Thursday, February 05, 2009

Bristol adds celebrity/legends race

Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson and Junior Johnson racing again at Bristol?
That’s going to happen on Saturday, March 21, at the first “Saturday Night Special” during Food City 500 weekend.
Legendary drivers will be paired with celebrities in the 50-lap race that will benefit charity and give fans a stroll back down memory lane.
Celebrities will start the race and run 15 laps. After a break, the racing legends will take over and run the final 35 laps. The legends will start in the same order their celebrity partners finish the first segment.
Drivers will be in late model stock cars. The winning team will have $25,000 donated to a charity of their choice. Second place is worth $10,000 for charity and the other entrants will each have $5,000 donated to their charities.
“We made a decision over the winter to make what we believe is the best fan experience in race even better,” Bristol track president and general manager Jeff Byrd said. “We believe having these celebrated drivers back on a track where they all have won in a stock car does that. These guys helped make Bristol.”
Saturday’s schedule will now include a 100-lap late model race, the Scotts Turf Builder 300 for the Nationwide Series and the celebrity/legends event.
“It has been a while,” said Johnson, who won one race as a driver and 20 as a car owner at Bristol. “But I think I can still turn some laps around this place. Darrell better buckle up.”
Harry Gant, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Phil Parsons are expected to compete. Invitations have also been sent to several others. “We fully expect more drivers to be added to this list,” Byrd said.

16 comments:

Tesswpfd17 said...

Sweet I hope this airs somewhere maybe Speed. Hell I would love to see this even if it is tape delayed

Anonymous said...

There's only one good thing about this race, With D.W. in the car we won't have to listen to him announce it! OMG, That's funny!!!

Richard in N.C. said...

Sounds like something Humpy would have dreamed up. Maybe he did? Speaking of which, why hasn't anyone written any articles about what Humpy is up to? Interviewed him about what's going on today in NASCAR?

Anonymous said...

Humpy and his son, Tripp, are running a consulting business and work with Speed on some big projects. Humpy is also the Chair for the Charlotte Regional Partnership that focuses on economic development.

Holleracha said...

Id go and sleep in the truck to see Richard Petty And Cale Yarborough go at it again!! Could they do it at Daytona In a Superbird and a Cyclone?? Id walk from TN to Fl with no truck to see that!

o2rustyw02 said...

PLEASEEEE PUT THIS ON TV !!!

Anonymous said...

Anybody read Pooles top 35????
Same ol' tune year after year week after week.Hey Poole,instead of shoving your favorites down our throats before the checkerd flag falls?Why not rank the Drivers after the first race.And you put Junior in 9TH?????????You know he needs to be in the 15TH spot.
I tell you what..hang out with them boy's that picked Carl Edwards over Jimmie Johnson(ya boy).I'm sure you could use some writing tips and maybe they'll point you in the right direction on how to rank teams.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the weather will cooperate as it gets a tad chilly at Bristol towards sunset. Qualifying 'snowed out' sound familiar?
Anyway, really looking forward to seeing it live.

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