Bristol Motor Speedway

Motorsport track in the United States

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Bristol Motor Speedway
"Thunder Valley"
"The Last Great Colosseum"
"The World's Fastest Half-Mile"
"The Bullring"
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Bristol Motor Speedway in 2013
Location151 Speedway Boulevard
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
Time zoneUTC−5 / −4 (DST)
Coordinates36°30′56″N 82°15′25″W / 36.5156°N 82.2569°W / 36.5156; -82.2569Coordinates: 36°30′56″N 82°15′25″W / 36.5156°N 82.2569°W / 36.5156; -82.2569
Capacity162,000[1]
OwnerSpeedway Motorsports, Inc.
OperatorSpeedway Motorsports, Inc.
Broke ground1960
Opened1961
Construction cost$600,000
Architect
  • Carl Moore
  • Larry Carrier
  • R. G. Pope
Former namesBristol International Speedway (1961–1977)
Bristol International Raceway (1978–1995)
Major events
Oval
SurfaceConcrete
Length0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Turns4
BankingTurns: 26–30°
Straights: 6–10°
Race lap record0:12.742 (Brian Gerster, , 2011, Must See Racing X-treme Speed Classic)
Temporary dirt oval
SurfaceClay
Length0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Turns4
BankingTurns: 22–24°
Straights: 9°
Race lap record0:13.86 (Sammy Swindell, Swindell Motorsports, 2000, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series)
Websitewww.bristolmotorspeedway.com

Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all-concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.[2]

  1. ^ Pockrass, Bob (December 11, 2014). "Tracks continue removing seats; how it could impact fans". SportingNews.com. Sporting News. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Gragg, Joe (August 25, 2011). "It's Official: Bristol Is The Loudest NASCAR Track". WCYB.com. Retrieved June 3, 2012.[dead link]

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