Bristol Dragway’s 2011 season schedule features an impressive lineup of events, including the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend, that will satisfy every race fan no matter the type of drag racing they enjoy.

Thrilling NHRA action returns to Bristol June 17-19 for one of the most popular events on the calendar among both drivers and fans, the 11th Annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Your Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers. The Father’s Day weekend event is the flagship event for Bristol Dragway and provides an experience unparalleled in motorsports.

Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon will guide his nitro-burning dragster down the track at speeds in excess of 300 mph as he seeks to knock off last season’s event winner Tony Schumacher. Drag racing legend and 2010 Funny Car champ John Force looks to carry on his winning ways as he wrestles his ground-pounding machine through Thunder Valley. Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson, Mike Edwards and local competitor Allen Johnson will slug it out to earn victory in the door slammer category.

Continuing to prove its popularity, Bristol’s Fas Mart Street Fights series celebrates its 11th season in 2011. Street Fights provides everyone with a driver’s license the chance to race in legendary Thunder Valley. From import tuners and American muscle, to minivans and motorcycles, the Fas Mart Street Fights series welcomes anyone to challenge the track in their own vehicle. The schedule is comprised of 17 Street Fights events, with the season opener Saturday, April 2. The majority of events run on Thursday evenings, with three slated for Saturdays. 

Grassroots racing returns to Bristol with the DER Bracket Racing Series on tap for its third season in 2011. The DER Series schedule features 18 days of racing with competition in categories ranging from Super Pro to Junior Dragsters. Class champions are eager to defend their 2010 victories. 

As always, Thunder Valley provides several special events for fans to cheer for their favorite manufacturers. Ford fans will want to visit the Ford Blue Oval Bash July 9-10, while the 12th Annual Mopar Thunder, set for Sept. 2-4, gives Mopar fans a chance to see some of their favorite classics in action. 

Bristol Dragway hosts one of the largest Super Chevy Shows in the country Sept. 23-25 along with one of the track’s signature events, Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem Saturday, Sept. 24. After racing concludes at the Super Chevy Show Saturday, a spectacular lineup of extreme machines will put on a show for everyone during Thunder Valley Mayhem.

Metal crushing beasts take to the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway for Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness Saturday, July 30. Fans can expect exciting racing, thrilling freestyle sessions and a lot of destruction during this event. 

The All Harley Drag Racing Association returns Aug. 5-7 for several classes of high-speed competition, including the 200 mph Nitro Harleys, during the Thunder in the Valley Nationals. With the rumble of Harleys echoing in Thunder Valley, this is one of the most popular AHDRA venues. Set for June 24-26, the Inaugural Thunder Valley Dragbike Shootout will feature the hottest bikes on the planet and is sure to be the ultimate thrill on two wheels. 

In addition to the DER Racing Series schedule, bracket racers have two more big events to break the bank. The May 19-22 Spring Fling Bracket Race returns for the second year and features hundreds of drivers running all out for the top prize. The fifth World Footbrake Challenge takes place July 15-17, 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.

One of the biggest weeks of Junior Dragster competition in the country takes place in July and begins with the July 23-24 Mike Bos Chassis Craft Jr. Dragster Nationals. The tenth annual event gives participants the chance to get a head start on tuning their cars for the July 25-30 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals. The Eastern Conference Finals attracts more than 500 racers, ages 8-17, from all states east of the Mississippi River.

With a schedule full of thrilling racing action, race fans everywhere should begin the countdown to Thunder Valley’s 2011 season. For more information about Bristol Dragway events, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.

 

2011 Bristol Dragway Schedule

 

Fas Mart Street Fights Opener                                                           April 2

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        April 7

NHRA Chassis Certification                                                              April 8-9

DER Racing Series Test & Tune                                                        April 8

DER Racing Series                                                                            April 9-10

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        April 14

DER Racing Series                                                                            April 16-17

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        April 21

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        April 28

DER Racing Series Test & Tune                                                        April 29

DER Racing Series                                                                            April 30-May 1

 

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        May 5

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        May 12

DER Racing Series                                                                            May 14-15

The Spring Fling Bracket Race                                                          May 19-22

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        May 26

DER Racing Series                                                                            May 28-29

 

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        June 2

DER Racing Series                                                                            June 4-5

Eleventh Annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals                    June 17-19

Thunder Valley Dragbike Shootout                                                    June 24-26

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        June 30

 

DER Racing Series Test & Tune                                                        July 1

DER Racing Series                                                                            July 2-3

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        July 7

Ford Blue Oval Bash                                                                          July 9-10

World Footbrake Challenge                                                                July 15-17

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        July 21

Mike Bos Chassis Craft Jr. Dragster Nationals                                  July 23-24

NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals             July 25-30

Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness at BMS                           July 30

 

AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals                                            August 5-7

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        August 13

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        August 18

 

Mopar Thunder                                                                                   September 2-4

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        September 8

DER Racing Series Test & Tune                                                        September 9

DER Racing Series                                                                            September 10-11

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        September 15

DER Racing Series                                                                            September 17-18

Super Chevy Show                                                                            September 23-25

Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak                 September 24

 

Fas Mart Street Fights                                                                        October 1