Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway
ABINGDON, VA (Friday, March 4, 2011) - 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. On Friday, March 18th, the event will return to Bristol Motor Speedway.
"We're excited to once again be hosting Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway," said Steven C. Smith, Food City President and CEO. "This year we have another exciting evening planned, filled with more driver interactive sessions than ever and a great variety of attractions and entertainment."
Food City has hosted Race Night, which has contributed over $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits for well over twenty years. 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: Sprint Cup driver Bobby Labonte; Nationwide Series drivers Eric McClure, Steve Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Danny O'Quinn will be on hand. Special appearances will be made by Miss Food City, Elizabeth Robinette, ESPN Analyst and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty, Lonesome Pine drivers Derrick Woodward, Jeff Woodward, Freddie Taylor, Jr., Kevin Wolfe, Mike Keith, Casey Head, Moonshine Mills, Duke Bare, R.J. Reynolds, Morgan Widner, Tim Widner and Travis Greer; UARA drivers Brennan Poole, John King II and Julia Dawson; ARCA driver Chad Hackenbracht; Late Model driver Chad Finchum; Legend drivers Cody Johnson, Zack Walton, Drew Shortridge and Tyler Goodwin; Truck series driver Jake Crum.
A special question/answer session is scheduled for Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. Q&A session with Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, A.J. Allmendinger and David Ragan; 7 p.m. Wii Boxing Tournament featuring Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, and Bobby Labonte; 7:30 p.m. Newlywed Game with Kasey Kahne & Kenny Francis and Brad Keselowski & Paul Wolfe. Food City will honor Richard Petty during on-stage ceremonies at 5:30 p.m.
Free food sampling will begin at 4 p.m. and continue while supplies last. Live entertainment begins at 8 p.m. Food City will also debut their new Big Cart during Race Night festivities. This year's media sponsors are Bristol Herald Courier and WJHL TV Channel 11.
For a complete listing of Food City Race Night attractions, visit www.foodcity.com, where updates will be posted as they become available. 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 Thursday, March 17th at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, TN 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 106 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.