Speedway in Lights back for eighth season

  BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The region's most dazzling holiday light show returns to Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway Nov. 19. Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA, kicks off its eighth season with more lights and a route that once again offers visitors the chance to take a lap around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."
  Event organizers will add thousands of new lights for the 2004-'05 edition. The highly popular York Ice Skating Rink also returns for the holidays and again will be located in the BMS front parking lot adjacent to Volunteer Parkway (Hwy. 11E). The ice rink will open to Speedway In Lights visitors during evening hours for an additional charge.
  Returning Speedway In Lights favorites include the animated snowman attraction, which features flying snowballs that build a huge snowman upon impact with the ground; and Dinosaur Village, with its erupting volcano and six dinosaurs. Other favorites include the cannon shot, the poinsettia wreath and candelabra. Of course, motorsports-flavored displays will occupy spots throughout the drive. More than 1.5 million lights and 200-plus displays make up this year's Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA.
  Proceeds from Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds to qualified children's charities. Funds from the foundation directly aid children in the Tri-Cities area. To date, Speedway Children's Charities has raised more than $1.75 million for area agencies.
  Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 19-Jan. 8, are available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $7 Sunday through Thursday, and $10 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $12 Sunday through Thursday, and $15 Friday and Saturday. Bus tickets are $50 Sunday through Thursday, and $65 Friday and Saturday.
  The York Ice Skating Rink will open six days a week, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and running through Sunday, Feb. 6. Tuesday through Thursday, the rink will open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday the rink will open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will close each Monday throughout the period for general maintenance. The cost to skate is $5, plus and additional $2 for skate rental.