Elliott Sadler elected not to pit in favor of track position, and went on to lead the final 36 laps of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway to kick off Saturday’s on-track action.

Then the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its Bristol debut with the running of the Widow Wax 125 presented by SealWrap Repair Tape. Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first driver born outside the United States to win at Bristol Motor Speedway as he bested Ryan Blaney in a green-white-checkered finish.

But the racin’ was just a part of a busy Saturday at Bristol. The fans, many of them dressed in green, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day… Bristol style!

Beaver Creek, which circles the Speedway property, was turned a brilliant shade of green! Tailgates took on the holiday flavor and fans enjoyed a post racing party to close out the day.

Mechanical bull riding, pit-stop tire changing competition, green beer and more kept fans entertained, while at the main stage fans enjoyed progressive bluegrass sounds of Monroeville, and a set from the rocking country music artist, Frankie Ballard.

The bash was highlighted with an appearance from BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell and the one and only George Wendt (who fans know best as Norm Peterson from television’s Cheers), who served as host of the day's festivities.

Bringing the night to a close was a spectacular fireworks show high above the Thunder Valley landscape.

Fans will return on Sunday for the 20th Anniversary Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Join us for the fun!