Championship Drag Racing

Mac Tools Thunder
Valley NHRA Nationals
Bristol, Tenn.
(April 25-27)

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3rd Annual

April 25-27
Bristol Dragway
Though last year was the 2nd annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals, the track, which was razed and rebuilt in the late 1990s by Bruton Smith, has hosted national event–quality competition since 1999 and was the site of the NHRA Spring Nationals from 1965 to 1967. That was when the rebuilt, modernized facility first held the unique Winston Showdown. At last year’s national event, Larry Dixon won Top Fuel for the fourth time in six events. Warren Johnson defeated Ron Krisher on a holeshot in the Pro Stock final to become the sixth different winner of the year. In Funny Car, Whit Bazemore’s win would be the first of two straight. He ran low e.t. of each round of eliminations and defeated Gary Densham in the final.

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 3966, Bristol, TN 37625

SHIPPING ADDRESS: 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620

ELEVATION: 1,480 feet


TICKET INFORMATION: (423) 764-1161


RESERVED SEATING: Adult: Friday, $20-$25; Saturday, $35-$45; Sunday, $40-$50. Standing room only: Saturday, $25; Sunday, $30. Three-day pass, $75-$95. Thunder Valley Club: $200. Junior (12 and under): Friday, $5; Saturday-Sunday, $15-$25. Three-day pass: $30-$50. Thunder Valley Club: $75

HOW TO GET THERE: Bristol Dragway is located 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 17 and take Virginia State Route 75 south to Tennessee 44 south to U.S. 421 north to Highway 394 south; or exit Interstate 81 at Virginia Exit 3 and take Highway 11E south to Highway 394

VISITOR INFORMATION: Bristol Chamber of Commerce, (423) 989-4850

MOTEL 6 ACCOMODATIONS IN THIS AREA: Bristol, (276) 466-6060

BRISTOL DRAGWAY RECOMMENDS PLACES TO STAY: Bristol: Holiday Inn, (276) 466-4100 • Microtel Inn, (276) 669-8164 Johnson City: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, (423) 282-2161 • Ramada Limited, (423) 282-4011 • Red Roof Inn, (423) 282-3040 Camping: For information, call Pam Lowry, (423) 764-6555, ext. 221; e-mail,