ABINGDON, VA (Wednesday, March 6, 2013) – As the area prepares for the onslaught of race fans and RVs, the folks at Food City are gearing up for their annual Food City Race Night, which will return to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, March 15th.
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. Fans can expect a great line-up of driver interactive sessions, along with show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and a smorgasbord of free food samples. Festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Food City has already received confirmations from several drivers and attractions. Among those already confirmed are: Trevor Bayne (250 wristbands will be given out at the beginning of his line at 4 p.m.), Kevin Harvick (125 wristbands will be given out at the NASCAR tent at 4 p.m. 250 wristbands will be given out at the Armour display at 4 p.m.), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (125 wristbands will be given out at the beginning of his line at 4 p.m.), Kasey Kahne (200 wristbands will be given out at the beginning of his line at 4 p.m.), David Ragan, Bobby Labonte, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (limit of 200 autographs), Eric McClure, Chad Finchum, Jeremy Clements and Morgan Shepherd, K&N Series drivers Blake Jones, Dylan Presnell and CJ Faison, Truck Series drivers Caleb Holman and John King, Whelen All-American Series driver Amber Abram, NASCAR Legends Brownie King, Paul Lewis, Larry Utsman and Travis Tiller, Lonesome Pine drivers Kevin Wolfe, Harold Crook, Doug Oliver, Jeff Woodward, Derrick Woodward, Dewayne Mullins, Ryan Stiltner, Rick Carico, Carey Brown, David Brown, Brad Ball, Toby Jones and Morgan Widner, ASA drivers Jenna Wagner, Steve Wright and Matthew Eades, Kart drivers William Foster, Jr., Brandon Morris, Dillon Hodge and Bryson Hutton, Dirt Modified driver Blake Terry and Jr Sportsman Champ Kylin Hammer.
Special appearances will be made by Miss Food City Alex Honeycutt, Harlem Globetrotter Jet Williams, Country Singer Tony Justice, author Chuck Thompson and local author David McGee. Retired Navy Seal and author of Battle Ready, Mark Donald will also make an appearance. Donald has received the Navy Cross, the Nation’s second highest honor, as well as the Silver Star, the Nation’s third highest honor. He is one of only seven US Navy recipients of the Navy Cross and is the only Navy Medical Officer since Vietnam to receive a Navy Cross. He is also the only Medical Officer since the Korean War to receive two high level combat awards.
Free food sampling will begin at 4 p.m. and continue while supplies last. Pine Mountain Railroad will take the stage from 4:15 until 5:15 p.m. Welcome ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m., featuring MC Larry McReynolds, followed by a driver question and answer session at 6 p.m. Tony Justice will take the stage for a live performance at 7 p.m.
In the Bristol Motor Speedway tent, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth will host a question/answer session as well as WII Boxing with Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Allgaier and Travis Pastrana and a game segment featuring Mike Dillon, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon.
The event will close with a special 9:00 p.m. fireworks show (weather permitting). This year’s media sponsors are Bristol Herald Courier and 11 Connects WJHL-TV.
For a complete listing of Food City Race Night attractions, visit Food City’s website at www.foodcity.com, where updates will be posted. Please note that scheduling and driver appearances are subject to change and autographs are limited to time availability. Food City Race Night in Knoxville, TN is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th at the Knoxville Expo Center from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR motorsports. Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.