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Bristol gearing up for race weekend fan festivities

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 19, 2018) – Thursday of August’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend will be bigger than ever as Food City Family Race Night takes place at Bristol Motor Speedway, adding to an action-packed schedule that kicks off America’s Night Race activities.

Food City Family Race Night will now serve as the kickoff to the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/Bush’s Beans 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour doubleheader, which was recently announced as moving to Thursday evening, Aug. 16. Also happening on Thursday is The Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade, which will tour through Speedway property at approximately 3:45 p.m. Fans who then attend the racing doubleheader will be able to celebrate Thirsty Thursday with special priced Busch draft pours at select locations.

“With all the action happening on property to begin America’s Night Race weekend, it’s only fitting to add Food City Family Race Night to the fold,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We’re taking one of the most popular and longest running fan fests in NASCAR and going all out with more vendors, games and driver appearances. Thursday is going to be an outstanding kickoff to an awesome race weekend.”

Food City Family Race Night will run from Noon to 6 p.m. in Bristol Motor Speedway’s Hospitality Village, located outside Turn 4. The free event will feature larger-than-life displays, food, games and numerous vendors. Autograph seekers will be in for a treat as some of NASCAR’s biggest names appear. Food City Family Race Night will also be the location of the official NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (1-1:45 p.m.) and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (4:30-5:15 p.m.) autograph sessions where visitors can meet some of NASCAR’s brightest upcoming stars.

“We are excited to join NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway in bringing the best pre-race event in all of NASCAR to Bristol Motor Speedway to serve as the kickoff for Thursday’s racing activities,” said Kevin Stafford, vice president of marketing for Food City.

A race ticket is not required to visit Food City Family Race Night. Free parking for the event will be available at Speedway Parking, across Hwy 394 with shuttle transportation to property.

Haulers participating in the Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade will be on display at the Bass Pro Shops at The Pinnacle from approximately Noon to 2 p.m. The parade will tour BMS property around 3:45 p.m. The specific route will be announced at a later date.

Following the excitement of Food City Family Race Night and the Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade, the lights will come on for the UNOH 200/Bush’s Beans 150 doubleheader. Race fans will be able to celebrate Thirsty Thursday with special $3 Busch draft pours at select front and backstretch concession locations on concourse level of the Speedway. Guests will also have access to the first floor of the party deck of Busch Banks & Brews, Bristol’s premium outdoor sports-bar located in Turn 1.

Two of Speedway Children’s Charities’ race weekend events will swap days. The live memorabilia auction will now be on Friday, Aug. 17 with viewing at 3 p.m. and the live auction at 4 p.m. at the O. Bruton Smith Building. The Night Race 5K, long held on Thursday evening, will move to Saturday morning, Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. Guests will be able to run on the legendary dragstrip of Thunder Valley and go for a lap around The Last Great Colosseum while benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities Bristol chapter, just hours before competitors take to the high banks for America’s Night Race.

Tickets for the UNOH 200/Bush’s Beans 150 doubleheader start at just $25 at all Food City locations with kids 12-and-under free. While at Food City, guests can also pick up their Friday Food City 300/Pinty’s Qualifying tickets for only $30 (kids 12-and-under free) as well as their Saturday Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race tickets for $60 ($10 for kids 12-and-under). Those interested in an $85 weekend pass (just $10 for kids 12-and-under), which includes tickets to the Food City 300/Pinty’s Qualifying as well as the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, can visit or call 423-BRISTOL.

— Bristol Motor Speedway —