On Thursday, May 20, Fas Mart Street Fights racers have the chance to be part of a unique race sponsored by Virginia Laser Corporation. An incredible five cars will earn wins during the event.

Tom and Charlotte Deskins, owners of Virginia Laser Corporation, present the Third Annual Virginia Laser Shootout at Street Fights and promise that the format will keep everyone on their toes.

Deskins, a regular competitor at Street Fights, has added a twist to this season’s event. This year’s event once again will bring together the quickest 16 cars at Bristol Dragway, but five cars will leave as winners. 

“We are going to take the fastest 16 cars of the night,” explained Deskins, “and then break the field down into two fields of eight cars. Cars qualified 9-16 will race on a typical ladder until one car wins the ladder. The winner will get a trophy and $100.

“Here is where it gets exciting,” he continued. “Cars one through eight will be broken down into four pairs. Numbers will be placed in a hat to determine pairings. The fastest car will pick a number from the hat. If he picks number four, he will race the fourth fastest car. This will mix it up and make it interesting. The winner of each pair will win a trophy and $100. Four different winners will come out of the top of the field!”

“This event will show that you don’t have to have a car towed in on a trailer to be fast and to have a fun time,” Deskins added. “The cars in the second class will probably be cars driven into the track. That should make it an exciting class to watch.”

The Virginia Laser Shootout rules are exactly the same as the Fas Mart Street Fights rules posted on the Bristol Dragway website. Races will begin with a heads-up start, meaning the first car to the line is the winner. No additional cost is required over the Street Fights ticket to enter. Drivers will be limited to one qualifying position.  

Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for spectators.  For only $10, anyone can take their own street-legal vehicle down the legendary Thunder Valley quarter-mile.

For more information about Bristol Dragway’s Fas Mart Street Fights Series, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com