Spring race on for Speedway Children's Charities

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 4, 2018 at 8:51 PM

The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities’ lineup of spring race fundraising events for local kids in need is off and running

SCC’s Ultimate Experiences Online Auction kicked off March 28 and will run through 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at www.speedwaycharities.org.

The auction items are led by a Bristol Motor Speedway All-Access Package of behind the scenes passes that begins with two days of free parking in the BMS employee parking area and runs through the final lap of Food City 500 atop the colosseum infield’s Ole Smoky Rooftop Lounge.

Also up for bids are 15 Ride of a Lifetime packages with pit passes and a Food City 500 driver introduction ride along with the bidders’ choice of top drivers, including points leader Kyle Busch, the season’s three-time race winner Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Austin and Ty Dillon, Clint Bowyer and others.

The annual Speedway Children’s Charity benefit dinner will be held Thursday evening, April 12, in the trackside Bruton Smith Office Building with legendary crew chief and 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame honoree Ray Evernham, NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds and Fox Sports commentator Jeff Hammond as the guests of honor. Tickets may be reserved by contacting Betsy Holleman at 423-989-6975.

Track Laps, a $35 chance for race fans to drive their own vehicles around the high banks of Bristol, will also be held Thursday evening, April 12, starting at 7. Ten dollar victory lane photo opportunities will also be available. Those who wish to drive must register in advance online at www.speedwaycharities.org and arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled session time.

Half-Mile Hot Laps, a chance to experience the world’s fastest half-mile oval at race speeds with professional drivers from the Buck Baker’s Seat Time Racing School will run from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

The Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic will take get underway at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the race track Fan Zone and run through early Sunday afternoon. The entry fee is $40 per team and includes a commemorative gift and a shot at a $1,000 grand prize.

Speedway Children’s Charities Red Bucket Brigade will be conducted in the stands during the Food City 500 and will give every race fan in the colosseum a chance to help Speedway Children’s Charities help Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia children in need.

Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, said “The Food City 500 race weekend is always our first big opportunity to help raise money for children in need. We’re so blessed to have so many great people who want to help make a difference in the lives of children and we appreciate their support of our events.”

This weekend at the track also holds a special opportunity to help Speedway Children’s Charities and the children’s program at the Bristol YWCA as thrill seekers from across the region test their mettle in a spine-tingling step off the edge of the 10-story BMS colosseum tower.

Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization that has raised over $70 million for charitable organizations, will coordinate the event and provide all the equipment and expertise for up to 85 adults brave enough to rappel from the top of the iconic Bristol landmark.

“Edgers” may sign up individually or as a team and sponsorship donations of any amount may be made online at otecwe.com/bristol.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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