A scheduling conflict has necessitated the cancellation of the August 23 question and answer session with Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon to benefit the COPD Foundation.

However, several opportunities to meet Dillon and support the COPD Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities remain in a series of programs around the Food City 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series event August 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"In our business, sometimes things have to be shifted in one direction or another," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "While no one is more disappointed than Austin that some conflicts have created a need to cancel the question and answer session, race fans have other options to meet him, learn about the effects of COPD and help raise money for some great causes."

To raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the COPDF teams with one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR®, Dillon, the official spokesperson and honorary ambassador of the DRIVE4COPD campaign.

Dillon kicks off the initiative Thursday, August 22 by hosting a COPD screening for fans at the Food City at 1320 Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Va., at 5 p.m. Eastern.

At 6:30 that evening, Dillon gives fans a thrill by taking auction winners around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience car. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children's Charities and the COPDF. To bid fans may go to https://www.sccauctions.com/.

A serious and progressive lung disease, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Tennessee has the third highest rate of COPD in the country, annually claiming the lives of nearly 2,000 people in the state.

Additionally, BMS guests have ample opportunity to gain knowledge on COPD while on property. A booth featuring educational materials and giveaways where guests can be screened is open Noon to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 in the BMS Corporate Display area (near BMS Hospitality Village between the front stretch and Bristol Dragway).

BMS guests may go a step further and help the cause of fighting COPD. Pins featuring the DRIVE4COPD logo - the orange and blue pinwheel -- are for sale at the Speedway World gift shop in the lobby of the Bruton Smith Building behind Turn 2 at BMS as well as select Official Track Souvenir trailers and stands. “We are especially grateful to Bristol Motor Speedway and Austin Dillon for their help generating greater understanding about this debilitating, life-threatening lung disease,” said John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of COPDF. “The good news is that the disease is mostly preventable and, if discovered in time, almost always treatable. We are standing up for the millions of Americans living with COPD, and encourage anyone 35 or older to get screened to see if they are at risk.”

Those wanting to learn more about COPD may take a simple survey here http://www.drive4copd.org/AreYouAtRisk.aspx.

Tickets remain for all four races at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 21-24. Fan


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