May Bristol event moved to July date

'REILLY NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 6-8, 2007 BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 13, 2007) -- NHRA and Bristol Dragway officials announced today that the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q has been rescheduled for July...

'REILLY NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 6-8, 2007

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 13, 2007) -- NHRA and Bristol Dragway officials announced today that the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q has been rescheduled for July 6-8, 2007.

The concrete launch pad of the quarter-mile dragstrip surface was recently replaced and track officials along with NHRA officials have been working to prepare the track for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, originally scheduled for May 18-20.

Track officials contacted NHRA officials last week to advise them that the process of getting the racetrack race-ready was taking longer than expected. After a week-long process of trying to correct the situation, both organizations decided that the track's new concrete surface still was not setting properly and would not be ready for this week's event.

"We sent in our people to work with the team at Bristol Dragway to try and bring the surface around, but unfortunately it is not going to be raceable for this weekend," said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. "In the interest of safety and quality of the show we weren't left with a lot of options but to reschedule the event."

"At Bristol Dragway we pride ourselves in having the best facility in drag racing and we feel that the track surface in its current state will not provide the quality of racing that we've come to expect," said Jeff Byrd, president of Bristol Dragway. "We will spare no expense in building the finest racing surface in NHRA. We spared no expense in trying to get the surface ready for this week's event and did everything else we possibly could do because the absolute last thing we wanted to do was postpone this event."

The O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q, July 6-8, 2007, will be run under the same schedule as originally planned beginning with qualifying on Friday night, followed by racing on Saturday and Sunday. Television times for the rescheduled event will be announced at the beginning of the week.

-credit: nhra

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