BRISTOL, Tenn. (PRESS RELEASE) - Country music icon Charlie Daniels pulls double duty March 17 prior to the start of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist and members of the Charlie Daniels Band perform the pre-race concert, Daniels will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Straight off an appearance in the Super Bowl with San Francisco 49ers, Kingsport, Tenn., native Daniel Kilgore is the Honorary Starter. Kilgore played his high school ball at Dobyns-Bennett and spent his college career at Appalachian State University.
Keeping with the football trend, University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones is the Grand Marshal.
Specialist Mary Potts of the 129th Army Band and Tennessee National Guard sings the national anthem Sunday.
Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and host of television's The American Bible Challenge and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader, is the Grand Marshal for Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 on Saturday while Sean McDonough, CEO of Roswell Food Group, is the Honorary Starter.
Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon gives the command to start the DRIVE4COPD 125 K&N Series race, which takes the green flag directly after the Grit Chips 300 Saturday.
Practice for both the Food City 500 and Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series event take place Friday, March 15, starting at 10:30 a.m. Qualifying for the Food City 500 is set for 3:40 p.m. while qualifying for the Grit Chips 300 is Saturday at 10:35 a.m.
The Food City 500 goes green just after 1 p.m. Sunday while the Grit Chips 300 is Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the DRIVE4COPD 125 K&N Series race.
Special half-price ticket packages for fans 15 and younger are available for March race weekend. March race weekend ticket packages, which include the Food City 500 and Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300/DRIVE4COPD 125 doubleheader start at $99 for adults. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price. Lower-row seating for the Food City 500 is available with tickets starting at $70 for adults and $37 for children 15 and under.
Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader start at $40 for adults and $22 for kids 15 and under.
Purchasing tickets to the Food City 500 enters the guest in the Bruton's Big Bristol Giveaway in which 10 lucky fans win a new Ford Mustang.
BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup races, as well as both Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300, the Food City 250 and the DRIVE4COPD 125, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-866-415-4158 or at www.bristoltix.com.
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