KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Trevor Bayne has visited New York and California and several places in between over the last few days but no stop will be sweeter for the 20-year-old than the one he will make Monday when Bristol Motor Speedway , Food City and his hometown honor him in in downtown Knoxville.
Bristol Motor Speedway, the track Bayne has been visiting since he was a small child, Food City and the City of Knoxville will host a rally for the Daytona 500 champion Monday at the Civic Colliseum from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fans are invited to attend the rally where Bayne finally gets a chance to thank his hometown and home state in person for all the support and the many congratulatory calls, emails and texts he has received since last Sunday's win in Daytona.
Bayne will be honored on stage by Knoxville mayor Daniel T. Brown, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Food City President and CEO Steven C. Smith and Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager and Executive Vice President Jerry Caldwell.
At the rally, fans will be able to purchase the Bristol Bayne Backer ticket package for a special price of $100. Included in the package is a ticket to the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City (March 20), the Scotts EZ Seed 300 (March 19), a special Bristol Bayne Backer t-shirt and be part of a question and answer session with Bayne in the Bristol Motor Speedway hospitality area. All Bristol Bayne Backer ticket holders also will be seated in proximity to each other so that Bayne's cheering section will be obvious in the Bristol Motor Speedway grandstands.
The Bristol Bayne Backer special offer of $100 will only be available at the rally from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Fans not able to attend the rally can call the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office at 423-BRISTOL or toll free at 1-866-415-4158 to order tickets. After 5 p.m. the ticket package will be sold for $121.
ESPN's Jerry Punch will be the emcee of the event, while a number of other city and state officials, as well as actor David Keith, a Knoxville native and legendary NASCAR car owners Eddie and Len Wood will participate in the event.
Parking for the event is available in all City parking garages as well as the Jackson Avenue surface lot. Please go to http://www.cityofknoxville.org/map for parking information.
The Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City race weekend gets under way March 18 with Ford Fan Friday qualifying, followed by the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m. and the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City, which takes the green flag at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20.
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