Jeff Gordon signed autographs. Kevin and DeLana Harvick were quizzed on their baby knowledge in anticipation of “Otis.” Danica Patrick answered questions for a standing-room-only audience. Elliott Sadler won a fourth Wii Boxing title.

And that’s just a small fraction of all that happened on the 25th Anniversary of Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway on Ford Fan Friday.

Thousands of fans entered the gates and enjoyed an evening packed with NASCAR stars, entertainment, food and fun.

When Food City CEO Steve Smith and his team at K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., started Food City Race Night in the parking lot of its Eastman Road Food City location in Kingsport, Tenn., some 25 years ago, little did he know that it would become the largest and most popular pre-race fan event on the NASCAR circuit.

“It’s a blessing to be able to host Food City Race Night for fans,” said Smith. Like so many things here at Bristol Motor Speedway, it truly has become a tradition, and one that we are proud to bring to the best fans in NASCAR.”

Food City Race Night brought Ford Fan Friday to a close. The day saw Ford driver Greg Biffle capture the pole position for Sunday’s Food City 500. Biffle’s lap of 15.324 seconds topped the charts with A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and 2011 IRWIN Tools Night Race winner Brad Keselowski rounding out the top-five.

Tickets remain available for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and K&N Pro Series East Widow Wax 125 doubleheader; as well as Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Food City 500.

Fans may purchase tickets at the Speedway, or they may call 423-Bristol or toll-free at 1.866.415.4158. To purchase online fans may visit