Butch Jones to be grand marshal of Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Butch Jones

Butch Jones

Tennessee coach Butch Jones will serve as the grand marshal of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, the track announced today.

"I'm thankful to Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the Food City 500, one of Tennessee's marquee sporting events,” Jones said in a release. “This is one of the most exciting and unique races on the NASCAR circuit, and I'm looking forward to being a part of what is annually one of the best days of the Sprint Cup Series.”

The race starts at 1 p.m. on March 17 after qualifying on March 15 and Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 on Saturday.

Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing won the 2012 event.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 57

BigBadVol writes:

Cool! The more exposure the better. Keep working hard coach. GO VOLS!

edee writes:

Why does he need exposure on a racetrack....more fitting on the football field

usafvol writes:

in response to edee:

Why does he need exposure on a racetrack....more fitting on the football field

Ever think that maybe, just maybe some race fans may also be football fans?

DC82_Vol writes:

And what publicity did Dooley drum up for TN? I like what CBJ is doing. Get our brand out there.

antonio14313 writes:

lady and gentlemen, start your engines! go vols.

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allvol8 writes:

Could it be a sign a football game will be played there? Like against VT or WV?

kdaff51 writes:

in response to allvol8:

Could it be a sign a football game will be played there? Like against VT or WV?

Why would Tn give up home game revenue to play in Bristol. More money to be made at home. Not very smart economically!

lm5449#205749 writes:

in response to edee:

Why does he need exposure on a racetrack....more fitting on the football field

Always one.

ktownorange32 writes:

OK... Johnny... You're any idiot, but moving on. I like this, more than even for Tenn exposure and recruiting and getting our name out there etc... Since he has gotten here CBJ has gone out of his way to embrace not just the UT name and football program, but also the culture of East Tenn. Racing is an big sports arena in East Tenn as well. I still can't say whether or not CBJ is gonna win BIG at Tenn. I think will win but delivering a powerhouse to us is still up in the air. What I can say about the man though is he clearly WANTS to be here. That is a refreshing feeling after Kiffin and Dooley. Records aside, I'm ready for a coach that WANTS to be here and CBJ is getting out there and embracing us beyond the campus boundaries.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Welcome to hillbilly heaven Butch! Oh what a beautiful sight.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to edee:

Why does he need exposure on a racetrack....more fitting on the football field

Uh...why does Mike Krzyzewski do commercials on tv all the time from cars to who knows what? EXPOSURE

ktownorange32 writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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wow.... you stereotype much? oh wait... it's your shining troll moment. Lemme help you out. Uz hur redniks in tenucee likes dem dere racen boys so just cloze yur pretty mouth bOOOOOy. What does all that bliss feel like bud when you're floating around in your pool of ignorance?

punkin writes:

A little early? He hasn't won a single game but he does have the best staff in the country.

EastTnVols962 writes:

I work this race every year, and have been to the fall race almost every year since I was about 6. I just graduated with my accounting degree, have never been hunting, nor have I ever dipped tobacco. I don't use double negatives, but I will use the word "y'all" occasionally. To those of you less educated, what I'm trying to say is that just because someone is a NASCAR fan doesn't make them and ignorant redneck. In fact I generally see a lot more drunk rednecks at Neyland come September. Heck I've never even witnessed a fight of any sort at a race, but just this last season I caught an elbow to the face walking into the stadium that resulted in a busted lip. The reason? One of our own mistook my UT shirt for a UF shirt and wanted to get in a good lick. He even told me so (still never apologized). So ignorance is everywhere.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Now, that was a bunch of rambling Horse Sh!PP

cobragolfer writes:

He'll never lead the SEC, so let him enjoy his lead at Bristol.

OrangePride writes:

in response to edee:

Why does he need exposure on a racetrack....more fitting on the football field

Ever hear the expression, "no such thing as bad publicity?" Keep Tennessee's positive name out in front of parents and athletes. GO CBJ!

OrangePride writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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You don't know the first thing about tin ears or ham-handed behavior on the part of anyone at UT. I don't consider an offer to raise you to $300,000 for next year "ham handing." Not enough? OK, we understand. It's a business and JG thinks his offer at FSU is better. No problem, but don't make this about the man being disrespected. About the only thing "dumb, dumber, and dumbest" in this strand is your posts.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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General Shofner of the USMC played for General Neyland and was a very smart man.He would not have liked a stupid person using his name.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Now There's a real Race issue regarding Coach Jones that is open for discussion. The FC 500 Is an incredibly exciting event!

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Are you as stupid as you appear or is it an act?

cltvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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RedNeckAlchovol I'm guessing 5ity cent would disagree with you

usafvol writes:

in response to cltvol:

RedNeckAlchovol I'm guessing 5ity cent would disagree with you

I will admit that Kanye and the rest of those fools up there jumping around provide quite a bit of comedic entertainment..

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Congratulations; the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem..

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Then why didn't you say that rather than offending race fans which I am? It shows your total ignorance towards the sport and fans; just saying..

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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I doubt you talk so much when someones standing right in front of you. You're so typical. Go tell your buds what a big man you are now little boy..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Now, that was a bunch of rambling Horse Sh!PP

Maybe Johnny should stop and inhale from time to time. It's obvious he isn't getting enough oxygen too his brain. G.B.O.!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Talking too yourself is a sure sign of a mental disorder. Maybe you should seek counseling.

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Not playing any role for you little man. I just think you're a pathetic little coward who hides behind a computer. Whats really funny is that you know i'm right. lol

pingkr62 writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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I'm not the one responding to my own post. Moron.

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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I'm laughing as I read what you wrote. You're either about 15 years old or a really pathetic loser. Too bad we can't discuss in person; would be fun to see you soil yourself..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Please excuse me, I didn't know you are a man.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to usafvol:

I'm laughing as I read what you wrote. You're either about 15 years old or a really pathetic loser. Too bad we can't discuss in person; would be fun to see you soil yourself..

Maybe he's one of Jeff Flowers offspring.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Yes I knew General Shofner well and he would have explaned it where an idiot like you would have understood it, then you would have been getting his foot out of your rearend.

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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No not at all; It's just been my experience that blowhards like you are typically nothing. The humanitarian in me actually feels sorry for ya..

usafvol writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Maybe he's one of Jeff Flowers offspring.

Maybe. I think he's just another troll trying to get a little attention. He's very funny..

pingkr62 writes:

Yes she is! Laughing M.A.O.

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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You don't seem to be a very bright person. I'd wager that I have a house plant with a higher IQ..

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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OK little man; it's getting close to your bedtime so get those footie pj's on and if you're good, maybe you'll get milk and cookies before nite nite..

bah4vols#266620 writes:

Come on up to Bristol Butch and sip on some moonshine! "Golly that's good!"

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Yeah right. Go back and read some of your posts; ever heard of punctuation? lol

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Do you even realize how ignorant you are? Be honest, you're about 15ish, right?

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Exposure is good. Now go get a good runningback coach like maybe Calvin Magee! We don't need any more Cincy guys.

Go Vols!

usafvol writes:

in response to RedBankAlchovol:

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Whatever little boy. Thanks for the cheap entertainment tonight. This weekend when you and your little buddies are playing Dungeons and Dragons, you can tell them all how you trashed me on this site. I'm sure they will be impressed! nite nite

pingkr62 writes:

in response to usafvol:

Whatever little boy. Thanks for the cheap entertainment tonight. This weekend when you and your little buddies are playing Dungeons and Dragons, you can tell them all how you trashed me on this site. I'm sure they will be impressed! nite nite

I think Dungeons and Dragons might be to advanced. I was thinking more along the lines of Pokemon. Also, in one of my earlier posts, I said redbank could be an offspring of jeff flowers, well if you look back through the other posts, there wasn't one from glennfordsfoible. My guess this is jeffy is using ANOTHER screen name. You know he has a history of doing this.

voloffaith writes:

in response to pingkr62:

I think Dungeons and Dragons might be to advanced. I was thinking more along the lines of Pokemon. Also, in one of my earlier posts, I said redbank could be an offspring of jeff flowers, well if you look back through the other posts, there wasn't one from glennfordsfoible. My guess this is jeffy is using ANOTHER screen name. You know he has a history of doing this.

The jeffster is using the typical four word name with spacing that was the name of one of General Neyland's former players. He gets banned and reups to play the game another day.

What is even more sad is the lil spat that just finished between usa and redbankalky.

pingkr62 writes:

I was enjoying that as well. USA seems to be intelligent and articulate, the exact opposite of jeffy the "flower", if you know the context of what is meant by the term "FLOWER" L.O.L!

ZacharyUTK writes:

GREAT for TENNESSEE!

Now what we need is to arrange a neutral-site football game to be played on the infield at Bristol. Could you imagine it? 170,000 fans? It would be the largest college football game in history.

Maybe meet Virginia Tech there? It would be about equidistant.

Theo writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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One more time Jeff. Fulmer is gone. He is not coming back. No amount of nastiness on your part is going to change that. No amount of irrational hammering of the current staff is going to change that.
You are losing your touch a bit though. You did not mention Dooley at all. I guess that is because you would have to give Dooley credit for hiring Jay Graham. S.....x to be you.

RockyTopApologist writes:

"Gentlemen, start your defense....."

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