NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol TN.  June 18-20th, 2010

Winner: Von Smith 5.994 241.54 3rd
R/UP: Jay Payne 6.039 240.38  
Low ET: Jay Payne 5.991    
Top Speed: Brad Personett   249.01  
Bump Spot:   6.133    


Von Smith

Von Smith

Von Smith won his third straight NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race during NHRA’s Thunder Valley Nationals event at Bristol TN.  The win which came driving the Barwa/Al-Anabi Racing ’68 Camaro allowed the Tennessee-based native driver to assume a commanding points lead for the series championship.

In the finals, Smith gave up 12/1000th to Jay Payne at the start, but he tracked him down with a 5.994 at 241.54 to Payne’s 6.039 at 240.36 mph.  He now leads second-place Danny Rowe by 92 points.

Smith qualified fifth, but because of a series upsets on his half of the ladder he didn’t meet a higher-qualified driver until the final when he was matched up against No. 2 qualifier Payne.

En route to the final, Smith defeated No. 12 qualifier Tony Pontieri, No. 13 Rick Stivers and No. 8 Ray Commisso.

Jay Payne, set low ET of the event during qualifying with a run of 5.991 secs while Brad Personett once again set top speed driving the awesome Big Stuff-sponsored turbocharged Camaro – this time at 249.01 mph.

(Bruce Biegler Photo)