NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Tickets
Organization: National Hot Rod Association
Series: Mello Yello Drag Racing
Location: Bristol, Tenn.
Venue: Bristol Dragway
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals TicketsThe NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is a fast-paced, high-octane drag race that features some of the fastest land vehicles on earth competing in controlled circumstances. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Tennessee mountain ranges, the race earned its name from the loud thundering noise of the cars traveling down the strip. The history of drag racing in Bristol dates back to the grand opening of the Bristol Dragway in 1965 when it hosted the popular NHRA Spring Nationals. After the departure of the NHRA in 1967, the facility earned an official sanction from the American Hot Rod Association, although some of the most iconic races of the 1970s and 1980s occurred with the International Hot Rod Association. Following an $18-million renovation, the NHRA returned to Thunder Valley in 1999. The race became a part of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series — the top division of the sport. The results of the races count toward the racers’ overall standings for a potential playoff qualification at the end of the year. If you want to experience the thrill of drag racing, then you can purchase NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals tickets at StubHub.
When does the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals take place?The Thunder Valley Nationals is scheduled to take place between June 19 and 21, 2020. Events are held continuously throughout the day, from morning to evening. The exact lineup of events, plus any special activities on the race grounds, will be announced closer to the start of the race.
What is the format of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals?NHRA drag races are divided into separate classes. These include Top Fuel Dragster, Fuel Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster. Each class constitutes its own separate race with distinct guidelines and vehicle regulations. During the three-day event, the racers progress through qualifiers, elimination rounds and a final race in each of the classes to determine an ultimate winner.
What were the results of the 2019 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals?The 2019 edition of the Thunder Valley Nationals involved some spectacular finishes. In one of the more memorable upsets of the year, Mike Salinas beat defending national champion Steve Torrence to capture the Top Fuel title. Salinas’s 3.836-second pass broke a five-race win streak by the Capco Contractors team, although Torrence went on to win his second-straight national championship later that year. It was the second career Top Fuel win from Mike Salinas. Other winners included Bob Tasca III in Funny Car, Joseph Santangelo in Super Stock, Monty Bogan in Stock Eliminator, Todd Ewing in Super Comp, Ray Sawyer in Super Gas, Johnny Brooks in Top Sportsman, Jose Gonzalez in Pro Mod, Tii Tharpe in Top Fuel Harley and Todd Hoerner in Mountain Motor Ps.
What is the Bristol Dragway like?Located near the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Bristol Dragway can accommodate up to 30,000 guests at a time with grandstand, terrace and premium seating. Wheelchair-accessible seating is also available in the top rows of the grandstands. At an elevation of 1,475 feet, the facility features a 3,800-foot dragway, a control tower and a pit area. The free Fan Fest area allows guests to meet some of their favorite racers and obtain autographs. Other activities include a kid’s zone and a climate-controlled lounge.
Which events are similar to the Thunder Valley Nationals?Fans of drag racing might want to check out the NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. The Big Go is the last race before the start of the playoffs and the quest for the championship. As the world’s biggest drag race, it is held every year during the Labor Day weekend.
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