Food City officials recently announced that Virginia House Majority Leader and 9th District Candidate for Congress, Morgan Griffith has been named Honorary Starter of the Food City 250 Aug. 20.

“Food City operates 20 locations in Southwest Virginia and we’re proud to have one of the area’s top legislators serve as Honorary Starter of our event,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. 

House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994 and has served as House Majority Leader since 2000.  A graduate of Emory & Henry College, Morgan is one of the most influential members of the Virginia General Assembly, writing and passing landmark legislation that keeps Virginians safer from violent crime, holds down taxes, protects our constitutional freedoms and makes Virginia a great place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.  Morgan is currently a candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District. 

Morgan is also committed to giving back to the community and the Commonwealth. He is a member of a number of civic and professional organizations in Southwest Virginia.  Morgan and his wife Hilary have three children.

“I’m honored to have been invited to participate in such a prestigious event,” Griffith said.  “As a graduate of Emory & Henry College, it’s great to be back in Southwest Virginia.  Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway are incredible assets to the region and I’m thrilled to serve as the Honorary Starter for the Food City 250.” 

Each year, Food City selects an individual to serve as the event honorary starter.  A number of public officials and well-known figures have been privileged to drop the green flag on one of the most popular venues in the Nationwide Series. 

Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR motor sports.  For more than 20 years, Food City also has hosted Family Race Night, one of the premier pre-race events on the circuit.  Since its inception, Food City Family Race Night has contributed over $500,000 to numerous non-profit organizations.

The Food City 250 gets under way at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21.  Qualifying for both events begins at 4:10 p.m. on Friday.  Tickets are still available and may be purchased at or by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City’s parent company) operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.  For more information, visit their website at