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Food City Race Night Returns to Knoxville

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 the Knoxville Expo Center on Thursday, March 14th.  

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 appearances, 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 8 p.m.      

Food City has already received confirmations from several drivers and attractions.  Among those already confirmed are:  Knoxville native Trevor Bayne, Kyle Petty, Eric McClure and Chad Finchum, Truck Series drivers Chris Lafferty and John King, Lonesome Pine drivers Kevin Wolfe, Doug Oliver, Harold Crook and Rick Carico, K&N Series driver Blake Jones, Whelen Modified drivers Greg Corum & Justin Smith, UARA driver Robbie Henry, Whelen All-American Series driver Amber Abram, NASCAR Legends Travis Tiller, Paul Lewis, Brownie King and Larry Utsman, Tazewell Speedway drivers Keith Chapman, Jason Trammell, Justin Beeler, John Long, Robbie Buchanan, Matthew Holt and Warren McMahan, 411 Speedway drivers Ryan King, Keith Sands, Robbie Comer, Josh Collins, Keith Gregory, Michael Courtney and Bart Baxter, Crossville Raceway drivers Troy Davenport, Jackie Griffith, Karlie Mullinax and Lucas Presley, WKA Dirt Kart drivers Michael Nuchols, Jed Emert and Jennifer Emert, Mini Cup drivers Tim Crusenberry, Scott Crusenberry and Mark Evans and Go Kart driver Brandon Morris.  

Special appearances will be made by NASCAR artist Sam Bass, Miss Food City Alex Honeycutt and ESPN Analyst Dr. Jerry Punch.  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.

Live entertainment and free food sampling (while supplies last) are schedule to begin at 4 p.m.  Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad will take the stage at 4:15 p.m., followed by Royal Hounds at 4:45 p.m. and a question and answer session with Kyle Petty at 5:15.  Onstage ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a special presentation to Kyle Petty.  Dr. Jerry Punch and Jim Wogan will serve as Masters of Ceremony.  Brad Blackwell will take the stage at 6:00 p.m. for a live performance, followed by Tony Justice at 6:45 p.m.  

Proceeds from the event benefit the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.  $5.00 advance tickets are on sale at select Food City locations.  Tickets will be $6.00 on the day of the event.  Children twelve and under are admitted free of charge.  This year’s media sponsors are Knoxville News Sentinel, WIVK and WATE TV Channel 6.  

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 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN is scheduled for Friday, March 15th from 4 p.m. until 9 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.