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Phone: 423-989-6900
Toll-Free: 1-866-415-4158

Address:
151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620

Located on US Highway 11, 5 miles south of Bristol

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    Track Records & Stats

  • Track Specifications:
    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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 110 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: 10
  • 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: 64 of 110
  • Races won from the top 10: 88 of 110

  • 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 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
    (8-22-2015)

  • 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)

  • NASCAR Transporter Parade Thursday night in Bristol: It begins at 9 p.m. at The Pinnacle development at Exit 74 of Interstate 81. From The Pinnacle, it will travel east on U.S. Highway 11W, also known as West State Street, enter Virginia on eastbound Euclid Avenue, turn right onto southbound Commonwealth Avenue, and continue south on Volunteer Parkway. The parade will travel by Food City Race Night in downtown, as it has done in past years, and enter Bristol Motor Speedway at the South Entrance. The parade gives the public an opportunity to watch NASCAR's brightly-colored, multi-million dollar heavy haulers parade the cars of Sprint Cup Series drivers into BMS. Fireworks will be on display at several locations along the route. Fans also may watch the haulers park from the grandstands by entering through Gate 10 (just outside Turn 3).(Brtistol Herald Courier)(8-20-2015)

  • Bristol to commemorate Gordon's final race: It's a bittersweet thing, welcoming Jeff Gordon to his final battle in the Last Great Colosseum. At the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race, for the first time in years, guests will get to see Gordon run in his iconic Rainbow Warrior paint scheme. But it'll be his last appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway as a full-time Sprint Cup driver, and emotions will be high. Several honors for Gordon are in the works for the IRWIN Tools Night Race, including:
    A tribute video during opening ceremonies.
    A fan salute on lap 24 of the race, when fans will cheer on the #24 car with branded rally towels. More than 100,000 towels will be distributed at the gates, courtesy of Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Branding of the outside track wall with #24.
    A custom-designed cover for the souvenir programs, created by motorsports artist Sam Bass. Featuring Gordon's #24 Axalta Chevrolet, the programs are limited edition and available for $10, tax included. In addition, collectors' t-shirts are available in Speedway World, located in the Bruton Smith Building, and in select souvenir stands on grounds.
    A tribute wall, located in the fan zone, where guests can leave personalized notes. Signage throughout the facility will also honor the champion.(BMS)(8-14-2015)

  • 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)

  • Race Lodging Offers Affordable Accommodations For Bristol, Martinsville Races: Race fans searching for lodging in Bristol and Martinsville, Va., have a simple choice for affordable accommodations close to the tracks: Race Lodging LLC. Race Lodging, which has been serving race fans for more than a decade, has options for most any budget in either Bristol or Martinsville for each track's NASCAR Sprint Cup races this fall. "We take great pride in working with race fans and doing everything we can to find them the accommodations they need," said Aleeta Gent, owner of Race Lodging, LLC and All Journeys Travel. "We want to make sure that when someone gets to town for a race they can enjoy themselves without having any problems with lodging." In Bristol, Race Lodging offers lodging in private homes, hotels and Race Day Center Condos, which are located across the street from Bristol Motor Speedway. There are a wide range of choices in private homes, from renting a single bedroom in a house to multi-bedroom executive level homes and most everything in between. One, two and three-bedroom units are available at Race Day Condos. Full-hookup campsites are also available at Race Day Center.
    In Martinsville Race Lodging has a wide range of private homes available for rent, again ranging from one bedroom accommodations to multi-bedroom homes. In both the Martinsville and Bristol areas Race Lodging can handle booking hotel rooms for the upcoming races. Race Lodging's sister company, All Journeys Travel, can help provide turnkey travel arrangements for both Bristol and Martinsville, including flight, car rental and hotel. For more information, call 423.764.5454 or visit online at www.racelodging.com (Bristol) or www.martinsvilleracelodging.com (Martinsville).(PR)(8-3-2015)

  • Steven Tyler To Headline Pre-Race Concert at Bristol: Steven Tyler, with Nashville-based band Loving Mary, is bringing his undeniable swagger and sound to Bristol Motor Speedway for the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race. "Aerosmith front man, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-award winner - Steven Tyler is not just an American icon, but a worldwide phenomenon," said Jerry Caldwell, general manager of BMS. "You put him together with the Night Race, one of the top five motorsports events in the world, and the energy in the grandstands will just be amazing." During the pre-race concert, Tyler will perform his new single, the first from his upcoming solo album with Dot Records. Ticket holders will also be treated to some familiar Aerosmith favorites. Voted a Top 5 Motorsports Race in the entire world by the USA Today Reader's Choice Awards-the only NASCAR event that made the list-the IRWIN Tools Night Race will take place August 22 at the World's Fastest Half Mile. IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets, which include the pre-race concert, start at just $74 for single-day tickets, with weekend packages as low as $99. Additionally, a limited number of Steven Tyler SuperPacks are available. These include a pre-race SuperPass (track walk, plus on-track access to the concert and Sprint Cup driver introductions), a Cold Pit Pass (for pre-race access to the Garage area), and select Steven Tyler merchandise. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-1-2015)

  • Bristol to hold fan day during test session July 29 UPDATE: Up to 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to test at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, July 29, an event that the Speedway is making free to the public as part of the "It's MY Bristol Baby!" campaign to express the Speedway's appreciation to local fans and supporters. Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Day activities run 9:00am-5:00pm/et. Beginning at Noon, the Speedway will offer interactive displays and kids' activities including show cars, mascot appearances, photo sharing, inflatables and face painting. Participating Sprint Cup drivers will be announced the week of July 27. Guests can enter the Speedway through the North or South entrances off Volunteer Parkway, and the stands via Gate 7.(BMS)(7-11-2015)
    UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be looking to get a jump on the competition for next month's annual night race at Bristol Motor Speedway as several teams are scheduled to take part in an open test this Wednesday at the 0.533-mile track. Team Penske driver #22-Joey Logano, the defending winner of the Irwin Tools Night Race, heads up a list that includes #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), #1-Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), #55-David Ragan (Michael Waltrip Racing), #27-Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing), #19-Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing), #10-Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing), #21-Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), #5-Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) and #43-Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports). A two-day Goodyear tire test previously scheduled for Monday and Tuesday has been canceled.(NASCAR.com)(7-28-2015)

  • Irwin Tools Night Race hosts guests from all 50 states: Visitor stats for the Irwin Tools Night Race (ITNR), popular for its under-the-lights action, showed that in 2014 the track hosted guests from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. With two months to go until the August 22, 2015 event, that's a mark the Bristol Motor Speedway expects to exceed. Ticket sales for the upcoming event are brisk, showing that to date, fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will travel to Bristol, located on the border of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Making that journey along with them will be citizens from 20 foreign countries, among them Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
    That focus on customer service and the comfort of home has filtered out across the globe, generating loyalty among international guests. Of those with August 2015 ITNR tickets, 22% have been season ticket holders for at least 15 years, and 9.6% of those guests have visited for at least 18 years. BMS's international guests share a common affinity of beloved drivers with their United States counterparts. If each international ticket holder from last year journeyed from the center of their country to the Speedway, the distance would equal 123,653.61 miles.
    In 2014, sales show that Bristol's largest international fan base came from all regions of Canada, with Australia, England, Germany, New Zealand and Norway rounding out the top six. Other countries represented included China, Japan, South Africa, Norway, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Moldova, Argentina and Mexico. Some international consumers purchased tickets as late as the week of the race. Closer to home, Ohio represents the largest population of attendees outside of the track's home state. Ohioans drive six or more hours to reach Bristol Motor Speedway. Tickets to the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race are available. Single-day tickets start at just $74, with weekend packages as low as $99. For information on reserving a seat at Bristol, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(7-1-2015)

  • 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)

  • Bristol driver introduction songs: Bristol Motor Speedway secured its status long ago as one of the tracks with the most unique driver introductions, allowing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series premiere stars to choose their introductory song. The 2015 driver introductions for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes were no different. The full list of songs from today's driver introductions for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes.:

    Jamie McMurray

    “Country Must Be Country Wide”

    Brantley Gilbert

    Brad Keselowski

    “Tom Sawyer”

    Rush

    Austin Dillon

    “Bones”

    Gary Allan

    Kevin Harvick

    “Pass A Beer”

    Jake Owen

    Kasey Kahne

    “Give the People What They Want”

    O'Jay’s

    Trevor Bayne

    “Rocky Top”

    Osborne Brothers

    Alex Bowman

    “Hope”

    We Came as Romans

    Sam Hornish Jr.

    “Let's Roll”

    Yelawolf ft. Kid Rock

    Danica Patrick

    “This Girl is on Fire”

    Alicia Keys

    Denny Hamlin

    “Trophies” 

    Drake

    Casey Mears

    “Better Man”

    Pearl Jam

    Tony Stewart

    “Bawitdaba”

    Kid Rock

    Clint Bowyer

    “Boys ‘Round Here”

    Blake Shelton

    Greg Biffle

    “Fishin' in the Dark”

    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

    “Comeback”

    Redlight King

    David Ragan

    “Life in the Fast Lane”

    Eagles

    Carl Edwards

    “Nineteen”

    Phil Lynott

    Matt Kenseth

    “Symphony of Destruction”

    Megadeth

    Joey Logano

    “Good ol' Boys” - Dukes of Hazzard Song

    Waylon Jennings

    JJ Yeley

    “Devil in Disguise”

    Elvis Presley

    Jeff Gordon

    “Uptown Funk”

    Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

    Jeb Burton

    “A Tale of 2 Cities”

    J Cole

    Paul Menard

    “Stranglehold”

    Ted Nugent

    Ron Hornaday Jr.

    “Small Town Throwdown”

    Brantley Gilbert Featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett

    Ryan Newman

    “Good ol' Boys” - Dukes of Hazzard Song

    Waylon Jennings

    Mike Bliss

    “Welcome to the Jungle”

    Guns N’ Roses

    Alex Kennedy

    “Here Comes the Boom”

    Nelly

    Chris Buescher

    “Four On The Floor”

    Lee Brice

    Cole Whitt

    “Tell the World”

    Lecrae

    David Gilliland

    “Rock You Like A Hurricane”

    Scorpions

    Landon Cassill

    “Introducing the Icon”

    Riff Raff

    Kurt Busch

    “Going Down For Real- GDFR”

    Flo Rida

    Kyle Larson

    “Stroker Ace”

    Charlie Daniels Band

    Aric Almirola

    “Time Of Our Lives”

    Pitbull

    Michael Annett

    “The Rock Return Entrance Video”

    Electrifying

    AJ Allmendinger

    “I Wish”

    Skee-Lo

    Jimmie Johnson

    “Drink in My Hand”

    Eric Church

    Justin Allgaier

    “Courageous”

    Casting Crowns

    Brett Moffitt

    “Weekend Warriors”

    Change of Pace

    Brendan Gaughan

    “Viva Las Vegas”

    Elvis Presley

    Martin Truex Jr.

    “For Those About to Rock”

    AC/DC

    Matt DiBenedetto

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

    Nirvana

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    “Mannish Boy”

    Muddy Waters

    Michael McDowell

    “Say I Won't”

    Lecrae

    Josh Wise

    “The Distance”

    Cake


    (BMS)(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)

  • Dukes of Hazzard stars host pre-race concert at Bristol: Autotrader will bring Tom Wopat and John Schneider, stars of the new Autotrader TV commercials and the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazard to Bristol Motor Speedway as hosts of the Autotrader Pre-Race Concert. Two-time Grammy winners Old Crow Medicine Show will headline the Autotrader Pre-Race Concert for the Food City 500, Sunday, April 19. Guests at the Food City 500 will be entertained by the group some call the greatest string band in the world with punk-rock swagger and an old school country sound. The talented artists that are best known for "Wagon Wheel" will perform a 30-minute must-see show. Prior to the Autotrader Pre-Race Concert, hosts Tom Wopat and John Schneider will make an appearance from 9:30 - 10:15a at the Autotrader display in the Fan Zone on the Speedway grounds. The stars of The Dukes of Hazzard will also cheer on Joey Logano in the Team Penske #22 Autotrader Ford Fusion. Autotrader unveiled a special paint scheme showcasing their new logo on the #22 for the Food City 500.(BMS)(4-10-2015)

  • Bill Goldberg to emcee Bristol driver intros: Bristol Motor Speedway announced fan-favorite Bill Goldberg will serve as the pre-race host for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500, April 19. The legendary pro-wrestler, former NFL football player, TV host and automobile aficionado will emcee Bristol's unique driver introductions. Bristol Motor Speedway is a venue like no other and each year the stars of NASCAR march to their own beat into the Last Great Colosseum. Driver's select a song that is played as they are introduced during pre-race ceremonies. The tradition has become one of the most popular driver introductions on the circuit.(BMS)(4-7-2015)

  • 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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