It will be a meal fit for a king…the King of NASCAR to be exact. On Thursday, March 15, race fans have the opportunity to join seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty for an evening they surely will not forget during the annual Speedway Children’s Charities dinner at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Petty will spend the evening reminiscing with fans by telling stories about his celebrated career behind the wheel.  “The King,” who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2009, drove his famous No. 43 to 200 victories during a career that spanned more than three decades.

While Petty had success at virtually every track he visited, Bristol proved to be one of his toughest challenges. He had only three wins at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” one in 1967 and a season sweep in 1975.

Regarded by many as the greatest stock-car driver of all time, fans certainly will enjoy hearing this living legend recount his time on the NASCAR circuit.

“Dinner with The King” celebrates a special milestone, as the event features a five-course meal to honor Speedway Children’s Charities 30th birthday. A live auction featuring rare NASCAR memorabilia takes place after dinner.

Cost for the event, which begins at 7 p.m., is $125 per person. Table sponsorships, which include eight seats and table signage, are available for $1200.

The event is sponsored by Tele-Optics of the Tri-Cities. To reserve a seat or table, please contact Betsy Holleman at (423) 989-6975 or by email at Interested parties may also reserve their seats online at