BRISTOL, Tenn. (Tuesday, April 24, 2007) - Before the National Hot Rod Association's finest take to Bristol Dragway for the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, set for May 18-20, they'll get to do a little driving of a different sort on May 17.

The 4th Annual Bristol Dragway Celebrity Golf Benefit presented by Racebricks & Doug Herbert Performance Parts takes place this year at the Country Club of Bristol the day before action kicks off in Thunder Valley.

The tournament, which draws numerous NHRA drivers each year, benefits Speedway Children's Charities. Last year 19 drivers vying for the Darrell Russell Cup helped raise more than $30,000 for children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Drivers expected to play in this year's benefit include defending Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, Melanie Troxel, Tommy Johnson, Cory McClenathan, J.R. Todd, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and many others.

The tournament begins with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. putting contest, lunch at 11:30 and the shotgun start at 1 p.m.

A very limited number of slots remain available. A team is $1,200 and a hole sponsorship is $1,500, which includes a foursome and signage on the sponsored hole. All team members will receive a goody bag as well as lunch.

To enter a team or for more information, please contact Barbara Kaiser at (423) 989-6975 or via email at

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