Bristol: Thunder Valley Nationals preview

WHAT: Third annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals, the sixth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA POWERade...

WHAT: Third annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals, the sixth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in five categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 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.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 26-28.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.8 million.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, April 26
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 27
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 28
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, April 27, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 8 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 28, ESPN2 will televise two hours of eliminations at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE:
Friday, April 26, 6:30- 7 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 /Transponder 14 (11980MHz, vertical)
Saturday, April 27, 7-7:30 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 /Transponder 14 (11980MHz, vertical)
Sunday, April 28, 7:30-8 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 /Transponder 13 (11960MHz, horizontal)

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.

2001 CHAMPIONS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock.

TICKETS: For tickets call Bristol Dragway, (423) 764-1161. Tickets also available at bristoldragway.com
GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-12 years), $5. Saturday: Adult, $35; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Sunday: Adult, $40; Junior (6-12 years) $15; Child (5 years and under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access 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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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson