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Food City Race Night Returns to Knoxville

ABINGDON, VA (Tuesday, March 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 Race Night, which will return to the Knoxville Expo Center on Thursday, March 15th.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary for the highly popular pre-race event and the 20th Anniversary of the Food City 500 (March) and Food City 250 (August). 

“We’re excited to be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Food City Family Race Night,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City President and CEO.  “We have a great line-up planned with fun-filled activities for the entire family.”

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:  Trevor Bayne, Tayler Malsam, Mike Bliss, Jeff Green, Robby Gordon, Kenny Wallace, David Stremme, Michael Annett and Johanna Long, Lonesome Pine drivers Kevin Wolfe and Ed Surrett, K&N Series driver Chad Finchum, Wheelen Modified drivers Zeke Shell and Greg Corum, UARA driver Robbie Henry, NASCAR Legends Travis Tiller, Delmar Spence, Larry Utsman, Brad Teague, Paul Lewis and Brownie King.  Special appearances will also be made by NASCAR artist Sam Bass and Miss Food City, Ginny Cole, RCR Safety Director and retired Fuel Man for #3, Chocolate Myers and Red Gold Bass Fisherman/Pro Angler Todd Hollowell. 

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 a special demonstration given by Team XTREME of Knoxville at 5:15 p.m. and Madison McKenzie at 6 p.m.  Tony Justice will perform live at 6:30 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, where updates will be posted.  Please note that scheduling and driver appearances are subject to change and autographs are limited to time availability.  A second Food City Race Night is also planned for Friday, March 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN 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 104 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.