Donated paint schemes spotlight conservation partnership with Ducks Unlimited on-track while families connect to outdoors with free activities outside track.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Perhaps no other race on the NASCAR circuit brings the excitement of the sport and family fun together quite like the Bristol Night Race. It’s Bristol Baby, and Bass Pro Shops is bringing race fans plenty of action on and off the track during the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race Week at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).
A special paint scheme on Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry and Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will commemorate the continuing partnership between Ducks Unlimited and Bass Pro Shops. Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris is donating space on the race cars to Ducks Unlimited (DU)–the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s waterfowl habitat.
Morris also donated funds to the construction of the Ducks Unlimited National Waterfowling Heritage Center, a free wetlands and waterfowl conservation museum, inside the iconic Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.
Truex will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Ducks Unlimited Toyota and Newman will drive the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevrolet under the lights at BMS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race 500-lap event Saturday, August 18.
In addition, Ty Dillon will pilot the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s in the Food City 300 at BMS Friday, August 17. Bass Pro Shops is a primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon in the NASCAR XFINITY Cup Series.
Bass Pro Shops is proud to sponsor this annual race with the National Rifle Association (NRA).The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum is located at Bass Pro Shops national headquarters’ iconic “Grandaddy” store in Springfield, Missouri. The free 7,500-square-foot museum celebrates the history of hunting, conservation and freedom. Visitors can see nearly a thousand historically significant firearms and numerous other artifacts including 16 original painting masterpieces on loan from Remington Arms Company.
“All of us at Bass Pro Shops are honored to donate these special paint schemes as a tribute to Ducks Unlimited and their ongoing commitment to conservation and education,” said Johnny Morris. “Conservation is the only way we can ensure our grandchildren and their children will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors like our generation has.”
Fun at Outdoor Days
In addition to racing action, plenty of fun options exist around and off the track at BMS. Trackside, families can visit outdoor displays and exhibits such as the NRA Shooting Experience, the Shoot Like A Girl Interactive Trailer, the Bass Bounce and a turtle viewing pool. The whole family will enjoy participating in activities like archery, kayaking, catch and release pond and an inflatable casting range.
The Bass Pro Shops in Bristol, Tennessee will host Martin Truex, Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer on Thursday, August 16. Newman and Dillon will be signing at noon and Truex, Jr. and Bowyer at 6 p.m. The store will also offer the exciting King of Bucks trailer and is the prime spot to view the Hauler Parade lineup which will begin at 3 p.m ET.
Special Ticket Pricing
Now until August 15, Bass Pro Shops is offering special ticket pricing for Bristol racing enthusiasts. Adult tickets are $60 each, tax included and child tickets are $10 each (15 years and younger), tax included. Tickets may be purchased online at www.basspro.com.
For more information on the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Sportsmen’s Racing Team, visit www.basspro.com/NASCAR.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”