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 their popular fan-based event, which will return to State Street in downtown Bristol, VA/TN on Thursday, August 17, 2017.
Fans can expect an exciting line-up of driver autograph sessions, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and free food samples (while supplies last). The action will get underway at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. $5.00 advance tickets are available at area Food City locations. Tickets will be $6.00 on the day of the event, with children twelve and under admitted free of charge.
Food City Family Race Night has contributed over $557,500 in event proceeds over the past 30 years. This year’s proceeds will benefit Theatre Bristol and Bristol Ballet. Food City would like to thank their media partners, Bristol Herald Courier and News Channel 11.
Several drivers and attractions are already confirmed, including a number of NASCAR’s veteran and rising young stars:
Aric Almirola (6-7 p.m.)
Derrike Cope (5-7 p.m.)
Chris Buescher (7-8 p.m.)
Ben Rhodes (5-7 p.m.)
Elliott Sadler (6-7 p.m.)
Erik Jones (6-8 p.m.)
Joey Gase (6-7 p.m.)
John Hunter Nemechek (5-6 p.m.)
Grant Enfinger (2:30-3:30 & 6:30-7:30)
Morgan Shepherd (7-8 p.m.)
Ryan Truex (5-7 p.m.)
William Byron (6-7 p.m.)
NASCAR Legends Brownie King (5-7 p.m.), Gene Hobby, Joe Nemechek (5-6 p.m.), Larry Utsman (5-7 p.m.), Paul Lewis, Terry Anderson, Travis Tiller and John Utsman (5-7 p.m.)
Super Street driver Bobby Helton
Super Modified driver Brian Voiles
Tazewell Speedway driver Aaron Guinn
Kingsport Speedway drivers Austin Peters, Dustin Smith, Jay Swecker, Josh Collins and Kres VanDyke, Ronnie McCarty and Wayne Hale
Mod 4 drivers Carter Davidson and Toby Jones
Street Stock driver Dennis Deese
Mini Cup driver Hannah Seal
Winston Mini driver Rayne Holland
Late Model driver Kevin Wolfe
FWD/Compact drivers Donny Holland, James Powell and Kayla Powell
Other drivers, including: Lexi Gay, Jenna Wagner, Adam Gray, Dillon Hodge, Morgan Widener and Zach Mathena
Special appearances will also be made by:
Hermie Sadler of SPEED (6 p.m.)
NASCAR Artist Sam Bass (5-8 p.m.)
Miss Food City 2017 Callie Corum
ETSU Head Coach, Carl Torbush and ETSU Football Players
Local Authors Chuck Thompson, Joe Tennis and David McGee
Twin Peak Girls
Food City Big Cart
Live entertainment will be offered on two stages and is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Wanted Stranger will perform from 2:00-2:45 p.m. on the Pepsi stage (in front of Tri-Summitt Bank), followed by the Jess Zimmerman Band from 3:15-4:00 p.m. and a special production honoring our Nations Veterans from 4:00-4:15 p.m. The Jason Lovins Band will take the stage from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Join Food City and MC – Larry McReynolds for welcome ceremonies from 6:00-6:30 p.m., as they honor The Nemechek Family and PVA Spokesperson, Richard Petty. Racing Review, hosted by Larry McReynolds will follow from 6:45-7:30 p.m., featuring Joe and John Hunter Nemechek. Kaitlyn Baker will perform live in concert from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free food sampling will be available from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., while supplies last.
Shuttle services will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Pick-up and drop off locations include: the Bruton Smith Building (front entrance) at Bristol Motor Speedway; Tower C/Speedway Blvd. at BMS; Hwy. 11E & Whitetop Road; Hwy 394 and Whitetop Road; Hwy. 394 & Copperhead Road and the Bristol Mall – Exit 1 off I-81. The event site is located just minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway.
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the 30th Anniversary Food City Family Race Night. For a complete listing of attractions, please visit the website at www.foodcity.com, where updates will be posted as they become available. Please note that driver autographs are limited to time availability and schedules are subject to change.