Bristol Motor Speedway today announced that NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway, set for Saturday, March 16, will be known as the DRIVE4COPD 125.
The DRIVE4COPD 125 is part of a Saturday doubleheader at BMS that includes Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race. Practice and qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 is Thursday, March 14 with the green flag set to drop at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, directly after the Grit Chips 300. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon, honorary ambassador for DRIVE4COPD, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the race.
Race sponsor DRIVE4COPD is a campaign of the COPD Foundation and is the country’s largest public health initiative dedicated to raising awareness of chronic obstructive disease (COPD). COPD is a serious, progressive disease, which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, that robs people of their ability to breathe and kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and diabetes combined. The DRIVE4COPD sponsorship of the K&N event is particularly important in bringing awareness about the disease as Tennessee has the third highest rate of diagnosed COPD in the country with only Kentucky and Alabama recording higher rates.
Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell is happy that COPD is joining forces with the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
“We are excited and proud to have the COPD Foundation come on board as our partner for our K&N event,” he said. “It’s a great way to reach a lot of people and promote awareness and educate everyone about this extremely serious disease.”
“The COPD Foundation welcomes the opportunity to generate greater awareness of COPD in the region and to help race fans and the broader local community take action today to breathe better tomorrow,” said John W. Walsh, COPD Foundation president and co-founder. “With Bristol Motor Speedway’s help, we know we can promote early diagnosis and ensure people have the access to support and education needed to improve their lives.”