While the NASCAR teams are busy preparing their race cars and trucks for the Food City Dirt Race week, the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities also is in full preparation mode as they are getting ready to host a variety of fundraising events during the week to raise much-needed money for local children in need.

Among the events planned for the week by SCC-Bristol to benefit thousands of children in the region include the Red Bucket Brigade presented by Hardee's®, Sugarlands Souvenir Dirt Jars and for the first time ever, a Dirt Track Walk.

“The race fans have always been such a major part of our efforts to raise money to assist children in our community,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities Bristol chapter. “We could not do what we do without their generosity or support and we look forward to another tremendous race weekend.”

The familiar SCC Red Buckets will be passing through the grandstands, concourse level and suites throughout the Food City Dirt Race weekend during the Red Bucket Brigade presented by Hardee's®. Guests are encouraged to drop their loose change or any dollar amount into the buckets as they pass by. Guests can also donate to the Virtual Red Bucket via the SCC website or by using the text to give option. Just text “Kidswin” to 44-321 to donate.

Guests can take home some of the Bristol dirt from the weekend in special souvenir Sugarlands Shine Commemorative Dirt Jars that will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. The jars will make the perfect keepsake from the event and are available for $25 and can be purchased at two locations on concourse level during the race weekend. Sugarlands Dirt Jars can also be purchased at the SCC-Bristol website for $25 plus shipping.

SCC-Bristol will host a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk on the dirt track on Saturday, March 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guests can take a walk around the historic Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track before the NASCAR stars hit the track later that day for Bush’s Beans Qualifying and the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt. Participants will be able to see the dirt up close, touch it and take plenty of photos during the tour. Tickets for the SCC-Bristol Dirt Track Walk are $20, and the purchase price includes an official on-track photo. Kids are admitted free with a paying adult. Dirt Track Walk participants also should choose clothes and shoes that they don’t care if they get a little dirty. To register for the Dirt Track Walk, please click here.

For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org/bristol.

About Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities

The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to raising funds for distribution to children-based nonprofit organizations, was established in 1997. Since its inception, the chapter has raised nearly $18 million, awarding grants to hundreds of qualified organizations in the 18-county area surrounding Bristol Motor Speedway. The board of trustees for the Bristol Chapter consists of 18 members, a diverse group of individuals from across the region with wide-ranging backgrounds. The trustees, two staff members and more than 300 volunteers are responsible for hosting numerous events at Bristol Motor Speedway and throughout the Bristol (Tennessee/Virginia) community. For more information about the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, visit speedwaycharities.org/bristol.