Race fans looking for relief at the fuel pump should head to Bristol and the Tri-Cities area for some of the lowest prices in the country, according to a AAA report released last week.
 
In a recent survey of two dozen areas in the United States, the Tri-Cities had the most inexpensive fuel, averaging $3.48 a gallon.
 
Among the areas surveyed were Chicago ($4.27), New York ($4.15), Detroit ($4.08), Los Angeles ($4.05), Cincinnati ($3.98), Miami ($3.83), Las Vegas ($3.74), Asheville ($3.72), Atlanta ($3.70), Daytona Beach ($3.68), Orlando ($3.66), St. Louis ($3.66), Richmond ($3.65) and Dallas ($3.61).
 
BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell says area fuel prices should be attractive to fans looking at costs related to traveling to races.
 
“With gas prices the way they are, there are a lot of race fans who may have to make some changes concerning which races they travel to and how far they’re willing to go,” he said. “Knowing that the Tri-Cities has the most inexpensive fuel prices of any area in the AAA survey, we believe, makes traveling to Bristol even more attractive.
 
“It’s certainly great news for us with the IRWIN Tools Night Race coming up in August. Hopefully, prices will drop even more nationwide, and since this area obviously tops all others for the best prices, it should make the trip a bit easier on fans’ pocketbooks.”
 
The average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the United States is $3.77. The state of Tennessee, in fact, averages $3.52 for a gallon of gas, making it the third least expensive state in the union in which to purchase fuel, behind only South Carolina and Mississippi.
 
The IRWIN Tools Night Race is Aug. 27, preceded by the Food City 250 Friday night, Aug. 26. Tickets to both may be purchased for as little as $99. Should fans be in town Aug. 24 for the Wednesday night doubleheader, featuring the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event, they can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129.
 
Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $30.
 
Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10, while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.