As the area prepares for the onslaught of race fans and RV’s, the folks at Food City are gearing up for the annual Food City Race Night, which paves the way for a weekend of action-packed Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing at one of NASCAR’s most popular venues. The event will take place on Thursday, August 21, 2014 on State Street in downtown Bristol, VA/TN. Food City has hosted the highly popular event, which has contributed over $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits for more than twenty-five years.
Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty will also make on-stage appearances, along with Medal of Honor recipients Ron Rosser, Sammy L. Davis, Harold A. Fritz and James A. Taylor. ‘The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.’
Fans can expect a fun-filled evening jam-packed with driver autograph sessions, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and a smorgasbord of free food samples. The action will get underway at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. $5.00 advance tickets are available at area Food City locations. Tickets will be $6.00 on the day of the event. Children twelve and under are admitted free of charge. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Birthplace of Country Music.
Food City has already received confirmation from several big name drivers and attractions, with more expected in. Among those already confirmed are Kevin Harvick (6-6:45 p.m., 200 wristbands will be given out at 1 p.m. at the Armour display), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (6-8 p.m., 200 wristbands will be given out at 4 p.m. at the beginning of his line), Austin Dillon (3:30 p.m., 250 wristbands will be given out at 2:30 p.m. at the beginning of his line), David Ragan (6:30-7:30 p.m., 150 wristbands will be given out at 4 p.m. at the beginning of his line), Greg Biffle, Regan Smith, Eric McClure, Morgan Shepherd, Derrike Cope, Joey Gase, Michael McDowell, Joey Coulter, Brennan Newberry, Spencer Gallagher, Gray Gaulding, Caleb Holman, John King, Chris Lafferty, Jake Crum and Jennifer Jo Cobb, NASCAR Whelen drivers Jenna Wagner and Chad Finchum, ARAC driver Blake Jones, Lonesome Pine driver Kevin Wolfe, Vintage drivers Gary Potter, Haskell McKee and Danny Casteel, NASCAR Legends Paul Lewis, Brownie King, John A. Utsman and Travis Tiller, Late Model driver Tyler Goodwin, Kart drivers Dillon Hodge and Brandon Morris, along with drivers Brandon Rogers, Tim Lopata, C.J. Hulsey, Adam Gray, Mike Blevins and Jon Pittman.
Free food sampling will be available from 4 until 9:00 p.m., while supplies last. Shuttle services will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Pick-up and drop off locations include: the Bruton Smith Building (front entrance) at Bristol Motor Speedway; Tower C/Speedway Blvd. at BMS; Hwy. 11E & Whitetop Road; Hwy 394 and Whitetop Road; Hwy. 394 & Copperhead Road and the Bristol Mall – Exit 1 off I-81. The event site is just minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway.
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