151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
Located on US Highway 11, 5 miles south of Bristol
Track Website & Social Media:
Bristol Motor Speedway website
Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
BMS Photo Page on Flickr
Bristol Raceway Ministries
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
0.533-mile concrete oval
Degree of banking in corners: 24 to 30 degrees
Degree of banking in straights: 4 to 9 degrees
Straightaways: 650 feet long.
Concrete racing surface: 43 feet wide.
Bristol has two pits roads: 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch
Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph
Track Opened: 1960
First Cup race: 1961
Seating capacity: 153,000 [was 158,000 and 160,000]
2015 April Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 74.997mph, started 1st
2015 August Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 96.890mph, started 5th
Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989
Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074
Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph
Oldest Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/1999
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 10 months, 23 days, 3/25/2007
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th
2015 April Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 128.632, finished 1st
2015 August Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 131.407, finished 3rd
Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, August 21, 2015, 131.407mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 17 days, 8/27/1994
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 9 months, 23 days, 3/19/2010
Most Wins - Active Driver: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, 5
Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12
Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, Mark Martin - 9
Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty
Most Top 5s - Active: 17 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s - Active: 25 - Jeff Gordon
Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/2003
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/1971
Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/1965
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/1971
Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/15/2008
Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/1966
Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/1991
Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/1973
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/1964
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/1973
Most Wins by Manufacturer:
43 - Chevy;
36 - Ford;
8 - Dodge;
7 - Toyota;
17 - others
Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway operates under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in the Sprint Cup Series that utilizes two pit roads with 22 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the backstretch. Teams that pit on the backstretch used to be at a competitive disadvantage. Since the spring 2002 race at Bristol, teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme.
Bristol "tops off" support towers for Colossus: The fourth and final structural tower that will support Colossus, the world's largest outdoor, center-hung 4-sided screen, was "topped off" Thursday with the raising of an American flag. In addition, the scoring pylon in the infield has been removed. The next phase of the colossal undertaking is to install the cables that support Colossus TV as well as the state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers - enough to make any rock star squirm with envy. The team at Bristol Motor Speedway has put together two timelapses that give a view of the removal of the scoring pylon and the building of one of the four towers.
(Bristol Motor Speedway)(2-8-2016)
Another Football game at Bristol Motor Speedway? UPDATE: Tennessee and Virginia Tech might not be the only football teams playing at Bristol Motor Speedway next season. East Tennessee State University has been in negotiations to take on Western Carolina University in a Southern Conference game at the track, people close to the deal have confirmed. The Bucs and Catamounts could play at BMS on Sept. 17, a week after Tennessee and Virginia Tech take part in what has been dubbed the "Battle of Bristol." An official announcement about the ETSU-Western Carolina game, which has been rumored for months, is expected soon. When Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet at BMS on Sept. 10, the largest crowd ever for a college football game is expected to be on hand. The current record is 115,109, set in 2013 at Michigan Stadium during a game between Notre Dame and Michigan.(Johnson City Press)
AND A press conference has been called for Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Neither side was willing to comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement, but sources and media outlets indicate the East Tennessee State University Bucs will play Southern Conference rival Western Carolina in a football game inside 155,000-seat BMS this season on Sept. 17. (Bristol Herald Courier)(1-27-2016)
UPDATE: The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Bristol Motor Speedway held a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce they have reached an agreement to host ETSU's 2016 Southern Conference football opener at the Last Great Colosseum. The Buccaneers, who are playing a full SoCon schedule this upcoming season, will host Western Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 17. ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush and the Buccaneers know the significance of playing at Bristol Motor Speedway and are excited to be part of this historic event. ETSU Season Ticket Holders will receive a general admission ticket to the game at BMS with their season ticket package. Reserved seating upgrades and parking will be available when purchasing ETSU season tickets. If you are an ETSU season ticket holder and have questions, please call the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-4828.(BMS)(1-29-2016)
Bristol names new communications manager: Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway announced the hiring of accomplished public relations professional, Chris Lawyer as communications manager. Lawyer has worked with numerous forms of sports including motorsports, tennis and college athletics during his rising career. As a member of the communications team, Lawyer will lead public relations efforts for Bristol Dragway and the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He also will assist in integrated strategy, development and execution for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol as well as all Speedway and ancillary events. Lawyer comes to BMS following a two-year stint as Media Relations Manager at the National Hot Rod Association. In addition, Lawyer has held positions with Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Ole Miss Athletics among others.(BMS)(1-19-2016)
Construction of towers to support 'Colossus' screen begins at Bristol: The first phase of constructing the four towers that will support what is touted to be the world's largest center-hung video display started Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The towers - which range in height from 190 to 220 feet and weigh upwards of 50,000 pounds per 10 foot by 10 foot section - are needed to support the massive screen dubbed "Colossus." Rentenbach Constructors, of Knoxville, has two cranes from Barnhart Crane & Rigging outside of turn 2 in order to lift each section into place, where a crew of workers bolts the massive pieces into place. The tower piece of the construction is slated to be complete by Jan. 25. Engineers and construction crews are then scheduled to install the cables that will give support to the towers to hold "Colossus" in place. The entire project, including the installation of the giant television, is expected to be complete for the Food City 500 race weekend. BMS officials have said "Colossus" will enhance the experience of those visiting the speedway, providing them with premium viewing that "rivals the sharpness of the outdoor screens in Times Square as well as thunderous, high-quality sound provided via 428 stadium speakers," according to an earlier news release from BMS. See pictures at the Bristol Herald-Courier site.(1-8-2016)
Speedway Children's Charities Distributes Nearly $2.9 Million Nationwide: Speedway Children's Charities officials have announced that the nonprofit will distribute nearly $2.9 million in grants to more than 390 different charitable organizations across the country in 2015, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $46 million.
"My parents started Speedway Children's Charities from modest beginnings with the goal of helping children in physical, financial, emotional and medical need," said Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children's Charities. "From that first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway to now eight chapters at Speedway Motorsports' facilities nationwide, we've far surpassed their early expectations. But as long as there is a need, Speedway Children's Charities will continue working to improve the lives of children by supporting local nonprofits that help children in hundreds of local communities."
Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled $2,886,902 in 2015. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through various fundraising activities, including clay shoots, track events, auctions, holiday light displays and more.
"It was a banner year for Speedway Children's Charities, and we can't thank the race fans, sponsors, volunteers, team owners, drivers and staff enough for all of their efforts to help children in need," said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Every single dollar or volunteer hour makes a difference, and these fundraising results will have a true impact to help children in need of a brighter future." For more information on SCC or to see how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.(CMS)(12-16-2015)
Pilot Flying J sponsoring "Battle at Bristol": Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that they have signed on to be the title sponsor of the Battle at Bristol - an iconic college football game to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The historic racetrack will host a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers and is expected to shatter the existing college football attendance record. This sponsorship represents a monumental company initiative for Pilot Flying J. From securing naming rights for the game - Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol - to using this pinnacle event as a catalyst to further engage employees, customers and consumers nationwide via multiple events, this opportunity will look to further position the company as a destination of choice in the travel center industry. Adding to the excitement, ESPN/ABC is confirmed as the broadcast partner of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, with time and final network to be determined at a later date. This sponsorship will complement Pilot Flying J's current sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett's #46 car. Following Bristol Motor Speedway's legendary Night Race on August 20, 2016, the venue will be transformed into the world's largest football stadium for the inaugural Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol game. With a projected attendance of 150,000, the event is expected to crush the previous college football attendance record, which currently stands at 115,109.(BMS)(11-25-2015)
Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association sponsoring Bristol night race: The Night Race lights will shine brightly on hunters, sportsmen and women - America's true conservation heroes - as Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association (NRA) team up with Bristol Motor Speedway to create the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Both organizations are excited to align with one of the most iconic motorsports events in the world and unite two great American traditions - NASCAR and the outdoors - while connecting directly with an audience that is passionate about both. Both Bass Pro Shops and the NRA, through its Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee, are deeply committed to conserving the outdoors and recognize the need to raise awareness about the contributions of America's hunters and sporting men and women. For example, hunters and anglers are the largest contributors to conservation in the United States, accounting for more than 75 percent of the funds provided to state conservation agencies. Sportsmen have contributed more than $7.2 billion to a variety of wildlife and habitat conservation programs since 1937 through hunting licenses and excise taxes on outdoor gear. Bass Pro Shops and the NRA are long-time supporters of Bristol Motor Speedway and its parent company, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) (NYSE: TRK) through multiple entitlement sponsorships at various motorsports venues and with NASCAR race teams and drivers.(BMS)(11-6-2015)
Bristol Motor Speedway announces world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display: Bristol Motor Speedway (The Last Great Colosseum) will soon be the home of the world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display, officials announced Wednesday. The display, named Colossus, will plunge fans into the color, roar and rumble of events through four high-resolution screens and a thunderous sound system, making the Bristol experience more immersive than ever before. "Combine all the energy and excitement of Bristol with the ultimate home theater system, and you've got Colossus," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). "The size, resolution, and sound of this display will draw our guests into every bit of action on the track and in the infield." Each of Colossus' four custom-built screens is approximately 30 feet tall by 63 feet wide. In total, the system hosts nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels. At 6mm pitch, the pixels are grouped tighter than the large-scale outdoor displays in Times Square. The result: a glimmering visual experience capable of offering 281 trillion different color combinations, and one that's 23 times brighter and 25 percent sharper than the typical home HD TV. The display will hang from a halo-shaped truss and features an additional circular LED display beneath the screens which measures nearly six feet in height. Between the screens and the LED ring, that's more than 8,500 square feet of high-resolution, active viewing area.
Colossus also boasts a state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers, enough to make any rock star squirm with envy. By contrast, the current system hosts 2,400 watts of power, with only 10 2-way loudspeakers and 8 subwoofers. The scale and quality of the project draws on the technology solutions expertise of partners such as Panasonic, a company known for creating large displays in numerous iconic sports venues across the U.S., including other Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) tracks like Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedways.
"Panasonic is honored to be chosen by Bristol Motor Speedway as their technology partner for a project that so dramatically transforms the fan experience," said Douglas Moss, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, president of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. "We worked closely with Bristol to recommend a unique, high-end technology solution that we believe is a true game-changer. Colossus lives up to its name in every respect, creating a completely immersive fan experience with its sheer size, unparalleled resolution and imaging crispness. Panasonic has a proud relationship with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., delivering customized technology solutions to SMI-owned and operated member race tracks, a legacy that continues to grow and now includes Bristol as the latest high-profile success story."
Once the build begins in November, the track's existing pylon and screen frame will be removed, clearing the infield for next year's NASCAR events and the Battle at Bristol, college football's biggest-ever game. Colossus will rise via four massive support towers ranging in height from 190-220 feet and weighing in at approximately 437 tons. These will be positioned outside the bowl, and the display will then be suspended over the infield by miles of cabling, the largest of which exceeds the diameter of the vertical cables supporting the Golden Gate Bridge. Rentenbach Constructors of Knoxville, Tenn. is taking on the build of the structure. "It's a real thrill for Rentenbach to be back at BMS to help install this exciting piece of technology," said Don Freeman, chairman, Rentenbach Constructors, a Christman Company. "Construction of the Speedway continues to be a special point of pride for everyone at our company, and the chance to do more than be on the sidelines cheering at the upcoming Battle at Bristol will make this once-in-a-lifetime game day even more special."
According to Caldwell, Colossus will be ready to dazzle guests at the Spring 2016 NASCAR race. Throughout the year, BMS will demonstrate one of Colossus' additional design elements: the ability to transfer screens around the facility for events like the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in June and the track's annual holiday celebration, Speedway in Lights. "Colossus will transform the way we see, hear and experience events at Bristol, and provide additional opportunities for events here," said Caldwell. "We're fortunate to have entrepreneurs and owners like Bruton and Marcus Smith who care about providing fans with the best possible entertainment experience."
Colossal Facts: Colossus is brilliant.
Colossus has the highest viewing quality of any permanent outdoor stadium display in the world. It features 2880 x 1350 lines of resolution, compared to the average home HDTV screen at 1920 x 1080.
Colossus hosts nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels, and is capable of displaying 281 trillion different color combinations.
The space between pixels, known as pitch, is closer on Colossus than any other large-scale outdoor installation. At 6mm pitch, the pixels are grouped tighter than the large-scale outdoor displays in Times Square.
Colossus is big.
It's the largest outdoor, center-hung screen display in the world.
Colossus features four LED screens. Each one is 5 feet tall and 62.9 feet wide, and all together, equals approximately 1,145 50-inch TV's.
Each screen will be at least 20 feet closer to guests and 5 times larger than current screens.
The unit will also have a lower viewing ring measuring 5 feet 11 inches high by almost 189 feet in circumference, for an additional 961.2 total square feet of screen space.
Colossus weighs nearly 700 tons. This includes:
437 tons of steel among the four supporting towers, or roughly the same weight as 1,748 college football goal posts.
127 tons in the supporting ring, screen frame and screens. That's more than the combined weight of every player and coach on the UT and VT football teams-for the next five years.
117 tons of cabling. The largest diameter cable weighs 63 pounds per foot, and the suspension cables are larger than the vertical cables supporting the Golden Gate Bridge.
The main cable suspending the screens is long enough to circle the track twice.
Colossus is bold.
With 540,000 watts powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers, Colossus' sound system will go boom. By comparison, the former system featured 2,400 watts, 10 2-way loudspeakers and 8 subwoofers.
Colossus provides a listening distance of no more than 90 feet from speakers to ears, compared to a previous listening distance of 200-400 feet.
The quality of the system's speakers means there will be less than 3 decibels of difference among any seat in the grandstands.
The sound system hosts 40 miles of cabling and fiber optics, enough for 80 track laps.
All of Colossus' electrical power is certified Green for energy efficiency.(bristolmotorspeedway.com).(10-4-2015)
Bristol sees largest crowd since 2008: Picture-perfect weather combined with a pre-race concert by Steven Tyler and Jeff Gordon's last race on the high banks led to the largest crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway since 2008. While a capacity crowd was often taken for granted during the days of 55 straight sellouts from 1992-2008, it's actually quite a feat to fill the world's eighth largest sports stadium in one of the smallest markets which NASCAR races. Jerry Caldwell, BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager, credited the speedway's team of employees for helping to make it the huge turnout, estimated over 150,000 strong, a reality. "It's a massive crowd here and we're really excited about it," Caldwell said. "The team worked so hard for so many months. They've put everything we've got into all of this from Steven Tyler to (famed boxing announcer) Michael Buffer (who did driver introductions) to the 43 greatest drivers in the world."(Johnson City Press)(8-23-2015)
Driver Into Songs for the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway:
(by starting lineup / order)
#11-Denny Hamlin: Heart Upon My Sleeve by Avicii
#18-Kyle Busch: DJ Barry
#19-Carl Edwards: Juke Box Hero by Foreigner
#55-David Ragan: Only In America by Brooks and Dunn
#22-Joey Logano: Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys
#2-Brad Keselowski: Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg
#4-Kevin Harvick: Real Life by Jake Owen
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The Stroke by Billy Squier
#15-Clint Bowyer: Going Through the Big D by Mark Chesnutt
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Renegades by X-Ambassadors
#41-Kurt Busch: Party Up by DMX
#42-Kyle Larson: Saturday Night's Alright by Elton John
#20-Matt Kenseth: Stife by Trivium
#51-Justin Allgaier: Ready Set Roll by Chase Rice
#21-Ryan Blaney: Even Flow by Pearl Jam
#3-Austin Dillon: Move by Ludacris
#16-Greg Biffle: Wild Side by Motley Crue
#31-Ryan Newman: Good Ol Boys by Waylon Jennings
#5-Kasey Kahne: Cherry Bomb by John Mellencamp
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Eminence Front by The Who
#1-Jamie McMurray: Walk This Way by Aerosmith
#6-Trevor Bayne: Back Where I Come From by Kenny Chesney
#78-Martin Truex Jr.: La Grange by ZZ Top
#24-Jeff Gordon: EI by Nelly
#47-A.J. Allmendinger: Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson
#9-Sam Hornish Jr.: Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead
#34-Brett Moffitt: Cowboy by Kid Rock
#13-Casey Mears: Fuel by Metallica
#27-Paul Menard: Symphony of Destruction by Megadeath
#95-Michael McDowell: Nothing I Can Do by Tedashii
#43-Aric Almirola: I Can't Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar
#10-Danica Patrick: Hot Blooded" by Foreigner
#35-Cole Whitt: Armor For The Lord by Blake Whiteley
#32-Josh Wise: Dixieland Delight by Alabama
#46-Michael Annett: Bernie Lean by Bernie Dance
#7-Alex Bowman: Bring Me The Horizon by Throne
#38-David Gilliland: Kick Start my Heart by Motley Crue
#23-J.J. Yeley: Devil in Disguise by Elvis Pressley
#40-Landon Cassill: Smooth by Santana
#14-Tony Stewart: Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
#98-Timmy Hill: Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silentó
#83-Matt Dibenedetto: I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett
#33-Mike Bliss: Hells Bells by AC/DC
Bristol Motor Speedway Introduces New Jeff Gordon Terrace In a spectacular career that's spanned more than two decades, Jeff Gordon has collected some big, big trophies for his shelf. The one that Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) awarded him Friday, though, is probably the most sizable one of all. Saturday, Aug. 22 marks Gordon's final race at Bristol as a full-time Sprint Cup Series driver, a run that he'll make in his iconic Rainbow Warrior paint scheme. To commemorate his last appearance and his expansive history as one of NASCAR's greatest competitors, BMS is naming a portion of the Last Great Colosseum the Jeff Gordon Terrace. "Bristol Motor Speedway plays so many roles in the industry and in our guests' lives," said Jerry Caldwell, general manager for BMS. "It's a battlefield. It's home, two or three times a year, to thousands of guests, some of whom have been coming here for generations. And it's a monument to the legends of NASCAR. As Jeff Gordon makes his last full-time run here, we can't think of a better way to recognize him than to place him among our ranks of champions who have dedicated their lives to racing excellence." A four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion, Gordon first ran at Bristol in April 1993, finishing 24th. His first Bristol win came in April 1995, when he captured his first of four consecutive spring races. He has logged more than 21,500 laps on the World's Fastest Half-Mile, and led for 2,713 of those. Overall, Gordon's Bristol record includes 45 starts, five victories, 17 top fives, 25 top 10s and five poles. He has been named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. "We want to honor Jeff for his contribution to our sport, and we look forward to his continued presence in the industry," said Caldwell. "The Jeff Gordon Terrace will be a great reminder of everything he's accomplished and all that he's done for his fans." Engines fire for the legendary IRWIN Tools Night Race on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available. For more information, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-22-2015)
Estes named President of Sebring International Raceway: Wayne Estes has been named President and General Manager of Sebring International Raceway. Estes joins Sebring after serving on the staff at Bristol Motor Speedway for 17 years. While at Bristol he enjoyed many roles, ranging from Communications Director to Vice President of Events. He was previously a Public Relations Manager at Campbell & Co. (now known as Campbell Marketing & Communications), where he handled the Ford Motor Company's motorsports accounts for NASCAR. Estes replaces Tres Stephenson, who announced earlier in the year that next season's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida will be his final race. Sebring International Raceway was established in 1950, evolving from a World War II B-17 training base called Hendricks Field. Since 1952 it has been home to the famous 12-hour endurance race, held every March. The 12 Hours of Sebring was recently voted one of the world's ten best races by USA Today's Travel Media Group.(IMSA)(8-13-2015)
Sam Bass designs Bristol program cover to honor Gordon: Sam Bass was the first person ever to see Jeff Gordon's Rainbow car. As the original designer of the iconic paint scheme, he knew he had something really special when he finished drawing it out for the first time in the summer of 1992. To commemorate the Rainbow Car's return for The Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bass recently got the chance to draw and paint the car again. "When we decided to celebrate Jeff Gordon's final race at Bristol, we knew we wanted to have Sam do our cover art," said track President Jerry Caldwell. "He has painted numerous memorable covers for us since 1996. We thought the work he did on this one was especially creative, as it beautifully commemorates Jeff's stunning 22 year career here at Bristol." Fans can purchase the commemorative program at Bristol Motor Speedway during race weekend or order one at GoSpeedwayWorld.com. Sam will be making appearances at Food City Family Race Nights in Knoxville and Bristol during race week. He will also be at the track, making him available to autograph programs for fans.(Sam Bass PR)(8-8-2015)
BMS and Chevy Invite Fans To Join First Bristol Black Out: In the AC/DC song, on the Intimidator's legendary #3 Chevy, on the track walls at Bristol Motor Speedway, black is back. It's the color of power, chosen for Chevrolet's 2015 Midnight Silverado Special Edition, and in honor of the Bristol Blackout Powered by Chevrolet, BMS is encouraging the thousands of guests attending the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race (ITNR) to wear their favorite NASCAR driver's t-shirt in black. Sleek, sinister, and ready to work, the Midnight Silverado Special Edition will be out in force at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) this August. In honor of the "Bristol Blackout Powered by Chevrolet," a fleet of the all-black 2015 Midnight Silverado Special Edition trucks will star in the ITNR, shuttling all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racers during the driver introductions and parade. An additional fleet of black 2015 Silverado 2500 HD's will power the free tram service on Speedway property and sustain the grueling workloads of BMS Operations. Race fans wishing to be a part of BMS's pre-race ceremonies are encouraged to visit BristolBlackout.com to win two tickets to the legendary ITNR and one of two opportunities to wheel a Sprint Cup Series driver around the World's Fastest Half-Mile in the Midnight Silverado Special Edition truck. Forty-one additional winners also will receive two tickets to the race and the opportunity to cruise in the cab of a truck hauling a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver during the parade lap. In Bristol Motor Speedway's display lot, a limited supply of free black Bowtie t-shirts will be available at the Chevrolet fan interactive unit. Other limited-edition blackout t-shirts are available for purchase at the BMS Speedway World and souvenir stands around the track and in the new Fanatics air-conditioned merchandise tent. For more details on the promotion or the Bristol Blackout Powered by Chevrolet visit BristolBlackout.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-4-2015)
Kenseth wins at Bristol: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Bristol Motor Speedway and his 32nd career win. The race ended with one green-white-checkered attempt.
#48-Johnson finished second, the rest of the top 10: #24-Gordon, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #51-Allgaier, #10-Patrick, and #3-Dillon.
After starting an hour late, there were 3 red flags during the race - all for rain. The first was on lap 23 and lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes, the second was 13 minutes long on lap 273 and the final one was just before the green-white-checker restart.
Harvick, Logano, and Truex, Jr all came into the race with top-10 finishes in every race this season, but all three rain into trouble during the race. Harvick finished 39th, Logano 40th, and Truex, Jr 29th.
#11-Denny Hamlin started suffering neck spasms early in the race and was replaced by Erik Jones when the race restarted after the first red flag. Jones finished 26th.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 314 points to Johnson's 258.
There were 21 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 11 cautions for 117 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 74.997mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-19-2015)
Fans, NASCAR to honor Steve Brynes at Bristol: Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol Motor Speedway -- the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer -- is including race teams, NASCAR officials and race fans in a heartfelt gesture to support one of the sport's most popular broadcasters and all of those battling cancer. As race fans enter Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday morning, they have the opportunity to receive a Stand Up To Cancer placard, writing in the name of someone they are supporting in their battle against the deadly disease. Race team crews and NASCAR officials have placards specifically honoring Byrnes. There are two opportunities to display the placards during the race airing live on FOX on Sunday, April 19 -- during parade laps, when crews are asked to stand atop the pit wall with their salutes, and again on lap 250 of the 500-lap race, when fans are asked to Stand Up To Cancer with their placards. In addition, NASCAR is offering race teams the option to carry a special car decal with Byrnes' initials, honoring him with placement on the B-post or C-post of any Sprint Cup, SFINITY, or K&N Series entry. Byrnes' brother, Dan Byrnes, and his family (wife Tammy; Steve's nephews Tyler and Dylan; and niece Samantha) are attending Sunday's race on behalf of Steve Byrnes and his family. Byrnes has been battling courageously against head and neck cancer. He is the co-host of NASCAR Race Hub and the play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Fox Sports)(4-18-2015)
Chevy returns at official vehicle and pace car at Bristol: Chevrolet, with more than a century of motorsports success, reunites with Bristol Motor Speedway in a multiyear deal as the official vehicle and pace car of the iconic short track. Beginning with this weekend's first race, Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, a red Chevrolet Camaro 1LE pace car will lead the field of 40 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers down to the green flag. The Camaro will be the front-runner throughout the 160-mile contest as drivers duke it out at the World's Fastest Half-Mile. For the first time since 2008, a Chevrolet will serve as the pace car of the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer. A sleek white Chevrolet SS will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars to the start of the race and pace the field throughout the battle of the high banks. The Chevrolet pace car for the Food City 500 will be adorned with Steve Byrnes' name above the driver and passenger doors.(BMS)(4-17-2015)
Bristol Motor Speedway mobile app available: Bristol Motor Speedway guests attending the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes will be able to stay up to date on every aspect of the race weekend activities with the Speedway's new mobile app for iPhone and Android users. The free app will be updated real-time with event schedules, ticket information, the latest news, entertainment options, photos, maps, directions, as well as live audio of race broadcasts. The new app is available on iTunes and Google Play by searching Bristol Motor Speedway. Guests need to register in the application to gain access to the full feature set and communications.(BMS)(4-14-2015)
Bristol race renamed to honor Steve Byrnes: In recognition of FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes' courageous and ongoing battle with head-and-neck cancer, FOX Sports, in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Stand Up To Cancer and NASCAR, is naming the April 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer. The event, which will be aired live on FOX at 12:30pm/et, pays tribute to Byrnes, a NASCAR television mainstay for 30 years, while also serving as a vehicle of support and awareness for all those battling cancer. Byrnes, co-host of "NASCAR Race Hub" and play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is on a medical leave of absence while he undergoes treatment. He has been part of the FOX NASCAR broadcast team since its inaugural year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage in 2001. "The support I have received from my teammates at FOX Sports, drivers, team members, track officials, NASCAR and the fans has been overwhelming," Byrnes said. "So many families are affected by cancer, and to play a small part in raising awareness is an honor to me."(FoxSports)(4-10-2015)
Priority Points program announced for the Battle at Bristol and future events: Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) has constructed a new platform to ensure their most loyal customers - as determined by longevity and money spent - receive priority. The new Priority Points program will aid in the allocation of seating, parking and camping for the Battle at Bristol and future events. The Battle at Bristol is expected to draw more than 150,000 fans when the iconic NASCAR short track transforms into college football's largest venue Sept. 10, 2016. Touted as a border battle between the University of Tennessee and rival Virginia Tech, the game is on track to crush the current NCAA single-game attendance record of 115,109, which was set in September 2013 at Michigan Stadium.
Only current BMS season ticket holders are able to place a guaranteed deposit for Battle at Bristol tickets through the Speedway and are encouraged to do so before summer. Beginning July 1, BMS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Combo ticket holders are able to make nonguaranteed deposits for remaining Battle at Bristol tickets. Any unfulfilled ticket requests secured with a deposit will be refunded. Deposits will be processed in the order of customer's Priority Points total. The deadline to place a deposit on Battle at Bristol tickets is Sept. 10, 2015.
Customers who purchased BMS tickets in 2014 - '15 will receive a customized mailer within a few weeks containing an example of their Priority Point's calculation and detailed brochure. The brochure is also available online by visiting BattleAtBristolTix.com or by calling 844-367-6175.
To increase an account's Priority Points total, purchase tickets for the upcoming NASCAR race weekend April 17 - 19. Food City 500 tickets start at just $64, or to experience a summer of fun with the best value, BMS season tickets begin at $149. Prices increase by $5 race week beginning at 12:01 a.m., Sunday, April 12. For more information visit BristolTix.com or to purchase tickets call 423-BRISTOL.(BMS)(4-5-2015)
Triplett named Tennessee tourist commissioner: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that NASCAR aficionado Kevin Triplett will join his cabinet as Department of Tourist Development commissioner. Triplett, 49, is vice president of public affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to joining BMS in 2005, he worked in various roles for NASCAR, ultimately serving as managing director of business operations, guiding the operation and administration of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series "Tourism is one of our state's largest industries, providing $16.7 billion in direct economic impact, and Kevin brings a lot of energy and passion to the industry with decades of experience pulling together different stakeholders and constituencies," Haslam said in a news release. From 1992 until 1994, Triplett represented General Motors Parts - GM Goodwrench and AC Delco - in NASCAR, specifically Richard Childress Racing and Ken Schrader Racing and their drivers, including Dale Earnhardt. His first day on the job is April 23 and replaces Susan Whitaker who announced her departure in December.(Tennessean)(3-18-2015)
Nationwide Extends Partnership With Speedway Motorsports: Nationwide is continuing its long-time relationship with Speedway Motorsports, renewing its status as the official insurance company of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway through 2017. In addition to its partnership with Charlotte and Bristol Motor Speedways, Nationwide will feature at-track infield hospitality for their business partners at four SMI NASCAR event weekends throughout the 2015 race season. The new Nationwide mobile hospitality unit will be activated at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6-8, Charlotte Motor Speedway May 15-24, Kentucky Speedway July 9-11 and Bristol Motor Speedway August 19-22.(SMI)(3-8-2015)
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)
Food City & Bristol announce extension: The March 2014 pilgrimage to the Last Great Colosseum just became more affordable for season ticket holders as Bristol Motor Speedway and Food City announce a five-year partnership extension and unveil the new "Fuel for Fans" program. The program loads two Food City Gas-N-Go Fuel Bucks stops on the iBelong Membership card/Food City ValuCard of every iBelong member and BMS season ticket holder, good for 15 cents off each gallon of gas up to 20 gallons at all Food City Gas-N-Go locations. Additionally, Food City is offering a third discounted fill-up to iBelong members who spend more than $15 at one of their stores prior to March 16.
"This latest extension takes the partnership between Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway beyond the 25-year mark, and when a relationship lasts that long you begin to view each other as more than business associates. You become friends and family," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "We also view our season ticket holders as members of the BMS family as well and are committed to elevating their visit any way we can. They remain dedicated, even through recent economic challenges, and this is one way we, along with our partners at Food City, can express our appreciation."
Food City officials also see the program as a means of honoring BMS fans for their continued loyalty. "We are pleased to announce the extension of our relationship with Bristol Motor Speedway and offer the Fuel for Fans program as a way to thank those who have faithfully supported this longtime partnership," said Steve Smith, president and CEO of K-VAT. "It is the mission of Food City to provide value to our customers as they shop for the staples of everyday life, and this program allows us to extend that value to those who support us both in our stores and at the Speedway."
Tickets to experience a full season of battles inside the Last Great Colosseum tickets start at just $160 and offer ticket holders more than $300 in savings. For information on the Fuel for Fans program and how you can belong to the BMS family, visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(2-8-2104)
Date for Bristol Motor Speedway 2016 college football game announced: Bristol Motor Speedway, known as the "Last Great Colosseum", today announced plans to transform the legendary Speedway into the world's largest football stadium for the inaugural Battle at Bristol, College Football's Biggest EVER game to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The event will feature a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers and is projected to set the NCAA record for highest single-game attendance. See full press release and images at .(10-14-2013)
College Football Game to be played at Bristol Motor Speedway: The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies have agreed to play a football game in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where a record 160,000 fans could be in attendance, according to a source. This is an event that had been talked about for years. It is unknown exactly where the playing field will be placed relative to the track and infield, which is composed entirely of asphalt. The Bristol Motor Speedway location makes it ideal for fans from both teams to get to. It is unknown where on the schedule the game will fit. This September, Michigan announced a record crowd of 115,109 for its defeat of Notre Dame, breaking a record from 2011, the previous time the teams played at Michigan Stadium.(ESPN)(10-9-2013)
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