While Bristol Dragway’s inaugural American Drag Racing League event, the April 20-21 Spring Drags III, has become one of the most anticipated new events on the Thunder Valley schedule, there is one feature of the event that takes the excitement to another level.

Bristol marks the second appearance for the radical new SuperCar Showdown, a class which highlights the latest factory-produced, dealership-available automobiles racing with no handicap starts or performance restrictions. Bo Butner drove a Ford Mustang to victory over his teammate Chris Holbrook, also in a Mustang, in the debut of the new class at the ADRL season opener in Houston.

ADRL President Tim McAmis is thrilled with the response from automakers, racers and fans regarding the new SuperCar Showdown.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” McAmis said. “We never dreamed the ADRL SuperCar Showdown would draw this kind of attention in such a short period. The ADRL staff went from hopes of a good response to devoting all our time to answering phone calls and e-mails from sponsors, racers and even the manufacturers themselves.

“Everyone is thrilled with the fact eliminations for the class will be conducted on Saturday night at our events in front of the prime spectator crowd. They love the close relationship we plan to build with the dealership outlets. Everybody wants to be involved with the ADRL SuperCar Showdown.”

While American muscle machines like the Ford Mustang will comprise a majority of the field, there are few limits to the variety of entries that are eligible to compete. In reality, there could be dozens of models made competitive in the ADRL SuperCar Showdown since there will be no criteria for eligibility other than production-line availability.

ADRL officials have determined it will take a machine with a manufacturer’s power rating of no less than 400 horsepower to be competitive in the class.

Using 400 horsepower as the base for a viable entry, the SuperCar Showdown literally could become a world-class battle. Companies like Aston Martin, Audi, Cadillac, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes, Nissan and Porsche all feature vehicles in their lineups with more than 400 horsepower.

“With the amazing interest expressed by the media, the sponsors and the fans, the ADRL SuperCar Showdown could evolve into a truly global battle,” McAmis added.

Racing will take place in several categories including the popular Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and the ultimate class, Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world. Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle also will compete in Bristol.

Gates open at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, with first round qualifying slated for Friday at noon. Two more qualifying rounds will follow that afternoon with jet car exhibitions set for 9:30 p.m. The final qualifying round is set to begin at noon Saturday. First round eliminations start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Special jet car exhibition runs are scheduled for 9 p.m. Final round action will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults each day, while children 12 and under are free. A full adult event pass is available for $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance for just $10 at all area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. All tickets include an ADRL VIP pit pass. General parking is available for $10.

For more information about the ADRL Spring Drags III, please visit www.bristoldragway.com or call (423) BRISTOL. For more information about the ADRL, please visit www.ADRL.us.