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Food City Race Night Returns to Knoxville

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 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the Expo Center in Knoxville, 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,” 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 4 p.m. and continue until 8:30 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 the Helen Ross McNabb Center.  This year’s media sponsors are Knoxville News Sentinel, WATE TV Channel 6 and WIVK FM 107.7. 

“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 local favorite Trevor Bayne, Daytona Truck Series winner John King and Johanna Long.

Join Food City as they honor legendary University of Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt during welcome ceremonies beginning at 5:30 p.m.  ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  A special check presentation will also be made during on-stage ceremonies to Ryan Reed/Juvenile Diabetes. 

Special appearances will also be made by Miss Food City, Ginny Cole, ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch, K&N Series driver Chad Finchum, Wheelen Series drivers Zeke Shell & Greg Corum, UARA driver Robbie Henry, Dirt Karting drivers Michael Nuchols, Jed Emert & Jennifer Emert, Lonesome Pine drivers Greg Bohanna, Jr., Kevin Wolfe, Harold Crook & Mike Leake, Newport Speedway driver Ed Surrett, Mod Lite Series driver Kelli Barnes, Mini Cup driver Mark Evans, Go-Kart driver Brandon Morris, Tazewell Speedway drivers Logan Dukes, Jason Trammill & Ronnie Johnson, Smoky Mountain Speedway drivers Skip Arp, Vic Hill, Billy Ogle, Jr. & Mark Vineyard, 411 Motor Speedway drivers Rocky McNabb, Michael Millsap, Ryan King, David Miley & Mike Lewis, Champ Kart driver Kaede Loudy, Kart driver Bill Sexton, NASCAR Legends Paul Lewis, Delmar Spence & Brownie King, NASCAR Artist Sam Bass and the Food City Big Cart.

Live entertainment is schedule to begin at 4:00 p.m. and will feature Cody Shuler & Pine Mtn. Railroad, The Royal Hounds, Katelyn Baker, Tony Justice and many others.  Free food sampling will be available from 4 until 8:30 p.m., while supplies last. 

A second Food City Family Race Night is also planned for Thursday, August 23rd on State Street in downtown Bristol, VA/TN from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  So mark your calendar and make plans to attend Food City 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.