The Bristol Dragway Communications and volunteer staff is always available to answer any questions you may have. The department is located in the O. Bruton Smith Building, located just outside Turn 2. On race weekends, the team works from the Press Box (212-213), located on the second floor of the Dragway tower. Specific credentials are required to access the Press Box during race week.

Below is a listing of informational items that will help with any questions you may have.

Contact Office
Chris Lawyer 423.989.6905
Anthony Vestal 423.989.6991


All NHRA media credential requests are handled by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). To apply for NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals credentials please visit the NHRA Media Center. For further information please contact Anthony Vestal.


The official dateline for Bristol Dragway is Bristol, Tenn.

The official address for Bristol Dragway is 151 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN 37620.

PRESS BOX ROOM (Media Credentials required)

The main room in the Infield Media Center is reserved for media outlets on deadline, major NHRA-traveling outlets and photographers. The BD Communications staff is set up in this room as is NHRA PR. All interviews during race weekend will take place in the Press Box

PR WORK ROOM (MC or DL sticker required)

A work room for public relations representatives is located down the hall in Suite 211, located to the right of the Press Box. The room includes wireless Internet, electrical outlets, and multiple television monitors.


There are numerous opportunities for driver interviews during an event weekend and they vary from series to series.

All driver interviews will be held in the Press Box. NHRA will hold media availability during the early part of the race weekend to preview the action. Currently, the No. 1 qualifier will be interviewed at the end of each day of qualifying.  Following the end of the race, each pro category race winner will be interviewed as well.

Other interviews/news conferences will be posted in the Infield Media Center accordingly. Media looking for individual driver interviews should contact the respective team PR representative.


Individual team press kits are available in the Press Box.


NHRA will supply the BD staff with various statistical information, advisories and updates during their respective event. The information will be handed out in the Press Box.