BRISTOL — Bristol Motor Speedway announced several initiatives Thursday including a special ticket package with five-time Bristol winner Jeff Gordon.
Teaming with the AARP Foundation and Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ, BMS is offering an enhanced ticket package for the Aug. 27 IRWIN Tools Night Race. It includes a question-and-answer session with Gordon on the day of the race. Due to space limitations in the BMS hospitality area, availability is limited, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets promptly.
A $4 donation from each package sold will benefit Drive to End Hunger, an initiative in which AARP, the AARP Foundation, Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports have teamed to fight senior hunger, a problem that affects more than 6 million older Americans.
AARP is reaching out to nearly 3 million members in Tennessee and seven other states via mailings, email and social media platforms to encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity.
Fans who purchase the tickets also will receive a Drive to End Hunger hat and a BMS 50th anniversary poster featuring Gordon.
The Jeff Gordon ticket package is $124 and may be purchased by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL or 1-866-415-4158. Fans should ask for the Jeff Gordon AARP package. Should fans wish to add a Food City 250 ticket to the package, the cost is $169.
Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night Truck Series/Modified Series doubleheader, fans can take in all four races for $129.
Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12-and-under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.
n For a limited number of fans, autographed race tickets will be available Saturday, July 30, which is also Fan Appreciation Day at BMS. Any fan who attends the celebration at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’ and purchases tickets to the Aug. 27 IRWIN Tools Night Race — or who calls the ticket office that day — can receive an autographed ticket while supplies last.
Drivers who have signed the August Night Race tickets are: Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
Fans that purchase two tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race can choose from any of the 11 drivers participating in the autograph offer.
The Fan Appreciation Day takes place July 30 in the BMS infield from 1-4 p.m. and features track laps, free hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream (while supplies last), music and giveaways, which include a four-day
Carnival Caribbean cruise, a year’s worth of groceries or gas from Food City, tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend, and much more. The evening continues with Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness, which
features Grave Digger, the world’s most famous monster truck, along with others like Sampson and War Wizard.
Tickets to the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness, which begins at 7 p.m., are $15 for anyone attending the Fan Appreciation Day or $20 that evening at the gate.
n BMS officials also announced tent-camping options ranging from $50 to $75 for August race week.
“One of the things we have heard consistently from our guests who are coming to the races and others who want to come is the desire for more lodging choices,” said Jerry Caldwell, BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We have addressed that in different ways.
“We worked with area hotels in the spring. We not only opened a $99 area for RVs a couple of years ago, we expanded the number of spots this year to provide more choices. But one thing we have not had for a while was a tent-camping area. Along with the very encouraging demand for tickets we have seen in recent weeks has come requests for more lodging choices. That is why we worked so hard to carve out another option for our guests.”
Fans must have tickets to the events at BMS to reserve the spots which may be purchased by calling (423) BRISTOL (274-7865) or (423) 989-6900.
Tent camping spots may be reserved by calling (423) 989-6944.
n A carnival has been added next week at Bristol Motor Speedway and NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson will make an appearance at Fun Apprecation Day on Saturday, July 30.
The carnival opens Tuesday, July 26 and runs through next Saturday. The carnival will be free from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fan Appreciation Day for anyone with a ticket to Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness that evening at the BMS.
Fan Appreciation Day is being held in honor of the speedway’s 50th anniversary. The first NASCAR Grand National race, as the series was called then, took place in Bristol July 30, 1961. Junior Johnson, who finished 22nd that day, while Jack Smith went on to take the checkers, will be on hand to give several lucky fans a ride around the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile.’
Johnson, an inductee of the first NASCAR Hall of Fame class and the 1965 winner of the Southeastern 500 at BMS, also will pose for photos with fans in Victory Lane.
The carnival will be set up at the main entrance of the Speedway, just off Hwy. 11E.
Carnival hours are 4-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.