To service local residents as well as visitors staying in area hotels for the Food City 500 race weekend, The Northeast Tennessee Transit System (NET Trans) is providing transportation to and from Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, March 16 and Sunday March 17 from locations in Johnson City, Kingsport and Blountville, Tenn.
Local residents may park at Sullivan Central High School at 113 Shipley Ferry Road in Blountville, Tenn., off Exit 66 on Interstate 81 and be transported to and from the race activities at BMS.
Shuttles run in two shifts, leaving Sullivan Central at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 16 for the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 and K&N 125 doubleheader and Sunday, March 17 for the Food City 500 March 17.
“NET Trans started providing shuttles from Johnson City area hotels a couple of years ago and it has been a big help for many of our guests,” said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “We have been hearing from various local residents they still enjoy coming to the races but do not like dealing with the traffic. This service gives those fans the option of letting someone else deal with it for them.”
Prices for the routes vary from $10 each way from Sullivan Central to $20 each way from Johnson City and Kingsport. Reservations must be placed to ride. Those interested may obtain more information at www.nettrans.org or make reservations by calling 1-800-528-7776.
Purchasing tickets to the Food City 500 enters the guest in the Bruton’s Big Bristol Giveaway in which 10 lucky fans win a new Ford Mustang.
March race weekend ticket packages, which include the Food City 500 and Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 /K&N East Series 125 doubleheader, remain available, starting at $99. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price. Lower-row seating for the Food City 500 is available with tickets starting at $65 for adults and $32 for children 15 and under.
Guests are encouraged to purchase in advance while the price is $5 less per grandstand ticket than the race-day cost for the same seat.
The K&N Pro Series East 125 takes place March 17 following Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race. Tickets for the doubleheader are available, starting at $35 for adults and $17 for kids 15 and under.
BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup races, as well as Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, the Food City 250 and the K&N race, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.