Ford fanatics now have one more reason to head to Thunder Valley for this weekend’s Thompson Metal Services Blue Oval Bash… the chance to be on television. Bristol Dragway officials today announced that Masters Entertainment Group will be at the event on Saturday filming racing action, car show participants and the exciting Battle of the Ford Jet Cars.

On-track action will be used for upcoming episodes of Inside Drag Racing TV which airs on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. and Monday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Network. The car show footage will be shown during the “Mother’s Car Show” program, also on FSN, on Sundays at 11 a.m.

For the past 16 years, IDR has provided coverage of sportsman drag racing from a wide variety of drag strips, events, shop tours and sanctioning bodies. IDR goes behind the scenes to provide coverage of grassroots drag racing from events throughout the country.

The Mothers Car Show Series, in its 11th season, showcases the most beautiful show cars, trucks and motorcycles.  Masters TV finds the sharpest, brightest, best restored, best engineered and most original cars and highlight them on the show.

With high-performance racing action, Ford’s meanest street machines and two jet funny cars, the Ford Cobra Jet and Top Secret, the Blue Oval Bash at Bristol Dragway is the hottest new Ford event in drag racing.

Racing begins on Friday with a test and tune session open to all manufacturers. The session includes Ford vs. The World and fans are invited to come cheer their favorite brand to victory over the invading Chevys and Mopars.

Exciting Ford-only competition continues throughout the weekend in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman. The jet funny cars will make two exhibition passes on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

One of the major highlights for competitors at the Blue Oval Bash is the Team Hurley USA True Street cruise, also on Saturday.  The racers in this class take a short cruise to prove their cars truly are street-worthy, then return to Bristol Dragway to battle for the win.

On Sunday, the Truck/SUV class will show size doesn’t matter when it comes to drag racing, as some of these trucks will blister the quarter-mile faster than their smaller counterparts.

This event also marks the debut of two new classes, the Ford Mod Motor class and an 8.50 Index class. Fans will want to be in the stands as these two classes will bring out some serious horsepower. The 8.50 Index runs on Saturday, while the Modular Motor class takes place on Sunday.

Classic Mustangs, Mavericks and Thunderbirds, as well as today’s favorites, will be on hand in the car show display area.

Any Ford die-hard looking for special memorabilia or those hard-to-find parts also will want to check out the vendors’ midway and the swap meet and car corral.

Friday admission is $10, with Saturday and Sunday tickets at only $20. A weekend (Friday-Sunday) pass is available for $40, while a Saturday and Sunday combo pass is $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday. A test and tune session begins at noon. Ford vs. The World takes place at 6 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday. Time Trials begin at 10 a.m., with eliminations set to follow. The True Street Cruise leaves at 2 p.m. The Battle of the Ford Jet Cars takes place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Car Show Awards will be presented at 5 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, with a chapel service scheduled for 9 a.m. Time Trials start at 10 a.m., and bracket eliminations at noon.

For more information about Inside Drag Racing, please visit www.masterstv.com.

To learn more about Bristol Dragway events, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.