Thunder Valley Nitro Nationals Pre Race
On Thursday close to three dozen Harley drag bike teams entered the pits at Bristol Tennessee’s Thunder Valley Dragway in preparation for this weekend’s AMRA sanctioned event, the Thunder Valley Nitro Nationals sponsored by PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil, to be held August 11-13, 2023. By Thursday night the pits were looking healthy, and we weren’t even sending bikes to the lanes.
So why did so many teams show up early on Thursday, the day before the event began? Because this is Bristol baby and the AMRA Pro Nitro bikes are ready for a Thunder Run and the Sportsman drag racers are hungry for a great racing surface and facility. The pits are clean, fully paved, and well-marked. The showers are open 24/7, and racers feel welcome here, that’s why. Bristol is a top-shelf racing facility set to welcome racers and fans alike.
Class Points Leaders
- Top Fuel – Ryan Peery
- Nitro Funny Bike – Ryan Peery
- Pro Fuel – Sam White
- Pro Mod – Billy Doherty
- Zipper’s Performance Products Modified – Kimberly DeShields
- Outlaw Street class – Casey Smith
- Zipper’s Performance Pro Bagger – Dwayne Gee
- Thunder Max Street Bagger – Jimmy Maikranz
- Axtell Hot Street – Brian Conley
- Top Eliminator – David Doremus
- Vreeland’s HD Super Gas – Donnie Huffman
- Pro Eliminator – Crosby Blair
- BK Electric Super Pro – Eddie Bitar
- Thunder Max Street Eliminator – John Poett
- Eliminator – Chad Trayner
The test and tune on Friday will run from 3 to 8 PM, Saturday qualifying will begin at noon and Sunday’s elimination rounds are slated to begin at noon. All run times are tentative and subject to existing racing conditions.
The American Motorcycle Racing Association was formed over 30 years ago and is the only officially sanctioned association that is exclusively dedicated to American made, V-Twin based motorcycle drag racing in the world. Whether you’re interested in E.T. based racing, set index racing, heads-up or Top Fuel Nitro Bikes, we have a class for you. Membership is easy and the events are carried out in a way that makes it easy for beginners and veterans alike. All class designations and rules for each can be found here as well as the membership application. We are happy to welcome new racers and offer help to get you started. Join today and we’ll see ya at the track.