Bristol: Pre-race notes, schedule

O'REILLY NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS FACT SHEET WHAT: Eighth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three...

O'REILLY NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: Eighth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories -- Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock -- earn points leading to 2008 NHRA POWERade 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, May 16-18.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.2 million.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, May 16
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 17
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.

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

SUNDAY, May 18
Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at Noon

TELEVISION:

Saturday, May 17, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, May 18, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air NHRA Race Day, at 11 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, May 18, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three-and-a-half hours of final eliminations at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

2007 EVENT

WINNERS: Brandon Bernstein, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin , Pro Stock.

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

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

Three-day reserved: Adult, $95-120, Junior (12 years & under), $30-50.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers John Force , Brandon Bernstein