Jun '17
16-18

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

ELEVATION
1,475 feet
RADIO FREQ
100.9 FM

Event Info

Bristol Dragway is known as Thunder Valley not only because it cuts a path between mountains but also because it can be home to incredible performances. The facility hosted NHRA’s Springnationals from 1965 to 1967 and non-NHRA events until it was closed in 1996 for an $18 million renovation. It reopened in 1999 and was the site of NHRA’s all-star event that year and in 2000 before hosting its first national event in 34 years in 2001.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket's a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TICKETS button above or by calling 423-BRISTOL. Purchase early and save! 


How to Get There: Bristol Dragway’s Thunder Valley is on Highway 394. From the south, exit Interstate 81 at Tennessee Exit 69, then travel east on Highway 394. From the north, exit Interstate 81 at Virginia Exit 3 and take Highway 11E south to Highway 394. For an alternate northbound route, exit Interstate 81 at Virginia Exit 17 and take Virginia State Route 75 south to Tennessee 44 south to U.S. 421 north to Highway 394 south.

Visitor Information: Bristol Chamber of Commerce, 423-989-4850

Schedule
 

Full Racing Schedule

FRIDAY - June 16, 2017

*Eastern Time

Midway Opens

1:00 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

4:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

5:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

5:30 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

6:30 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

6:45 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

7:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

8:00 PM

Secure Track

9:30 PM

 

 

SATURDAY - June 17, 2017

 

Midway Opens

9:00 AM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

12:00 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

12:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

1:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

1:30 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

2:30 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 1

2:45 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

3:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

4:00 PM

Secure Track

5:30 PM

 

 

SUNDAY - June 18, 2017

 

Midway Opens

10:00 AM

Pre-Race Ceremonies

11:00 AM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

1:00 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 2

1:15 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Round 1

1:30 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2

2:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

2:30 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:45 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:00 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:30 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:45 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Finals

4:35 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Finals

4:40 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

4:45 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals

4:50 PM

Secure Event

5:00 PM

*All times are local and subject to change

FAN EVENTS

Friday, June 16th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 1:00 P.M. until the beginning of the second Nitro qualifying session.
Nitro Qualifying - Catch the action of two sessions of 300 MPH Nitro qualifying - 5:30 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
First Round Follow Up - Meet announcer Brian Lohnes in the Pits after first round to get the scoop on the hottest story from Round 1.

Saturday, June 17th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 9:00 A.M. until the beginning of the fourth Nitro qualifying session.
Nitro Qualifying - Catch the action of two sessions of 10,000 horsepower Nitro Qualifying, the pro drivers last chance to make it into the top 16 for Race Day - 1:30 P.M. & 4:00 P.M.
Nitro School – Come join Alan Reinhart and Clay Millican at the NHRA Midway Display and get schooled on all your Nitro knowledge - 11:00 A.M.
Bristol Dragway Fan Fest - Come by and receive autographs from your favorite NHRA Drivers at the Mello Yello Powerhouse in the Midway. The Fan Fest will start 30 minutes after the last Nitro Qualifying Session.

Sunday, June 18th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of the third round of Nitro eliminations.
Sealmaster Trackwalk - Join us in walking the track at Bristol Dragway with a few of our special guests.
Race Day Review - Get the inside scoop with Alan Reinhart as he runs down the top stories of the weekend before Pre-Race Ceremonies - 10:50 AM
Pre-Race Ceremonies - Make sure you stick around the Mello Yello FanZone after the trackwalk for our driver introductions.
Race Day - The top 16 qualifiers in each class battle it out head to head for the Wally.
Winners Circle - Stick around after racing is completed as we crown our Mello Yello event champions. Winners Circle will be held at the starting line or in the staging lanes.

ALL WEEKEND - Come by our NEW NHRA Midway Display for your chance to win prizes, receive event information and renew your NHRA Membership. If you are already an NHRA Member come hang out in our NEW NHRA Member Hospitality Area.

 

 

TV Schedule
Date Round Time Channel Airing
Friday, June 16, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 8:00 PM ET FS1 ORIGINAL
Saturday, June 17, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 1:30 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Saturday, June 17, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 11:00 PM ET FS1 ORIGINAL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 11:00 AM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Sunday, June 18, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 12:00 PM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Sunday, June 18, 2017 NHRA FINALS 6:30 PM ET FS1 ORIGINAL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 NHRA FINALS 10:00 PM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Monday, June 19, 2017 NHRA FINALS 1:00 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 NHRA FINALS 6:30 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Thursday, June 22, 2017 NHRA IN 30 8:30 PM ET FS2 ORIGINAL
Thursday, June 22, 2017 NHRA FINALS 9:00 PM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Friday, June 23, 2017 NHRA IN 30 6:00 PM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Saturday, June 24, 2017 NHRA IN 30 1:30 PM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 NHRA IN 30 7:30 PM ET FS2 RE-AIR
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First Responders

First Responders LogoThroughout the 2017 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first responders, the heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at the scene of an emergency.

NHRA Salutes First Responders will honor medical professionals, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces, and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public, much like the Safety Safari is charged with the safety and well-being of the racing community.

As part of the tribute, first responders will be eligible for discounted tickets to the NHRA New England Nationals through GovX. Click here to purchase. GovX Logo