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Ford Speedway in Lights Opens Nov. 15 in Bristol

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; November 4, 2013:

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway transforms into a four-mile winter wonderland as Ford Speedway in Lights powered by TVA kicks off its 17th season Nov. 15 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014, featuring a new Battle at Bristol Fan Zone and Light Display.

New this year, fans of the gridiron can catch a Battle at Bristol preview. It features a lighted, football-themed display set atop the Goodyear building in Turns 1 and 2 of the BMS and a small-scale replica of the field, complete with Virginia Tech and Tennessee end zones, positioned on the front stretch pit road.

Those stopping at Speedway In Lights Christmas Village have the opportunity to visit Santa Claus, ride carnival rides, toast marshmallows over a fire, and participate in the Battle at Bristol Fan Zone.

The 2013-2014 route also features returning favorites such as the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies display located under the Speedway’s front stretch grandstands and the SUBWAY® Symphony of Lights, a synchronized light exhibit covering the Darrell Waltrip grandstand and featuring more than 300,000 LED lights blinking in time with the music.

Filled with more than 200 dazzling exhibits, the largest holiday light show in the South and one of the biggest in the country has become a must-see tradition that continues to grow in popularity, setting a weekend attendance record of 20,000 visitors last year.

Guests must enter the display route at the Bristol Dragway entrance, just off Hwy. 394. Tickets for cars are $12 Sunday through Thursday, and $15 Friday and Saturday. The Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill Hill open Nov. 14.