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Mon, 29 Dec 2014, 20:18 PM

Bristol Dragway Releases 2015 Schedule
Courtesy of Lynsey Wilson

Thunder Valley Celebrates 50th Year of Operation

BRISTOL, Tenn. --

Father's Day Weekend remains nitro-fueled in 2015 as Bristol Dragway opens for its 50th season. Officials released this year's action-packed calendar which features the return of the 5-Day K&N Spring Fling presented by Sparco and combined Mopar Thunder/Ford Fun Weekend alongside the track's popular mid-June NHRA event.

"Thanks to our fans and sponsors, 2014 was one of the most successful years we've had in Thunder Valley," said Jerry Caldwell, General Manager for Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. "Their continued enthusiasm for straight-track racing and the other unique events we host at Bristol Dragway pushes us to continually increase the quality of their experience with us.

"Our team strives to exceed expectations each year, and I know Thunder Valley's golden season will be no exception."

Opened in 1965, Bristol Dragway kicks off its anniversary season with the Saturday, March 28th Street Fights.

The popular series allows racing enthusiasts to tackle the famed quarter-mile in street legal rides ranging from minivans to motorcycles. The 2015 series is comprised of 14 events, scheduled for Thursday nights and select Saturdays.

Local racers may also showcase their skills in the DER Bracket Racing Series, hosting its 7th season in Thunder Valley. Slated for ten weekends of competition in 2015, the popular grassroots racing series features competition in categories ranging from Super Pro to Junior Dragsters.

Drag racing's stars roar into Bristol Dragway June 19-21 for the Father's Day weekend NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The thunderous engines and extreme speeds of Nitro Harley, Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock classes fuel a one-of-a-kind celebration for Dad and promise thrills for the entire family. Every ticket serves as a pit pass, giving guests unparalleled access to the teams and drivers as they prepare to power their machines down the quarter-mile.

The NHRA's future stars take to the straight-strip July 23-25 at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by Viperizer. Drivers ranging in age from eight to 17 compete in both index and bracket races at the NHRA event and also power up their half-scale dragsters for the Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft scheduled for July 17-19, and the Huddleston Performance Fun Race on July 20-22 just ahead of the NHRA Eastern Conference Finals weekend. The events attract more than 500 racers from all states east of the Mississippi and provide a perfect opportunity for straight- track fans to watch the sport's newest talent.

Thunder Valley also ensures fans of every manufacture have an opportunity to support and show-off their favorite classics. Ford Fun Weekend and Mopar Thunder team back up in 2015 for a doubleheader event on Aug. 28 - 29, and Bristol's Super Chevy Show is slated for Sept. 18 - 20.

Home to one of the largest Super Chevy Shows in the country, Bristol Dragway concludes its weekend of bowtie action with Beef 'O' Brady's Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by Thompson Metal Services. Motocross, Megasaurus and mayhem invade the quarter-mile as some of the world's fastest machines take center-stage for a can't-miss weekend event sure to entertain the entire family.

Another family favorite, Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef 'O' Brady's, creates car-crushing carnage at BMS on Saturday, July 25. Featuring some of the biggest names in the business, these extreme machines vie for the title of racing champion before producing pandemonium in their high-flying, metal-mashing freestyle performance.

New for 2015, the National Fireworks Association ignites the Thunder Valley sky on Sept. 11-12 with a breathtaking display of the latest dazzling designs and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event shifts later in the 2015 schedule, passing down Bristol Dragway Sept. 24 - 26.

>From grassroots racing to the 10,000-horsepower, 330-mph machines of the NHRA, the 50th anniversary of Bristol Dragway hosts events offering a range of appeal whether guests are searching for a unique, family experience, new converts to the sport or avid drag racing fans.

For more information on events at Bristol Dragway or to purchase tickets, visit or call 423-BRISTOL.

March 28 Street Fights #1     

April 2 Street Fights #2 
April 24 DER Test N Tune 
April 25-26 DER Bracket Series 
April 30 Street Fights #3     

May 2-3 DER Bracket Series 
May 7 Street Fights #4 
May 8 DER Test N Tune 
May 9 DER Bracket Series     
May 12 K&N Spring Fling 5-Day Presented by Sparco Test N Tune 
May 13-17 K&N Spring Fling 5-Day Presented by Sparco 
May 21 Street Fights #5 May 22 DER Test N Tune 
May 23-24 DER Bracket Series 
May 28 Street Fights #6 
May 30-31 DER Bracket Series     

June 4 Street Fights #7 
June 6-7 DER Bracket Series 
June 11 Street Fights #8 
June 19-21 Fifteenth Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 
June 25 Street Fights #9 
June 27-28 DER Bracket Series     

July 2 Street Fights #10 
July 3 DER Test N Tune 
July 4-5 DER Bracket Series 
July 9-12 BTE World Footbrake Challenge IX 
July 17-19 Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft 
July 20-22 Huddleston Performance Fun Races 
July  23-25 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by Viperizer 
July 25 Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef 'O' Brady's 
July 31 DER Test N Tune     

August 1-2 DER Bracket Series 
August 6 Street Fights #11 
August 28-29 Mopar Thunder & Ford Fun Weekend     

September 3 Street Fights #12 
September 4 DER Test N Tune 
September 5-6 DER Bracket Series 
September 11 -12 National Fireworks Association Expo Exhibition 
September 18-20 Super Chevy Show 
September 19 Beef 'O' Brady's Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by Thompson Metal Services 
September 24-26 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series     

October 1 Street Fights #13 
October 3 Street Fights #14  

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