Area racing: Bristol Dragway adds spice to new season of Street Fights
Mar 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM
BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Street Fights program at Bristol Dragway is slated to kick off its 13th season of street-legal drag racing this Saturday, and there will be some new wrinkles to be found for veterans and newcomers alike.The Street Fights Rookie Pass is the most significant addition to the show, especially for younger drivers looking to get involved in the program. The Rookie Pass will allow 16- and 17-year-old drivers to race for free this season while they learn the ins and outs of racing in Thunder Valley.A seminar will be offered prior to Saturday’s racing program for drivers interested in participating in the Rookie Pass program. It will be run by Bristol Dragway officials and focus on safety and include some free practice runs for the rookies.For Rookie Pass participation, drivers must have a current driver’s license and must complete a minor waiver form. The form must be signed by both the participant and a parent or guardian, who will need to be present to sign the form unless a form downloaded from www.bristoldragway.com has been signed and notarized.For veteran racers, the Perfect Light Night and the MPH Club are two promotions that are sure to spice up the competition.If a racer can get a perfect reaction time off the line at any point during Saturday’s event, that driver will receive free admission. The MPH Club will award drivers with stickers for their cars if they manage to complete a run at or faster than that night’s predetermined speed requirements.There are 14 scheduled Street Fights events on the calendar this season, starting with Saturday’s action, slated to start at 1 p.m. with gates opening at noon.The cost to participate in Saturday’s event is $10 ($15 for cars hauled in on trailers). Grandstand admission for the event is $5.For more information on Street Fights or any of the new promotions, contact Bristol Dragway at (423) 764-3724 or visit www.bristoldragway.com.Kingsport Speedway KINGSPORT — The weather hasn’t been warm so far this spring, but the racing action at Kingsport Speedway has certainly been hot enough to compensate.Adam Long will look to back up his dominating win in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model feature with another strong performance this Friday night. The 60-lap Late Model feature will headline a full night of racing action at the short track.There will be a Mod 4 race Friday night while the Legends division enjoys a week off. For more information on the event, visit www.newkingsportspeedway.com.Volunteer Speedway BULLS GAP — While the folks at Kingsport Speedway have toughed it out through some cold evenings, Volunteer Speedway hasn’t been in action since the Spring Thaw wrapped up March 16.The dirt track will come back out of hibernation April 6 for Walter Ball Memorial Night. The Pro Late Model division will take center stage with $2,000 going to the winner of that night’s feature race.For more information on next week’s event at Volunteer Speedway, visit www.volunteerspeedway.com.