Six days until the Food City 500: Campers arrive at Bristol Motor Speedway


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Today may have just been the start of another month for some, but for Bristol race fans, it’s the beginning of one of the best weeks of the year. 

With the Food City 500 on the horizon just six days away, campers began trailing into the campgrounds dotting the perimeters of The Last Great Colosseum. 

Michael Popielerz wasn’t sure if this was his and his wife’s 20th or 25th trek to Bristol from their home in Summerville, South Carolina. Nestled in a spot next to the drag way, the pair hoisted flags featuring their favorite drivers on the back of their RV as they awaited some of their friends from across the continent. 

“We got here on Thursday, about 2 o’clock, and our Canadian friends got here about an hour before,” he said. “We always meet up together and visit and eat together and such. Talk about what happened in the past year to both of us and what is going on.”

For the Popielertzs, race week is so much more than the big event on Saturday – the pair make sure to explore the area each year, make new friends and enjoy the entire week.

 “The race is just one part of it, this is the whole experience when you talk to everybody.” 

The gathering will continue to grow throughout the week leading up to Sunday when the World’s Fastest Half-Mile comes to life with roaring engines and cheering crowds. 

Here’s what else Bristol Motor Speedway has to offer this week: 

Thursday, April 4
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Speedway Children’s Charities Track Laps for Kids (Infield/ Garage Entrance)

7 p.m.

Transporter Parade (leaves the Bass Pro Shops at the Pinnacle at 7 PM)

Friday, April 5
4:05 – 4:55 p.m.

Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series, East Final Practice

5:05 – 5:55 p.m.

Alsco 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice

6:10 p.m.

Bush’s Beans Pole Day Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying (Multi-Vehicle/Three Rounds)

7:30 – 8 p.m.

Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series, East Qualifying

9 – 10:30 p.m.

Speedway Children’s Charities Tracks Laps for Kids (Drive Your Own Car on the Track)

Saturday, April 6
9:35 a.m.

Alsco 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying (Multi-Vehicle/Three Rounds)

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.

Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series – East, Drivers Autograph Session (Lot C)

12:30 p.m.

Alsco 300 NASCAR XFINITY Driver Introductions

1 p.m.

Start of  the Alsco NASCAR XFINITY Race 300 (300 Laps, 159.9 Miles)

3:45 p.m.

Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series, East Driver Introductions

4 p.m. 

Start of Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series, East Race (150 Laps, 79.95 Miles)

Sunday, April 7
12:20 p.m. 

Randy Houser Pre-Race Concert

1:20 p.m.

Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions

2 p.m.

Start of Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race (500 Laps, 266.5 Miles)

Find a full schedule at bristolmotorspeedway.com.

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