WHAT: Ninth annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the eight of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories — Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock — earn points leading to 2009 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: Thursday through Sunday, May 15-17.


SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, May 15 – Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9 a.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, May 16 – Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
SUNDAY, May 17 – Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at noon


TELEVISION:

Saturday, May 16, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 6 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, May 17, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air NHRA Race Day, at 11 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, May 17, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours and 30 minutes of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).


SATELLITE: (Analog feed)

Friday, May 15, 10-10:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 15 / Transponder 2K (11740 MHz, horizontal)
Saturday, May 16, 8:30-9 p.m. (ET), AMC 15 / Transponder 2K (11740 MHz, horizontal)
Sunday, May 17, 7-7:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 15 / Transponder 2K (11740 MHz, horizontal)

I>Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.

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