Brand new state-of-the-art grills and fryers have been installed at select front and back stretch concession stands on the concourse level, moves designed to modernize the concessions experience and “showcase the quality of Southern cuisine at ‘the Last Great Colosseum,’ ” according to BMS officials who hosted media for a taste test of the new offerings on Monday.
New specialty menu items include the Triple Bacon Colossus burger, Sloppy Joe burger, buffalo chicken mac and cheese over fries and chicken fried steak and gravy over fries.
Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at BMS, said the buffalo chicken and macaroni and cheese over fries is his personal favorite among the new items created by Levy’s team. That item also topped the list for the Times News, with the spicy Triple Bacon Colossus a close second.
“Mac and cheese and buffalo chicken are of course very popular here in the South, so we thought that would be a nice twist to the poutine option,” said Director of Operations for Levy at BMS Oberdan Congello. Congello said the new items were selected after an in-house taste-testing of potential new menu items a couple of months ago.
“We’re looking forward to our guests trying these new specialty items that our partners at Levy Restaurants have created,” Caldwell said. “In addition to tasting Levy’s new items, we also encourage guests to explore the other unique stands like the Bush’s Beans Trackside Cafés and Gouda Boys that are found on concourse level.”
The new burger options include a double patty burger with three varieties of bacon and the Sloppy Joe burger, which uses two patties topped with the Southern favorite sloppy joes and coleslaw. The speedway is also putting a Southern twist on the Canadian delicacy of poutine with buffalo chicken and mac and cheese over fries and chicken fried steak and gravy over fries. These menu items will be located at concession stands near Gates 7, 14 and 15. Each of the items is $10.
Following the race weekend, Bristol Motor Speedway will work with Second Harvest to donate remaining perishables. The charitable organization arrives the day after the race to collect items including fruit trays, cookie trays, veggies and much more.
And for families who want to bring the entire clan, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for kids to have an awesome experience. Kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets are $5 for Friday’s Bush’s Beans Pole Day. On Saturday, kids’ tickets are free and adult tickets start at $35 for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series event. On Sunday, adult tickets start at $70 for the Food City 500 and kids’ tickets are $10. For all races, each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the free kids’ tickets.
To purchase tickets to the Food City 500, please call (423) BRISTOL or buy them online at www.bristoltix.com. Tickets can also be purchased directly from any Food City store through April 10.