Happy Race Week Bristol Fans!
Wow, to say that the racin' world has been buzzin' since Atlanta is an understatement. Now the wait is almost over. We're already welcoming the best race fans in NASCAR to the land of "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" for one of our biggest and best Food City 500 race weekends ever. In fact, we had a little fun with some of the early arrivals yesterday. See the video here.
As you know, the weekend is packed with three days of on-track Bristol action. On Ford Fan Friday we invite you to take in a full day of Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series practice, plus qualifying for the Food City 500. Ford Fan Friday tickets are only $5, but remember that you can get in free with a specially marked can from our friends at Pepsi.
There's also a lot of excitement surrounding Saturday's action. A number of Cup drivers will race in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race, including Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Following the completion of that event, it's more racin' -- this time with some of the sport's greatest drivers ever in the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown. Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Harry Gant headline the drivers entered in this 35-lap (all green-flag) race in full-bodied stock cars. For more on the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, check out this video.
Then of course, the Food City 500 brings the weekend to a close on Sunday with the season's first short track racin' of the year. We hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are.
From wherever your trek to Thunder Valley begins, we wish you a very safe trip and we hope your Bristol experience is a memorable one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and prayers for BMS President and General Manager Jeff Byrd. You may continue to do so via e-mail by sending them to [email protected]
We'll see ya soon!
WEEKEND SCHEDULE FAN GUIDE BRISTOL NEWS
News You Can Use
To assist you in getting the most out of your Bristol race weekend, here are some last-minute items to remember.
Staying south of Bristol Motor Speedway (Johnson City area)? Make note that on Highway 11E, the town of Bluff City has installed speed detection cameras in the Piney Flats community and they will be operating on race weekend. Read More.
Also, regarding traffic, you may want to read through the traffic tips offered by the City of Bristol, Tennessee. Also, on Food City 500 race day, the BMS Radio Network will be operational and available on the below stations.
WJCW-AM 910 (Tri-Cities, TN/VA)
WFHG-AM 980 (Bristol, VA)
WMEV-FM 93.9 (Marion, VA)
WXSM-AM 640 (Tri-Cities, TN/VA)
WNVA-FM 106.3 (Norton, VA)
WMTN-AM 1300 (Morristown, TN)
Bristol Motor Speedway provides a race weekend GUEST INFORMATION HOTLINE that is operational 24 hours a day. Fans with questions regarding the Speedway and its events this week may call 1.866.925.9258 beginning on Tuesday at 6 PM. Please note this number is for information purposes only. All emergency calls should be directed to 911.
Fans still looking for lodging arrangements (hotels, rental homes, etc.) for the weekend are encouraged to call Race Lodging at 423.764.5454.
Our Food City friends have posted a very detailed schedule of their Food City Race Night activities and appearances online. Read More.
A hit among fans last year was the new Bristol Motor Speedway souvenir beverage container, and it returns in 2010. Carved right out of NASCAR history, it's fashioned after canning jars just like the ones ol' Junior Johnson used to haul around. But here in Bristol, we fill 'em with iced tea and lemonade. Now wait a minute... There's also a 21-and-older version fans may purchase from select stands that's flavored with Junior Johnon's Midnight Moon.
Get the most out of your smart phone this weekend by keeping up with insider news from Bristol Motor Speedway's Facebook and Twitter pages. From the infield media center and throughout the property, we'll be offering up loads of information all week long. Also, check out our event week photo gallery on Flickr with lots of Bristol photos you won't see anywhere else.
Please visit our Guest Information Kiosks located throughout Bristol Motor Speedway grounds. Our staff will be happy to assist you with your informational needs.
Remember, it's a good idea to check the list of prohibited items before you head to the track.
Because we electronically scan your tickets upon entry into the grandstands, try to keep the barcodes on your race tickets protected. You'll want to keep them away from heat/direct sunlight and also do not allow them to get wet. Many of our fans keep their tickets in a clear plastic holder with lanyard for convenience and protection. And remember that if you leave the grandstands, you must have your tickets scanned on the way out if you plan to re-enter.
There's still time to...
... add the Half-Mile Club experience to your ticket package. All Half-Mile Club members are automatically entered to win a meet and greet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. But that's just the start of it. The Half-Mile Club includes fantastic meals, entertainment, visits from folks like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, NASCAR legends David Pearson and Junior Johnson and more. Get exclusive entry into the BMS Hospitality Village and become a Half-Mile Club member today. Call 423.989.6900 for more information or read more online.
... enter the Scotts Turf Builder Cornhole Classic and win $500, IRWIN TOOLS Night Race suite seats and much more. And don't forget, on Friday evening 10 teams which have pre-registered will be selected to play with 10 of the 12 drivers racing in the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown. Carl Edwards will host the special cornhole match which includes David Pearson, Harry Gant and more. The drivers will sign autographs as well.
... register for the Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk. Taking place on Saturday night, it's your chance to walk the track where legends are made. Your $35 donation to Speedway Children's Charities secures your spot, but you can save $10 and pre-register online now.
... purchase another ticket for a friend or family member who hasn't been able to enjoy Bristol in the past, because we’ve sold out. We still have plenty of fantastic seats for each day, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500. Just call us toll-free at 1.866.415.4158.
Back by popular demand, each Food City 500 driver is choosing his own pre-race introduction song. Several drivers, including Mark Martin, got the fans involved via online voting. A new twist for the Food City 500 is that 43 lucky Bristol Motor Speedway season ticket holders will actually introduce each driver before they walk out to their tune of choice.
The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by 4TROOPS, a group of U.S. combat veterans. The group also will sing their popular song "For Freedom" during pre-race.
Wrestler turned actor, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will serve as grand marshal, while Dallas Cowboy All-Pro tight end and Tennessee native Jason Witten will wave the green flag.
The fly-over will feature F-18s courtesy of USMC, VMFA-224 from Beaufort, South Carolina.
It's shaping up to be a great weekend and we can't wait to see ya!