City of Bristol reveals traffic plan for race weekend at BMS

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – The City of Bristol, Tennessee issued a race traffic plan earlier this month in preparation of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend.

According to a news release, the plan addresses safety and security issues in and around the track.

On April 15, the gates will open at BMS at 10:30 a.m. for the Bush’s Beans Pole Day, which will include practice and Spring Cup Series qualifying set to start at 4:15 p.m.

Food City Family Race Night will be held in the hospitality area from 4-9 p.m. and qualifying for the K&N Series race will be held from 7:30-7:45 p.m.

A 5K race will also take place on the BMS campus starting at 8:30 p.m. and Speedway Children’s Charities laps will go on until around 11:30 p.m.

On April 16, gates will open at 8 a.m. for the Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 races and K&N Series Pittlite 125 races.

Xfinity Series qualifying has been scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the first 50-lap Xfinity race scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., the second at 1:10 p.m. and the Xfinity race tentatively set for 1:45 p.m.

The PittLite 125 Series 125-lap race is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

On April 17, gates will open at 9 a.m. for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series Race.

According to the release, the pre-race concert is set to begin at 11:20 a.m., and the race is set to start at 1 p.m.

For the Pole Day events on April 15, traffic control will be limited to the intersections and roadways in the immediate Bristol Motor Speedway area, on roadways such as Volunteer Parkway, Highway 11E, Highway 394, White Top Road, and Exide Drive, among others.”

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