Bristol Chevy Show set for this weekend

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

Bristol Dragway hosts one of its biggest events of the year with Friday through Sunday’s 39th annual Bristol Chevy Show.

It is highlighted by Saturday’s Beef O’Brady’s Thunder Valley Mayhem with 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 will also be 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. It also features bracket racing with 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. before the Thunder Valley Mayhem show.

Sunday time trials run until noon with bracket racing 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-under are $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.

While Byrd kept sticking the nose of his No. 24 Chevy under Ford’s No. 83 Chevy, he 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, now 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 as early contender Vic Chandler faded at the end.

Wayne Rader from Parrottsville 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.

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

Another weekly racing program is scheduled for Saturday. An addition will be a race for the Front Wheel Drive division. Front Wheel Drive cars from both Wythe Raceway dirt track and the Kingsport Speedway’s concrete oval will be 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 included: 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.

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