BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 07, 2023) – Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster team head to Bristol Dragway sitting third in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with an opportunity to make a major move in the championship points battle. Competing in not only the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, but they’ll also have a chance at victory in the postponed NHRA New England Nationals.
Prock has gone to the finals twice this season with a victory in Charlotte at the Four-Wide Nationals. It was a significant milestone marking his first victory of the season, first in Four-Wide and first in Top Fuel for seasoned crew chief Chris Cunningham, who was previously part of the crew chief tandem on Robert Hight’s Funny Car with Jimmy Prock.
“I’m excited for a big weekend in Bristol. Every round has a possibility of high excitement. This Montana Brand / Rocky Mount Twist team is hoping to get off on the right foot in the first qualifying session and carry that through the weekend,” Prock said. “There is potential to make a big points gain this weekend and I believe we have all the tools on this team to do just that.”
Prock has only two other starts at Bristol Dragway, both times having a first-round exit. After qualifying seventh with only two runs in Epping last weekend, Prock will start New England Nationals’ competition with a first-round matchup against Steve Torrence.
After rain postponed eliminations for the New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., Bristol Dragway will now play host to a doubleheader. Beginning with the second round of qualifying, teams will be competing not only to start race day from further up the ladder but for the New England Nationals Wally. Second session of qualifying will serve as round one, third session as round two, an additional run not counting towards qualifying will be the semifinals and the final qualifying session will also host the New England Nationals finals.
The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway starts with qualifying Friday at 5:00 p.m. followed by the second session and first round of New England Nationals eliminations at 8:00 p.m. Saturday will include the quarterfinals of the New England Nationals during the second qualifying session at 2:00 p.m. and then the New England Nationals semifinals for Epping at 4:15 p.m. The final qualifying session as well as the New England Nationals final round will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Eliminations for the Thunder Valley Nationals are set to begin at noon on Sunday.
Television coverage this weekend will be aired on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and include a Friday 7 p.m. ET Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying show and New England Nationals first round show at 8:00 p.m. ET. Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET will be the remaining New England Nationals coverage. Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET will be a second Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying show and at 7:00 p.m. ET will air the Thunder Valley Nationals eliminations.