Nitro Class Heat at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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About twenty minutes southwest of downtown Bristol, Thunder Valley Dragway lies nestled between two Tennessee mountain tops. The track has been a popular spot drag racing fans since it was originally built in 1965 adjacent to the famed Bristol Motor Speedway. With a seating capacity of 30,000, the dragstrip offers unique views and fun experiences in the Tower Suites. Tickets go fast for the Moonshine Lounge where guests enjoy local culture from behind the tree. At an altitude of just over 3,000-feet above sea level, nitro teams went about their business in tuning the 11,000-horsepower engines for beautiful 70-degree weather with near 80 percent humidity, but with zero rain. At the end of the day on Sunday, Top Fuel driver Justin Ashley would prove the Thunder Valley pavement was near...

June 13, 2023
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FuelTech Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Bristol drag racing fans had a double treat over the weekend with both the FuelTech Pro Mod for the New England Nationals and the Thunder Valley Nationals both contested at the famed Bristol dragway. The legendary course is known for its thunderous noise as Pro Mod cars race through the mountains flanking the Tennessee dragstrip. Featuring the world's fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the Pro Mod pits are the hot spot for any hot-rodding enthusiast. It’s where you can see a variety of historic muscle cars like the '67 Mustangs, '68 Firebirds, and '69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late-model American muscle cars, all pushing over 3,000 horsepower. FuelTech has been an essential partner for Pro Mod competitors on the NHRA national circuit and has made a name for...

June 13, 2023
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Stock Classes Return at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Located close to the famed Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Dragway was built in 1965 and today boasts a 30,000 seating capacity with premium suites. The historic track is called Thunder Valley due to the awesome acoustics created by its unique location between two mountains. With access to the Moonshine Lounge, guests can sample Tennessee’s finest in a suite behind the burnout area. With both Stock classes absent from the NHRA New England Nationals last weekend at Epping, New Hampshire, teams found themselves in the middle of previous event’s elimination rounds for Top Fuel and Funny Car as well as the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod series presented by Type A Motorsports and powered by PGT Trucking. Teams and drivers were greeted by near perfect summer racing weather with sunny...

June 13, 2023
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New England FuelTech Pro Mod Moved to Bristol

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Pro Mod teams traveled for the fourth of ten races in the 2023 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports and powered by PGT Trucking for the second weekend in a row. In New Hampshire, officials had tried to make schedule changes and work around New England's unpredictable summertime weather. NHRA moved up the pro classes, starting with Funny Car, to get the best traction on the tricky pavement at New England Dragway. They also bumped up qualifying for NHRA Top Fuel and rescheduled the opening round of qualifying for the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series to follow the nitro drivers on track just in case it rained, which it did. Pro Mod elimination rounds for Epping were then moved to Thunder Valley to be completed during qualifying for Bristol National....

June 12, 2023
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Round Five: Mission #2Fast2Tasty

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Remember those grudge races between drivers that started it all? Well, now Mission Foods is taking it up a notch with Round Five: Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge – a brand new specialty event that thrilled Bristol drag racing fans. The redemption race at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals over the weekend was the fifth of twelve scheduled events for 2023. Mission Foods stepped up as the sponsor of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, adding competitive racing to Saturday's final qualifying round for the top four competitors in the Nitro and Pro Stock classes from the previous NHRA National at the first twelve two-wide events, excluding 4-wide events at The Strip in Las Vegas and Charlotte’s Z-Max Raceway. But that’s not all – in addition to valuable...

June 12, 2023
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NHRA New England Nationals Part Deux!

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No doubt the NHRA New England Nationals racing fans love the annual New Hampshire event. Along with the top nitro teams and drivers, they loyally turned out in a broad array of weather conditions that ranged from ninety-degree plus temperatures for round one of qualifying to Saturday temperatures that were forty degrees cooler. Then, everyone showed up on both Sunday and Monday in hopes the rains would cease. After multiple attempts at drying the wet track at Epping, NHRA officials were forced to move the elimination rounds of the NHRA New England Nationals to the next venue at Bristol TN. Both Top Fuel and Funny Car as well as the FuelTech Pro Mod class were blended with Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds for the 22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. New Hampshire’s...

June 12, 2023
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Hot, Cold, and Lots of Rain at New England Nationals

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NHRA officials immediately began finding ways to work around New England’s summertime weather patterns with schedule changes for Friday’s opening rounds of qualifying for the NHRA New England Nationals at Epping, New Hampshire. Pro classes were moved up with Funny Car being first to try and find traction on the tricky pavement at New England Dragway. Due to the possibility of rain, qualifying for NHRA Top Fuel was also bumped up as well as the opening round of qualifying for the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by Type A Motorsports was re-scheduled to follow the nitro drivers on track. The Lucas Oil Drag Series began racing at 9:15 am on Friday. The fourth of twelve rounds of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, a new specialty race that pits the semifinalists...

June 6, 2023
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Round Four: Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge

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The Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge brings competitive racing to the NHRA’s Saturday round of qualifying. To get the fans fired up ahead of Sunday’s elimination rounds, this popular form of redemption racing is scheduled at all twelve side-by-side regular-season events during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series campaign By pitting semifinalists from the previous NHRA race, the Mission Foods event provides an on-track way of settling any disputes over the outcomes that any driver in the semifinal rounds may have had. That way everybody has another shot at each other in a series of rematches, with the two winners then matching up in the final Round 2 qualifying session. Although year-end winners will walk away with a pocket full of money, the is also about...

June 5, 2023
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NHRA Returns to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet

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After a three-year hiatus, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series is returning to Route 66 Raceway for the 23rd annual Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Performance. From 1998 to 2019, Route 66 Dragway hosted world championship events for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), making it a must-visit destination for any die-hard racing fan. The epic racing venue was built back in 1998 on a sprawling 250-acre parcel that includes a quarter-mile asphalt dragstrip and an impressive 3/8 mile dirt oval racetrack. In 1999, an additional 930 acres were secured to build the Chicagoland Speedway, which is owned by NASCAR. The dragstrip itself is a thing of beauty with a four-story complex of suites, 40 rows of grandstand seats with backs, and holds...

May 23, 2023
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Pro Mod Back in Action at Route 66 Dragstrip

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Route 66 Raceway was built on a 250-acre parcel in 1998 as a quarter-mile dragstrip and 3/8 mile dirt oval racetrack. A year later an additional 930 acres of land adjacent to the facility to build Chicagoland Speedway which is owned and operated by NASCAR. The asphalt dragstrip features a four-story complex of suites with 40 rows of fully backed grandstand seats and a total capacity of 30,000 drag racing fans. Route 66 Dragway hosted the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series from 1998 to 2019 with the NHRA event postponed now due to COVID restrictions. The third of ten events for the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports and powered by PGT Trucking raced over the weekend at Route 66 Raceway in combination with the Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA...

May 23, 2023
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