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Speedway Children’s Charities giving fans a chance to drive around BMS

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 2, 2019 at 3:25 PM

The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is holding multiple fundraisers during Food City 500 race week, including your chance to turn laps around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

Other fundraisers to benefit thousands of children in the Tri-Cities region include a “Strength Behind the Stars” luncheon, a charity cornhole tournament and the Red Bucket Brigade passing red buckets in the grandstands encouraging fans to donate loose change.

Track laps begin Thursday at 6:30 p.m. allowing fans to drive their own cars around Bristol Motor Speedway’s high-banked oval. A 10-lap package is available for $35 and a 20-lap package is available for $50.

The “Strength Behind the Stars” luncheon will be held at the O. Bruton Smith Building on Friday at 11:30 a.m. It features Stevie Waltrip, wife of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip, and Ashley Allgaier, wife of Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier, as the guest speakers. FOX Sports personality Kaitlyn Vincent will be the emcee. To reserve a seat, call (423) 989-6975.

The State Water Heaters Charity Cornhole Tournament takes place Friday through Sunday and has an entry fee of $40 per team, with a shot of winning $1,000. The championship round is Sunday at 10 a.m.

TRACKSIDE LIVE

NASCAR Trackside Live will broadcast live on NASCAR.com at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric and NASCAR K&N drivers Hailie Deegan and Natalie Decker will headline the Saturday show. Defending Cup Series champion Joey Logano, NASCAR stars Austin Dillon and William Byron, and WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg will highlight Sunday.

HOMECOMING FOR FINCHUM

Knoxville driver Chad Finchum will be driving the No. 42 Toyota for car owner Carl Long in Saturday’s Alsco 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Finchum, 24, has competed in five of the six series races this season with a best finish of 19th at Phoenix. He has two starts at Atlanta and Las Vegas on the outside pole.

The former Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway track champion has one Bristol win in the NASCAR K&N Series. He has three previous Bristol starts, but finished 36th in last year’s April race, retiring with engine trouble.

DASH 4 CASH

Four Xfinity Series drivers — Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and Michael Annett — will be racing for a $100,000 bonus during Saturday’s Alsco 300.

The highest finisher among the four will win the prize and move on to defend his title. He will be joined by the next three highest points eligible finishers at Bristol to battle for the Dash 4 Cash prize at Richmond. This format continues through the remaining events at Talladega and Dover.

No Cup Series drivers are in the field for the Dash 4 Cash races.

CLAY VALLEY SPEEDWAY

Winners from last Saturday at Clay Valley Speedway were: Parker Estes (Late Model), Henry Hornsby (Crate), Jody Puckett (Open Wheel), Dakota Adams (Super Street), Kelly Neece (Mod 4) and Brian Tate (Pure 4).

Another evening of racing at the former Lonesome Pine Raceway turned dirt track in Coeburn, Va., is scheduled Saturday with grandstands to open at 4 p.m. Five classes will be contested featuring an $1888.88-to-win Crate feature.

VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY

Volunteer Speedway opens Thursday night with one of its biggest races of the year, the $10,000-to-win Spring Thaw for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Prize money includes $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third.

Also in action will the Fastrak-sanctioned Crate Late Models, the Sportsman Late Model and Open Wheel Modified classes. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with adult general admission $25.

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