The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA named Bristol Motor Speedway its Business of the Year in the January issue of the magazine.

Criteria for the honor were: the success of the company had to be newsworthy, it did not have to take the form of an increase in revenues, or even profitability for the year, the company had to have stated a goal or goals and to have met or exceeded them, and the company's success had to have made an impact on the region in a measurable way.

The magazine referenced the success Bristol Motor Speedway experienced during 2009 in the midst of the economic downturn.

BMS president and general manager Jeff Byrd was honored that the Business Journal selected the Speedway.

"It's a wonderful tribute to Bristol Motor Speedway and to all of our employees who work so hard to make this the most fan-friendly race track in the business," he said. "And that includes our 75 full-time folks and the thousands of people who work tirelessly on event weekends to make sure our loyal customers know how important to us they are to us.

"I've said it a thousand times, without the fans we have nothing. They're the engine that runs this train, the folks who sign our checks. We all know our success is directly due to their devotion to Bristol Motor Speedway."

With 2009 in the rearview mirror, Byrd and company are busy gearing up for the 2010 season, which begins with the March 19-21 NASCAR events, which include Ford Fan Friday qualifying, the Scotts Turf Builder 300, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown and the Food City 500. A fan event, Food City Race Night, also is planned on March 19.

"We can't wait for the fans to get here in a few weeks," said Byrd. "I believe with all my heart we have the greatest fans in the sport and I look forward to seeing them at every event. I try to meet as many of them as I can and let them know how much we appreciate them making Bristol Motor Speedway the number one track in NASCAR.

"We have a heck of a weekend coming up with some really fantastic events. The fans absolutely love the race with some of their favorite drivers of the past, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, and Food City Race Night is back. Those are added value events that are just part of the weekend with no cost at all to our fans. And, of course, we have got some great seats left for both the Food City 500 and the Scotts Turf Builder 300 and some really good values on our packages."

A season ticket package features nine events during the March and August NASCAR weekends and starts at only $199. The package has the two most popular Sprint Cup races in the sport, along with a pair of Nationwide events, a Camping Truck Series race, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, a Whelen Modified event, qualifying and Food City Race Night.

March race weekend packages are now available, starting at $99. The package consists of Ford Fan Friday qualifying March 19, followed by Saturday's doubleheader, the Scotts Turf Builder 300 and the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, culminating with the Food City 500 on Sunday.

For fans who can only attend the Food City 500, single-day tickets also are available, starting at $93. Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader begin at just $45 while fans can watch Ford Fan Friday qualifying for only $5, then attend Food City Race Night at BMS for free.

For more information concerning tickets, please visit www.bristoltix.com or call the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-4765).