For an unforgettable evening of racing, fans should check out night qualifying for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the highlight of the first day of action on Friday, June 17. The night qualifying round truly is one of the most unique happenings in the motorsports world.

Qualifying under the lights in Thunder Valley gives fans an unparalleled experience as the 8,000 horsepower, nitro-powered machines light up the evening and thunder through the valley at speeds in excess of 300 mph.

Those who have witnessed it before know nighttime qualifying adds an extra mystique to an already exciting show. With the track lights reflecting off the colorful machines and huge flames shooting from the exhaust, the resulting show is an amazing display of power and speed.

Action takes place all weekend in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Mod.

Three-day combo and single-day event tickets are available. Every ticket is a pit pass, allowing fans to get up-close 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.

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. Bristol Dragway’s Fan Fest takes place at the conclusion of the second professional session.

Sunday’s action kicks off when gates open at 8:30 a.m. and Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 noon. Sunday tickets begin at only $20 thanks to special Father’s Day pricing.

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