As the area prepares for the onslaught of race fans and RV’s, the folks at Food City are gearing up for the annual Food City Race Night.  The event will take place Thursday, August 19, 2010 on State Street in downtown Bristol, Va./Tenn.

Food City has hosted the highly popular events, which have contributed over $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits for over twenty years.  Race Night paves the way for a weekend of action-packed Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, one of NASCAR’s most popular venues.

Fans can expect a fun-filled evening jam-packed with driver autograph sessions, show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and a smorgasbord of free food samples.  The action will get underway at 1 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.  Advance tickets are available at area Food City locations for $5.  Tickets will be $6 on the day of the event.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Proceeds from the event will benefit The United Ways of Bristol, Russell and Washington Counties in Virginia.       

“Food City is committed to giving back to the community.  Our NASCAR sponsorship enables us to host our annual Food City Race Night events, which provide an inexpensive evening of excitement for the entire family,” said Ron Bonacci, vice president of marketing for Food City. 

A number of drivers will be on hand from all four series, including the Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Series, which will explode into action Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the running of the O'Reilly 200 and UNOH Perfect Storm 150.

Food City has already received confirmation from several big name drivers and attractions, with more expected in.  Among those already confirmed are Trevor Bayne, Clint Bowyer, Eric McClure, Morgan Shepherd, Jason Leffler, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Jake Crum, Stacy Compton, Zeke Shell. 

Special appearances will also be made by Hermie Sadler of SPEED Channel, Miss Food City, Melissa O’Neal, John Earnhardt, Lonesome Pine Drivers Robbie Jackson, Ryan Stiltner and Keith Stiltner, ASA Late Model Driver Matthew Eades, Thunder Legend Drivers Cody Johnson, Zack Walton, Dace Johnson, Hayden Woods, Tyler Goodwin, Taylor Coffman, Row-Ann Brown, Jim Brown and Drew Shortridge, UARA Drivers Dylan Presnell, Coleman Pressley and John King II, Vintage & Super Late Model Driver Brian Voiles, Late Model Stock Driver Blake Jones, NASCAR Artist Sam Bass, Book Authors David McGee and Joe Tennis, Nashville Recording Artist Megan McGovern and others.  The Food City Big Cart will also be on hand.

Live entertainment on two stages is schedule to begin at 1 p.m.  Free food sampling will be available from 4-9 p.m., while supplies last.  Join Food City as they honor The Earnhardt Family during on-state ceremonies at 5:30 p.m.  Rusty Wallace will serve as Master of Ceremonies and host the driver question and answer sessions immediately following on-stage ceremonies.  This year’s media sponsors are Bristol Herald Courier and 11 Connects. 

Shuttle services will be available from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Pick-up and drop off locations include: the Bruton Smith Building (front entrance) at Bristol Motor Speedway; Tower 9/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 just minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway.

A second Food City Race Night is also planned for Wednesday, August 18th at the Expo Center in Knoxville, Tenn. from 4-8:30 p.m., so mark your calendar and make plans to attend Food City Race Night. 

For a complete listing of Food City Race Night attractions, please visit the website at www.foodcity.com, where updates will continue to be posted as they become available.  Please note that driver autographs are limited to time available and schedules are subject to change.