SPEEDWAY IN LIGHTS HAS RECORD-BREAKING NIGHT
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Last Saturday night's crowd at Speedway In Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway was the largest in the 10-year history of the event as a record number of 2,148 cars drove through the light show.
Claudia Byrd, chair of Speedway Children's Charities' Bristol chapter, was thrilled with the weekend's numbers.
"This is absolutely wonderful," she said. "We're on our way to having the best year in the history of Speedway In Lights and that means we'll raise more money and be able to help even more kids. Saturday night was spectacular and with Christmas still two weeks away we feel like we're going to continue to draw even larger crowds.
"I can't tell you how much we appreciate the support of all the folks who have visited Speedway In Lights. I hope they all realize just how much they're helping these children's organizations in the region. I know they enjoy the lights but I want them to also realize what a key role they play in our ability to help so many kids. We couldn't do this without their support and without the support of all of our volunteers who work so hard each and every night."
While weekends are traditionally the busiest nights to visit Speedway In Lights, Byrd says if visitors prefer a less crowded atmosphere they should come throughout the week.
"A lot of people actually do like to come on Fridays and Saturdays because they love to be part of the big crowds and they like to experience the lights on the weekend," she said. "For those who don't like to wait in line, though, Sundays through Thursdays are the best nights to come. It takes much less time to drive through and the lines aren't nearly as long."
The Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds to qualified children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, has raised more than $3 million over the past nine years. In November, Speedway Children's Charities doled out a record-breaking $450,000 to 74 charities in the area.
The annual holiday light show runs nightly 6-10 p.m. through January 6. Tickets for Speedway In Lights are available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $10 Sunday through Thursday, and $12 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $15 each night and bus tickets are $65 each night.
For more information concerning Speedway In Lights and Speedway Children's Charities please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call 423/989-6900.
Bristol Motor Speedway is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company owns and operates the following premiere speedways: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary. The Company also owns Performance Racing Network (PRN), which broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to more than 725 radio stations nationwide including XM Satellite and NASCAR.com. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.gospeedway.com.