April 24, 2017

Victory Weekend at Bristol Report

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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This past weekend we had another great Victory Weekend in spite of the weather. We continue to have great favor with the events that we’re doing. Bristol is no exception; actually, Bristol Motor Speedway gave us the opportunity to do the first Victory Weekend in 2011. I tell people that this was when I learned how not to do these events. The first one was too labor-intensive and too expensive, but it opened my eyes to an outreach event where we could honor and encourage a great group of people.

This was the 25th anniversary of Food City sponsoring the Bristol race. We have been blessed with a great working relationship with Food City. The Victory Weekend team performed on stage in the Food City Fan Zone. Our band played, and Levi Riggs, Jess Zimmerman, and Audra McLaughlin all sang. As usual, Audra knocked the ball out of the park when she sang the national anthem, and Jess sang God Bless America after we had honored over 60 veterans as part of the program.

We moved from the Food City Fan Zone to the Victory Weekend stage at the Race Day Center RV Park for our Friday night event. We love this new location because it’s located directly across from the track, and we’re developing a long-term relationship with this campground. All three singers performed and we had two drivers share, Josh Reaume and Quin Houff.

As I said, we battled weather all weekend, and on Saturday, following the race, we started early because of the weather report. After the band played for about 30 minutes, I took the stage and shared, and we honored veterans, military personnel, and first responders. And then the rain came, so the remainder of Saturday evening was canceled. My heart’s desire is to use every available means to reach every available person, so it was a great weekend because people were encouraged and seeds were planted.

Thanks for all your wonderful support,

Steve Wingfield