BRISTOL — The Food City Dirt Race is Sunday’s showpiece event at Bristol Motor Speedway, but as the famous infomercials say, “Wait, there’s more.”
In fact, there is a lot After.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers will face off for only the second time on clay in the modern era. Defending Food City Dirt Race champion Joey Logano is looking to defend his title with the race airing live on FOX television at 7 p.m.
The lineup for the 250-lap main event was set by the Saturday heat races. Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, was the fastest driver in Friday’s practice sessions.
However, other manufacturers also posted fast times. Chase Briscoe was second fastest in the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and Kyle Busch, an eight-time winner on the concrete at Bristol, was third in the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Before the race starts, it’s a fun day with a special Easter celebration at 4pm being held in the BMS Fan Midway between the oval track and Bristol Dragway.
The free event, which does not require a race ticket to attend, features “American Pastor” Max Lucado delivering the message during the worship service. Christian artists Chris Tomlin and former Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox will perform several songs.
Other guest speakers include NASCAR Hall of Fame owner and NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, a best-selling Christian author.
For those who were on the track earlier, the BMS Fan Zone and Food City Stage Fan Zone will open at noon. The fan zone includes a children’s area with activities and rides, including a Ferris wheel. For adults, there is an ax throwing station and a racing simulator.
Entertainment includes a pair of “Globe of Death” motorcycle displays, as well as performances by the POGO Stunt Team and the BMX Freestyle Team.
Mark and Digger of the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” kick off a series of interviews on the Food City fan zone stage.
There are YouTube stars and several NASCAR personalities, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, defending series champion Kyle Larson, Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith and BMS President Jerry Caldwell .
To enter the stadium, all tickets are digital and fans are encouraged to download their BMS mobile app early. A maximum of two pieces of luggage per person is allowed. They should be no larger than 18x18x14 inches and one can be a soft cooler no larger than 14x14x14 inches without glass bottles.
No cash will be accepted on site, major credit and debit cards are accepted.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.bristoltix.com.