Donors came out to the Tri-Cities Patriot Day Seventh Annual Blood Drive at Bristol Motor Speedway Tuesday in record numbers.

The Wellmont/Marsh Regional Blood Center drive made history, breaking its one-day record by collecting 192 units of blood.

“This has just been absolutely amazing,” said Marsh Donor Recruiter Constance Ferguson. “We’ve had people drive here from over an hour away to donate today. We really couldn’t have asked for more. We have never had a day like this.

“We really appreciate everybody who donated today and all of our sponsors for helping make this happen. It’s just been awesome.”

The drive, held in memory of those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has taken place at BMS the past seven years. The first  year it was held approximately 150 units of blood was collected, the largest number yielded by the drive until today’s record turnout.

The first 100 donors today received a BMS goody bag while Marsh supplied all donors with a t-shirt, along with stress balls, pens and restaurant coupons.