BMS Preview Show set for Wednesday

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 17, 2018 at 11:48 AM

The Bristol Motor Speedway season preview show is set for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops at The Pinnacle in Bristol.

It will give fans a chance to look ahead to the upcoming race weekends, including the Food City 500 weekend (April 13-15), NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals weekend (June 15-17 ) and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week (Aug. 15-18).

Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon headlines the list of racers, which includes his brother, Ty, also a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver, his father, Mike, a former Xfinity Series driver, and his grandfather, Richard Childress, the legendary NASCAR team owner.

The drag racing contingent includes eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher, two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan, Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett and Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin.

Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway, will also participate in the festivities.

Fans are invited to come early to Bass Pro Shops and check out vendor displays, including a free pulled pork sandwich from the Food City smoker while supplies last. Photo stations with BMS mascots Bump and Run as well as the official BMS race trophy will be located near the aquarium. An NHRA autograph session with DSR drivers will be held at the aquarium from 6-6:20, first come first serve.

The BMS Season Preview show is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include Q&A panel sessions and news announcements. The event will end with Team NASCAR vs. Team NHRA in "Feuding Families Bristol Edition". Fans will have multiple chances to win tickets to BMS events during the evening.


Clive Standen, who plays Bryan Mills, the covert operative with a particular set of skills on NBC's hit show, "Taken," will serve as pace car driver for Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). It's an experience that will add to the British actor's many on-screen adventures, including past roles on the popular shows "Vikings" and "Robin Hood."

In addition, Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, who will appear as an FBI agent in an episode of "Taken" on Friday, April 20 at 9 p.m.


Southern Rock group, A Thousand Horses, whose sound is unique mix of muscular country, drawling rock, high gospel harmony, low-country blue and old school soul, will perform on the backstretch prior to Food City 500 driver introductions, where fans are now invited to vote on driver songs.

"The sounds of Southern rock and country echo deep through the heart of East Tennessee," Caldwell said. "A Thousand Horses are cut from the same cloth as legendary acts Lynard Skynard and the Allman Brothers Band and are a natural fit to perform at the Food City 500."


Tickets are still available for the Food City 500 race weekend where there are so many options for the weekend.

Kids' tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets are $5 for Friday's (April 13) Bush's Beans Pole Day. On Saturday (April 14), kids' tickets are free and adult tickets start at $30 for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series event. On Sunday (April 15) adult tickets start at $60 for the Food City 500 and kids' tickets are $10.

For all races, each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the free kids' tickets.

To purchase tickets to the Food City 500, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com. Tickets can also be purchased directly from any neighborhood Food City store.

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