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Food City Race Night kicks off race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

By Megan Gorey
Published On: Mar 15 2013 09:09:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 04:32:45 PM CDT
Food City Race Night kicks off race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

Race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway got into full gear Friday afternoon with the Food City Race Night.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway got into full gear Friday afternoon with the Food City Race Night.

"We go all over the country to difference race tracks and we never see a festival like this that is just put on for the face fans," said Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway General Management.

Race fan cashed in on free goodies and once-in-a-lifetime chances to meet the drivers face-to-face. "That's what makes this sport so great. We've got the stars of the sport right here amongst the race fans doing interviews and signing autographs," Caldwell said. "You don't find that anywhere else."

But it's fun for a good cause. Food City Race Night has contributed more than $500,000 to local non-profit organizations over the last 25 years. "They know where they work and live and where their customers are, they're going to support," said Caldwell.

And just in time for the Grit Chips 300 Race, Jeff Foxworthy headlined a benefit for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

After the day of fast fun, fans said these experiences are what Bristol is all about. "It was great. Absolutely awesome. You can't get any better fans or better professional drivers or this track," said Beaver Rutherford, a race fan from Missouri. "That's why we come to see the show."

"It's the atmosphere and friendship. Everybody just loves to have a good time," added Rob Rusu, a race fan from Ohio.

A former Navy Seal and Navy Cross recipient was also at Food City Race Night signing his new book, "Battle Ready."