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Drivers, music, food await fans at Food City Race Night

Jennifer Sprouse • Aug 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

BRISTOL — Whether you’re a fan camping out for the Bristol Motor Speedway race this weekend, or a local just looking for something to do on Thursday, Food City Race Night has a little bit of something for everyone.

Now in its 21st year, Race Night will be held today from 1-9 p.m. on State Street and Lori Worley, director of communications for the Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event will have numerous vendors for participants to visit.

“They’ve got live music, they have free food sampling,” Worley said. “They’ve got car simulators that you can get in and ... see what it’s like to be in a real race car. There’s a lot of different vendors there that Food City works with and they hand out a lot of free goodies and there’s a lot of great stuff for kids.”

She said there also will be driver appearances and a time for fans to get autographs from drivers, including Jeff Burton, David Ragan, Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace.

According to FoodCity.com, the Race Night food court will feature a variety of foods, including Butterball chicken strips, CAB Thick & Juicy burgers, Cousin Willies Popcorn, Frito-Lay Cheetos and Fritos, as well as Mayfield Ice Cream.

The Pepsi Stage and the Downtown Center Stage will also have continuous music from the start to the finish of the Race Night.

On the Pepsi Stage, some of the musical acts scheduled to perform are Rhonda Vincent from 4-5:15 p.m., Jamie O’Neal from 7-8:15 p.m. and Tim Dugger/Sam Bass from 8:15-9 p.m.

On the Downtown Center Stage, Southern 76 will perform from 1-3 p.m., Under the Table will play from 3-5 p.m., Rock-A-Bye Blue will take the stage from 5-7 p.m. and the Southern Countrymen are scheduled from 7-9 p.m.

“It’s just a great event that they’ve put together 20 some years ago and it’s just going strong,” Worley said. “It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, fan events at NASCAR races. It was a very small thing when they first started it and they’ve (Food City) put a lot of time and effort into it. They’ve just always been very community oriented and this was something they wanted to do, to give fans an opportunity to do something that was off the track.”

Tickets for the event can be bought at Food City stores for $5, and will be $6 at the event. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to benefit The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, as well the Crisis Center.

For more information on the event, visit www.foodcity.com.

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