Two big races at Bristol (baby!)

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Lots to cover today, so we’re going to share links for detailed information.

Tomorrow through Saturday, NASCAR drivers will be at Food City stores in upper East Tennessee.

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 – Stephen Mallozzi, 8:30 a.m. and Justin Allgaier, 3:30 p.m. both at Blountville Food City.
  • Friday, Sept. 15 – Kaz Grala, 11 a.m. at Blountville Food City; Joey Logano, 11 a.m. at Blountville Food City; and Kevin Harvick, 1:30 p.m. at Piney Flats Food City, 6681 Bristol Hwy, Piney Flats, Tennessee.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 – Kaz Grala, 11 a.m. at Piney Flats Food City; Ross Chastain, noon, Volunteer Parkway Food City, 1430 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, TN

Food City 300 is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. with all-day activities. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race in what may be his final time. Details here.

Bass Pro Shops Night Race, in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS), will run from 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Details here. Food City is partnering with Kaulig Racing to bring back the Mountain Dew brand to the NCS. Justin Haley will drive No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Mountain Dew was born and bottled in Johnson City, Tennessee. Details here.

School Bucks: Food City has pledged $800,000 in contributions for the upcoming school year. With Food City’s School Bucks Challenge, it’s easy to earn reward points. For every $1 you spend, using your Food City ValuCard, you’ll receive 1 point for the school you have selected. The competition is underway and will run through May 7, 2024. To ensure your points credit to the school of your choice, simply go online here to link your Food City ValuCard to your preferred school. Since the program’s inception, Food City has awarded over $22 million to more than 1,000 schools. Info: coordinator Lisa Johnson at 1-800-232-0174.

Seasonal flu vaccine: Food City Pharmacy locations will again provide the flu vaccine this immunization season. Vaccinations are available on a walk-up basis for those 12 and older at Food City immunizing pharmacies and will continue throughout flu season, based upon vaccine availability. Visit here for a complete list of immunizing locations.

Flu vaccines are available in Quadravalent or Quadravalent High Dose. Insurance, including Medicare Part B, will be accepted, many with a zero copay. Other vaccines, including Covid, RSV, pneumonia and shingles shots, will be available as well.

2023 Food City Pep Rallies for Tennessee Vols:

  • Sept 22 – USTA – Food City #688, 7202 Maynardville Hwy., Halls
  • Sept 29 – South Carolina – Food City #626, 1388 Tesla Blvd., Alcoa
  • Oct 13 – Texas A&M – Food City #682, 7608 Mountain Grove Drive, South Knox

Come meet cheerleaders; Smokey, both dog and mascot; vendors with samples; and register to win tickets to the game.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.


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