Food City Family Race Night is one of the premier pre-race events on the NASCAR circuit. This year, the company is proud to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this popular fan-based event, which will return to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, April 21st.
Fans can expect an exciting line-up of Xfinity and Monster Energy Series drivers, interactive sessions, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers and entertainment, combined with a massive offering of free food samples (while supplies last). Festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m., and admission is free of charge.
Food City has already received confirmations from several popular drivers and attractions. Among those already confirmed are:
Kyle Busch – 6:00pm (200 wristbands given out at 4:00 p.m. at distribution tent)
Kasey Kahne – 6:00pm (300 wristbands given out at 4:00 p.m. at distribution tent)
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. – 6:00pm (200 wristbands given out at 4:00 p.m. at distribution tent)
Aric Almirola (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Brandon Jones (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Brendan Gaughan (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Cole Whitt (time TBD)
Hannah Seal (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
JJ Yeley (time TBD)
Ryan Reed (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Ross Chastain (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Jeremy Clements (time TBD)
Late Model drivers: Danny Casteel, Dennis Deese, Matthew Eades, Adam Gray and Pork Chop Shupe
NASCAR Legends: Brownie King, Gene Hobby, John Utsman, Larry Utsman, Paul Lewis, Terry Anderson and Travis Tiller
Kart drivers: Brandon Morris and Drew Eades
Street Stock driver: Colin Eades
U-Car drivers: Amber Huffman, Andrew Hudgins, Jacob Thomas, Kayla Surber and Zack Mathena
Super Stock driver: Bobby Helton
Lonesome Pine driver: Kevin Wolfe
Kingsport Speedway driver: Kres VanDyke
Open Wheel Modified drivers: Morgan Widener and Richard Shupe
Dirt driver: Philip Thompson
Forge Muscle Cars: George Lopata, Sr., George Lopata, Jr., Jim Fritz, Larry Payne, Austin Payne and Tim Lopata
Mod drivers: Rodney Surber and Toby Jones
Please note that scheduling and driver appearances are subject to change and autographs are limited to time availability.
Live entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. and features a number of talented artists, including Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad from 4:00 until 4:45 p.m. and the Dugger Band from 4:45 until 5:30 p.m. Audra McLaughlin, 2014 Finalist from NBC’s hit sensation “The Voice” will perform live in concert from 5:30 until 6:00 p.m.
Welcome ceremonies will follow at 6:00 p.m., featuring MC Larry McReynolds, Mike Helton, Vice Chairman of NASCAR and Audra McLaughlin, singing the National Anthem. Several special announcements and presentations will be also made, including Len and Eddie Wood, seven-time NASCAR cup champion, Richard Petty and Kelley Earnhardt Miller.
A question and answer session featuring Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Jr. Motorsports drivers Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and William Byron will follow ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.
Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Childress and Jeb Burton will take the stage for the Racing Review at 6:45 p.m., followed by a competitive series of interactive games, featuring a number of drivers, including Bubba Wallace, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones at 7:30 p.m.
Appalachia Service Project will make a special announcement at 7:50 p.m., followed by a moving tribute to our nation’s veterans, given by Steve Wingfield and Audra McLaughlin at 7:55 p.m.
Brad Keslowski will also participate in a special question and answer session (time TBD).
The Tony Justice Band will take the stage for a live performance at 8:00 p.m. The event will close with a special fireworks display (weather permitting) at 9:05 p.m.
Food City would like to thank this year’s media partners, Bristol Herald Courier and News Channel 11 in your corner.
Food City will also host a Family Race Night event in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, April 20th at the Knoxville Expo Center from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
For a complete listing of Food City Family Race Night attractions and events, visit their website at www.foodcity.com, where updates will be posted periodically, or follow Food City on Twitter @FoodCity#FoodCity500 #FCRaceNight.