme Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth said the Bristol race had been on his wish list for quite some time.
“It’s going to be incredible,” Goforth acknowledged. “I’m really excited about Bristol. I had been hoping they would get Bristol on the schedule. I’m thrilled to death with that. If the ADRL is going to grow, which I believe we are, we’ve got to get to those bigger places and bigger venues.”
Racing will take place in several categories including the popular Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and the ultimate class, Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.
Other categories at the inaugural Bristol ADRL event include Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The event also will feature the radical new SuperCar Showdown. That class will showcase the latest factory-produced, dealership-available automobiles racing with no handicap starts or performance restrictions.
Gates open at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, with first round qualifying slated for Friday at noon. Two more qualifying rounds will follow that afternoon with jet car exhibitions set for 9:30 p.m. The final qualifying round is set to begin at noon Saturday. First round eliminations start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Special jet car exhibition runs are scheduled for 9 p.m. Final round action will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults each day, while children 12 and under are free. A full adult event pass is available for $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance for just $10 at all area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. All tickets include an ADRL VIP pit pass. General parking is available for $10.