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Bristol Chevy Show bound for Thunder Valley

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Bristol Dragway hosts one of its biggest events this Friday through Sunday: the 39th annual Bristol Chevy Show.

Highlighting the event is Saturday’s Beef O’Brady’s Thunder Valley Mayhem, which has racing sessions scheduled for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Some of the exotic machines include ground-pounding Pro Mods, Nostalgia Funny Cars and fire-breathing Jet Dragsters. There also are exhibitions by the Team FMX freestyle bikes and a spectacular fireworks display.

The Bristol Chevy Show is the largest car show in the area and gives Chevrolet enthusiasts the chance to get those hard-to-find parts at the car corral and used parts swap meets.

The show also features bracket racing following a test-and-tune session Friday from noon to 6 p.m.

Time trials start Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and bracket racing begins at 1 p.m. The car show special awards are presented at 4 p.m. prior to Thunder Valley Mayhem.

Sunday time trials run until noon, and bracket racing is set for 12:30 p.m. Pro Mod rounds are scheduled for 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for Friday and $20 for single-day Saturday and Sunday tickets. A Saturday/Sunday combo ticket is available for $30. Children ages 10-and-younger are admitted for $10 for the weekend or $5 per day.


Jensen Ford pulled away from his old teammate and motored to a second win of the season Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.

The Johnson City racer, driving for the Elizabethton-based Whitehead Construction team, battled side by side with Jonesborough’s Tim Byrd over the first four laps of the Crate Late Model feature.

Byrd kept sticking the nose of his No. 24 Chevy under Ford’s No. 83 Chevy but wasn’t able to get around him. However, Byrd made up ground in the battle for the track championship, gaining six points on Johnson City’s Tim Maupin, who finished seventh.

Maupin, also a former track champion, holds just a one-point lead over Byrd in the Crate Late Model standings.

Logan Roberson, Rusty Ballenger and Heath Alvey rounded out the top five.

Travis Fultz of Harrogate won for the second time in three starts this season in the Sportsman Late Model division. Rex Coffey was runner- up and Chris Coffey finished third. Early contender Vic Chandler faded at the end.

Parrottsville’s Wayne Rader took over from early leader Shannon Emery, who had mechanical problems, to win the Modified Street feature. Kaleb Trent and Landon Steele were the second- and third-place finishers.

Morristown’s Austin Adkins beat pole-winner Tony Trent to win in Street Stock. Kentucky’s John Stevens won for an 11th time in the Classic division after apparent winner Michael Millsap failed post-race inspection. Shane Bullock of Caryville held off Chad Manning for a winning debut in his inaugural Mini Stock race on the high-banked dirt oval.

Another weekly racing program is scheduled for Saturday, with an addition: Front Wheel Drive cars from both the Wythe Raceway dirt track and Kingsport Speedway’s concrete oval are eligible to compete.


Kingsport riders Carson Eads and Dawson Ball each won two divisions at Saturday’s Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series race at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.

Haley Ball of Kingsport was victorious in 85cc Beginner. Bluff City riders Anthony Fields and Tanner Myers finished 1-2 in the 250 C race. Other local winners were Peyton Greene of Blountville (Unlimited C), Lane Milhorn of Watauga (51cc Beginner), Noah Carrol of Mountain City (450 D) and Brandon Hughes of Roan Mountain (30+).

Laken and Seth Fields of Church Hill posted runner-up finishes. Two Johnson City racers, Madison Hensley (Women) and Alton Clark (ATV Novice), and two Kingsport riders — Dylan Seal (Unlimited D) and Jackson Horne (two 85cc classes) — delivered second-place efforts.

Austin Milhorn of Limestone and Jackson Statzer of Elizabethton also had runner-up finishes.

The Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series returns to the Appalachian Fairgrounds on Oct. 5.

Contact Jeff Birchfield via email at jbirchfield@johnsoncitypress.com.