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Phone: (423) 764-6555
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Tickets: (423) 764-1161
Fax: (423) 764-1646

Address:
P.O. Box 3966
Bristol, TN 37625

Located on US Highway 11, 5 miles south of Bristol

Links:
Bristol Motor Speedway
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Earhart Campground
Bristol Raceway Ministries
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    Track Records & Stats

  • 2014 March Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 84.051mph, started 12th

  • 2014 August Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 92.965mph, 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

  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 129.991, finished 6th

  • 2014 August Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.362, finished 11th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, August 22, 2014, 131.362mph

  • 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: Jeff Gordon, 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: 19 - Terry Labonte; 16 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 33 - Terry Labonte; 24 - 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;
    35 - Ford;
    8 - Dodge;
    6 - Toyota;
    17 - others

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 22 [of 108 points race run]

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 18,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 62 of 108
  • Races won from the top 10: 86 of 108

  • 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.


Track News and Announcements

  • Bristol IRWIN Tools Night Race driver intro songs: It's tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway for drivers to select a song to be played when they are introduced before the race. Here is the list of driver songs as given to Motor Racing Network. Drivers are listed in alphabetical order (based on last name) with their song and the performer.
    Justin Allgaier ... "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy
    AJ Allmendinger ... "Here Comes the Boom" by Nelly
    Aric Almirola ... "Hot Dog!" by They Might Be Giants
    Marcos Ambrose ... "Highway to Hell'' by AC/DC
    Michael Annett ... "Bernie Dance (Bernie Song)
    Greg Biffle ... "Changes" by David Bowie
    Dave Blaney ... "7 Nation Army" by White Stripes
    Alex Bowman ... "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
    Clint Bowyer ... "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson
    Jeff Burton ... "Bartender Song (Sittin' at a Bar)'' by Rehab and Hank Williams Jr.
    Kurt Busch ... "Outlaws Like Me" by Justin Moore
    Kyle Busch ... "Rowdy Busch"
    Landon Cassill ... "Introducing the Icon" by Riff Raff
    Austin Dillon ... "The Stroke" by Billy Squire
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction
    Carl Edwards ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
    David Gilliland ... "Small Town Throwdown" by Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore
    Jeff Gordon ... "Moonshine in the Truck" by Brad Paisley
    Denny Hamlin ... "0 to 100" by Drake
    Kevin Harvick ... "Pass a Beer" by Jake Owen
    Jimmie Johnson ... "Let the Good Times Roll" by the Cars
    Kasey Kahne ... "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
    Matt Kenseth ... "1000 HP" by Godsmack
    Brad Keselowski ... "Turn Down for What'' by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
    Kyle Larson ... "Good Times, Bad Times" by Led Zepplin
    Joey Logano ... "O Fortuna"
    Michael McDowell ... "Thrive" by Casting Crowns
    Jamie McMurray ... "Wild Side" by Motley Crue
    Casey Mears ... "American Kids" by Kenny Chesney
    Paul Menard ... "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden
    Brett Moffitt ... "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
    Ryan Newman ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
    Danica Patrick ... "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
    David Ragan ... "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ... "Ain't Going Down Til the Sun Comes Up'' by Garth Brooks
    David Stremme ... "Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice
    Martin Truex Jr. ... "Outsiders" by Eric Church
    Ryan Truex ... "Dammit" by Blink 182
    Brian Vickers ... "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones
    Cole Whitt ... "Tell the World" by Lacrae
    Josh Wise ... "The Distance" by Cake
    JJ Yeley ... "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns and Roses
    No information available for Reed Sorenson.(MRN / NASCAR.com)(8-24-2014)

  • Joey Logano wins at Bristol: #22-Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, first at Bristol and 6th career win.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard and #16-Biffle.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick led 75 laps and finished 11th.
    #24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 16th and keeps the points lead, 27 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr. who was involved in a wreck on lap 160 and finished 39th.
    #24-Gordon leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins being 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
    There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 64 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 92.965mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Bristol Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Bristol Penalty Report (pdf) and Bristol Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-23-2014)

  • Bristol announces new April race date for the Food City 500: Fans of Bristol Motor Speedway have been heard. After considerable fan feedback, Bristol Motor Speedway announced Friday the 2015 Food City 500 weekend will move to April 17-19. Since 2005, the Food City 500 has been held in March. "This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans," said Jerry Caldwell, BMS general manager and executive vice president. "Bruton and Marcus Smith and NASCAR heard the relentless plea for a true spring race date. The fans can look forward to a 2015 landmark celebration April 17-19 in Thunder Valley." Food City has become synonymous with NASCAR racing in the region with its sponsorship of two of the sport's most popular races, the Food City 500 and Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. As the second longest running sponsor in NASCAR, Food City has also contributed more than $500,000 to local organizations through its annual Family Race Night events. "We are thrilled NASCAR, Mike Helton and Bruton Smith responded to the race fans," said K-VA-T President and CEO Steve Smith. "Bristol is a special place. The April date better accommodates our guests traveling in their RVs from northern climates and provides our loyal Bristol fans with the best possible Food City 500 experience. We can't wait for April 2015!" Tickets for the 2015 April race weekend are available now. For information on reserving your seat at Bristol, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-22-2014)

  • Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes UPDATE2: Jim Noble of ESPN/SiriusXM/PRN tweeted Monday evening, "The Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date [Sunday, Sept 6th] when NASCAR announces the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as this weekend. Atlanta Motor Speedway - which has raced on Labor Day weekend since 2009 - will have its lone Sprint Cup race weekend moved earlier in the season to week #2 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. One other notable change will be the Bristol (TN) spring weekend -- often plagued by weather issues in March, Bristol successfully lobbied for a later date, and will now hold its spring Cup race on Sunday, April 19, 2015."(8-19-2014)
    UPDATE According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Bristol area and lackluster attendance, BMS officials have long lobbied NASCAR for a change away from current date of March 16. Lynsey Wilson, communications manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, did not confirm any schedule alteration when reached late Monday. "Conversations are ongoing and once details are finalized, we will release our 2015 plans," said Wilson, who declined further comment. NASCAR officials are expected to officially announce the full 2015 Sprint Cup schedule soon. That announcement could come this weekend during the IRWIN Tools Night Race at BMS. The source also said the Southern 500 Darlington race date will shift back to its traditional Labor Day weekend while the Atlanta race will move to the second week of the season on March 1. During an Aug. 5 interview, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell expressed his desire for a switch in the spring race date. There was no statement from Helton on Monday night and Caldwell did not comment.(Bristol Herald Courier)
    UPDATE2: Two sources well connected with NASCAR confirmed the news Tuesday to the Morning News but did not want to be identified. Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile said Tuesday the track "doesn't respond to rumors."(Morning News)(8-20-2014)

  • Bristol offering incentives for ticket renewals: Fans visiting Bristol Motor Speedway will be greeted with amazing incentives to renew their tickets for 2015. If fans renew ANY ticket for 2015 they get the following:
    "Winner's Celebration Access (After the IRWIN Tools Night Race, exclusive event where we toast the winner of the race on the front stretch. Music, gifts and more)
    "A choice of a 31 Piece Driver Set or a Vintage NASCAR Double Album featuring songs sung by Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Cale Yarbourough, Bobby Allison and more (1 gift for every two tickets renewed)
    "A Chance to meet Dale Jr. before the Night Race. 10 Lucky Fans and a guest will be able to meet Dale Jr., get an autographed hat and a picture with Dale Jr. prior to the IRWIN Tools Night Race. The winning fans will also be able to submit a question to Dale Jr. and three will be chosen to be announced to the crowd inside Bristol Motor Speedway. Every ticket renewed is an entry and fans can visit the Guest Relations office inside the O. Bruton Smith Building for Alternate means of entry information.(BMS)(8-17-2014)

  • Wynonna and The Big Noise headline pre-race at Bristol: The robust sounds and dynamic vocals of Wynonna and The Big Noise spice up an already powerful Built Ford Tough Pre-Race. Spirits soar and tensions mount during the Saturday night show as The University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band fires up fans with their rendition of Rocky Top, and for the third consecutive year, Michael Buffer readies drivers to rumble after entrances accompanied by music of their own selection. The Aug. 23 performance marks the five-time Grammy winner's first show at Bristol Motor Speedway, but not her first visit to the Last Great Colosseum. BMS officials are proud to include the legendary country artist among its fans and growing list of talent performing during the IRWIN Tools Night Race week.(BMS)(8-12-2014)

  • Dierks Bentley headlines Bristol Truck Series Post-Race Concert: Bristol Motor Speedway revs up Wednesday night (Aug. 20), adding a full-length concert by award-winning country music star Dierks Bentley to its already competitive racing doubleheader. The newly announced tripleheader - the Bush's Beans 150 Whelen Modfied race, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP and Dierks Bentley concert - provides an unforgettable race-day experience at an unbeatable price. Bentley, who is currently on the road headlining his 2014 RISER TOUR, is no stranger to motorsports. He performed at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet, has attended NASCAR races at BMS and recently revamped his number-one single "Sideways" for NASCAR on FOX. This is his first solo concert at the Last Great Colosseum.(BMS)(7-30-2014)

  • Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band to Return to Bristol: One of East Tennessee's favorite tunes once again reverberates through The Last Great Colosseum this August as the University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band returns for the IRWIN Tools Night Race. Set to ignite the crowd before one of the most popular races on the NASCAR circuit, 100 performers from the prestigious 330-member band treat guests to their well-known rendition of "Rocky Top" as part of Bristol's pre-race show. Excited to enhance fan experience through the band's inclusion in pre-race, Bristol Motor Speedway officials look forward to the group's repeat performance.(BMS)(4-27-2014)

  • Bristol Driver Intro Songs: For several years, Sprint Cup drivers have chosen the song that is played when they are introduced to the crowd prior to the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Here is this year's list for all drivers:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crazy Train/Ozzy Osborne
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Everlong/Foo Fighters
    #3-Austin Dillon: Cowboy/DJ Silver
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Happy/Pharrell Williams
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Bottom's Up/Brantley Gilbert
    #7-Michael Annett: Standing Outside the Fire/Garth Brooks
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: This Is How We Roll/Florida Georgia Line
    #10-Danica Patrick: Timber/Ke$ha & Pitbull
    #11-Denny Hamlin: My Name Is/Eminem
    #13-Casey Mears: Do I Wanna Know?/Arctic Monkeys
    #14-Tony Stewart: Back in the Saddle Again/Aerosmith
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Boys Round Here/Blake Shelton
    #16-Greg Biffle: Good Times, Bad Times (remix)/Godsmack
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The South/The Cadillac Three (featuring Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Can't Hold Us/Macklemore
    #20-Matt Kenseth: Guitars, Gangsters & Cadillac Blood/Volbeat
    #22-Joey Logano: Fuel/Metallica
    #23-Alex Bowman: Counting Stars (Longarms Dubstep Remix)/One Republic
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Best Day of My Life/American Authors
    #26-Cole Whitt: God's Not Dead/Newsboys
    #27-Paul Menard: Clean My Wounds/Corrosion of Conformity
    #30-Parker Kligerman: Don't Push Me/50 Cent
    #31-Ryan Newman: Down Home Boys/Cole Swindell
    #32-Travis Kvapil: Ace of Spades/Motorhead
    #33-Timmy Hill: Thunderstruck/AC/DC
    #34-David Ragan: C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)/Quad City DJ's
    #35-David Reutimann: Still Counting/Volbeat
    #36-Reed Sorenson: Man of the Year/School Boy Q
    #38-David Gilliland: Strokers Theme/Charlie Daniels Band
    #40-Landon Cassill: Money in the Bank/Lil Scrappy ft. Young buck
    #41-Kurt Busch: Ring of Fire/Johnny Cash
    #42-Kyle Larson: Kashmir/Led Zeppelin
    #43-Aric Almirola: Outsiders/Eric Church
    #47-AJ Allmendinger: Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)/Mystikal
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Radioactive/Imagine Dragons
    #51-Justin Allgaier: War of Change/Thousand Foot Krutch
    #55-Brian Vickers: Beast of Burden/Rolling Stones
    #66-Joe Nemechek: Beer With Jesus/Thomas Rhett
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: Flyin Down a Back Road/Justin Moore
    #83-Ryan Truex: Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)/Flight Facilities
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Man of Action/Matthew Good Band
    #95-Michael McDowell: I Am/Crowder
    #98-Josh Wise: Intro/The XX
    #99-Carl Edwards: Kickstart My Heart/Motley Crue
    (NASCAR.com)(3-17-2014)

  • Co-Grand Marshals Announced For Food City 500: While not scheduled to meet in the infield at Bristol Motor Speedway until September 10, 2016, the coaches for two of the nation's tradition-rich football programs get together at the start/finish line for the March 16 Food City 500. University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and Virginia Tech head man Frank Beamer, whose teams meet in the Battle at Bristol in two years, serve as co-Grand Marshals for NASCAR's Sprint Cup stop in Bristol this week. Beamer served as honorary starter for the 2005 Food City 500 and Jones was in Bristol last spring as grand marshal. Tickets for Sunday's Food City 500 start at just $70 and weekend packages for all three races are available for as low as $89. Fans may call (855) 580-5525 or visit BristolTix.com to experience this spring's battle on the high banks of the Last Great Colosseum.(BMS)(3-11-2014)

  • Park and Ride options at Bristol: Decisions for race fans and guests of Bristol Motor Speedway on where to park and how to get in and out are a bit easier to make with park and ride shuttle options in the region. Two options, one in Tennessee and one in Virginia, give fans various choices to let someone else do the driving to the NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway March 15 and 16. Current locations are: Sullivan Central High School at Tennessee Exit 66 -- 113 Shipley Ferry Road in Blountville, Tenn., -- and Sugar Hollow Park in the Exit 7 area of Bristol, Va. At least one more location at Exit 7 is expected to be added soon. "This is an expansion of the program we have had for two or three years now," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "One of the main questions new fans ask is 'where do I park,' and one of the main issues we have heard from locals is traffic. By offering various locations in the area, guests can let someone else deal with parking and traffic. They just ride.". See complete route information at Bristol Motor Speedway's website.(3-6-2014)

  • Colt Ford headlines Food City 500 Pre-Race concert: Known for an eclectic blend of music centered around small town Saturday nights, fishing from the tailgate and mom's home cooking, Colt Ford's brand of music embodies Southern culture and this March his sound collides with another Southern tradition when he plays on Bristol's Food City 500 pre-race stage. For his part, Ford is eager to rock the Food City 500 pre-race stage. Fans wanting front row seats for the party can upgrade their Sunday ticket to a SuperPass, which includes stage-side access to the pre-race concert and Bristol's famed driver intros as well as a self-guided track tour, for just $80 or $40 for iBelong members. Tickets options are also still available for the March race weekend, with Sunday tickets starting at just $65 or $99 for weekend packages. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (855) 580-5525 or visit www.BristolTix.com.(3-2-2014)

  • 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)

  • University of Tennessee announces Battle at Bristol Ticket Allotment is gone: University of Tennessee fans took advantage of the opportunity to be part of college football's biggest game ever, as The University of Tennessee department of athletics today announced all of the school's initial ticket allotment has been reserved for the Battle at Bristol, between UT and Virginia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We knew when we came to an agreement with the schools this was going to attract a tremendous amount of attention," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "But the buzz that continues since the announcement in October, the enthusiasm of the fan bases from the schools, and the reaction to securing tickets, has exceeded the expectations we had." The initial allotment for Tennessee for the "Battle at Bristol" was 40,000 tickets and deposits for 35,000 of those seats have been secured by the school. The remaining 5,000 tickets under of the allotment will be allocated to UT students in the weeks leading up to the game in 2016. "The overwhelming response to the Battle at Bristol speaks to the passion of our amazing Tennessee fans," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "Our fans' excitement and their strong and immediate response to the Battle at Bristol game, which is still 31 months away, says everything you need to know about the most devoted fan base in the nation." Virginia Tech has yet to open reservations for its ticket allotment. For more information on the Battle at Bristol game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech, please visit www.battleatbristol.com.(BMS)(1-29-2014)

  • Bristol August race tickets on sale: Consistently named a can't-miss event by NASCAR drivers and racing enthusiasts alike, the excitement of an August race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway is unparalleled and starting this Wednesday fans can ensure they don't miss a minute of the 2014 summer brawl inside the bullring. For as little as $99, guests are guaranteed an action-packed experience that includes watching NASCAR's future starts battle on the high banks during Friday night's Food City 250 and cheering their favorite modern-day gladiator to victory under the lights of the Last Great Colosseum at Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race. Several tickets package options are available for those ready to reserve one of the most sought-after tickets in motorsports, so beginning Wednesday, Dec. 11 visist bristoltix.com or call (855) 580-5525 for complete pricing information or to purchase your August weekend tickets.(BMS)(12-11-2013)

  • Bristol Cyber Monday offer returns:Fans of one of NASCAR's most popular events have a chance Monday, December 2, to reserve their seat for the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in a Cyber Monday deal that offers a one-day opportunity to purchase an unlimited number of single day tickets nearly two months ahead of the scheduled sale date. Starting at midnight on December 2 and ending at 11:59 p.m. that same day, fans can visit bristolmotorspeedway.com to purchase their Night Race tickets just in time to gift friends and family with the Bristol experience this Christmas. Tickets are available in most grandstands, and purchases are non-refundable. Fans are encouraged to go online and take advantage of the pre-sale availability. Those without internet access may call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(11-27-2013)

  • 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)

  • Bristol ticket purchasers can get racing print: With 11 laps to go in the 2013 IRWIN Tools Night Race, Kasey Kahne moved his car to the inside of race leader Matt Kenseth, and stuck there for several laps as the two engaged in a battle worthy of the Last Great Colosseum. While Kenseth ultimately prevailed at the stripe, the race's waning laps provided NASCAR fans with breath-catching, edge-of-your-seat action on par with the famed bullring's legendary reputation, and thanks to renowned motorsports and live art painter Bill Patterson guests reserving their seats for a 2014 trip to the World's Fastest Half Mile can own an indelible image of this year's Bristol battle. Fans wanting to harness the power of the 2013 IRWIN Tools Night Race and guarantee they don't miss a minute of next year's Bristol brawls can reserve their 2014 season tickets now by clicking here or calling (855) 580-5525. Those renewing by October 23rd not only receive a poster of Patterson's commemorative painting as long as supplies last but are also entered to win an all-expense paid trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Week in Las Vegas.(BMS)(9-13-2013)

  • BMS to introduce its own radio style scanner station: History will be made this week in Bristol - and not just on the race track. That's because Bristol Motor Speedway will introduce its own scanner station this week. Visitors to the track will be able to listen to the radio-style station through either a scanner or through a mobile app. Some of the content that will be found on the scanner station include updates on traffic and weather, pre and post-race shows, interviews, driver appearances and questions from social media. The radio will be available on scanner frequency 454.5000, or mobile users can download the Bristol LIVE app.(Kingsport Times News)(8-24-2013)

  • Bristol Battles as Seen Through the Eyes of NASCAR Artist Sam Bass: NASCAR artist Sam Bass is known for his work capturing the emotion and historic moments in our sport. As he prepares to head to Bristol Motor Speedway, the program cover he designed for them is no different. "Bristol has such a rich history of great rivalries over the years. My vision was to take the great "Bristol Battles" in recent years and put the viewer of my art right in the middle of it all," Bass explained of his thoughts for the August 2013 night race at Bristol Motor Speedway program cover. Explaining his vision for the 2013 design, Bass said, "I used the famous Tony Stewart helmet toss at Matt Kenseth's car from last August as the central focus. The viewer becomes the umpire watching Tony throw a perfect strike in a packed stadium. In the night sky, high above the modern day colosseum, are the portraits of spirited competitors Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte along with Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace as they light up the moon. Images of their on track battles, pierce the night sky."
    "This is one of my favorite Bristol paintings ever," Bass said exuberantly. As he prepares for a busy schedule at Bristol, Bass shared his love for the track. "Bristol is like no other track on the circuit. I love standing on pit row, right before the race. The sense of electricity in the air, the night sky, the lights bouncing off the cars, the flashes from all the cameras in the grandstands...You just know that the sparks are about to fly and it is truly one of the greatest moments in NASCAR!"(140Buzz), see image of cover at Sam Bass Faceook page.(8-24-2013)

  • Bristol Transporter Parade to be held on Thursday, August 22nd: Led by grand marshal, 91-year-old World War II veteran Leo Walsh, the 16th annual Ford Transporter Parade offers fans the chance to witness NASCAR's heavy haulers carry their favorite race cars toward the Last Great Colosseum. On Thursday, August 22, thousands will line the 10-mile parade route to watch the cars arrive in style. Starting at 9:00pm/et from the Bristol Mall and culminating with drivers expertly parking their rig inside the World's Fastest Half Mile, children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children's Miracle Network as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project accompany the transporters on this year's journey. Prior to the start of the parade, fans can visit the Bristol Mall parking lot for an up-close look at the haulers and meet those who drive the mammoth machines. Those wishing to watch the rigs reach their final destination can do so from the BMS grandstands, gaining access through Gate 10 at 9:00pm/et. Tickets are available for all three nights of racing at BMS in August. Race week begins Wednesday, Aug. 21 with a doubleheader featuring the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series race and the TitanRoof 150 Whelen Modified event. Tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night race and the NNS and Truck Series races by visiting www.bristoltix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-20-2013)

  • Hank Williams Jr. Headlines Bristol Motor Speedway Pre-Race Show: Intensity tends to get turned up a notch when all the rowdy friends show up at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, and it is just got a little rowdier. Guests at the Last Great Colosseum do not have to wait for the green flag to drop on the IRWIN Tools Night Race for rollicking good time; August 24 the tone is set early with powerhouse performer Hank Williams, Jr., rocking the pre-race concert presented by the NRA. With an array of familiar hits, the Grammy-award winning artist is primed to excite the crowd before one of NASCAR's most-anticipated events. Tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night race and the NNS and Truck Series races by visiting www.bristoltix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-20-2013)

  • BMS Fan-Friendly Lodging partners taking shape: Guests attending the IRWIN Tools Night Race activities at Bristol Motor Speedway in August have various lodging options, including pricing from $60 to $80 and a dozen offering accommodations for under $110 a night. "We continue to try to find ways to make the Bristol experience more pleasurable for our guests," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "That goes from amenities on our property to finding lodging partners to offers breaks on rates and night minimums. We work to find partners closer to Bristol Motor Speedway, but the ones we have are located in areas to accommodate our guests coming from nearly any direction on the map. Many have gone beyond rates and night minimums too with some adding shuttle service or breakfast and other options." This list, with properties in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, not only includes various options in pricing by style of property as well. Chain and privately-owned hotels, cabins, lodges and even an historic Inn make up the list for August. BMS officials encourage guest to research the alternatives to choose which one best fits their needs. For more information on the participating properties go to: bristolmotorspeedway.com. For more information about tickets for the race, please contact the BMS ticket office toll-free at 1-866-415-4158 or at bristoltix.com.(BMS)(8-16-2013)

  • Bristol launches Kids Club: With more families making the trip to enjoy events at the Last Great Colosseum, Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced the launch of The Bristol Kids Club - expanding several initiatives already in place. A membership club for youth 13-and-under, admission is free for those wanting to be a part of the latest BMS project. The club is supplemented by its own space on the Bristol Motor Speedway web site at http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/kids/. The section features games and driver pages as well as coloring pages for younger ages. Bristol Motor Speedway officials made the first major adjustment two years ago with age-based ticket pricing. That was followed in 2012 by the development of a youth outreach programs during race weekends with activity areas exclusively for the younger fans. The first Kids Zone proved so popular a second one was added.(BMS)(8-7-2013)

  • Speedway Motorsports sees revenues, ticket sales decelerate: The numbers don't lie. Speedway Motorsports Inc., parent company of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has watched revenues, including ticket sales, drop annually for five years. Race event-related revenue at Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks has also dropped each year for the past five years except 2011. The venues staging NASCAR races are in markets such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, Charlotte, San Francisco and Dallas. For the first quarter of this year, Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports continued to show sluggish revenue results. Total revenues for the first three months of 2013 were $84.2 million, compared to $84.8 million for the same three-month period in 2012. At the Speedway Motorsports tracks, admissions revenues dropped from $188 million in 2008 to $116 million in 2012. Event-related revenue also dropped, falling from $211 million in 2008 to $151 million in 2012. In all, total Speedway Motorsports annual revenues have plummeted from nearly $611 million in 2008 to $490 million in 2012. The one revenue category that saw an uptick was in NASCAR broadcasting rights revenue, which increased from $168 million in 2008 to $192 million in 2012. That's because an eight-year NASCAR broadcasting rights deal provides annual 3 percent increases through 2014, so Speedway Motorsports expects $199 million in 2013. At Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks, total permanent seating is about 900,000, with 832 luxury suites. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has 123,000 seats and 102 suites, and sits on 1,030 acres. Speedway Motorsports has discovered that many fans are buying tickets closer to race dates, so the company has increased promotional campaigns to motivate fans to buy tickets earlier and renew season ticket deals.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(7-1-2013)

  • NHRA racer tests at Bristol: Accustomed to streaking down straightaways at speeds in excess of 300 mph, Top Fuel driver Antron Brown tested his command of left turns Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In town for the NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Brown circled the world's fastest half mile in a Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure car that was previously run on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit. Brown was enthusiastic following his 20-lap run but expressed uncertainty about piloting 500 circuits around the half-mile. "That was so much fun," he said. "The car drove great, but it took me a few laps to get the feel for the track and what line to take. This was my second time running laps at Bristol but my first time in a true stock car, and it was an awesome experience. I'm definitely not in round track shape though. I don't know how those guys stay focused for 500 laps."(BMS)(6-15-2013)

  • Bristol mascots making debut this weekend: Bump and Run, brother and sister raccoons, debut as the official mascots of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway prior to this weekend's Food City 500 festivities. Residents of BMS/BD property since the summer of 2011, today is the first time the pair makes an appearance as official representatives of the Speedway at Food City Race Night in Knoxville, Tenn. They are offspring of two other inhabitants of the property affectionately named Thunder and Valley by BMS/BD personnel. The state wild animal of Tennessee since 1971, the raccoons are a fitting symbol for a facility located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Guests are encouraged to look for them, say hello and have their picture taken with Bump and Run.(BMS)(3-15-2013)

  • Bristol names race officials: Country music icon Charlie Daniels pulls double duty March 17 prior to the start of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist and members of the Charlie Daniels Band perform the pre-race concert, Daniels will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Straight off an appearance in the Super Bowl with San Francisco 49ers, Kingsport, Tenn., native Daniel Kilgore is the Honorary Starter. Kilgore played his high school ball at Dobyns-Bennett and spent his college career at Appalachian State University.
    Keeping with the football trend, University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones is the Grand Marshal.
    Specialist Mary Potts of the 129th Army Band and Tennessee National Guard sings the national anthem Sunday.
    Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and host of television's The American Bible Challenge and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader, is the Grand Marshal for Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 on Saturday while Sean McDonough, CEO of Roswell Food Group, is the Honorary Starter.(BMS)(3-14-2013)

  • Johnson to appear at Bristol Kids Zone: Young fans have the chance to spend some time with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson when he makes a stop in the Bristol Motor Speedway Kids Zone Sunday, March 17 prior to the Food City 500. Johnson appears in the Kids Zone Sunday morning for a special question-and-answer session with his youngest supporters. During that time, fans 15 and under will receive a Lowe's Build and Grow kit of Johnson's #48 machine to construct (Build and Grow Kits limited to first one hundred children in attendance), as well as a BMS matchbox car. Johnson's appearance is limited to children only, although they may be accompanied by Food City 500 ticket holding parent or guardian. The BMS Kids Zone, located in the North parking lot, will be open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March race weekend.(BMS)(3-10-2013)

  • More properties join Bristol's lodging program: Six additional properties have joined the Bristol Motor Speedway's Fan-Friendly Lodging Program, giving BMS guests more options when choosing where to stay for the Food City 500 weekend next month. A lodge in Linville Falls, N.C., two hotels in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and two in Bristol, Tenn., have been added to the list, offering reduced rates and special discounts for race fans. "We said last month when we announced the initial group of participants for 2013 that we expected more properties to join the program before race week and this is evidence of that," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "We now have about two dozen properties participating, offering more than 40 different pricing options. We would like to add a few more not only for March but August as well." Now in its third year, the Fan-Friendly Lodging Program identifies properties with reduced rates and nightly minimums to help ease the cost of attending events at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is just one of the more than half-dozen such programs established at BMS in the last three years aimed at adding value to the pilgrimage made by guests to the East Tennessee mountains. Program participants range from chain and privately-owned hotels, cabins, lodges and even an historic Inn which has hosted three former U.S. Presidents. They range in distance from 20 miles to 100 in all different directions in three states to accommodate guests. A full list Fan-Friendly Lodging partners may be found at: bristolmotorspeedway.com. For guests looking for more than a place to stay, there are several ticket options. For more information, please contact the BMS ticket office toll-free at 1-866-415-4158 or at www.bristoltix.com.(BMS)(2-28-2013)

  • Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips sponsoring Spring Bristol Nationwide race: Let's face it, some things just "belong" together. So when Roswell Food Group CEO Sean McDonough saw the chance to pair one of the South's favorite comfort foods with one of the country's favorite snack items, Grit Chips were born. Even better, when his young company was presented with the opportunity to pair their new snack with perhaps the one person who represented the South better than anyone - Jeff Foxworthy's Original Grit Chips became a reality. Taking this idea of great "pairings" one step further, McDonough and his Roswell Food Group have agreed to a four-year deal to host the spring Nationwide race at iconic Bristol Motor Speedway, creating what may be the perfect blend of racing, regionalism and great taste. With more than 250,000 fans set to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and an exciting weekend of racing, it's a good time for folks to plan to be a part of the exciting new Spring tradition that is the "Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300"(BMS)(2-6-2013)

  • Bristol Fan-Friendly Lodging partners announced: One of the most recognizable of Bristol Motor Speedway's guest initiative programs takes shape for 2013 with at least three new partners. The Fan-Friendly Lodging Program identifies properties with reduced rates and nightly minimums to help ease the cost of attending events at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is just one of the more than half-dozen such programs established at BMS in the last three years aimed at adding value to the pilgrimage made by guests to the East Tennessee mountains. "When we developed this program more than three years ago, we did not want to limit the definition of lodging properties to just hotels, but any type of facility with accommodations for our guest," said BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "As a result we have chain and privately-owned hotels, cabins, lodges and even an historic Inn which has hosted three former U.S. Presidents. Properties in three states: Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, make up the preliminary list for 2013. Caldwell expects more properties to join the program.(BMS)(1-31-2013)


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