Thunder Valley Madness X-DRL Event Will Feature Gasser Exhibition
Some of the world’s top doorslammers descend upon Bristol Dragway April 26-27 for the X-treme Drag Racing League’s Thunder Valley Madness and the event also boasts a hint of nostalgia.
The second event on the fledgling X-DRL’s schedule, Thunder Valley Madness welcomes Pro X-treme standout and Pro Mod legend Quain Stott to the weekend activities. Stott drives one of four period-correct gassers which will make special exhibition passes during the two-day event, another bonus for a memorable X-DRL debut at historic Bristol Dragway.
The four gassers featured are Stott's '41 Willys "Executioner," Greg Porter’s '55 Chevy “Night Stalker", Jeremy Pearson's "Bone Shaker" '57 Ford and "Bad Company," a '55 Chevy driven by Craig Owen.
"This is really exciting for me and I have to thank the X-DRL and Bristol for helping make it happen. This is something we were really interested in doing and I think the fans are really going to love it," said Stott, a Pro Mod world champion and multi-time event winner.
"I love Bristol and, of course, the gassers raced at Bristol back in the day. They were real big at this track and it will be kind of neat to repeat history. These cars were the stepping-stones to what we're driving now."
The cars in the X-DRL's PX class at Bristol, including Stott's LeeBoy Corvette, run in the 3.60s and at speeds of more than 200 mph, but the gassers often are just as entertaining, running in the 5.90s in the eighth-mile at more than 120 mph.
They feature a four-speed stick shift, old-style suspension, mechanical fuel injection and every other minute detail that makes them period-correct. The driving style also makes the gassers a favorite with the fans, and Stott thinks the Bristol crowd will enjoy the nostalgic touch during the X-DRL weekend.
"It's going to be exciting to race these in front of a big crowd. I think the fans will really like the 4-speeds in these cars,” he said. “We're all over the track, got the wheels in the air and these are just high-revvin' and gear-jamming cars. It's going to be a lot of fun for the fans. It's going to be cool.
"I watched these cars as a kid and I loved them, and they just give you an incredible thrill."
Stott will have a busy two days in Bristol. In addition to his gasser and PX driving duties he also calls the shots for rookie Pro Modified driver T.J. Tindle, which means Stott will have very little down time. But he wouldn't have it any other way at a track he has always held in high regard.
"Bristol is probably my favorite track. Just the history here makes it a worthwhile experience and I'm really looking forward to it," Stott said. "I watched a lot of racing at Bristol growing up and the first time I raced there was 1978. It's always exciting to go there and I think we'll do well."
Along with the Pro Turbo class at Thunder Valley Madness, racing also takes place in Supercar Showdown, Pro Junior Dragster, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-Treme Pro Mod, X-Treme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied doorslammer class in the world.
Tickets, on sale now, are available for $25 each day for adults with children 12 and under getting in free. A weekend pass is available for $45.
To purchase tickets, please call 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).
Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. with qualifying slated for 10 a.m. both days. Eliminations begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.