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Food City Race Night Returns to State Street

Food City Race Night Returns to State Street

ABINGDON, VA (Monday, August 13, 2012) – As the area prepares for the onslaught of race fans and RV’s, the folks at Food City are gearing up for their annual Food City Family Race Night.  The event will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 on State Street in downtown Bristol, VA/TN. 

This year marks the 25th Anniversary for the highly popular pre-race event and the 20th Anniversary of the Food City 250.  “We’re excited to be hosting the 25th Anniversary Food City Family Race Night in downtown Bristol,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.  “We have a great line-up, loaded with driver autographs, attractions, entertainment and much more.  You’ll find something for the entire family to enjoy.” 

Over the last 25 years, Food City Race Night has contributed in excess of $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits.  The event paves the way for a weekend of action-packed Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing at one of NASCAR’s most popular venues. 

Festivities will get underway at 1 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.  $5.00 advance tickets are available at area Food City locations.  Tickets will be available the day of the event for only $6.00.  Children twelve and under are admitted free of charge.  Event proceeds benefit Abuse Alternatives and Healing Hands Health Center of Bristol.  This year’s media sponsors are Bristol Herald Courier and WJHL/11 Connects.

“Food City is committed to giving back to the community.  Our NASCAR sponsorship enables us to host our annual Food City Family Race Night events, which provide an inexpensive evening of excitement for the entire family,” says Ron Bonacci, vice president of marketing for Food City. 

Food City has already received confirmation from several big name drivers and attractions, with more expected in.  Among those already confirmed are Jeff Burton (250 wristbands to be given at 4 p.m.), Kevin Harvick (200 wristbands to be given out at 3:00 p.m.), Ron Hornaday, David Ragan, Johanna Long, Scott Speed, Jeremy Clements, Morgan Shepherd, Eric McClure, Caleb Holman, Jake Crum, Jason Bowles, Chad Greenfield and Ross Chastain.

Join Food City as they honor legendary team owner Richard Childress during welcome ceremonies beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Several special presentations will also be made during on-stage ceremonies, including check presentations to Richard Petty/Paralyzed Veterans of America’s: MissionAble Program and Ryan Reed/Juvenile Diabetes.  Both presentations are a result of monies donated by Food City customers during their in-store fundraising campaigns.  Check presentations will also be made to David Ragan/Feeding America.

Food City will also announce the winner of the Pepsi Sweepstakes, who will receive a vintage 1965 Corvette valued at $43,000.  American Idol™ finalist and country music artist Josh Gracin will perform live on the main stage from 7:30 until 8:45 p.m.  The concert is sponsored by Mayfield Dairy.  Great American Lumberjack Feud and Ultimate Air Dogs will feature presentations throughout the event.

Special appearances will also be made by Hermie Sadler of SPEED Channel, Miss Food City, Ginny Cole, John Earnhardt, NASCAR Legends Gary Potter, Paul Lewis, Delmar Spence & Brownie King, Wheelen driver Zeke Shell, K&N Series driver Chad Finchum, ASA drivers Matthew Eades, Jenna Wagner & Steve Wright, Go-Kart driver Brandon Morris, Lonesome Pine Drivers Harold Crook, Mike Leake, CJ Woliver, Ryan Stiltner, Kevin Wolfe & Dwayne Mullins, Late Model driver Brandon Rogers, Mini Cup driver Mark Evans, Kart drivers Bryson Hutton, Owen Lowe, Greg Smiley Fields & Dillon Hodge, Late Model Sportsman Chad Harris, UARA driver Kaleb Pressley, NASCAR Artist Sam Bass, local authors Natasha McMorales, PI, David McGee and Joe Tennis, Mayberry Deputy David Browning and the Food City Big Cart. 

Live entertainment is schedule to begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Pepsi stage and 2:00 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market and will include such favorites as Cody Shuler & Pine Mtn. Railroad, Shake Ragg, Cadillac Blue, Tony Justice, Katelyn Baker and many others. 

Free food sampling will be available from 4 until 9:00 p.m., while supplies last, including mouthwatering selections from the famous John Boy & Billy Big Show Grill, Lizard Lick Towing Grill and the hundred foot Johnsonville Big Taste Grill.  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 9/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.

A second Food City Family Race Night is also planned for Wednesday, August 22nd at the Expo Center in Knoxville, TN from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  So mark your calendar and make plans to attend Food City Family Race Night. 

For a complete listing of Food City Race Night attractions, please visit the website at, where updates will continue to be posted as they become available.  Please note that driver autographs are limited to time available and schedules are subject to change.