Few tracks are as explosive and exciting as the Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. Home to the nail-biting O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the track is one that has a well-deserved reputation. Fans are already gearing up for the Thunder Valley Nationals as they book their tickets and get ready to enter the gates on 16-18 May 2008.
The Bristol Dragway was constructed in 1960 as a NASCAR short track. From the start the track was extremely popular and from 1965 to 1967 it was used to hose the NHRA’s Springnationals as well as several other non-NHRA events. It was later closed for massive renovations in 1996 and remained closed for several years. Eventually the all-new Bristol Dragway was unveiled in 1999 when it hosted the NHRA’s all-star event of the year. In 2001 the Bristol Dragway hosted its first national event in 34 years. Today this great racetrack is home to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The name ‘Thunder Valley’ was largely derived from the fact that the racetrack cuts a path between mountains. However, it has also become a popular reference to the fact that the track regularly sees incredible racing performances.
This year’s O’ Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals promises to be better than ever, with the Bristol Dragway having been recently repaved for better racing performance. The race will be presented by Q and will take place at the Bristol Dragway on 151 Speedway Boulevard. The track is situated at an exhilarating 1475 feet above sea level and is easily accessed from Highway 394. Those planning to attend will find tickets range between $30 and $35 for adults during the Friday performances while prices rise to between $45 and $55 for the races taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Junior tickets are much lower, ranging between $5 and $25 during the course of the event. Tickets are on sale now and you can also purchase combo tickets for adults and juniors to take you and your family through the entire weekend. So auto racing fans, make sure that you don’t miss out on this year’s Thunder Valley Nationals and book your ticket today!