Bristol Motor Speedway prepares for a high-flyin’, car-crushin’ good time during the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness on Thursday night, July 29.

Eight of the biggest names in monster truck racing come to town for a show that will be just exciting as the ones on television. Trucks currently scheduled to appear are War Wizard, Avenger, Brutus, Equalizer, Samson, Tailgator, Raminator and Bad Habit.

After two rounds of qualifying, the trucks will line up to race each other through a course filled with crushed cars, ramps and anything else Speedway officials can throw at them. The trucks will race until only one is left standing as the overall champion.

If the racing action is not enough to get the adrenaline pumping, the massive machines will roar back onto center stage for everyone’s favorite event, freestyle.

Fans will see Bristol’s very own Randy Moore try to defend his house against “Mr. Excitement” Jim Koehler and the rest of the field as they tackle the obstacles to see who can cause the most mayhem and destruction. 

Kids young and old will enjoy watching these 10,000 pound behemoths defy gravity and cause a little carnage in Thunder Valley.

For those that want to get even closer to the action, the pre-race pit party allows fans to come to the infield of the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” to meet the drivers, get autographs and pose for pictures next to the trucks. Merchandise from the drivers also will be available for purchase.

In addition, the Team FMX freestyle motocross team will put on a stunning display of awesome jumps and stunts just like the ones seen on TV. The routines are always a crowd-favorite and the Team FMX riders always are happy to put on an amazing show for their screaming fans.

New to this year’s event is a junk car burn down. A jet car, chained to an old junker, will turn on the afterburners and torch the car until it melts to the ground.

The evening ends with a fireworks show to light up the skies above BMS.

The Monster Truck Madness Pit Party begins at 6 p.m. and takes place on the backstretch. Racing action begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Coupons for $5 off adult admission tickets purchased on the day of the event will be available at Thompson Metal Services in Kingsport, Roadrunner Convenience Stores, and at area Fas Mart locations. Children 10 and under are only $5.

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the BMS ticket office located on the first floor of the Bruton Smith administration building or call (423) 989-6900.

Thompson Metal Services, located in Kingsport, is the preferred recycling partner of Bristol Motor Speedway. For more information about their services, please call (423) 245-5124.