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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]

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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 BristolMotorSpeedway.com/VeteransDay 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 / NASCAR.com)(8-24-2014)

  • 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)

  • 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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