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Kilgore named honorary starter for Food City 500

Kingsport native and San Francisco 49er Daniel Kilgore Kingsport native and San Francisco 49er Daniel Kilgore

San Francisco 49ers offensive guard, Daniel Kilgore, has been named Honorary Starter for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 17th.

The 6-foot-3, 308 pound offensive guard is originally from Kingsport, TN, just 30 minutes from the World's Fastest Half-Mile.  Kilgore, always excited about making a trip home, is looking forward to taking part in the Food City 500.

"It's a very big honor to come to my home track and start the Food City 500 at the World's Fastest Half-Mile," says Kilgore.  "I'm very excited about it.  I've been to every spring race – I grew up coming there. I actually worked the races, selling programs for Dobyns-Bennett, so to go from selling programs to starting the race is pretty awesome. I'm really looking forward to it."

The 25-year-old Kilgore was a standout at Dobyns Bennett High School before signing with Appalachian State, where he played from 2006-2010.  In 2011, Kilgore was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers.  He appeared in all 18 games last season and is only the second former Appalachian State player to play in a Super Bowl.

 Steve C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer, is excited about having Kilgore wave the green flag to signal the start of the Food City 500.

"We are excited about the upcoming race weekend and we're especially honored to have one of our region's own representing our company as Honorary Starter of the Food City 500," says Smith.  "Kilgore is a tremendous asset to his team and our entire region and I'm proud to have him as our guest."

Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway's longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR motorsports.  The Food City 500 gets under way at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  Qualifying for the event takes place on Friday, March 15th at 3:40 p.m.  Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th, followed by the K&N Pro Series race at 4:45 p.m. 

 Tickets are still available and may be purchased at www.bristoltix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).

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