Knoxville Area Drivers Ready To Rumble In Thunder Valley

Around 400 drivers from across the country, as well as Canada, will come to Thunder Valley to fight for a chance to compete in the final 16-car field, with the winner taking home a nice paycheck.

At PINKS ALL OUT, drivers do not have to worry about losing their car to the competition, a common fear on the regular version of PINKS. With nothing to lose but pride and $10,000 to gain, PINKS ALL OUT will see drivers push their cars, and themselves, to the breaking point. It’s likely tempers will flare, tires will melt and then someone will drive straight to the bank.

One resident hoping to take more of Rich Christensen’s money is Knoxville’s Duane Cubberley. Cubberley already has competed in a PINKS ALL OUT event. His 1994 Chevrolet Camaro was one of the cars tabbed to be in the final group of 16 earlier this season.

“It was an awesome experience that I can’t wait to try again,” said Cubberley. “I was beaten in the first round by .004, but at least it was another Chevrolet that beat me.”

Although he didn’t make it out of the first round at the previous PINKS event, he is confident that he can make it further this time. He also is excited about making the trip to Thunder Valley.

“I have been going to Bristol for about 20 years,” he notes, “but I have never raced my car there. I am excited about the heads-up, run-what-ya-brung style. The television hype is exciting, too.”

Jon Baker from Strawberry Plains hopes his car is among the ones chosen for the final 16.

Baker is a loyal fan of drag racing and the reality show. Competing on PINKS ALL OUT was an obvious move for him.

“I am most excited about being on the same show that I have watched (on television) for years,” said Baker. “Being able to meet Rich and his crew would be even better.”

He has competed in Thunder Valley before, most recently at the Super Chevy Show.

“Bristol is a good hooking track,” he said. “It is very clean and has very nice pit areas.”

With a crew consisting of himself and his father, Baker believes his car has what it takes to impress everyone.

“All I need is one shot,” he says. “If I have that, I can prove what the car is capable of doing.”

On Saturday, July 21, gates open at 10 a.m. with time trials at noon. The PINKS crew will review qualifying times to determine which 16 cars will run for the money when PINKS ALL OUT filming begins at dusk. During the event, fans will be treated to the same rousing action that is seen on SPEED Channel each week.

Gates open at noon on Friday, July 20 with the PINKS Test and Tune beginning at 2:30.

Tickets still are available for each day of PINKS action at Bristol Dragway. Spectator admission for Saturday is $20, while Friday’s admission is $10. A combo ticket is available for $25. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster.

For more information about PINKS ALL OUT at Bristol Dragway, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit

Story Courtesy: BMS