CHARLOTTE, NC (News Release) – This. Is. Monster Jam™! The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today motorsports tickets returns to Charlotte for an adrenaline-charged weekend at Spectrum Center on July 16-17. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Monster Jam ® features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill.
The Monster Jam Pit Party will be held in Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday. At the Monster Jam Pit Party, fans can see the massive trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly fun. This unique experience is the only place that allows people to get up-close access to the Monster Jam teams and get an insider’s look at how these trucks are built to stand up to the competition.
Charlotte fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection, the 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks push all limits in Freestyle, Skills, and Racing competitions. Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.
The all-star lineup will feature multiple fan favorites including Grave Digger driven by Krysten Anderson. GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ Krysten Anderson gets behind the wheel of the black and green wrecking machine, the legendary Grave Digger®, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills, and racing at speeds up to 70 miles-per-hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world.
WHEN:Saturday, July 16 –1:00 p.M. & 7:00 p.M. | Pit Party 10:30 a.M. – 12:00 p.M.Sunday, July 17 –1:00 p.M. | Pit Party 10:30 a.M. – 12:00 p.M.
WHERE: Spectrum Center | 333 East Trade St. Charlotte, NC
TRUCK LINEUP: Grave Digger driven by Krysten Anderson; Earthshaker driven by Tristan England; El Toro Loco driven by Armando Castro; Wildside driven by Zach Garner; Terminal Velocity driven by Jon Zimmer JR; Raminator driven by Mark Hall; and Rammuntion driven by Kurt Kraehmer.**Truck and driver line-up subject to change
The motocross world descends upon the Front Range this weekend with the return of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series to Thunder Valley Motocross Park.
The Toyota Thunder Valley National will bring high-flying, dirt-spitting action to the base of Dinosaur Ridge on Saturday for the third leg of the series’ 50th anniversary season.
An annual tradition that dates back to 2005 at the picturesque mile high venue, this year’s Thunder Valley races will see a resurgent Eli Tomac return to his home state.
The 29-year-old Cortez native recently placed third overall in the 450 Class at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, Calif., and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at Fox Raceway in Pala, Calif. He sits fourth overall in the points standings in his class.
Tomac has enjoyed plenty of success at Thunder Valley, with two wins in his previous four seasons. He is also coming off a strong showing in the AMA Supercross Championship at Empower Field at Mile High in April.
In the 250 Class, Australian brothers Jett Lawrence and Hunter Lawrence enter the weekend as the top two racers in the points standings, with Jett earning victories in each of the first two legs of the series.
Practice and qualifying begins bright and early at 8 a.M. Saturday, with opening ceremonies set for 12:30 p.M. The First Motos go off at 2 p.M., followed by the Second Motos at 4 p.M.
General admission is $25 for children (ages 6-11) and $55 for adults, VIP tickets cost $220-$225 for adults and $125 for children, and pit passes (9 a.M. To noon) can be purchased for $20 for all ages.
Prudhomme To Be Inducted Into Bristol Dragway’s Legends Of Thunder Valley
Drag Racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme has been named the 2022 inductee of Bristol Dragway’s exclusive Legends of Thunder Valley, the track’s official hall of fame. Prudhomme will be inducted during pre-race ceremonies for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, June 19. PHOTO-NHRA Archives
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, one of the most successful drag racers in history, will be inducted into Bristol Dragway’s Legends of Thunder Valley, the track’s official hall of fame, during the running of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Prudhomme, who drove the famed U.S. Army Funny Car during the height of his reign as one of the most dominating drag racers to ever speed down the quarter-mile, will be inducted as a Legend of Thunder Valley during pre-race ceremonies for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, June 19. He joins such names as Speedway Motorsports executive chairman Bruton Smith, NHRA Founder Wally Parks, Top Fuel legend Don Garlits, Funny Car champ John Force and NHRA team owner Don Schumacher, among others.
Prudhomme, 81, from San Fernando Valley, Calif., won four NHRA Funny Car world championship titles as a driver and earned 49 victories during his days in the cockpit of nitro-fueled Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters. He also earned two more world championships and 55 victories as an NHRA team owner in the late 1990s-2000s.
Prudhomme was very successful racing at Bristol Dragway in the 1960s and ‘70s, where he raced to one victory in six final round appearances and broke one of the speed barriers in Funny Car when he posted a jaw-dropping speed of 266.27 mph at the Tennessee track in 1985. That amazing performance was faster than the Top Fuel speed record at the time.
Prudhomme is one of an exclusive list of drivers who have competed at legendary Bristol Dragway in all three of the top drag racing sanctioning bodies, including the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA.
As a team owner at Bristol, Prudhomme’s drivers captured two NHRA victories, including one by Miller Lite Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon (2002) and one by Skoal Racing Funny Car driver Ron Capps (2001).
Guests are invited to come out and celebrate with “The Snake” on Father’s Day. He will be featured in a fan autograph session later that afternoon between pro elimination rounds in the pit area.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans will get to see plenty of NHRA stars during the Father’s Day weekend event, like eight-time Top Fuel champ and six-time Bristol winner Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher, the aforementioned John Force and his Top Fuel driving daughter Brittany, Tony Stewart Racing Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett, Virginia cattle rancher Matt Hagan, five-time Bristol winner and defending Funny Car champ Ron Capps, Bristol Top Fuel dominator Mike Salinas, last year’s Funny Car winner Alexis DeJoria, four-time Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence and Top Fuel rising star Justin Ashley.
For the first time since 2018, the high-revving Pro Stock category will return to action at Bristol where defending champ and two-time Bristol winner Erica Enders will battle alongside category veteran Greg Anderson, third-generation racer Troy Coughlin Jr., and rising stars Dallas Glenn and Kyle Koretsky, among others.
The 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle class also will return this season and defending race winner Angelle Sampey will be looking to add a second Bristol trophy to her collection. Defending series champ Matt Smith, from King, N.C., Suzuki rider Steve Johnson, national record holder Karen Stoffer and Team Harley’s Eddie Krawiec will be among the two-wheelers looking to score a Thunder Valley victory.
The race also will feature action in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series and the Constant Aviation NHRA Factory Stock Showdown.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals begins Friday, June 17 with the pro session beginning at 7 p.M., which will include the nitro qualifying at night, which starts at 8 p.M. The final two rounds of qualifying are set for Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.M. Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, June 19.
Friday’s 90-minute live qualifying show will air on FS1 at 8 p.M. (ET), and be followed by a one-hour Saturday qualifying highlights show at 11 p.M. (ET), also on FS1. Sunday’s three-hour final eliminations show will air at 3 p.M. (ET) on FOX.
Enough with the multi-colored neck ties and fancy pocket protectors, there’s still time to purchase tickets and give your Dad an unforgettable Father’s Day weekend experience. Weekend packages begin at just $94 while single-day Friday tickets start as low as $30 for adults. Saturday adult tickets start at $47 and Sunday’s tickets start at $37. Kids 12 and under tickets are free each day in grandstand sections A-U with a paid adult.