Bristol: Pre-event notes, schedule

NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS WHAT: 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock - earn points leading to 2010 NHRA...

NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

WHAT: 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock - earn points leading to 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships.

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.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 18-20

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, June 18
LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 10 a.m.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 19
LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations begin at 8 a.m.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 2:15 p.m.; first round of eliminations begins at 4:30 p.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 20 - Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES eliminations begin at noon.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES eliminations continue at approximately 3 p.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, June 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 7 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, June 20, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute news magazine show, at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, June 20, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of coverage starting at 4 p.m. (ET).

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

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $30-35; Junior (12 years & under), $10; Saturday: Adult, $45-55; Junior (12 years & under), $15-25. Sunday: Adult, $20-55; Junior (12 years & under), $10-25.

-source: nhra

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