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Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Fact Sheet
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





BRISTOL, Tenn. -

The 18th annual Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock - earn points leading to 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Competition in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Series also will be featured at this event.

WHERE: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. From Interstate 81 North, take Hwy. 11E. Take the Virginia Exit 3 and Hwy. 11E will take you directly to the dragway. From the I-81 South, take Tennessee exit 69 and go south on Hwy 394 directly to the dragway.

COURSE: Championship drag strip; Track elevation is 1,475 feet above sea level; Track direction is southwest to northwest.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 15-17

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, June 15
LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 6:45 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 16
LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 12:15 and 2:45 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 17 - Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon.
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES eliminations at 1:15 p.m.

TELEVISION:
FRIDAY, June 15, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying highlights at 6 p.m. (ET)
SATURDAY, June 16, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 9 p.m. (ET)
SUNDAY, June 17, FS1 will televise three hours of finals coverage at 7:30 p.m. (ET)

2017 EVENT WINNERS: Clay Millican, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Alex Laughlin, Pro Stock.

MOST VICTORIES: Tony Schumacher, 5, TF; Mike Edwards, 4, PS; Ron Capps, 4, FC; John Force, 4, FC; Doug Kalitta, 3, TF

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.745 sec. by Tony Schumacher, June '15; 331.04 mph by Larry Dixon, June '15.
Funny Car - 3.884 sec. by Ron Capps, June '16; 329.42 mph by Del Worsham, June '16
Pro Stock - 6.621 sec. by Shane Gray, June '14; 209.26 mph by Bo Butner, June '16.

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.628 sec. by Clay Millican, Feb. '18, Pomona, Calif.; 336.57 mph by Tony Schumacher, Feb. '18, Phoenix
Funny Car - 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. '17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July '17, Sonoma, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March '15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May '14, Englishtown N.J.

TICKETS: For tickets call Bristol Dragway at (423) 989-6900. Tickets also available at BristolDragway.com.





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