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Wed, 09 May 2012, 16:51 PM

Bristol Dragway Offers Autographed Tickets from NHRA's Biggest Stars
Courtesy of Wes Ramey

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Autograph seekers rejoice! Bristol Dragway is taking some of the legwork out of chasing a few of NHRA's biggest signatures.

While NHRA competitors are the most accessible athletes in sports, a limited number of pre-autographed tickets are available for fans who purchase in advance for the June 15-17 Ford Thunder Valley Nationals.

John and Courtney Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Spencer Massey, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, Johnny Gray, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Alexis DeJoria have signed Ford Thunder Valley Nationals tickets to be given to fans who purchase in advance for the event.

On Wednesday, May 16, the autographed tickets will become available to fans ready to experience the jaw-dropping excitement of the NHRA in Thunder Valley. Fans must call Bristol Dragway to choose the ticket they want included with their purchase. Due to limited quantities, each ticket account will receive one autographed ticket while supplies last.

John Force, arguably the biggest name in NHRA racing, is a fifteen-time Funny Car champion and owner of John Force Racing. His daughter, Courtney, is one of NHRA's youngest stars, competing in her first full season on the circuit. While she only has been in the premier series for a few months, she already has become a fan favorite.

Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher has a Top Fuel career that would make any driver jealous, while his Don Schumacher Racing teammates Brown and Massey are amassing impressive resumes as well. Capps is the most recent Funny Car winner on the NHRA circuit, and Hagan is the defending Funny Car champion. DeJoria, also in the midst of her debut season of Nitro Funny Car competition, is a veteran Top Alcohol Funny Car racer and event winner. She also has developed a vast fan following in a short period of time.

Teammates Anderson and Line, respectively, won the 2010 and 2011 NHRA Pro Stock championships and have combined to win six NHRA Pro Stock championships since 2003. Easily two of Pro Stock's most decorated racers, Anderson and Line currently are battling each other atop the 2012 point standings.

To buy one of the autographed tickets, fans are encouraged to call the Bristol Dragway ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (423-274-7865) or 1-866-415-4158 early on May 16. The ticket office will open at 9 a.m.

Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans amazing access to the teams as they thrash to prepare their cars for the next round of competition. Fans also can meet the fearless men and women who pilot these extreme machines and feel the unique experience that is the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Three-day combo and single-day event tickets are available.

Prime camping spaces still are available for the event in the Medallion Camping area overlooking the pit area in Thunder Valley. Each paved site is 20' x 50' and includes electric, water and sewer hookups. The cost is $350 for the event (Thursday-Monday).

Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 15 with the first round of Pro Qualifying slated for 5 p.m. The pro cars will return at 7:30 p.m. for the exciting night qualifying round. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 with Pro Qualifying set for noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday's action kicks off when gates open at 8:30 a.m. and Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 noon.

Ticket prices are as follows: Friday -- Sections A - D $30 Adult / $10 Junior; Sections E - U $35 Adult / $10 Junior; Thunder Terrace $35 Adult / $10 Junior, Saturday -- Sections A - D $45 Adult / $15 Junior; Sections E - U $55 Adult / $25 Junior; Thunder Terrace $55 Adult / $25 Junior, Sunday -- Sections A- B $20 Adult / Free Junior (Purchase by June 14; $5 after), Sections C - D $45 Adult / Free Junior (Purchase by June 14; $5 after), Section E - P $55 Adult/ Free Junior (Purchase by June 14; $5 after), Section Q - U $20 Adult/ Free (Purchase by June 14; $5 after) Junior, Thunder Terrace $55 Adult / Free (Purchase by June 14; $5 after) Junior. Weekend combos are: Sections A - B $79 Adult / $25 (Advance) $30 (After June 14) Junior, Section C - D $95 Adult/ $25 (Advance) $30 (After June 14) Junior, Sections E - P $120 Adult / $35 (Advance) $40 (After June 14) Junior, Sections Q - U $95 Adult/$25 (Advance) $30 (After June 14) Junior and Thunder Terrace $120 Adult / $35 (Advance) ($40 After June 14) Junior. Thunder Valley Club admission for three days is $300 for adults and $100 for juniors. Three-day Bruton's Suite admission is $450 for both adults and juniors.

To purchase tickets for the 2012 Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, call the ticket office toll-free at 1-866-415-4158 or locally at 423-BRISTOL.

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