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									                                                                                                               (Above) The panoramic view of the surrounding Smokey Mountains combined
                                                                                                                   with the modern conveniences of Bristol Dragway have helped make the
                                                                                                                     NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals one of the more popular events on the
                                                                                                                      NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour. (Below) Plumbing
                                                                                                                      contractor Mike Gunderson wheeled his Under the Gun Top Fuel
                                                                                                                        dragster to a 4.19 to qualify for the field. He improved to a 3.99 in the
                                                                                                                           opening round but couldn’t get past Cory McClenathan.

                                   Billy Upton drove his wheelstanding Corvette roadster to the final
                                                  round of Super Gas, where he lost a close double-
                                                             breakout battle against Tom Stalba.




                                                                                                                                        photos by
                                                                                                                                      Marc Gewertz,
                                                                                                                                    Richard Wong, and
                                                                              Bristol Dragway                                           Bob Szelag
                                                                               General
                                                                                Manager
                                                                                 Jeff Byrd, left, congratulated longtime
                                                                                 Funny Car driver Dale Pulde, the
                                                                                 latest inductee into the Legends of Thunder Valley,
                                                                                which re
								
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