NHRA returns to Bristol Dragway, June 14-16, 2013, for what has become one of the most popular stops on the calendar, the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by the Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers on Father’s Day Weekend.

NHRA’s trademark stop at Bristol Dragway on Father’s Day weekend has proved to be the perfect time for the NHRA to visit Thunder Valley. With 8,000 horsepower machines and fan-friendly amenities, there is no better gift for any father.  

Because of the special day, Dragway officials are able to plan several unique Father’s Day-themed events to coincide with the race. Additionally, the summer date provides families the chance to plan a vacation to include all the excitement of the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Dragway Executive Vice-President and General Manager, said the date provides the perfect family get-together.

“We have built a great tradition with our NHRA event on Father’s Day weekend,” Caldwell said. “There truly is no better way to celebrate the special day than with the entire family at Bristol Dragway. With our Fan Fest autograph party, Father’s Day Track Walk and Friday night qualifying session, we have been able to build a great following with NHRA fans.

“The drivers and crews really are the most accessible you will find in sports, and they go out of their way to make the fans feel welcome. We are proud to host our friends from NHRA once again on Father’s Day in 2013.” 

The 2013 edition of the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals marks the 13th annual event in Bristol.

ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all NHRA Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.

As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17.

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