Bristol Motor Speedway will proudly pay homage to our country’s greatest heroes with a military salute prior to the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 21.

Military anthems from all branches of the armed services – the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard – will be played as flags of each branch are flown in, via parachutists. Fans in the military who currently serve, are veterans, or who have family members who are serving or who have served in the past, will be asked to stand and be recognized.

Bristol Motor Speedway’s fans will play a key role in the patriotic salute. Upon entering BMS that evening, they will be given a red, white or blue towel, which also commemorates the 100th Sprint Cup race at BMS. Once the flags have been flown in, fans will be asked to stand and wave their towels in unison to honor America and our military members.

Two CH-53E helicopters from Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. will then fly over Bristol Motor Speedway, followed by the playing of God Bless the USA, at which time a parachutist will fly in, carrying the American flag. A pair of Harrier jets from the USMC VMFA-223 unit in Cherry Point will then perform a flyover.

Presentation of the Colors will be provided by the Special Ceremonies Team Color Guard from the 14th Weather Squadron from Asheville, N.C. Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, will give the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegience, led by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Children of NASCAR drivers, with assistance from Motor Racing Outreach, will sing the national anthem.

A 60’ x 90’ American flag will be displayed on the BMS front stretch as the anthem is sung and fireworks will go off around the track. At the conclusion of the anthem, the Washington D.C. Air National Guard’s 121st Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Andrews will perform the final flyover.

IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets are available for $109. Fans also may purchase a three-day ticket package, which includes the Aug. 18 O’Reilly 200 Camping World Truck Series/UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series doubleheader and the Aug. 20 Food City 250 Nationwide event, starting at $170.

A two-race package for the Food City 250 and the IRWIN Tools Night Race starts at $126.

Tickets for the Food City 250 start at $45 and Wednesday night doubleheader tickets are $30.

To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket office at its toll free number 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL (274-7865). Tickets also are available at

The UNOH Perfect Storm 150 takes the green flag at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at 8 p.m. Qualifying for the Food City 250 is Friday at 4:10 p.m. while the starting grid for the IRWIN Tools Night Race will be set at 5:40 p.m. The Food City 250 gets under way at 8 p.m. and the IRWIN Tools Night Race begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.