Bristol Speedway Children's Charities was founded in 1996 to help children in the surrounding area of Bristol Motor Speedway by Bruton Smith, Chairman of the Board of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. There is a chapter of Speedway Children's Charities at each of Speedway Motorsports' eight motorsports facilities.
Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Bristol Speedway Children's Charities is governed by a board of local trustees whose sole purpose is to distribute the funds raised each year to qualified local children's-based 501(c)(3) organizations. Ms. Claudia H. Byrd serves as the director of Bristol Speedway Children's Charities.
The Bristol chapter has distributed nearly $10 million dollars since its inception. Major fundraisers for the Bristol chapter include the Ultimate Bristol Experiences Online Auction, Bristol Dragway Celebrity Shooting Tournament, Baker's Construction Services Golf Tournament, Ride-along program with Seat Time Racing School, SCC Live Auction, Sharky 500 and our flagship fundraisers: The Pinnacle Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA and the Ice Rink presented by HVAC.
Speedway In Lights is a holiday light spectacular, stretching over 5 miles. More than 2 million lights brighten the lives of area families and represent a holiday tradition in the Tri-Cities. The 2015-2016 season of Speedway In Lights marked the nineteenth year of the light show.