Last Week of AutoTrader.com Speedway in Lights Best in 12-year History of Holiday Light Show
The last week of Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway smashed records, setting a new final week mark for attendance.
The holiday light show, one of the largest in the country, drew in excess of 5,300 cars from Dec. 28 through the finale Jan. 3. This also proved to be the fourth most successful edition of the show in the 12-year history of Speedway In Lights as more than 100,000 people visited, beginning on opening day, Nov. 14.
Claudia Byrd, chair of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, was elated over the outpouring of support for Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights this season.
"We couldn't be happier with the outcome of Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights this year," she said. "We weren't really sure what to expect, considering the economic challenges everybody is facing so it is extremely gratifying to know that folks were still able to support us.
"As everyone knows, the more people who come out to Speedway In Lights, the more children we're able to help and that is our number one goal. Every person who visited the show, all our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and workers, deserve all the credit for making this year's show such a spectacular success. I thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart."
Autotrader.com Speedway in Lights is the chief fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit organization devoted to raising funds for children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Prior to the start of this year's light show, more then $4.5 million had been raised in the previous 11 years.
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