Fitzgerald USA, a national leader in the trucking industry, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the entitlement sponsor for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals it was announced today by Bristol Dragway officials.

The 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, round 11 of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, is set for Father's Day weekend, June 15-17, 2018. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

"Fitzgerald USA is a great American company, a leader in the trucking industry and simply the perfect fit to become the entitlement sponsor for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. "We have been fortunate to partner with the Fitzgerald family for many years and they have become a part of the Bristol family. We are certain with their support behind our NHRA national event it will be a win-win for all involved."

The Bristol Dragway event sponsorship increases Fitzgerald USA's involvement with Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway, as the company also sponsors the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race each April held in conjunction with the Food City 500 weekend. The Byrdstown, Tenn.-based company also presents its popular Fitzgerald Peterbuilt Truck Show at Bristol Dragway in early May. The event puts the spotlight on some of the most beautiful and sophisticated big rig semi-trucks from around the world.

"It's an exciting notion to come back to a sport that I was very passionate about so many years ago," said Tommy Fitzgerald, Sr., Fitzgerald USA president. "Most people know us as the guys who rebuild quality reliable diesel engines, but very few know that my brother Ricky and I originally got our start in building engines for our own drag cars. I feel honored, privileged, and humbled that our team has come so far and can finally put our name to such a prestigious NHRA National Event."

Tickets for the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals weekend are available by visiting or calling the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket sales center at 423-BRISTOL.