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Traffic plans set for Food City 500 weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

The Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway is less than two weeks away. That means an increase in traffic around the World's Fastest Half Mile.

Some race fans are already in town getting ready for the big race.

BMS officials hope to have 160,000 people in the stands for the big NASCAR weekend, but with the big crowd comes the headache of all that traffic in and around Bristol.

In the past few years the traffic plan around BMS hasn't changed much, simply because it works.

David Metzger, Traffic Engineer for the City of Bristol, Tennessee, met with the media, and the folks from BMS today, to outline the traffic plan for the Food City 500 weekend.

The biggest change to the traffic flow will happen at exit 69 off Interstate 81 in Blountville, where a new red light has been installed.

However, if you don't feel like sitting in traffic getting to and from the race, BMS and Net-Trans are offering a new way to get to the races next week.

According to BMS General manager Jerry Caldwell, "Net-trans we've worked with them to set up a shuttle to where they can park over by Interstate 81 and be shuttled in to the speedway. There is a small fee for that that you pay to Net-trans but we work with them to set up a location on property. They'll bring you right up...drop you off and pick you up at that same spot and take you back over to your car."

Net-Trans will be shuttling race fans from the parking lot at Sullivan Central High School and from locations in Johnson City and Kingsport.

The cost of taking the shuttle is $10 each way from Sullivan Central, and $20 each way from the other locations.

You can find out how to reserve a ride to the races with Net-Trans, by calling 1-800-528-7776.

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