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Cornhole Classic races back to BMS

August 15th, 2011 4:08 am by staff report

  One of the most popular and fastest growing activities in the sports world is playing cornhole, a game favored by tailgaters everywhere, particularly at NASCAR events.

   At Bristol Motor Speedway, the fourth annual Ford Cornhole Classic quickly has become the off-track event of choice among fans in town for the Irwin Tools Night Race and the Food City 250, slated this year for Aug. 26 and 27.

   Teams play for the top prize of $2,000 in cash, by far the largest payoff ever for the champion, suite seats for the 2012 NASCAR season at BMS and a free camping space for both the March and August race weekends.

   Four qualifying tournaments will be played Aug. 26 and 27 in the corporate display area, and the grand championship takes place Saturday afternoon. Tournament times for both days are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the championship matches slated for 3:30 p.m.

   Entry fee is $40 per team, and each player receives a tournament T-shirt. To register, visit www.bristol.speedwaychari  ties.org  . All proceeds benefit the Bristolchapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

   Qualifying prizes are $300 and 2012 season tickets at BMS for first place, with the second-place team receiving $100 and 2012 Food City 500 tickets. Third and fourth place will earn $50 each.

   Second place in the finals earns the winners $500, suite seats for the Food City 500 weekend in 2012 and a free camping space for the Food City 500.

   Race week at BMS kicks off with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race, and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event Aug. 24. The Food City Nationwide Series race takes place Friday night, Aug. 26, followed by the Irwin Tools Night Race Aug. 27.

   Fans can enjoy both the Irwin Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129.

   Single-event tickets for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $30.

   Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children. Kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleh e a d e r.

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