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2014 Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals preview

The NHRA heads to Bristol Dragway, also known as "Thunder Valley"
The NHRA heads to Bristol Dragway, also known as "Thunder Valley"
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The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to “Thunder Valley,” Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Friday through Sunday, June 13th through 15th. The event will feature three of the series’ top categories – Top fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – along with the NHRA Pro Mod Series, the Nitro Harley Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) are the defending champions of the event. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) has the most wins at the track with five, while Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Force each have four wins; Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) each have three wins.

On Saturday, June 14th, 30 minutes after the final pro qualifying rounds, Thunder Valley Fan Fest will feature more than two dozen of the NHRA’s top drivers for an autograph session. Drivers currently scheduled to appear include Shawn Langdon, Dave Connolly, Allen Johnson, Erica Enders-Stevens, Clay Millican, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, JR Todd and Greg Anderson – find the complete list under the “activities” tab.

On Friday, pro qualifying sessions take place at 5 and 7:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, pro qualifying continues at 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the day begins with a track walk in honor of Father’s Day, complete with donuts from Krispy Kreme, at 10:45 a.m. ET; the track walk is free to all fans with a Sunday race ticket. Final eliminations kick off at noon ET.

Tickets are still available for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals – visit for more event information and to purchase tickets.

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