Appalachian Service Project will “Race to Build” a new home for local veteran

Published 9:30 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Appalachia Service Project, Inc. (ASP) and Bristol Motor Speedway will join hands with community partners and volunteers to “Race to Build” a brand new home, free of charge, in one week’s time leading up to April 17’s Food City 500.

Construction of the new home will begin on BMS property on Friday, April 8 and continue through Friday, April 15. On Saturday, prior to the start of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300/ PittLite 125 doubleheader, ASP will dedicate the home to the new owners.

The recipient of this home is Steve Tredway, an honorably discharged veteran who works for the City of Elizabethton. Steve and his wife Coleen recently adopted two children Alexis (8) and Kadin (7), who live with them full time in their single-wide mobile home. The completed home will be the children’s fifth and final placement of the last few years.

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A group of veterans from Washington D.C. will be arriving at BMS to help with the project, a true sign of respect and fellowship among service members. Following the race weekend, the home will be moved to a permanent location down the road.

“We want to increase awareness of ASP as a whole and we feel this is a major step towards that goal,” said Walter Crouch, president of ASP. “By building our latest home on the property of Bristol Motor Speedway, it allows us the opportunity to gain new exposure by the thousands upon thousands of race fans and constituents who will make their way to the region in April for the race.”

ASP, based in neighboring Johnson City, Tenn., provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation — bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

“ASP seeks to make a difference in the lives of people and we are ready to work together on this “Race to Build” project,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We are pleased to partner with the Appalachia Service Project to help provide a new home to a local veteran and his family.”

Fans on property are encouraged to visit the build site to learn more about ASP and its mission. ASP gladly welcomes volunteers, material donations and sponsors. Those interested can visit for more information.