NASCAR Track, TN Supermarket Pitch In to Help Wildfire Victims
The management of the "world's fastest half-mile" NASCAR track joined with regional grocer Food City to pitch in to help displaced families affected by the wildfires raging along the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
The general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosts two of the sport's marquee races each year, told FOX Sports that they intend to do all they can to help their neighbors to the south and east.
"While we can’t undo the damage from wildfires, we can all play a major role in relief efforts by donating money. Gatlinburg and Sevier County hold a special place in the hearts of NASCAR fans," Jerry Caldwell said.
At least seven people have been killed and hundreds of homes have been destroyed by wildfires in the region, which has not seen accumulative rain in some time.
Bristol has also opened its race-day campground to families free of charge-- the sites have fully-functional water and electricity hookups.
Food City supermarket has joined with "Thunder Valley" to help its neighbors and has pledged $50,000 to the recovery effort, and plans to send a big rig full of water and sports drinks to first responders fighting the blazes.
The speedway is also welcoming assistance from the public, and asks those interested to get in touch with their ticket office at (423)-BRISTOL.