It's the most wonderful time of the year! You might associate that lyric with the holidays, but for us here at Bristol Motor Speedway it's even better, and we can't wait to welcome you home. To that end, be you a Bristol "rookie" or a seasoned veteran here are some must-dos for your August Race Week!

BE IN THE KNOW

There's no substitute for knowledge in making the most of your Bristol visit. Hit bristolmotorspeedway.com often, and check out the FAN section. In particular, visit our FAN Event Schedule. Also "like" Bristol Motor Speedway on Facebook and follow @BMSupdates on Twitter. A wealth of info is communicated via our social media channels.

All new for August 2013 is our very own BristolLIVE! scanner channel/frequency full of news and info you can use throughout the weekend.

And by all means, download the Bristol Motor Speedway Mobile App for smart phones. It's a great resource and is available on Apple and Droid platforms.

HIT STATE STREET FOR FOOD CITY RACE NIGHT

It's NASCAR's biggest and best single-day pre-race celebration. It's Food City Race Night on State Street in Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Driver appearances, live entertainment, interactive displays, food and more make this a must for fans during August Race Week. Open from 1 - 9 PM, this annual event has become a tradition for the Bristol family.

TRANSPORTER PARADE & WATCH THE HAULERS PARK

It's a tradition! At a minimum, watch the Ford Transporter Parade on Thursday night (9 PM). Haulers leave Bristol Mall at 9 PM and make a 10-mile trek down Hwy. 11E (Volunteer Parkway) en route to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Seeing these multi-million dollar machines roll down Volunteer Parkway is a sight to behold.

Insider tip: To add a different twist to the parade, come sit inside the Speedway to watch the haulers park.  Gate 10 will be open for fans as they watch the transporters roll into The Last Great Colosseum, and masterfully park in the tight BMS infield.

DON'T MISS PRE-RACE

Sure you might be having fun in the campground, but Bristol's pre-race is a can't-miss! From the patriotic tributes to the one-of-a-kind driver introductions, the IRWIN Tools Night Race ceremonies are legendary. Join Hank Williams Jr. and all of Bristol's rowdy friends for all the festivities. Be in your seat by 5:30 PM for an experience you'll never forget.

EXPERIENCE THE REGION

Historically, fans come to Bristol early in August. So while you're here, check out the wonderful offerings of the northeast Tennessee/southwest Virginia region. Be it a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, or a day on South Holston Lake, the area is packed with fun things to do.

A couple of great resources to check out include the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association as well as MyBristolVisit.

GET TO THE TRACK EARLY

Make it a full day at the track! While IRWIN Tools Night Race action doesn't begin until the evening hours, make the most of your day. Visit the souvenir vendors, check out all of the interactive displays, see drivers and live entertainment at Guest Welcome Village. Arrive by noon to get the full Bristol experience.

VISIT GUEST WELCOME VILLAGE / GUEST RELATIONS

Ask the veterans... Bristol staff loves interacting with event guests. Make sure you hit our Guest Welcome Village (located at the Orange Bridge between the Speedway and Dragway). Driver appearances, live music, information booth, concessions and an overall great time awaits you there.

Also visit us at Guest Relations on the first floor of the O. Bruton Smith Building (located on the hill just outside of Turn 2, near Gate 5. Our staff will be glad to answer your questions and talk Bristol with you.

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What else do you recommend as an August Race Week "must-do" item? What is your can't miss tip? Shoot us an email and we'll post it here.

Most of all, we want to have the best experience ever. We're here to exceed your expectations. 

And yes, it is the most wonderful time of year!

Ben Trout
VP, Ticketing & Guest Relations
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