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It’s been ten years now that Bristol Dragway has hosted a Chrysler-only event; the fabled ‘Thunder Valley’ in Northeast Tennessee has seen the event executed with a variety of ups and downs. For 2009, it was moved to the first weekend in September, Labor Day, and the 10th Annual Thompson Metal Mopar Thunder was heralded a success by many.
Of course being that the facility is multi-faceted, things on the racetracks were a highlight. One very popular event was the Dukes of Hazard speedway cruise. Several enthusiast-owned Chargers were available to take spectators for drives around the banks of the world’s fastest ½ mile raceway; $20.00 a carload got you a handful of laps, and there were a lot of takers. Actor James Best, who played Rosco P. Coltrane on the popular series, was on hand to sign autographs.