It was an early Christmas for those who chose to visit Speedway In Lights powered by TVA at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday evening.

For the second season, all visitors were admitted free to the holiday light show as part of Random Acts of Kindness Night in memory of Jeff Byrd, the longtime general manager and president of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway who passed away in October of 2010.

Byrd, whose 62nd birthday would have been this past weekend, was a strong advocate of providing a helping hand to anyone who needed it. To honor him, a number of the Speedway’s partners again offered support for what certainly was one of his favorite gestures. At the end of the night, more than 1,100 vehicles passed through the lights and benefited from the act.

“Jeff absolutely would have loved what we were able to do Sunday night,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. “It was fun because he enjoyed surprising people in special ways and this was a blessing to be able to do this in honor of him.

“When our sponsors heard we were doing this again this season, they were quick to offer their help. We hope in the spirit of Christmas—and in Jeff’s memory—everyone who visited Speedway In Lights Sunday evening will find their own way to pay it forward to others.”

Random Act of Kindness Night was made possible through the support of Baker’s Construction Services, Can Do Enterprises, Corporal Clean, Express Signs, First Tennessee Foundation, Foster Signs, Green Acres, IT Decisions, JANPAK and Universal Printing.

Proceeds from Speedway In Lights powered by TVA benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised in excess of $6.5 million since 1997.

Speedway In Lights is open nightly 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 7. Tickets, which may be purchased at the gate, are $10 for cars Sunday through Thursday, and $12 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $15 each night and bus tickets are $65 each night.

For more information concerning Speedway In Lights, please call 423-989-6900.