Night qualifying once again returns during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, and highlights the first day of action on Friday, June 18.

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 unlike anything else in the motorsports world.

The top names in the sport will face off to earn a coveted victory in legendary Thunder Valley. Action takes place all weekend in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and, NHRA’s newest professional category, 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.

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 return under the lights 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. Fan Fest takes place at the conclusion of the second round of Pro Qualifying, giving spectators another chance to meet the stars of the NHRA.

Sunday’s action begins when gates open at 9:30 a.m. and Final Eliminations crank up at 12:00 noon. Special Father’s Day ticket pricing begins at just $20. 

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.

Camping also still is available for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Anyone who purchases Thunder Valley Club or Bruton's Suite tickets will receive 10% off the price of camping in the Medallion/Sportsman Pit View area. The full hook-up campground is located directly above the Pro pit area. Sites are $350 for the weekend, Thursday through Monday.

To purchase tickets, please call the Bristol ticket office at 423-989-6900 or visit