A visionary and transformative figure in both business and entertainment, Ollen Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH), Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities died today of natural causes. He was 95.
Ron Capps continued his Funny Car dominance at Bristol Dragway, winning the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for a record sixth time on Sunday. Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined Capps as winners of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event in Northeast Tennessee.
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, one of the most successful drag racers in history, was inducted today into the prestigious Legends of Thunder Valley by Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway President Jerry Caldwell.
Mike Salinas’ stronghold on Bristol Dragway continued Saturday as the California racer powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Robert Hight (Funny Car), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their categories into Sunday’s final eliminations at noon.
Three-time NHRA Funny Car champion Robert Hight took over the controls of the Bristol Motor Speedway Pace Car Saturday morning and mashed the gas on the red, white and blue Chevy Camaro SS to log some laps around the iconic half-mile oval that’s been the home to so much NASCAR history.