The fastest event in Thunder Valley just became a little quicker as NHRA officials have announced the addition of Nitro Harley-Davidsons to the Father’s Day Weekend Ford Thunder Valley Nationals presented by the Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers at Bristol Dragway.

Nitro Harleys, capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph, add another exciting element to an already thrilling weekend in Thunder Valley. These two-wheel missiles streak down the length of Bristol Dragway with a force that can only be appreciated in person.

Prior to each professional qualification round on Friday and Saturday, the Nitro Harley-Davidsons will take to the track to race against the clock to determine pairings for Sunday’s Final Eliminations. Qualifying rounds will take place at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fans should prepare for a heart-pounding show as the field will square off to determine the fastest of the fast during Final Eliminations on Father’s Day.

Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17 for a day that includes the exciting night qualifying round. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. The always-popular Fan Fest autograph session will take place 30 minutes following the conclusion of the final Pro qualifying round. Sunday’s action kicks off when gates open at 8:30 a.m. A special track walk, with NHRA legend Kenny Bernstein, begins at 10:30 a.m. All professional drivers have been invited to take part in the walk. 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