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Tri-Cities race week parties return to kick off Bristol festivities

As race fans descend upon East Tennessee for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in August, Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol in partnership with Food City are teaming up again with Bristol Motor Speedway to launch America’s Night Race week with the official Race Week Parties.

Kingsport will kick off the trifecta of parties on Monday, Aug. 12, before Johnson City grabs the baton for its own downtown block party on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Food City and Bristol will host the anchor event, Food City Family Race Night, which returns to downtown Bristol to close out the Race Week Parties in style.

“We are excited about the return of Food City Family Race Night to State Street,” said Kevin Stafford, vice president of marketing for Food City. “The downtown event has been very successful over the years and we are looking forward to returning to State Street this year. It’s all about bringing families and the community together.”

Following the three nights of parties, race fans and locals can head to the track for three consecutive nights of short track racing, beginning Thursday, Aug. 15.

“The Race Week Parties are a great way to engage locals and NASCAR fans for three nights of fun before three nights of great racing,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “When we show the hospitality of our community, it encourages our visitors to spend more time in the region, which benefits everyone.”

Additional details on each event will be announced at a press conference on July 10. A media advisory will be shared at the end of June.

Tickets for the upcoming Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race begin at $65 for adults. And for families who want to bring the entire clan, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for kids to have an awesome experience. On Thursday (Aug. 15) and Friday (Aug. 16), kids 12-and-under are free for the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series / Bush’s Beans 150 NASCAR K&N Series doubleheader as well as the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Pinty’s Qualifying. On Saturday (Aug. 17), kids tickets are just $10 to see some of the best short track racing in the world under the lights at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Teens ages 13-19 can also take advantage of special ticket pricing with all grandstand seats half-off. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the kids and teen tickets and each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates.

To purchase tickets to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend, call 423-BRISTOL or visit BristolTix.com.

— Bristol Motor Speedway —