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

151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620

Located on US Highway 11, 5 miles south of Bristol

Track Website & Social Media:
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Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
Speedway Motorsports
BMS Photo Page on Flickr
Bristol Raceway Ministries
Track Stats -

    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

  • 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

  • 2015 April Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 128.632, finished 1st

  • 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: 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;
    35 - Ford;
    8 - Dodge;
    7 - Toyota;
    17 - others

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 109 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: 63 of 109
  • Races won from the top 10: 87 of 109

  • 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 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.(

  • 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”


    Austin Dillon


    Gary Allan

    Kevin Harvick

    “Pass A Beer”

    Jake Owen

    Kasey Kahne

    “Give the People What They Want”


    Trevor Bayne

    “Rocky Top”

    Osborne Brothers

    Alex Bowman


    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



    Casey Mears

    “Better Man”

    Pearl Jam

    Tony Stewart


    Kid Rock

    Clint Bowyer

    “Boys ‘Round Here”

    Blake Shelton

    Greg Biffle

    “Fishin' in the Dark”

    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


    Redlight King

    David Ragan

    “Life in the Fast Lane”


    Carl Edwards


    Phil Lynott

    Matt Kenseth

    “Symphony of Destruction”


    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


    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”


    Chris Buescher

    “Four On The Floor”

    Lee Brice

    Cole Whitt

    “Tell the World”


    David Gilliland

    “Rock You Like A Hurricane”


    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”


    Michael Annett

    “The Rock Return Entrance Video”


    AJ Allmendinger

    “I Wish”


    Jimmie Johnson

    “Drink in My Hand”

    Eric Church

    Justin Allgaier


    Casting Crowns

    Brett Moffitt

    “Weekend Warriors”

    Change of Pace

    Brendan Gaughan

    “Viva Las Vegas”

    Elvis Presley

    Martin Truex Jr.

    “For Those About to Rock”


    Matt DiBenedetto

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit”


    Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    “Mannish Boy”

    Muddy Waters

    Michael McDowell

    “Say I Won't”


    Josh Wise

    “The Distance”



  • 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 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 or to purchase tickets call 423-BRISTOL.(BMS)(4-5-2015)

  • Old Crow Medicine Show headline Bristol pre-race concert: Hot on the heels of collecting their second Grammy, Old Crow Medicine Show isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, when Old Crow visits Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19 for the AutoTrader Pre-Race Concert, race fans at the Food City 500 will witness what some call the greatest string band in the world with punk-rock swagger and an old school country sound. Tickets are currently available for race weekend by calling (855) 580-5525 or visiting While supplies last, Food City 500 ticket holders may add on a pre-race SuperPass and be stage-side (on the track) for the concert featuring Old Crow Medicine Show. The SuperPass also includes a Track Walk and track access for Bristol's wildly popular Food City 500 Driver Introductions.(BMS)(4-4-2015)

  • Jeff Gordon's Children Named Grand Marshals For Food City 500: The children of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon have been named Grand Marshals for the April 19 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ella (age 7) and Leo (age 4) will give the command to start the 24th running of the Food City 500. "Over the years, Jeff Gordon has been a true friend to Food City and our region. He has been a loyal supporter of Food City Family Race Night and raised countless dollars in support of our local food banks through his partnership with AARP's Drive to End Hunger," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. "In appreciation for his many contributions to our company and our region; and to commemorate his final season competing for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, we couldn't think of more befitting Grand Marshals for our Food City 500 than Jeff's children."
    His combined determination, hard work and decades of experience have achieved an unparalleled roster of victories, boasting 92 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories and third on the all-time wins and pole award lists. Gordon is a three-time Daytona 500 winner, five-time Brickyard 400 winner, three-time champion of The Sprint All-Star Challenge and four-time Food City 500 winner - and the list goes on and on.
    Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway's longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR motorsports. The Food City 500 gets under way at 1:00pm/et on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Qualifying for the event takes place on Friday, April 17 at 4:45pm/et. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at or by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).(BMS)(4-3-2015)

  • BMS to add SAFER before April race: Statement from Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, Jerry Caldwell, regarding the additional installation of SAFER barrier walls at Bristol Motor Speedway: "The safety of our fans and competitors continues to be a focal point for Bristol Motor Speedway," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway. "SMI engineers and NASCAR reevaluated the track and made additional recommendations. We've been able to secure an additional 600 feet of SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers and will complete the build out of the front and backstretch outside walls before the Food City 500 race weekend."(BMS)(4-2-2015)

  • Lilly Diabetes sponsoring Spring Bristol XFINITY race: Bristol Motor Speedway officials announce a multiyear sponsorship renewal with Lilly Diabetes for the April 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, now known as the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. Paired with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pitt Lite 125, the event kicks off a Saturday racing doubleheader with a sponsorship that highlights the growing epidemic of diabetes not only in Tennessee, but nationwide. Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to make or effectively use insulin. It impacts nearly 30 million Americans with Tennessee ranking fifth nationally in percentage of adults diagnosed. A chronic condition, diabetes leads to serious complications if not properly managed and causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. A simple Diabetes Risk Test is available at In 2013, Lilly Diabetes became the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's Drive to Stop Diabetes (D2SD). NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed is the voice of the initiative Reed, now age 21, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17. He drives the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.(BMS)(3-24-2015)

  • 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)

  • Bush's Beans sponsoring pole day at Bristol: Bush Brothers & Company, based in East Tennessee, has expanded their partnership with Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to renewing their Aug. 19, Bush's Beans 150 Whelen Modified Series race entitlement, they become the sponsor of Bush's Beans Pole Day, April 17, 2015, in support of the Food City 500 race weekend. Advance tickets for Bush's Beans Pole Day, Friday, April 17, are just $10 for adults. Prices increase to $15 on race week. Children 15 years old and under are free with a paying adult. The day includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Food City 500 practice and qualifying, along with practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series.(BMS)(3-13-2015)

  • Officials determine economic impact of Bristol Motor Speedway: Representatives from the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, along with officials from Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, released figures during a Wednesday news conference that highlight the racing complex's positive economic impact on the region. According to the combined research, the direct economic impact of Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway totaled more than $417 million for 2012 through 2014. This figure was derived from racing and ancillary activities held on-site, charitable events, contributions and tax revenue. The indirect economic impact of the venue totaled more than $1.4 billion moving through the regional economy.
    For this year's NASCAR events, [Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway] also announced that response to BMS' August 2014 introduction of Boxes at The Edge - open-air box seats in Turn One - resulted in the construction of additional boxes during the off-season. These plush seats include inbox attendant service, a Racing Electronics headset and scanner, and access to The Edge Deck, a mixing and mingling area located just 22 feet from the wheel fence. The Edge Deck ticket is transferable and comes with a pre-race track walk pass and a $25 Levy food credit. Race fans can purchase a Box at The Edge or an add-on ticket for The Edge Deck and enjoy an up-close and personal racing experience. In addition, Caldwell elaborated on a newly expanded Park-and-Ride option for fans who attend next month's Food City 500 race weekend. Through an arrangement with RallyBus, a crowd-powered, on-demand event travel company, fans have Park-and-Ride options in four Tri-Cities locations - Bristol, Virginia, Johnson City and Blountville, Tennessee, and a soon-to-be-named site in Kingsport, Tennessee. To reserve a space for Saturday, April 18, and/or Sunday, April 19, visit In addition, RallyBus will offer a reduced price of $20 per round-trip ticket. Reservations are required for all Tennessee locations.(BMS)(3-12-2015)

  • 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)

  • USO of NC offers free Bristol tickets to the Military: Diet Mountain Dew and the USO of North Carolina invite you to join them Sunday, April 19, 2015 for the Food City 500 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard and a guest are invited to the sport's most popular race track courtesy of Diet Mountain Dew. Due to the limited amount of tickets available, only 2 vouchers per military ID card holder will be distributed. Additional tickets can be purchased at a discounted military rate of $50 at the time that vouchers are redeemed at the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket booth. Vouchers must be printed out in order to be redeemed. To request tickets, visit:

  • 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.(, 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)

  • Bristol Motor Speedway asks Military Ticketholders to add name: The Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) staff is grateful for the sacrifices made by all United States military personnel and honor their service each year during pre-race ceremonies. In observance of Veterans Day and in an effort to further recognize BMS ticketholders who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, a list of self-identified military personnel has been added to the Speedway's website. If you or one of your loved ones is a Bristol ticketholder and current or former member of the military, please visit and add their name to our list of honorees.(BMS)(11-11-2014)

  • 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 /

  • 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 or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-22-2014)

  • 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 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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