Bayne, Finchum return to Knoxville ahead of Bristol for Food City Family Race Night

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Trevor Bayne and Chad Finchum used to be the ones asking for the autographs.

Now, they're signing them.

The two NASCAR drivers from Knoxville returned home to meet fans at the Food City Family Race Night ahead of the Food City 500 in Bristol this weekend.

Bayne, 27, was a newborn when the Food City Family Race Night came to Knoxville 27 years ago. The former Center and Gibbs High School student says he remembers coming to the event as a child.

"It's cool to always come to Food City Race Night here", Bayne said. "I've been doing this since I was like eight years old I think. I used to have my go-cart here and now I get to go on stage and talk to Dr. Jerry Punch and talk about our race weekend at Bristol so it's a lot of fun."

Bayne currently sits 28th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings.

Just like Bayne, Finchum, 23, began racing at Dumplin Valley Raceway in Kodak. The former Halls student is scheduled to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.

"It's neat to see both sides and I'm just privileged to be on this side and have this opportunity and come out here," Finchum said. "There's so many fans that come and it's cool to get one-on-one interaction."

Finchum will be busy in Bristol, competing in both the Food City 500 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 on Saturday.

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