Big money bracket racing returned to Thunder Valley with three different winners each taking home $10,000 during last weekend’s World Footbrake Challenge V at Bristol Dragway.

Ed Talbert of Woodbine, Md. drove to victory on Friday evening, scoring the first $10,000 win over Todd Atkinson. Atkinson jumped the start, giving the win to Talbert. The winning run had a .026 reaction time and a 7.100 elapsed time (7.09 dial-in) at 105.20 mph.

Looking to add to his hefty pay from a day earlier, Talbert raced to the final round in Saturday’s 1000’ Shootout. Seth Phillips of Montpelier, Va. had other plans for the money, however. Phillips reacted with a .014 light, and raced down the track with an 8.167 E.T. (8.16 dial-in) at 125.58 mph. Talbert’s losing run on Saturday was quicker than his dial, a 9.117 E.T. (9.13 dial-in) at 118.85 mph.

Sunday’s big money went to a Bristol Dragway regular, as Steve Foley of Barbourville, Ky. raced to the win against Nick Hastings of Shelby, Ohio. Foley used a strong .008 R.T. and a 7.581 E.T. pass (7.57 dial-in) at 85.03 to defeat Hastings. Hastings left the line with a .014 R.T.  and ran through the finish in 7.062 seconds (7.03 dial-in) at 96.11 mph.

Several big events are on the horizon in Bristol, including the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef O’ Brady’s Family Sports Restaurant on Saturday, July 30 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Considered by many as one of the most influential monster trucks of all time, Grave Digger will make its Bristol debut with a show fans will not soon forget. As the flagship truck for SPEED’s Monster Jam coverage, the Grave Digger team knows how to put on an entertaining night of racing. 

While fans certainly will enjoy Grave Digger, their “spider-senses” may alert them to something else happening during the event. Spiderman, also making its debut in Bristol, will join Grave Digger for a night of extreme excitement.

Several more trucks made popular by Monster Jam will be in the show, including Avenger, Brutus, Samson, Gunslinger and Bristol-based War Wizard.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Children 10 and under are only $5. The pit party, which is free for anyone with an event ticket, begins at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Additionally, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of BMS also will take place on July 30. The 50th Anniversary Fan Appreciation Day begins at 1 p.m. with track laps, which will take place until 3 p.m. The celebration will continue until the infield is cleared at 4:30 in order to prepare for the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness.

Track laps, always a popular event, will be offered at no charge to any fan with tickets to NASCAR events at BMS. Guests who are not ticket holders also may take their own cars around the concrete oval after making a donation of any amount to Speedway Children’s Charities.

Food City will provide hot dogs and chips, and Pepsi will have drinks while supplies last. Wings, supplied by BKW, also will be available while supplies last. Several local bands will be on hand to provide entertainment.

While everyone who takes part in the celebration that day will receive 50th anniversary items free, guests also will be encouraged to register for a variety of giveaways, including a four-day Carnival Festiva Adventure Club Caribbean cruise, as well as a big screen television from Aaron’s, groceries/gas for a year from Food City, IRWIN tools, suite seats and tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend.

To purchase Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness tickets in advance, please visit the BMS ticket office located on the first floor of the Bruton Smith administration building or call (423)-BRISTOL.