NHRA: Massive Weekend of Action on Top at Thunder Valley Nationals
The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol will have a lot more than just a new date this year, as Thunder Valley will come alive with even more nitro action than ever before in Bristol.
The postponed NHRA New England Nationals will be completed in Bristol on Friday and Saturday, adding even more excitement to a weekend loaded with events. Fans will now be able to enjoy the first round of eliminations from the NHRA New England Nationals under the lights on Friday, three rounds of thunderous 11,000-horsepower racing on Saturday – as well as the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge in all four classes – and then eliminations at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday for the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
The weekend in Bristol will give racers in Top Fuel and Funny a chance at three possible wins, including two on Saturday with the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge and completion of the Epping race. Add in autograph sessions – including the wildly-popular Saturday evening autograph session at the Guest Welcome Tent – special fan events, a variety of classes, Friday fireworks and more, and it all adds up to a spectacular weekend in Thunder Valley.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Gaige Herrera will race teammate Eddie Krawiec in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, with the other matchup featuring Chip Ellis and Hector Arana Jr. Herrera has been dominant in 2023, winning all three races and building a commanding points lead. He’s making his Bristol debut and will take on the likes of defending world champ Matt Smith, Angie Smith, Steve Johnson and Savoie.
The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, featuring some of the top racers in the country, as well as the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports and Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown. The NHRA Pro Mod category will also have a double-race weekend, as they will run eliminations from Epping on Friday and Saturday.
The weekend includes an appearance from the Legends Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars as well. An autograph session will take place on Saturday at the Toyota Display with Toyota-sponsored drivers, and a Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge autograph session on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. featuring drivers from PS and PSM, as well as a special autograph session and fanfest at the Bristol Dragway Welcome Tent in the midway immediately following final qualifying.
Fans will also be invited all weekend long to the Nitro Alley Stage, which will help create a festive atmosphere leading into the nitro pits. The Nitro Alley Stage will be the main entertainment hub in the pits when the Camping World Drag Racing Series competitors are not on the track, hosting Nitro School, meet and greets, music and much more.
Race fans at Bristol Dragway can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the fan favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the Bristol event winners.
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Bristol. This opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers, and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and fun for the entire family.
To purchase tickets to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, fans can visit www.BristolDragway.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free on Friday with a paid adult. Children 12 & under are $10 on both Saturday and Sunday, and $15 for the 3-day combo. For the full weekend schedule, including all special events, please visit www.NHRA.com.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series. Twice a year, NHRA hosts a ‘race-within-a-race,’ during the JEGS Allstars and Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle specialty competitions. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing-related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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