Speedway Children’s Charities reached its $1 million goal in 2016 and is primed to have another successful year, beginning with the Food City 500 race weekend.
Some of SCC’s opportunities include the Track Laps presented by Johnny Brusco’s, Spring Race 5K presented by Agero, annual SCC dinner presented by Tele-Optics, Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic, Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auction and Half-Mile Hot Laps driven by Seat Time Racing School.
“We had an incredible year in 2016, but we aren’t resting on our laurels,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of speedway children’s charities. “We want to continue raising the bar and doing what we can to make a difference in the lives of the region’s children, and with your help, we can achieve those goals.”
On Thursday, April 20, Track Laps presented by Johnny Brusco’s will be held at 7 and 8 p.m. For $35, guests can drive their own vehicle around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile for five laps. Additionally, fans can get their picture taken in Victory Lane for an extra $10 donation. Guests are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their session time.
The official Spring Race 5K presented by Agero will also take place on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. It is the first race of a three-race series for BMS in 2017. Guests will be able to take in the sights and sounds of Food City Family Race Night, BMS campgrounds and go for a lap around The Last Great Colosseum. Registration is $25 at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org.
The annual SCC Dinner presented by Tele-Optics will be held Thursday, April 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor banquet room of the Bruton Smith Building. NASCAR Hall of Famer and two-time Bristol winner Mark Martin will be the special guest for the evening. Please contact Betsy Holleman at (423) 989-6975 for details and to reserve a space.
The Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic will take place April 21, 22 and 23 in the Fan Engagement Area at BMS. Cost is $40 to enter per team. Guests can register at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org or on site, pending open spaces. Qualifying will take place on Friday, April 21 at 2 and 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Grand Championship will be held Sunday, April 23 at 9 a.m.
The Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auction runs until April 21. Auction items include the Bristol Motor Speedway All-Access Package and the Ride of a Lifetime package, which could include a driver intro truck ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to name a few. For more information, visit www.sccauctions.com.
For guests who want to experience the thrill of top speeds around BMS, check out Half-Mile Hot Laps driven by Seat Time Racing School. Experiences will be set up on track from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21. For more information, visit www.seattimeracingschool.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SCC.
On race day, guests are encouraged to participate in the Red Bucket Brigade. During the first caution or at the end of the first stage, whichever comes first, volunteers will be passing around red buckets in the grandstands. Fans are encouraged to donate their loose change into the buckets. For more information, visit www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org.