On Thursday, May 14, it will be more important than ever for some of the NHRA's top stars to make sure they drive straight in Bristol. 

 

They won't be driving their powerful machines to the finish line in Thunder Valley, but making sure their opening shots land on the fairway during the Sixth Annual Bristol Dragway Celebrity Golf Benefit presented by Alpha Natural Resources at the Country Club of Bristol.

The tournament, which sees many NHRA racers compete for the coveted Darrell Russell Cup, benefits the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and takes place the day before the first round of qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals.

Last year's tournament featured 20 drivers and raised more than $25,000 for various charities throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Among the drivers expected to participate in this year's tournament are six-time and defending Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher, Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden, Brandon Bernstein, Larry Dixon, Doug Herbert, Bob Tasca, Allen Johnson and Dave Connolly.

The tournament begins with registration and a putting contest at 11 a.m.  Lunch is scheduled for noon.  The shotgun start is slated for 1 p.m.

A limited number of slots remain available.  Hole sponsorship is $1,500, which includes a four-person team and signage on the sponsored hole. Teams also may be purchased for $1,200 without a hole sponsorship. All team members will receive a goody bag as well as lunch.

To enter a team or for more information, please contact Barbara Kaiser-Pigg at (423) 989-6975 or via email at barbara@bristolmotorspeedway.com