SPEEDWAY CHILDREN'S CHARITIES READY FOR BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE WEEK WITH NUMEROUS EVENTS
As NASCAR nation descends upon East Tennessee for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week, Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) is gearing up for another big weekend as it continues to work towards its goal of $1 million.
Some of SCC's opportunities include the Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic, NRA Shooting Stars Tournament, 19th annual Speedway Children's Charities Golf Tournament presented by Baker's Construction Services, Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auction, Half-Mile Hot Laps driven by Seat Time Racing School and the Night Race 5K presented by Bojangles.
"We've had a tremendous year so far and we are looking forward to another great week to raise money for the region's children," said Claudia Byrd, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "It's no secret that $1 million has been our goal and we are on a great path to reaching that during Bristol's Biggest-Ever year. The exciting events during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week will go a long way towards making this dream happen."
The Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic will take place Aug.19-20 in the Fan Engagement Area at BMS. Cost is $40 to enter per team. Guests can register at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org or on site, pending open spaces. Qualifying will take place on Friday, Aug.19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday, August 20 at 9 a.m. and Noon. The Championship will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.
For guests who want to test their shooting accuracy against some of NASCAR's rising stars will want to check out the NRA Shooting Stars Tournament. The event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Shooter's Edge Indoor Range in Piney Flats, Tenn. Participants will be outfitted with a firearm and ammunition to shoot at 15 different targets all while interacting with the future stars of NASCAR. Pre-registration is available online at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org/events.
The 19th annual Speedway Children's Charities Golf Tournament presented by Baker's Construction will be held Monday, Aug 15. at Tri-Cities Golf Course in Blountville, Tenn. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with registration followed by lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at Noon. A team of four can play with a hole sponsorship for $750. For more information on partnerships or to sign up for the tournament, contact Betsy Holleman at 423-989-6975.
The Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auction runs till Aug. 15. Auction items include the opportunity to ride with one of NASCAR's superstars during driver introductions for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Drivers on the auction block include Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and more. In addition to the ride along, winners will also receive a Cold Pass for race day. Other prizes include the Bristol Motor Speedway All-Access Package and the Spotter for a Day package. For more information, visit www.scauctions.com.
Guests who want to experience the thrill of top speeds around BMS should check out Half-Mile Hot Laps driven by Seat Time Racing School. Experiences will be set up on track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Visit www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org/events for more information. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SCC.
The official Night Race 5K, presented by Bojangles, will also take place on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Guests will be able to run on the legendary dragstrip of Thunder Valley, go for a lap around the Last Great Colosseum and finish inside for a roaring party to welcome the arrival of NASCAR driver haulers in the Transporter Parade. Registration is $25 at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org.
The Red Bucket Brigade made its first appearance during April's Food City 500 and was a major success. During the first caution or at the 50 lap mark, whichever comes first, volunteers will pass around red buckets in the grandstands. Fans are encouraged to donate their loose change into the buckets.