Bristol Resident Wins BMS Pace Car in Seventh Running of Sharky 500
Thousands of rubber sharks raced down Bristol Motor Speedway's Beaver Creek Saturday during the sixth annual Sharky 500 but it was the one purchased by Bristol's Cathy Creger that crossed the finish line first, awarding her the 2013 BMS Ford Mustang pace car valued at more than $38,000.
The Sharky 500 is one of a number of fundraisers benefiting the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities which has raised in excess of $7 million in support of children's charities throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Mars Hill, N.C. resident Mike Griffin's shark came home second, earning him a $5,000 shopping spree at Grand Home Furnishings. Charles Byrne (Cincinnati, Ohio) purchased the day's third-place finisher, winning a four-night stay at Wilderness of the Smokies in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Fourth place and two tickets to the 2014 IRWIN Tools Night Race went to Kingsport's Rick Bishop, and Church Hill's Barbara Lawson claimed two tickets to the 2014 Food City 500 as her fifth-place prize.
The remainder of the top-ten finishers were Larry Barrett (Bristol, Va.) whose sixth place showing earned him two tickets to the 2014 Food City 250, Lori Beam (Md.) who was awarded two tickets to the 2014 Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300, eighth-place Ronnie Stiltner (Abingdon, Va.) who received a $75 gift card to Speedway World, Betty Cooper (Johnson City, Tenn.) whose ninth-place shark earned her a $50 Food City gift card and tenth-place Rachel Alison (Morrilton, Ark.) won a Speedway in Lights package.
The next scheduled fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is Ford Speedway In Lights powered by TVA, which opens at BMS for its 17th season on Nov. 15.