BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bristol Dragway announces the 2016 action-packed calendar for the legendary drag strip featuring the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 17-19 on Father's Day Weekend.

The 51st season at Thunder Valley opens Saturday, March 26 with Street Fights. The popular series allows racing enthusiasts to tackle the famed quarter-mile in street legal rides. The 2016 season is comprised of 13 events, scheduled for Thursday nights and select Saturdays.

"The 2016 season is going to be our best year yet," said Jerry Caldwell, general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. "We have a great schedule of events planned from the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and Monster Trucks to the Super Chevy show. This is the year to bring your family and friends to Bristol Dragway and experience the extreme speeds and excitement of Thunder Valley."

 In addition to Street Fights, regional racers have the opportunity to showcase their skills in the DER Bracket Racing Series, hosting its 8th season at Thunder Valley. Slated for nine weekends of racing in 2016, the popular grassroots racing series features competition in categories ranging from Super Pro to Junior Dragsters.

The stars and cars of the NHRA roar into Thunder Valley Father's Day Weekend, June 17-19, for the always popular NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The thunderous engines and extreme speeds of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Pro Mods classes fuel a unique experience for Dad and promise thrills for the whole family. Every ticket is a pit pass giving guests unparalleled access to drivers and teams throughout the weekend. Single day tickets start at just $25.

The future stars (ranging in age from six to 17) of the NHRA take to the strip July 21-23 at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals. The Tri-Cities will welcome more than 500 young racers and their families during this event. Bristol Dragway has played host to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2004.

A family favorite, the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef 'O' Brady's returns Saturday, July, 16.

To close out the season, Bristol Dragway will host one of the largest Super Chevy Shows in the country Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The popular Super Chevy Show is known for some of the best classic and modern Chevrolets on display along with the most exciting bracket and exhibition racing in the region. Add the Beef 'O' Brady's Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by Thompson Metal Services on Saturday, Oct. 1 and this show is a can't-miss event.

From grassroots racing to the 330-mph machines of the NHRA, Thunder Valley will again host events offering a range of appeal weather guests are looking for a fun family experience or the need for speed.  Bristol Dragway welcomes new converts to the sport of drag racing and avid, die-hard fans of nitro-fueled competition.

For more information on events at Bristol Dragway and to purchase tickets, please visit BristolDragway.com or call 423-BRISTOL.

ABOUT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND DRAGWAY

Nestled in the mountains of northeast Tennessee near the Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking, 650-feet straightaways and a 40-foot wide racing surface. Renowned as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," the short track features two races each year from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, one Monster Truck event and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East race. With a crowd capacity in excess of 150,000, the facility is expected to set a new NCAA college football attendance record on Sept. 10, 2016, when the racetrack transforms into a football stadium and plays host to border rivals, the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The speedway property is also home to Bristol Dragway. The historic drag strip celebrates its 5Ist anniversary this year, headlines with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and operates more than 70 event days each season. In 2015, the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, awarded a record-breaking $805,900 to regional children's charities bringing their 18-year total to more than $9 million in grants.

 In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, visit the company's website at bristolmotorspeedway.com.

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2016 Bristol Dragway Schedule

March 26                             Street Fights #1               

March 31                             Street Fights #2

 

April 7                                   Street Fights #3

April 22                                 DER Test N Tune

April 23-24                           DER Bracket Series

April 28                                 Street Fights #4

April 30                                 DER Bracket Series

 

May 1                                    DER Bracket Series

May 5                                    Street Fights #5

May 12                                 Street Fights #6

May 13                                 DER Test N Tune

May 14-15                           DER Bracket Series

May 17                                 K&N Spring Fling 5-Day Presented by Sparco Test N Tune

May 18-22                           K&N Spring Fling 5-Day Presented by Sparco

May 26                                 Street Fights #7               

May 28-29                           DER Bracket Series

 

June 2                                   Street Fights #8

June 4-5                               DER Bracket Series

June 9                                   Street Fights #9

June 17-19                          Sixteenth Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

June 23                                 Street Fights #10

June 24                                 DER Bracket Series Test N Tune

June 25-26                          DER Bracket Series

June 30                                 Street Fights #11

 

July 2-3                                 DER Bracket Series

July 7                                     BTE World Footbrake Challenge Test N Tune

July 8-10                               BTE World Footbrake Challenge

July 15-17                            Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft

July 16                                   Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef 'O' Bradys             

July 18-20                            Huddleston Performance Fun Races

July 21-23                            NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals

July 29                                   DER Bracket Series Test N Tune

July 30-31                            DER Bracket Series

 

Aug. 4                                   Street Fights #12

Aug. 6                                   Street Fights Finale #13

 

Sept. 23                                DER Test N Tune

Sept. 24-25                         DER Bracket Series

Sept. 30-Oct. 2                  Super Chevy Show         

 

Oct. 1                                    Beef 'O' Brady's Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by Thompson Metal Services