Ten lucky fans leave BMS with new Mustangs
Mar 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM
BRISTOL, Tenn. — A week ago Monday, 44-year old Robert Jones Jr. of Indianapolis was pulled out of his crumpled pickup truck after smashing into a tree trying to avoid hitting a deer.On Sunday afternoon — with his extensive injuries from the accident still in full view — Jones stood on the frontstretch of Bristol Motor Speedway and learned he had just won a brand new Ford Mustang.Jones was one of 10 winners of the grand prizes from “Bruton’s Big Bristol Giveaway.” Among the others was a young father who brought his son to Bristol on a camping outing for the youngster’s seventh birthday and a young woman who earned the slot when it was passed to her by a corporate suite holder at BMS.The 10 winners were pulled from a group of 50 finalists who attended prerace ceremonies for Sunday’s Food City 500. The finalists were randomly selected from a pool of Bristol Motor Speedway account holders awarded an entry for each Food City 500 ticket they purchased, from entries mailed to Bristol and from the thousands of onsite entries generated during race weekend.Finalists were notified of their selection on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some were reached in the campgrounds that surround BMS, others were confirmed as finalists after calls to their primary contact numbers set off a mad scramble to hunt them down in hometowns, while still others were located by treks into the grandstands.The finalists were then grouped five to a car and given a box that contained a key. When the signal to test the key was given, the winner’s touch set off the car’s alarm. The winners of the five white and five black Mustangs were then treated to a lap and a half around the high banks of Bristol.Joining Jones as new Mustang owners were Charlie Grooms of Morristown, Chris Hatchett of Bassett, Va., Heather Barnett of Cedar Bluff, Va., Keith Rose of Pounding Mill, Va., Jeff Rupe of Sophia, W.Va., Kenneth Morris of Pittsburgh, Chris Younger of Williamson, W.Va., Darryl Kluttz of Carthage, N.C., and Larry Glascoe of Winston-Salem, N.C.