ABINGDON, VA (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Food City is gearing up for the September 17th running of the Food City 300, one of the most popular events on the NASCAR Xfinity Series circuit.

Food City announced Monday that a team from their Food City Distribution Center will serve as Friday’s race officials.  “While it goes without saying that the past 18 months have certainly been like no other, we’ve also seen many acts of heroism, including our dedicated team of frontline workers who chose to put the job of feeding America and caring for our customers and the communities we serve above themselves,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

The Food City Distribution Center Warehouse Managers will serve as Grand Marshals and deliver the starting command.  “Our Food City Distribution Center is really the heartbeat of our company and they have certainly played a critical role in our mission of feeding America.  Despite the many COVID related challenges they have faced, they have improved efficiencies which enabled us to carry a much larger variety and selection of products, added a significant number of trucks and trailers to our transportation fleet, and welcomed and trained over 200 new teammates to enable us to better serve our growing customer base.  While it was impossible for our entire team of over 900 Distribution Center associates to be with us, we’re excited to have our management team represent this critical hub of our operation,” says Smith.

Buddy Honaker, Food City Director of Distribution has been named Honorary Starter and will wave the green flag to signal the start of the Food City 300.  “We’re honored to have Buddy represent our company as our official Honorary Starter.  He has proudly led this extremely dedicated and talented team of individuals at our Food City Distribution Center, where he has faithfully served our company for nearly 50 years.  We couldn’t be prouder to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our entire Distribution Center team for going above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of the customers and communities we serve during these unprecedented and challenging times,” says Smith.

Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR.  The NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 gets under way at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/14/2021-6AM)