While Father’s Day shopping sometimes can be a tough task, Bristol Dragway has the perfect solution for every picky dad—tickets to the Father’s Day weekend Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by the Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers.

With the June 17-19 Ford Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, there are several ticket options available to help make this a Father’s Day weekend dad will never forget. For drag racing fans, shopping for dad will be as quick as a Top Fuel dragster.

Due to the popularity last season, Thunder Valley officials once again will offer special pricing for Sunday’s action. To celebrate Father’s Day, ticket prices begin at only $20. For those who want to get dad the ultimate gift, an entire weekend in Thunder Valley, a three-day combo ticket is available starting at just $79.

With Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars streaking through the picturesque valley at speeds in excess of 300 mph, every dad in the grandstands will appreciate the ground-pounding action of the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals. Throw in the highly-competitive Pro Stock category and the thrilling Pro Mods and it is a must-see event on every father’s wish list.

Larry Dixon, the 2011 Top Fuel Champion, Del Worsham and Antron Brown lead the ultra-quick Top Fuel brigade in to Thunder Valley, while 15-time champion and defending race winner John Force hopes his Funny Car once again will leave Bristol riding high. Pro Stock’s Jason Line and Greg Anderson will slug it out with the rest of the factory hot rods as local favorite Allen Johnson, from nearby Greeneville, looks to add his name to the Bristol Pro Stock winner’s column. 

Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans amazing access to the teams as they thrash to prepare their cars for the next round of competition. Fans also can meet the fearless men and women who pilot these extreme machines and feel the unique experience that is the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Three-day combo and single-day event tickets are available.

If a trip to an NHRA event is new for dear old dad, the hospitable staff in Thunder Valley will ensure his first time to the track is a memorable one.

Prime camping spaces still are available for the event in the Medallion Camping area overlooking the pit area in Thunder Valley. Each paved site is 20’ x 50’ and includes electric, water and sewer hookups. The cost is $350 for the event (Thursday-Monday).

Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17 with the first round of Pro Qualifying slated for 5 p.m.  The pro cars will return at 7:30 p.m. for the exciting night qualifying round. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 with Pro Qualifying set for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday’s action kicks off when gates open at 9:30 a.m. and Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 noon. 

Ticket prices are as follows: Friday -- Sections A - D $30 Adult / $10 Junior; Sections E - U $35 Adult / $10 Junior; Thunder Terrace $35 Adult / $10 Junior, Saturday -- Sections A - D $45 Adult / $15 Junior; Sections E - U $55 Adult / $25 Junior; Thunder Terrace $55 Adult / $25 Junior, Sunday -- Sections A- B $20 Adult / $10 Junior, Sections C - D $45 Adult / $15 Junior, Section E – P $55 Adult/ $25 Junior, Section Q – U $20 Adult/$10 Junior, Thunder Terrace $55 Adult / $25 Junior. Weekend combos are: Sections A - B $79 Adult / $30 Junior, Section C – D $95 Adult/$30 Junior, Sections E - P $120 Adult / $50 Junior, Sections Q – U $95 Adult/$30 Junior and Thunder Terrace $120 Adult / $50 Junior. Thunder Valley Club admission for three days is $300 for adults and $100 for juniors. Three-day Bruton’s Suite admission is $450 for both adults and juniors.

To purchase tickets, please call the Bristol ticket office at 423-BRISTOL or visit www.bristoltix.com.