Excitement Building For Oct. 1-2 PINKS All Out In Thunder Valley
Thunder Valley is ready for the return of high-speed, no limits action as Rich Christensen and crew bring back the excitement of PINKS All Out to Bristol Dragway, Oct. 1-2.
Fans of the extremely popular SPEED television show know that when the cameras come to town, there is only one place to be, in the stands at Thunder Valley. Five hundred drivers will lay it all on the line to earn a spot in the coveted 16-car show.
For race fans, the event combines high-horsepower excitement with high-stakes drama to produce a show unlike any other. Throw in the chance to be on TV and PINKS All Out becomes the ultimate racing event.
PINKS All Out host Rich Christensen and the SPEED crew will revisit Bristol after a remarkable debut event in 2007. More than 400 racers registered to compete in that race and the grandstands were packed with spectators eager to see the action live.
With the popularity from the previous event, racer entries were expected to fill quickly…and they did. Entries went on sale Monday, April 12 at 10 a.m. EST. Within 10 minutes, the available 400 slots were gone. Dragway officials were able to hold 100 entries to give to racers through a lottery system.
The current roster of drivers represents 23 states and Ontario, Canada. Drivers will come to Bristol from as far away as Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Each event combines a large-scale television production with the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a live drag racing experience. It’s a full Saturday worth of entertainment, including two time trial sessions, a final 16-car shootout and a full roster of drag racing exhibitions.
Exhibition racing currently on tap includes Pro Mods, Nostalgia Funny Cars and jet cars among others. A wheelie competition and a Quick-8 drag race also will highlight the exhibition action.
When not in the stands, fans can experience the SPEED Mobile Theatre, purchase officially licensed PINKS All Out merchandise, enjoy a merchant’s midway and take in a variety of family-oriented activities. Fridays of event weekend are reserved for racer registration and a pre-event test and tune session.
The hour-long program currently airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET as part of the network’s ‘Big Block Thursday.’
Gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday, with a test and tune session scheduled from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. This session will give racers a chance to tune their cars for Saturday’s main event.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. The first round of time trials is at 9 a.m. A second round of time trials will take place in the afternoon. Christensen and PINKS All Out officials will use time trial results to determine which 16 racers will return to compete for the $10,000 prize.
General admission tickets are $15 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. A weekend pass also is available for $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free. There is no charge for parking.
For more information or to purchase spectator tickets, please call (423) 989-6900 or visit www.bristoldragway.com.
Anyone interested in camping reservations or information should contact Annie Lavinder-Elliot via phone at (423) 989-6944 or email her at .