BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton confirmed Friday that the 2015 Food City 500 will be run at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19.
"When we return to Bristol in the spring, we will return on April 18 and 19," Pemberton said. "So we'll confirm that change, we are excited about it and we know the team here at Bristol Motor Speedway is excited about it."'
Inclement weather has hampered the spring race weekend at BMS in recent years. Snow delayed a Nationwide Series race in 2006 and cold temperatures have been blamed for poor attendance.
With that in mind, Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell was thrilled with the move, which came about through a collaboration between Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith and NASCAR.
"It's something race fans have asked for for years," Caldwell said. "We're so excited that Bruton led the charge working with NASCAR to pull this off. It's going to be a real game-changer.
"(The fans) still came and supported us, but it was something we knew was impacting us."
Steve Smith, the president and CEO of Food City, was also pleased to hear the news. Food City has sponsored the spring race since 1992, and Smith said he thinks the move will benefit the track, race fans and the local economy, even if it does cut into Food City's coffee and hot chocolate sales
during the spring race weekend.
"Years ago we had some April dates, and I can assure you there are going to be no promises, but I can assure you there are going to be a lot better odds here in this climate," Smith said. "We'd rather sell (race fans) some beer, some snacks and some ice. Hot water and coffee doesn't quite go as good with NASCAR."comments powered by Disqus