Bristol: Event fast facts

MAC TOOLS NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS WHAT: Inaugural Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the sixth of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to...

MAC TOOLS NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

WHAT: Inaugural Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the sixth of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2001 NHRA Winston championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2001 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. Track is located on Hwy. 11 E in Bristol.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.9 million.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, April 27 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 4:45 and 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 28 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 29 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:

Saturday, April 28, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 9:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, April 29, ESPN2 will televise two hours of eliminations at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE:
April 27, 7:30-8 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 3
April 28, 9:30-10 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 5
April 29, 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 5

Feeds include action with natural sound of Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock, plus interviews with qualifying leaders on Saturday and winners on Sunday.

TICKETS: For tickets call Bristol Dragway, (423) 764-1161. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster, nhra.com, and Bristoltix.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -Friday: Adult, $25; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Saturday: Adult, $35; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Sunday: Adult, $40; Junior (6-12 years), $15; Children 5 and under admitted free in General Admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -Saturday: Adult, 45; Junior (6-12 $years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $10; Sunday: Adult, $50; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $10.

-NHRA-

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