With special events that include everything from education to entertainment, Bristol Dragway ensures newcomers to the sport have an unforgettable experience at this weekend's NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals no matter what their age.

Designed to enrich the experience of rookie race fans, Thunder Valley 101 (TV101) provides insight into the intricacies of NHRA championship drag racing and guides beginners through their first weekend in Thunder Valley. Bristol Dragway historian and noted track announcer David McGee, along with counterpart Mike Lester, will broadcast on 100.1 FM throughout the weekend, sharing their knowledge of the sport and educating newcomers about action taking place on the track. Guests also can receive answers from McGhee and Lester by texting BRISTOL followed by their question to 69050. The NHRA broadcast is available to veteran race fans on 100.9 FM. Thunder Valley 101 headsets are available for $10 at any Bristol Dragway souvenir stand.

Drag racing's youngest fans also can enjoy the Kids Zone, located behind the drag tower next to the main ticket booth. Parents can pull up a rocking chair and watch televised race coverage as kids bounce across inflatables, challenge one another in cornhole, or create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk. Kids Zone is open Friday through Sunday, and entry is FREE for ticketholders.

Tickets for the whole family to experience Father’s Day weekend in Thunder Valley start at just $82 for adults and $5 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ThunderValleyTix.com or call (423)-BRISTOL.