BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, September 15, 2011) –* Just because the IRWIN Tools Night Race is in the rearview mirror, it does not mean Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway will take a rest — not even close.

In the next few weeks, BMS will be invaded by a car-eating dinosaur, speedy sharks and the fastest race cars to ever grace the banks of the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

“We are proud to host some of the best events in racing and the final two weeks of this season are a testament to that,” said Jerry Caldwell, BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager. “October 1 not only marks one of our favorite events, the Sharky 500 and Kids Expo, it includes the debut of the extremely quick MustSeeRacing Sprint Cars and the season finale for Street Fights.
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“The week before, we have Thunder Valley Mayhem and Super Chevy Show. We definitely are going to have something for everyone to close out the racing season this year.”

All the fun begins during the Sept. 23-25 Super Chevy Show presented by GM Performance Division at Bristol Dragway. The Super Chevy Show features a weekend full of exciting bracket and exhibition racing, as well as the amazing Keisler Engineering Car Show and the Thompson Metal car corral and used parts swap meet. Spectator admission is $10 Friday, while Saturday and Sunday are $20 each. A weekend pass is available for only $30. Ages 10 and under are $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.

It doesn’t end there, as Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by Beef O’ Brady’s Family Sports Restaurant kicks up the action Saturday evening, Sept. 24 with a wide variety of extreme machines. From Nitro Pro Mods and jet dragsters to extreme motocross stunts and Transaurus, this is the ultimate thrill show for all ages. An exciting monster truck match race also highlights this event. Exhibition racing rounds take place at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s Super Chevy Show admission includes Thunder Valley Mayhem.

On Oct. 1, BMS closes the 2011 racing season with a day full of action for the entire family. The day begins with the fourth annual Kid’s Expo, a free event, which takes place in conjunction with the Sharky 500, a Speedway Children’s Charities rubber shark race that raises funds for agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

A number of activities will be held at the Kid’s Expo, including cornhole tournaments, an inflatable playland, the YMCA rock wall, and a Big Wheel drag race, to name a few. Live entertainment will be provided by Daisi Rain, a local youth band.

The shark race takes place on Beaver Creek between the Speedway and Bristol Dragway. The sharks are released simultaneously into the creek with the first few across the finish line scoring some amazing prizes, including the 2011 Ford Mustang BMS pace car (valued at more than $32,000), provided by Tri-Cities Ford Dealers. Second-place is $5,000 in merchandise from Grand Home Furnishings while the third-place shark will win its owner four tickets to anywhere American Airlines flies in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each shark is $10 and there is no limit on the number an individual can purchase. Sharks can be purchased at BMS, Grand Home Furnishings and Pizza Plus.

The Kid’s Expo will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., while the Sharky 500 is set for 1 p.m.

Beginning at noon on Oct. 1, Bristol Dragway will open its gates for the final time this year to host the Fas Mart Street Fights season finale. Racing begins at 1 p.m. and anyone with a valid driver’s license can challenge legendary Thunder Valley in their own street-legal vehicle for only $10. Spectator admission is $5. From the family minivan to high-horsepower American Muscle, there is something for everyone at Street Fights.

Oct. 1 also marks the debut of the TruFuel Xtreme Speed Classic, an event featuring winged sprint cars from the MustSeeRacing Xtreme Sprint Series. One of the series’ drivers, Jason Blonde, set a new BMS lap record during the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials in March. Blonde lapped the track in 13.245 seconds at an average speed of 144.871 mph, shattering the previous track record held by NASCAR’s Ryan Newman.

With open wheels and extremely high speeds, the race is sure to be one fans won’t want to miss. The afternoon also will include the Rolling Thunder Modified Touring Series, Street Stocks and Mod-4s.

Gates open at 1:30 p.m. for the Xtreme Speed Classic, with racing slated for 3:15 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Children’s tickets are $3 in advance or $5 on race day.

For more information about the thrilling conclusion to the 2011 racing season at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, please call (423) BRISTOL, toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or visit


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