Date posted: 4/18/2012 12:17:22 PM

This legendary event is known as the one that kicks off the racing season and what could be better than to include the fresh smell, sights and sounds of Top Fuel Dragsters burning the ever popular nitro-methane?  The 29th Annual Thunder Nationals is returning on May 11-12, 2012. 

With the addition of these "rockets on wheels" to the 2011 Thunder Nationals these 320+ MPH dragsters were sure to make this event the most popular season kick off yet.  Once again that is the plan for the 2012 event.  With such a positive response the US 131 Motorsports Park, US 131 MSP, management has made sure these popular cars will be included in the famed track's 50th anniversary season.  Where else can one go to see these cars run in Michigan?  Nowhere but at US 131 MSP. 

Along with the Top Fuel Dragsters fans will take a step back in time as a pair of Nostalgia Front Engine Top Fuel cars will hit"The Fastest Track in Michigan".  Never before seen at US 131 MSP fans will be treated to the Midwest Super Stock Mafia series featuring wheel-standing door slammers.  These muscle cars are made of American steel just like the good ole days.  These cars entertain fans with their large burnouts and bumper-dragging wheel-stands. 

As fans have come to love at US 131 MSP they know that no event is complete without the outrageous jet-powered vehicles.  This event will be an all train exclusive where KC Jones takes his jet trains and battles them out on the track.  The Cannon Ball Express will compete against the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. 

Friday, May 11 will feature a round of qualifying for the Top Fuel Dragsters as well as exhibition runs from many other feature cars.  Saturday will include a race filled day with the Lane Automotive Bracket Series hitting the race track at 10am with the main racing show beginning at 4pm, 6pm and 9pm.  Friday GA ticket prices are just $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are free at the gate.  Saturday ticket prices at the gate are only $20 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are free.  Advanced tickets are now available at a discount.  General admission for adults is only $17, children ages 6-12 are only $5.

New for the 50th Anniversary season at US 131 MSP is the Champions Club.  This VIP ticket includes tower reserved seating with many advantages to better your experience.  The Champions Club experience is only $50 per person on Saturday and may be purchased in advance as these seats are limited.  This VIP experience offers you and your guests the premium reserved seating in front of the tower with excellent viewing.  Guests will enjoy your own private cash bar from 2pm-9pm, an open VIP buffet with delicious food choices served from 4pm-6pm with unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and a personal meet and greet session with one of our professional drivers.  In addition to your VIP tickets and catered food each Champions Club guest will receive an exclusive commemorative 50th Anniversary US 131 MSP hat.