Welcome to our new series highlighting drag racing tracks, where we explore the places you like to race across the country. We begin with Tennessee, which has quite a few tracks (so there’ll be a Part II to this state’s roundup).
Opening in 1965, the Bristol Dragway is more famously known as “Thunder Valley.” After several upgrades throughout the years, the drag strip’s elevation at the top end is 72 feet higher than the start, the professional pit area can fit 100 cars and transporters, and the sportsman area can hold up to 500 cars.
Crossville Dragway is a 1/8 mile dragstrip located in Crossville, TN, which was recently rebuilt from the ground up. The all-new Crossville Dragway has actually been around for more than 40 years, but recently upgraded to a new concrete track, concession stands, stands, and updated equipment.
Memphis International Drag Strip
Opened in 1987, the drag strip at Memphis International Raceway is ¼ mile, with concrete guard walls through the shutdown area, and trans lux LED scoreboards with 48” digits. The track is also one of only 23 NHRA member tracks to host a national event.
Music City Raceway
The oldest track on this list, Music City Raceway was established back in 1958 as Union Hill Raceway or “The Hill.” The drag strip is ⅛ mile, and also the longest-running drag racing facility in the NHRA Division 2. Time trials, testing, and tune-up start in February with runs beginning in March.