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Five things we learned at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
18 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Bristol
It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Thunder Valley lived up to its name as…
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In Memoriam

18 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
In Memoriam
Recent passings of notable figures from within the NHRA world. The NHRA extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of those we have lost. Richard Maskin, who possessed one of the finest mechanical…
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Jose Gonzalez clinches NHRA Pro Mod world title in Bristol

Jose Gonzalez earned his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship on Sunday at Bristol Dragway as part of this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
17 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jose Gonzalez clinched his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship on Sunday at Bristol Dragway as part of this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The event was the 10th of…
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Alexis DeJoria caps off magical weekend in Bristol with first win since 2017

On a terrific weekend for DeJoria, she finished the job against J.R. Todd on Sunday, going 3.921-seconds at 327.66 mph to win the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and get her first victory since 2017.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
DeJoria
Bristol Dragway was already one of Alexis DeJoria’s favorite places to race. After a thrilling weekend in Thunder Valley, capped off by her first win since 2017 on Sunday, her love for the facility certainly grew even more. On a truly…
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Home away from home: Mike Salinas wins second straight race at Bristol

Salinas won the most recent event at the track in 2019 and is now a back-to-back winner in Thunder Valley, ousting Steve Torrence in the final round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Salinas
Even after a year away, Bristol Dragway continues to treat Mike Salinas very well. Salinas won the most recent event at the track in 2019 and is now a back-to-back winner in Thunder Valley, ousting Steve Torrence in the final round of the NHRA…
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Angelle Sampey tops Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle thriller at Bristol

In an all-female final round at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Sampey used a .010 reaction time against Karen Stoffer, winning on a holeshot on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki with a pass of 6.773-seconds at 196.85 mph.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Angelle
With her second win in the Countdown to the Championship, Angelle Sampey proved on Sunday at Bristol Dragway that she’s right in the thick of the championship conversation in Pro Stock Motorcycle. In an all-female final round at the NHRA Thunder…
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Unofficial Camping World points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 18th event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the fifth of the Countdown to the Championship.
17 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 18th event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the fifth of the Countdown to the Championship. Official points will be posted…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday photo gallery

The NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over Bristol Dragway on raceday Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, capturing the action on and off the track at the fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship.
17 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Fan-favorite Scotty Cannon named Legend of Thunder Valley inductee

Scotty Cannon became the 20th member of the prestigious Legends of Thunder Valley when he was inducted today during pre-race ceremonies at the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
17 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Scotty Cannon
Scotty Cannon, one of the winningest Pro Mod racers in Bristol Dragway history, became the 20th member of the prestigious Legends of Thunder Valley when he was inducted today during pre-race ceremonies at the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday News and Notes

News and notes from final eliminations in Bristol at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Notes, quotes, photos, videos, and more!
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Sunday
UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY Spencer Massey impressed in a first round upset of Leah Pruett to open eliminations on Sunday in Top Fuel, but it wasn't all positives for the veteran. After going 3.745 at 328.46 to beat Pruett, who went up in smoke…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday Preview

There’s a chill in the air at Bristol Dragway, but that’s not the only thing as Thunder Valley prepares to host eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the first time ever in October.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Sunday
There’s a chill in the air at Bristol Dragway, but that’s not the only thing as Thunder Valley prepares to host eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the first time ever in October. It’s also the first time the NHRA Camping World…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Saturday photo gallery

The NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over Bristol Dragway on Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, capturing the action on and off the track at the fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship.
16 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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S. Torrence, DeJoria, Pollacheck qualify No. 1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Track records went by the wayside on Saturday at Bristol Dragway, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all finished No. 1 to close out qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Bristol Saturday
Track records went by the wayside on Saturday at Bristol Dragway, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all finished No. 1 to close out qualifying on Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley…
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Back in the title hunt, Cruz Pedregon enjoying the extra work it brings

Cruz Pedregon is right in the thick of things in the Funny Car Countdown to the Championship. He entered this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in third and 113 points back of leader Matt Hagan with three races remaining.
16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Cruz
Cruz Pedregon has discovered his team has gone through parachutes and tires at a more frequent pace compared to recent seasons. It’s one of the more unique ways the Funny Car veteran can gauge the success his team has enjoyed in 2021 and he’s not…
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Chris Bostick continues recent run of success with strong start in Bristol

16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Bostick
Since debuting a new sponsor at Indy, it’s been nothing but positives for Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Chris Bostick, who took another exciting step forward on Friday at Bristol Dragway. In his first career run at Thunder Valley, Bostick qualified…
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Angie Smith out rest of Thunder Valley Nationals after maintenance accident

Denso Auto Parts Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith will sit out the rest of the 20th NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals after an accident Friday night while doing motor maintenance on her Buell.
16 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Smith
Denso Auto Parts Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith will sit out the rest of the 20th NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals after an accident Friday night while doing motor maintenance on her Buell.   “I was changing valve springs on the motor,…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Saturday Preview

It was a thunderous return to Bristol Dragway, capped off by the quickest run in track history, and now we’ll get to see what teams will do for an encore to close out qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Bristol Saturday
It was a thunderous return to Bristol Dragway, capped off by the quickest run in track history, and now we’ll get to see what teams will do for an encore to close out qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. After more than two years away…
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Carter, Rizzoli, Stein lead Pacific Division Lucas Oil winners at Tucson Dragway

Kevin Carter, Kyle Rizzoli, and Jerry Stein led the list of winners as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division was in action at Tucson Dragway.
15 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 7
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Tucson Dragway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Kevin Carter, Peroria, Ariz., '10 dragster, A/ND, broke  was…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Friday photo gallery

The NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over Bristol Dragway on the opening day of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, capturing the action on and off the track at the fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship.
15 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
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B. Force, Wilkerson, M. Smith lead Friday field at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Brittany Force set the track record under the lights in Top Fuel on Friday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined her as provisional No. 1 qualifiers at Bristol Dragway.
15 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Force
The NHRA’s first appearance at Bristol Dragway since 2019 ended in impressive fashion, as Brittany Force set the track record under the lights in Top Fuel on Friday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Matt Smith (Pro…
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Clay Millican gets special surprise in memorable return to Bristol Dragway

Team owner Doug Stringer surprised Millican on Friday at Bristol Dragway with a special wrap dedicated to Millican’s late son, Dalton. It’s a nod to the “Blue Thunder” monster truck that Dalton drove, leaving Millican with another special memory in Thunder Valley.
15 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Clay
Clay Millican has a new look this weekend and it’s one he wasn’t expecting, but also one he couldn’t be more excited to showcase. Team owner Doug Stringer surprised Millican on Friday at Bristol Dragway with a special wrap dedicated to Millican’s…
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Toyota partners with Torrence Racing beginning with 2022 NHRA season

Torrence Racing will join Team Toyota beginning with the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The addition of Torrence Racing’s two-team effort expands Toyota’s team partnerships to include five Top Fuel dragsters and two Funny Cars.  
15 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Toyota partners with Torrence Racing
Torrence Racing will join Team Toyota beginning with the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The addition of Torrence Racing’s two-team effort expands Toyota’s team partnerships to include five Top Fuel dragsters and two Funny Cars.…
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DiPinto to continue primary sponsorship of Jim Dunn Racing in 2022 and beyond

DiPinto International Logistics, a full-service container drayage and warehousing company, will continue its primary support of Jim Dunn Racing for the upcoming 2022 season and beyond.  
15 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Jim Dunn Racing
DiPinto International Logistics, a full-service container drayage and warehousing company, will continue its primary support of Jim Dunn Racing for the upcoming 2022 season and beyond.   For many years, was an associate sponsor of the NHRA…
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TechNet Professional will continue to sponsor Top Fuel’s Josh Hart in 2022

TechNet Professional will continue to be a major primary sponsor of Josh Hart’s Top Fuel dragster in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
15 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Josh Hart
TechNet Professional, an Advance Auto Parts-operated network of more than 13,000 independently-owned vehicle repair shops across the United States and Canada, will continue to be a major primary sponsor of Josh Hart’s Top Fuel dragster in the 2022…
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Tricky Tipster: Looking for some late-season mountain magic in Bristol

Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s resident wizard of odds, has gone with points leaders Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) as the favorites for this weeks' Bristol event.
15 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Matt Hagan
Denver’s Bandimere Speedway isn’t the only NHRA national event facility that is surrounded by mountains and features a breathtaking view. Bristol Dragway also fits that bill and it’s the site of this week’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The…
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Matt Smith hopes to follow in father’s successful footsteps in Bristol

Matt Smith has never raced at Bristol Dragway, but he doesn’t have to look far to see the impact his family has had at the fan-favorite facility. Smith’s father, Rickie, was named one of the Legends of Thunder Valley in 2007 and has his name alongside other Bristol legends atop the grandstands. 
15 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith has never raced at Bristol Dragway, but he doesn’t have to look far to see the impact his family has had at the fan-favorite facility. Smith’s father, Rickie, was named one of the Legends of Thunder Valley in 2007 after his longtime…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Friday Preview

Radically different from stepping foot in Thunder Valley over Father’s Day weekend, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will head to Bristol Dragway in October and in the thick of the Countdown to the Championship.
15 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Bristol Friday
Bristol in October? Now, that’s something new. Radically different from stepping foot in Thunder Valley over Father’s Day weekend, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will head to Bristol Dragway in the thick of the Countdown to the…
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Funny Car hero Ron Capps is looking to find more Bristol Dragway magic

Nobody feels more at home in Thunder Valley than Don Schumacher Racing's Ron Capps. The veteran standout in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has won a Funny Car-best five times at the fan-favorite facility.
14 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Ron Capps
Bristol Dragway might be close to home for defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan, but there’s nobody who feels more at home in Thunder Valley than his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Ron Capps. The veteran standout in the NHRA Camping World…
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Tony Stewart Racing to join NHRA in 2022 with two full-time entries

Championship-winning racecar driver Tony Stewart is joining the NHRA in 2022. His eponymous team, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR), will field two fulltime entries — one in Top Fuel for nine-time event winner Leah Pruett and one in Funny Car for 39-time event winner Matt Hagan.
14 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Tony Stewart Racing
After more than four decades of racing around in circles, Tony Stewart has embarked on a straight and narrow path, albeit at more than 300 mph.   The championship-winning racecar driver who has successfully transitioned to being a…
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Tickets now on sale for final Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals

Tickets are now on sale for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, which takes place April 22-24 during the 2022 NHRA season and will mark the final NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.
14 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Houston
Tickets are now on sale for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, which takes place April 22-24 during the 2022 NHRA season and will mark the final NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.   As the rich…
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