One of the best ways to celebrate Father’s Day is by taking dad to see 8,000-horsepower machines blast down the track during the June 18-20 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Want to make it even more unforgettable? Bring dad out to listen to a few stories from some of NHRA’s great families while enjoying coffee and doughnuts.

On Father’s Day morning, Bristol Dragway will host “Doughnuts with Dad,” giving race fans a chance to listen to some memorable anecdotes about a few of today’s biggest stars when they were younger. The event will take place at the NHRA Race Day stage at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Fans will be given a doughnut and coffee to enjoy while listening to the tales.

John Force and Ashley Force Hood, Kenny and Brandon Bernstein, Jeg Coughlin Sr., Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin, and Roy and Allen Johnson will take part in Doughnuts with Dad. Each group will tell stories about life on the NHRA tour and how time spent with dad influenced them to be where they are today.

Doughnuts with Dad will take place at the conclusion of filming for ESPN’s NHRA Race Day.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Pre-race festivities begin at 11 a.m. Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at noon.  Thanks to special Father’s Day pricing, tickets begin at only $20.

Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 18 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 19 with Pro Qualifying set for 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Bristol Dragway’s Fan Fest takes place in the nitro pits after the second round of qualifying.

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 423-989-6900 or visit