Speedway Children's Charities revved up for night races at Bristol

Sue Guinn Legg • Aug 7, 2019 at 10:01 PM

NASCAR fans are gearing up for one of the most popular races on the circuit. The night races at Bristol Motor Speedway are set to run next weekend and with them a full lineup of fun fundraising activities to help the nearly 100 local youth service organizations assisted annually by Speedway Children’s Charities.

After a several-year hiatus, Johnsonville Sausage’s 65-foot Big Taste Grill is coming back to Bristol help raise money for Speedway Children’s Charities and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Johnsonville’s grill masters will be cooking up goodwill and brats by the hundreds from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, during Food City Family Race Night festivities on State Street in downtown Bristol and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the track during the Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup races.

The Meade Tractor Charity Cornhole Tournament for Speedway Children’s Charity will get underway with qualifying rounds from noon-3 p.m Friday, Aug. 16, at the BMS trackside fan zone. The benefit tournament will continue from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, and conclude with a grand championship round to be held on Saturday afternoon prior to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver introductions. The entry fee is $40 for a two-person team. All players will receive a commemorative gift and a chance at the tournament’s cash prizes.

The annual NRA Shooting Stars Tournament, a chance to test your shooting skills against the rising stars of NASCAR, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13. The 22nd annual Speedway Children’s Charities Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14. Speedway Children’s Charities Live Auction of NASCAR racing memorabilia will be held in the Bruton Smith Tower prior the Friday, Aug.16, Food City 300 night race.

And finally, Speedway Children’s Charities volunteers will be running their Red Bucket Brigade through the grandstands beginning with the first caution flag or end of stage one in both Friday and Saturday night races. It’s a chance for fans to throw in their loose change to help hundreds of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia children in need.

For more information, to volunteer or to pre-register for any of the events, contact Betsy Holleman at 423-989-6975 or betsy@bristolmotorspeedway.com.

The Johnson City Salvation Army has sent word that publicity surrounding the decline in sales that came with the move of its thrift store to a new East Main Street location generated a lot of comments and constructive criticisms from the store’s supporters.

Lt. Bethany Yocum told the Johnson City Press this week, “We took all those comments and constructive criticism to heart. We valued having their feedback and we have implemented some very important changes at the store to address the public’s concerns regarding prices and organization of merchandise for ease of shopping.”

Just in time for the store’s grand opening celebration on Saturday, Aug. 10, the Salvation Army Family Store’s prices have been reduced and its good, used clothing is now organized by sizes.

For more information about the store at 1420 E. Main St. or Saturday’s grand opening, call 423-926-2101 or visit the Johnson City Salvation Army Family Store on Facebook.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.