Mike Bos Junior Dragster Nationals Kick Off Busy Week In Thunder Valley
Racers from across the country descended upon Thunder Valley last weekend for the Mike Bos Junior Dragster Nationals presented by Huddleston Performance, the kick off for a week full of Jr. Dragster action at Bristol Dragway.
Weather on Saturday forced track officials to postpone Saturday’s racing until Sunday. When racing resumed, Kyle Kohr of Myerstown, Pa. defeated Nick Isenhower from Lebanon, Ind. after the later driver turned on the red-light in the final round of 7.90 action. Kohr had a .044 light, and finished his run in 7.898 seconds at 83.07 mph.
Mitchell Seymour of Cullman, Ala. ran closer to the 8.90 index to defeat Keaton Simpson from Seymour, Ind. in Sunday’s competition. Seymour had a .055 reaction time compared to Simpson’s .043 R.T. Seymour drove through the line in 8.891 seconds, while Simpson had an 8.889 elapsed time.
The 9.90 Index went to Jordan Arnold from St. John, Fla. Both Arnold and his opponent, Austin Carden of McDonough, Ga. ran quicker than the index, but Arnold ran closer to his. Arnold had a .092 R.T. and an 8.944 E.T. at 57.04 mph on his run. Carden’s run was an 8.895 E.T. at 47.94 mph.
Taylor Bouldry won the 10.90 index over Gage Burch of Palmetto, Fla after both drivers broke out of the index in the final round. The Sarasota, Fla. native ran closer to the dial-in, with a 9.878 E.T. at 48.08 mph.
Bristol Dragway regular Carson Brown used his home track advantage to claim the 12.90 index over Nathan Altenbach of Westerville, Ohio. Blountville’s Brown raced through the finish line in 12.929 seconds at 49.37 mph.
Sean Serre defeated Jessica Arnold in the special 330’ Outlaw race. Serre of Honeybrook, Pa. outpaced the St. Johns, Fla. native to earn the win. Serre left the line with a .016 R.T. and finished his run with a 4.351 E.T. Arnold had a .049 R.T. and 4.358 E.T. on her run.
A Junior Comp class also took place during the weekend, with Donnie Giovanini driving to the win over Brianna Leigh Blinzer in the final round. Giovanini of Clinton, Ind. used a .019 R.T. and 6.949 E.T. (6.93 dial-in) at 92.96 mph to take the win. Blinzer, who came from Moorpark, Calif. to race in Bristol, came up a little short with a .074 R.T. and a 6.972 E.T. at 99.39 mph.
Junior Dragster racing continues throughout the week with the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals. Various qualifying and fun races take place during the week, with first round of final eliminations scheduled for Friday afternoon. Final eliminations will continue on Saturday.
Bristol Motor Speedway also plays host to the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef O’ Brady’s on Saturday evening, July 30.
Trucks currently scheduled to appear include Grave Digger, Spiderman, Avenger, Brutus, Samson, Gunslinger, Stone Crusher and Bristol’s own War Wizard.
Trucks will race around the BMS infield during two qualifying rounds. Racing eliminations will begin after qualifying is complete. After the racing champion is crowned, the trucks return for everyone’s favorite event, freestyle. In freestyle, drivers will perform stunts and moves fans normally see on TV.
In addition, the Team FMX freestyle motocross team will put on a stunning display of awesome jumps, while the jet car burn down also returns this season.
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 supply drinks while supplies last. Wings, supplied by BKW, also will be available while supplies last. Several local bandswill 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.