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Food City Race Night Returns to Knoxville

ABINGDON, VA (Monday, August 22, 2011) – As the area prepares for the onslaught of race fans and RV’s, the folks at Food City are gearing up for the annual Food City Race Night, which paves the way for a weekend of action-packed Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing at one of NASCAR’s most popular venues.  The event will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, TN.  Food City has hosted the highly popular event, which have contributed over $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits for nearly twenty-five years.  

Fans can expect a fun-filled evening jam-packed with driver autograph sessions, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and a smorgasbord of free food samples.  The action will get underway at 4:00 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.  $5.00 advance tickets are available at area Food City locations.  Tickets will be $6.00 on the day of the event.  Children twelve and under are admitted free of charge.  Proceeds from the event will benefit The Helen Ross McNabb Center.  This year’s media sponsors are the 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 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 drivers and attractions, with more expected in.  Among those confirmed are Knoxville native Trevor Bayne, Fain Skinner, USAR Pro Cup driver Blake Jones, Kelli Barnes, Alan VanWhy, Jr. and David Appleby, Lonesome Pine drivers Kevin Wolfe, Drew Shortridge and Harold Crook, Late Model driver Chad Finchum, Legend driver Lester Sexton, Super Modified drivers Melvin Corum and Justin Corum, Modified driver Greg Corum, WKA Dirt Karting drivers Michael Nuchols, Jed Emert and Jennifer Emert, Go-Kart drivers Lynn Davis, Eli Beets, Colby Horner and Brandon Morris, 411 car drivers Dylan Lowe, Mike Lewis, Layne Clifton, Rusty Ballenger, Travis Reno and Ryan King.  Special appearances will also be made by Kerry Earnhardt, ESPN Commentator Dr. Jerry Punch, Miss Food City Elizabeth Robinette, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon and NASCAR Artist Sam Bass.

Live entertainment is schedule to begin at 4:00 p.m. and will feature a number of artists including Cody Shuler & Pine Mtn. Railroad, Jonathan Birchfield and more.  Free food sampling will be available from 4 until 8:00 p.m., while supplies last.  Join Food City for on-state ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. 

A second Food City Race Night is also planned for Thursday, August 25th 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.