One of East Tennessee's favorite tunes once again reverberates through The Last Great Colosseum this August as the University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band returns for the IRWIN Tools Night Race.

Set to ignite the crowd before one of the most popular races on the NASCAR circuit, 100 performers from the prestigious 330-member band treat guests to their well-known rendition of "Rocky Top" as part of Bristol's pre-race show.

"The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band is excited to once again be a part of the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway," said Dr. Donald Ryder, Interim Director of Bands. "Last year proved to be an exciting time for the band members as well as all of the Big Orange fans attending the prestigious NASCAR event.

"It was so great to hear race fans singing along to 'Rocky Top!' The band is geared up for this event as they also look toward the Battle at Bristol football game scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 versus Virginia Tech."

Excited to enhance fan experience through the band's inclusion in pre-race, Bristol Motor Speedway officials look forward to the group's repeat performance.

"The Pride of the Southland Band put on a great show for our fans last August, and we're excited to welcome them back to Bristol in 2014," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "The University of Tennessee has been and continues to be great partners of ours, especially with the announcement of the upcoming Battle at Bristol, and we look forward to making this a tradition for years to come."

Ticket options remain for those ready to experience the excitement of racing inside the Last Great Colosseum. Beginning at just $75 for single-day tickets or $99 for weekend packages, fans purchasing early can save $5 off the race week price. Cost for Food City 300 tickets start as low as $35 and half-price for youth 15-and-under.

For those looking to attend one of the most competitive double-headers in racing - Wednesday night's Whelen Modified race and Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 - tickets start at just $30 with free entry for youth 15-and-under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (855) 580-5525 or visit