151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
Located on US Highway 11, 5 miles south of Bristol
Track Website & Social Media:
Bristol Motor Speedway website
Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center
BMS Photo Page on Flickr
Bristol Raceway Ministries
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
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]
2016 April Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 81.637mph, started 1st
2016 August Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 77.968mph, started 24th
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
2016 April Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 127.997, finished 1st
2016 August Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 131.407, finished 6th
Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, August 19, 2016, 131.4668 (1st round)
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 - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12
Most Wins - Active Driver: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, 5; Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, 4
Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, Mark Martin - 9
Most Poles - Active Driver: Carl Edwards, 4; Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, 3
Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty
Most Top 5s - Active: 13 - Matt Kenseth
Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s - Active: 20 - Matt Kenseth
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:
44 - Chevy;
36 - Ford;
8 - Toyota;
8 - Dodge;
17 - others
- Races won from starting pos 1: 24 [of 112 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 24: 2
- Races won from starting pos 18,20,26,27,30,38: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 65 of 112
- Races won from the top 10: 89 of 112
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 20 pit stalls on the front stretch and 20 on the backstretch (2 are closed on frontstretch, 1 is closed on 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 Records & Stats
Track News and Announcements
Speedway Motorsports announces award winners: As part of its effort to recognize the success across its premier motorsports facilities, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. officials have named Vice President of Operations and Development Stephen Swift as the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient for 2016. In addition, Bristol Motor Speedway earned Track of the Year honors and Bristol General Manager Jerry Caldwell was recognized as Promoter of the Year for the second straight year.
Annually presented to one employee across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, the Bruton Smith Award recognizes someone who exhibits the traits that define Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman and Founder O. Bruton Smith: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect and appreciation for team members, vision and determination. A 2000 graduate of East Tennessee State University, Swift joined the Speedway Motorsports family as a construction manager in June 2004. He became the vice president of operations and development at Kentucky Speedway in July 2011 and acquired the same title under the Speedway Motorsports banner last year. His numerous contributions to the company include playing a pivotal role in Kentucky Speedway's repaving project, which drew positive reviews after July's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Bristol Motor Speedway was chosen as Track of the Year from among the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities. The award is presented annually for best overall performance in aspects such as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity. In 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway hosted a thrilling entertainment lineup which included two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR XFINITY Series races, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, an NHRA drag race weekend and the first-of-its-kind Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol college football game in the speedway's infield. The long-awaited showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies included a record crowd of 156,900 people packed into "The Last Great Colosseum" for a showcase event that set a Guinness World Record for college football attendance. Bristol's impressive year also featured the heralded debut of "Colossus," the world's largest four-sided video board which features four 30-foot-by-63-foot screens suspended from cables above the speedway.
The Promoter of the Year award is presented by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership, planning and execution that are fundamental to the company's success. For the second consecutive year, Jerry Caldwell was honored for outstanding achievement promoting both of Bristol Motor Speedway's 2016 NASCAR event weeks, plus the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, "Colossus'" introduction and the Honda Ridgeline Presents Bristol's Tailgate Party concert, which celebrated Kenny Chesney's homecoming to his native east Tennessee. The Bristol branch of Speedway Children's Charities also played a prominent role in the year's success, raising more than one million dollars through events including The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights.(Speedway Motorsports)(12-8-2016)
Food City And Bristol Motor Speedway Host Drives To Benefit Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund: In the wake of the devastating fires sweeping Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tenn., Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway have teamed up to host a number relief effort initiatives. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 1 and continuing through Wednesday Dec. 7, Food City locations throughout Kentucky, Virginia and east Tennessee will participate in a fundraising campaign. Customers wishing to make a monetary donation will be invited to do so at the checkout, with the contribution conveniently added to their order total. 100% of the funds raised will benefit the Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund. Food City has pledged a $50,000 contribution to kick-off the fundraising efforts. Earlier in the week, the company also donated a tractor-trailer load of bottled water and Gatorade to assist local crews battling the raging fires. BMS will also be collecting donations for the Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund initiatives from The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights (SIL) via red buckets at the holiday display ticket booths beginning tomorrow. The program will run through the end of SIL on Saturday, Jan. 7. In addition, BMS will match proceeds raised at this Thursday's The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights towards the relief efforts. The Speedway has also opened the Medallion campground to the RV community / campers displaced by the fires. The lot offers complimentary camping spaces with full water and electrical hook-up at no charge. Those interested should contact the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL.
Anyone interested in making a monetary donation via Bristol Motor Speedway can call or visit the main ticket office at the O. Bruton Smith Building during normal business hours. (Mon. -Thurs: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)(BMS)(12-1-2016)
Speedway Motorsports earnings benefit from Battle at Bristol: SMI this morning announced a mixed bag for its Q3 earnings report, as admissions revenue for core events was down but profit from non-core events was up sharply on the back of the Battle at Bristol college football game. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, total revenue was $170.7M, up 16% from last year's $144.41M, thanks to the Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway. SMI reported in [Wednesday's] earnings that it profited between $5-6M from the game. SMI President & CEO Marcus Smith followed up in the earnings call by saying that SMI is ""pleased with the results of the game" and is "certainly working to that goal"" of adding more major, non-core events of this nature as a result. Q3 admissions revenue from core events, which included eight races, was down about 6%, from $31.6M in Q3 last year to $29.7M this year. SMI noted that it has continued to be plagued by poor weather at some of its events this season, including Bristol's Sprint Cup race during Q3, which was postponed a day. As expected, broadcast revenue rose by $2M or 3.1%, as part of the track's take from NASCAR's media-rights deals. (Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)
Speedway Motorsports Put Fans, Families First with $10 NASCAR Cup Series Kids' Tickets: In conjunction with a NASCAR industry-wide effort to offer free NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series tickets for children 12 and under next season, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced a company-wide Fans First initiative Monday to price select children's tickets at just $10 each to Cup Series events at its eight premier speedways beginning in 2017. "Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances," said Speedway Motorsports' President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. "Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events - including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race - for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports. NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we'll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come." With an adult ticket purchase, fans can buy up to two $10 tickets for children ages 12 and under to that same event in select seating sections. This offer is available at all of the 13 Cup Series events shown below next season. Tickets for many of Speedway Motorsports' 2017 events are already on sale.(CMS/SMI)(8-30-2016)
Track 'treatments' to continue: Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that what Bristol did is "certainly not the last you've seen of that.'' Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used on the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR said resin was then put on the track after Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series race and Friday's Xfinity Series race. Previously, running the lower groove at Bristol proved slower than the top groove. With the additional grip, more cars could run at the bottom and be competitive. The result was two-wide racing. The 20 lead changes in the Sprint Cup race ranked second among most lead changes at Bristol in the last eight races there. NASCAR stated that total green-flag passes in the Cup race totaled 2,454, ranking fourth at the track since the statistic was first kept in 2005. "We'll go out and do the due diligence and test it and work with Goodyear certainly,'' O'Donnell said. "Certainly, we'll look at this year, but more importantly for 2017.''(NBC Sports)(8-23-2016)
Harvick wins Bristol: #4-Kevin Harvick won the rain delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Bristol and 33rd career win. Harvick came from the 24th starting spot to win, the deepest in the field a Bristol winner has started since Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag from 30th in the 2004 Night Race. The race was was suspended because of rain after 48 laps on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday after showers blew through the area by late afternoon.
#17-Stenhouse Jr. (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #34-Buescher, #19-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #47-Allmendinger and #22-Logano.
#18-Busch led the most laps, 256 of 500, before crashing out on lap 357 finishing 39th.
#34-Buescher's 5th place finish moves him into the top 30 of drivers points and eligible for the Chase.
There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 106 yellow flag laps and 3 red flags for rain.
The average speed was 77.968 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-21-2016)
Bristol Driver Song Selections: It's become tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway that Sprint Cup drivers select the songs they walk out on stage to before the race. For the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, here is the list:
#1-Jamie McMurray, "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crew
#2-Brad Keselowski, "Tom Sawyer" by Rush
#3-Austin Dillon, "Country Grammar" by Nelly
#4-Kevin Harvick, "Good Company" by Jake Owen
#5-Kasey Kahne, "Record Year" by Eric Church
#6-Trevor Bayne, "Rocky Top" by Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band
#7-Regan Smith, "State of My Head" by Shinedown
#10-Danica Patrick, "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado
#11-Denny Hamlin, "All the Way Up" by Fat Joe
#13-Casey Mears, "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys
#14-Tony Stewart, "Better Man" by Pearl Jam
#15-Clint Bowyer, "Born to Boogie" by Hank Williams Jr.
#16-Greg Biffle, "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., "Shameless" by Garth Brooks
#18-Kyle Busch, "Welcome to My House" by Flo Rida
#19-Carl Edwards, "The Weekend" by Brantley Gilbert
#20-Matt Kenseth, "Seal the Deal" by Volbeat
#21-Ryan Blaney, "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
#22-Joey Logano, "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson
#23-David Ragan, "Ain't No Going Down Till the Sun Comes" by Garth Brooks
#24-Chase Elliott, "Lotta Boot Left to Fill" by Eric Church
#27-Paul Menard, "We Are An American Band" by Jackyl
#30-Josh Wise, "Narrow Mouth" by The Early November
#31-Ryan Newman, "Huntin, Fishin', Lovin' Every Day" by Luke Bryan
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, "Fishin in the Dark" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
#34-Chris Buescher, "Bad Reputation" by Adelitas Way
#38-Landon Cassill, "Famous" by Kanye West
#41-Kurt Busch, "Living on the Edge" by Aerosmith
#42-Kyle Larson, "Another Round" by Whitney Morgan & the 78's
#43-Aric Almirola, The Outsiders" by Erica Church
#44-Brian Scott, "Jungle" by X Ambassadors
#46-Justin Allgaier, "Click, Click, Boom" by Saliva
#47-AJ Allmendinger, "Remember My Name" by Maino
#48-Jimmie Johnson, "Ain't No Man" by the Avett Brothers
#55-Reed Sorenson, "Take A Little Ride" by Jason Aldean
#78-Martin Truex Jr., "Great Day to Be Alive" by Travis Tritt
#83-Matt DiBenedetto, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
#88-Jeff Gordon, "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z
#95-Michael McDowell, "Ice Cream Truck Song" by Ice Cream Truck
#98-Cole Whitt, "Thunderstuck" by AC/DC
(NBC Sports / Dustin Long)(8-20-2016)
Bristol Applies New Layer of Rosin Coating: Those who arrived on Saturday for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway were witness to a novel sight - a rosin covering the inside of the turns at each end of the track. The compound used was a substance commonly used at dragstrips to increase traction in the take-off area. It is designed to enhance adhesion between tires and the concrete racing surface. A similar coating was applied before Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at BMS, and the quality of competition drew raves from those watching from the grandstands and on television. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell explained the process via a tweet: "Track re-applied rosin - first 18 inches above the apron in turns 1-2 and turns 3-4 overnight," O'Donnell tweeted. "Identical to what we did prior to @NASCAR XFINITY."(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-20-2016)
NASCAR to enhance Bristol Sprint Cup race: NASCAR announced late Friday night that it will add 18 inches of resin to the lower groove in each of the four corners to enhance Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The substance is intended to give the lower line additional grip to make that groove as competitive as the top groove. "It was a collaboration between the track, (NASCAR) and the industry," said NASCAR spokesman Kurt Culbert of the decision. "(The resin) seemed to work really well." While the lower groove was used throughout Friday night's Xfinity race, the preferred groove was the high line. Still, drivers could run on the lower groove and not lose as much time as previously. The track's lower groove in the corners was treated before this week. Resin was added after Wednesday night's Camping World Truck Series race.(NBC)(8-20-2016)
Wellmont renews contract as exclusive medical provider for BMS: Wellmont Health System has announced its contract renewal with Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway. Wellmont will serve as the exclusive medical provider for NASCAR, NHRA and monster truck races as well as test drives on the track. The health system is also expanding its role with a strong presence for the Sept. 10 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol football game at the speedway between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Plus, caregivers will be present for the concert headlined by Kenny Chesney the day before. The support continues a week later with Wellmont providing medical care for the Sept. 17 football game at the speedway between East Tennessee State University and Western Carolina University. The new contract, which continues a relationship that spans about 20 years, reflects the speedway's growth into a multi-use sports and entertainment facility. Facilities at the speedway include five fan care centers and an infield care center, which treats drivers, crew members and NASCAR officials. Physicians who work in the infield care center must be board-certified in emergency medicine, and all other providers in that facility must have training in emergency care or critical care. The dragway has one care center for spectators and participants in NHRA races, and all medical providers must have the same training and certifications as those who work in the infield care center at the speedway. Dr. Woodard and Parks also work collaboratively with local emergency medical services agencies and WellmontOne Air Transport during all events to assist anyone with illnesses or injuries who might need to be taken to Bristol Regional. WellmontOne, which has been based at the speedway since 2010, can make a round trip from the speedway and dragway to the hospital in 10-15 minutes.(Bristol Herald Couier)(8-19-2016)
Transporter Parade at Bristol Thursday night: Food City Race Night, one of the largest fan festivals on the circuit, will be held on Thursday, August 18th from 1:00-9:00pm on State Street in downtown Bristol, Tenn./Va. The night includes driver autograph sessions, interactive games, music stages and more. Guests who want to experience the thrill of top speeds around BMS should check out Half-Mile Hot Laps driven by Seat Time Racing School. Experiences will be set up on track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Visit www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org/events for more information. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SCC. Returning once again for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week is the Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade. The longest-running parade of team haulers in NASCAR, the Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade will depart from The Pinnacle at 9:00pm and will follow a nine-mile route to the Speedway, arriving at the track at approximately 10:00pm. Fireworks will be shot from four different locations along the route, with a party celebrating the truck's arrival.(BMS)(8-17-2016)
Bristol launches "Lawn Party" interactive zone: A block party for adults 21 and older is coming to Bristol Motor Speedway as the Bristol Lawn Party sets up shop with its rowdy entertainment during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week. Located in the BMS Fan Zone by the iconic Bristol Tower in Turn 2, the Bristol Lawn Party is your one-stop destination for wacky, wild games and tailgate-style backyard fun. Highlights include giant beer pong, American Ninja Warrior-style inflatables, a mechanical bull and the racing themed pit crew challenge. Guests will also want to be sure to participate in human billiards and take a home a commemorative photo from the Bristol photo booth. Guests attending the races on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20, will be able to join the party, which is free of charge. The Bristol Lawn Party will be open on Friday from 2-7 pm and will reopen following the conclusion of the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The party zone will also be open on Saturday from 10:00am-7:00pm, prior to pre-race for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.(BMS)(8-16-2016)
Bristol track surface undergoes change: Jerry Caldwell, general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway, confirmed the changes to the racing surface. They include: a "polishing" of the lower racing groove, the addition of a substance that will help tire rubber adhere to the racing surface, and the running of a tire machine on the surface since the changes. The tire machine is similar to the one used at Kentucky Speedway prior to its July race. The track completed its own repaving project this season. "After the Food City 500 in the spring, we evaluated the track surface and decided to make some minor modifications to the lower racing groove," Caldwell said. "We made the changes in consultation with NASCAR and several top Cup series drivers." Among the drivers consulted were Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The changes were completed only this week and the Truck Series will be the first to drive on the surface when it conducts practice sessions on Aug. 17, prior to its race that night.(Motorsport / wcyb.com)(8-8-2016)
Craig Morgan in concert at Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway is home to "America's Night Race" and that theme will be on display as country music entertainer, TV host and military veteran Craig Morgan kicks off the biggest night in racing with a pre-race concert on Saturday, Aug. 20, prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Morgan, who is well-known for country staples "International Harvester", "Bonfire" and "That's What I Love About Sunday", will excite the crowd during the NRA Country presents Craig Morgan concert on the backstretch of Bristol Motor Speedway. Morgan is a natural fit for the NRA country sponsored concert taking place prior to "America's Night Race" having spent 17 years serving this country, including 10.5 years on active duty in the US Army, before launching his music career. While penning some of country's biggest hits and performing across the country, Morgan continued his military service in the Army Reserves for six-and-a-half years. In 2006, he was awarded the USO Merit Award for his tireless support of U.S. soldiers and their families. Morgan has participated in thirteen overseas trips to support U.S. troops and has also headlined 20 Jack Daniel's "Toast to the Troops" events to prepare care packages for those stationed overseas. While supplies last, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race ticket holders may add on a pre-race SuperPass and be stage-side (on the track) for the concert featuring Craig Morgan. The SuperPass also includes a Track Walk and track access for Bristol's wildly popular Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Driver Introductions.(BMS)(7-29-2016)
Light attendance at Bristol's Cup race: A crowd estimated at 90,000 attended the (Sprint Cup Series) race (at Bristol) despite near-perfect weather conditions of 72 degrees and sun.(Bristol Herald Courier)
AND Everything was there for a great Food City 500 race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway except the crowds. NASCAR quit putting out official attendance figures a few years ago and track officials quit commenting on them around the same time, but from the eyeball test, the Bristol Motor Speedway looked around a third full for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. The crowd was even more sparse for Saturday's Xfinity Series race and the Friday qualifying crowd was virtually non-existent. The Sunday crowds were clearly better than the last two years for the spring race when March and then April showers not only brought May flowers but washed away race fans. But, this weekend had perfect weather and a great Xfinity Series race leading into the Food City 500 (Johnson City Press)(4-18-2016)
Bristol Driver Song Selections: Bristol Motor Speedway has always featured the most unique driver introductions on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, but 2016 takes it to a whole new level with the addition of Colossus TV. The sights and sounds of each driver selecting their own songs was presented on the world's largest, outdoor, center-hung, four-sided video display. See the full list:
Jamie McMurray, "Take a Little Ride" Jason Aldean
Brad Keselowski, "I've Always Been Crazy" Waylon Jennings
Austin Dillon, "Look at My Dab" Migos
Kevin Harvick, "Thunderstruck" AC/DC
Kasey Kahne, "Fightin' Side of Me Merle Haggard
Trevor Bayne, "Rocky Top" Pride of the Southland Band
Regan Smith, "State of My Head" Shinedown
Danica Patrick, "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
Denny Hamlin, "Me, Myself & I G Eazy & Bebe Rexha
Casey Mears, "Nothin' But A Good Time" Poison
Ty Dillon, "Let's Get it On" Marvin Gaye
Clint Bowyer, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" Merle Haggard
Greg Biffle, "All Summer Long" Kid Rock
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
Kyle Busch, "Candyman" Aloe Blacc & Zedd
Carl Edwards, "Have a Nice Day" Bon Jovi
Matt Kenseth, "Back for More" Five Finger Death Punch
Ryan Blaney, "Not the American Average" Asking Alexandria
Joey Logano, "White and Nerdy" Weird Al
David Ragan, "Stroker Ace Theme" Charlie Daniels Band
Chase Elliott, "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" Eric Church
Paul Menard, "Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood" Volbeat
Josh Wise, "Your Soul" Hippy Sabotage
Ryan Newman, "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
Jeffrey Earnhardt, "Hard Working Man" Brooks & Dunn
Chris Buescher, "Hakuna Matata"
Landon Cassill, Sesame Street Theme
Kurt Busch, "Walk This Way" Aerosmith
Kyle Larson, "Outlaw State of Mind" Chris Stapleton
Aric Almirola, "Outsiders" Eric Church
Brian Scott, "Back in Black" AC/DC
Michael Annett, "Stone Cold Steve Austin Theme"
AJ Allmendinger, "The Bleeding" Five Finger Death Punch
Jimmie Johnson, "Fight For Your Right" Beastie Boys
Reed Sorenson, "Hypnotize" Notorious BIG
Martin Truex Jr., "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Luke Bryan
Matt DiBenedetto, "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top
Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Gonna Fly (Rocky Theme) Bill Conti
Michael McDowell, "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
Cole Whitt, "Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots
'Overtime' line at Bristol: Because Bristol is a short track, the NASCAR "overtime" line is in Turn 3.(ESPN)(4-17-2016)
The Groove at Bristol expected to move: In Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, there was no mistaking the fastest way around the .533-mile oval. Consistently, drivers ran their top speeds on the bottom of the track. That runs contrary to the past few races at Bristol. Ever since the grinding of the top lane, the preferred line has been the outside. Never fear, says #19-Carl Edwards. The groove will move, either before or during Sunday's Food City 500. "I'm not exactly sure why," Edwards said on Friday afternoon when asked why the bottom lane was best in practice. "There might be some slight differences with the Goodyear tires, but probably the best reason or most likely reason for that is that we haven't put a lot of rubber down on the track yet, and it just seems like this place moves around a lot. We talked about it in practice. I don't think that the race will be run on the bottom like that. I think it will really widen out, but I don't know when it will happen. I don't know if it will happen today or all the way where we might have to wait until Sunday for it."(NASCAR Wire Service)(4-16-2016)
Rusty Wallace Named Grand Marshal for Food City 500: NASCAR Hall of Famer and former driver/sports analyst, Rusty Wallace has been named Grand Marshal for the April 17 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wallace will give the command to start the 25th running of the Food City 500. "Over the years, Rusty has always been one of the greatest supporters of Food City and our racing program. As the driver who boasts the most Food City 500 wins (6), we thought it appropriate to recognize his tremendous contributions to our company and the sport by naming him Grand Marshal for the 25th running of the Food City 500," says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
'For over 30 years, racing legend Rusty Wallace has delighted racing fans with his hard-nosed and aggressive approach to racing and a personality and charisma that are unmatched. Wallace, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 55-time race winner, will go into history as one of America's greatest racing drivers. At the time of his retirement, his career victories marked the eight-best all-time career total and his nearly 20,000 laps led rank him seventh all-time. For sixteen straight seasons, Wallace won at least one race in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, marking the third longest such streak in history. He is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. As a former ABC/ESPN Racing Analyst, he has headlined a number of popular pre-race shows and is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost authorities on NASCAR racing.' Tickets are still available and may be purchased at www.BristolTix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).(BMS)(4-15-2016)
"Dale Jr. sandwich" will be available at Bristol: The banana and Hellmann's mayonnaise snack craze has hit an all-time high after NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted out his love of the sandwich. Fans from NASCAR nation were quick to recreate the sandwich and post their experiences of this unique item. In honor of this enthusiasm, BMS will be offering the famous "Dale Jr Sandwich" featuring Hellman's mayonnaise and bananas on white bread during the Food City 500 weekend, April 15-17. The Dale Jr Sandwich is $4 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dale Jr. Foundation. Interested in trying it? Visit the concession stand in the Family Section of Waltrip Grandstand, just inside Gate 14 to the left.(BMS)(4-8-2016)
Colossus construction continues at Bristol: Construction of Colossus TV, the world's largest outdoor center-hung video screen, is on schedule and continues to pick up pace near the much anticipated debut of the new permanent outdoor display at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 race weekend, April 15-17. The halo, the support structure that will hold Colossus TV, went approximately 155 feet in the air Monday, March 7 to have the support cables attached. This component weighs 146,000 pounds and is nearly 100 feet in diameter. The installation of Colossus TV's 540,000-watt, 428-speaker sound system continues. The next phase of construction is to assemble the gondola on the ground before it attaches to the halo.(BMS)(3-10-2016)
Bristol "tops off" support towers for Colossus: The fourth and final structural tower that will support Colossus, the world's largest outdoor, center-hung 4-sided screen, was "topped off" Thursday with the raising of an American flag. In addition, the scoring pylon in the infield has been removed. The next phase of the colossal undertaking is to install the cables that support Colossus TV as well as the state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers - enough to make any rock star squirm with envy. The team at Bristol Motor Speedway has put together two timelapses that give a view of the removal of the scoring pylon and the building of one of the four towers.
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Another Football game at Bristol Motor Speedway? UPDATE: Tennessee and Virginia Tech might not be the only football teams playing at Bristol Motor Speedway next season. East Tennessee State University has been in negotiations to take on Western Carolina University in a Southern Conference game at the track, people close to the deal have confirmed. The Bucs and Catamounts could play at BMS on Sept. 17, a week after Tennessee and Virginia Tech take part in what has been dubbed the "Battle of Bristol." An official announcement about the ETSU-Western Carolina game, which has been rumored for months, is expected soon. When Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet at BMS on Sept. 10, the largest crowd ever for a college football game is expected to be on hand. The current record is 115,109, set in 2013 at Michigan Stadium during a game between Notre Dame and Michigan.(Johnson City Press)
AND A press conference has been called for Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Neither side was willing to comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement, but sources and media outlets indicate the East Tennessee State University Bucs will play Southern Conference rival Western Carolina in a football game inside 155,000-seat BMS this season on Sept. 17. (Bristol Herald Courier)(1-27-2016)
UPDATE: The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Bristol Motor Speedway held a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce they have reached an agreement to host ETSU's 2016 Southern Conference football opener at the Last Great Colosseum. The Buccaneers, who are playing a full SoCon schedule this upcoming season, will host Western Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 17. ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush and the Buccaneers know the significance of playing at Bristol Motor Speedway and are excited to be part of this historic event. ETSU Season Ticket Holders will receive a general admission ticket to the game at BMS with their season ticket package. Reserved seating upgrades and parking will be available when purchasing ETSU season tickets. If you are an ETSU season ticket holder and have questions, please call the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-4828.(BMS)(1-29-2016)
Bristol names new communications manager: Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway announced the hiring of accomplished public relations professional, Chris Lawyer as communications manager. Lawyer has worked with numerous forms of sports including motorsports, tennis and college athletics during his rising career. As a member of the communications team, Lawyer will lead public relations efforts for Bristol Dragway and the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He also will assist in integrated strategy, development and execution for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol as well as all Speedway and ancillary events. Lawyer comes to BMS following a two-year stint as Media Relations Manager at the National Hot Rod Association. In addition, Lawyer has held positions with Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Ole Miss Athletics among others.(BMS)(1-19-2016)
Pilot Flying J sponsoring "Battle at Bristol": Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that they have signed on to be the title sponsor of the Battle at Bristol - an iconic college football game to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The historic racetrack will host a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers and is expected to shatter the existing college football attendance record. This sponsorship represents a monumental company initiative for Pilot Flying J. From securing naming rights for the game - Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol - to using this pinnacle event as a catalyst to further engage employees, customers and consumers nationwide via multiple events, this opportunity will look to further position the company as a destination of choice in the travel center industry. Adding to the excitement, ESPN/ABC is confirmed as the broadcast partner of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, with time and final network to be determined at a later date. This sponsorship will complement Pilot Flying J's current sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett's #46 car. Following Bristol Motor Speedway's legendary Night Race on August 20, 2016, the venue will be transformed into the world's largest football stadium for the inaugural Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol game. With a projected attendance of 150,000, the event is expected to crush the previous college football attendance record, which currently stands at 115,109.(BMS)(11-25-2015)
Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association sponsoring Bristol night race: The Night Race lights will shine brightly on hunters, sportsmen and women - America's true conservation heroes - as Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association (NRA) team up with Bristol Motor Speedway to create the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Both organizations are excited to align with one of the most iconic motorsports events in the world and unite two great American traditions - NASCAR and the outdoors - while connecting directly with an audience that is passionate about both. Both Bass Pro Shops and the NRA, through its Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee, are deeply committed to conserving the outdoors and recognize the need to raise awareness about the contributions of America's hunters and sporting men and women. For example, hunters and anglers are the largest contributors to conservation in the United States, accounting for more than 75 percent of the funds provided to state conservation agencies. Sportsmen have contributed more than $7.2 billion to a variety of wildlife and habitat conservation programs since 1937 through hunting licenses and excise taxes on outdoor gear. Bass Pro Shops and the NRA are long-time supporters of Bristol Motor Speedway and its parent company, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) (NYSE: TRK) through multiple entitlement sponsorships at various motorsports venues and with NASCAR race teams and drivers.(BMS)(11-6-2015)
Bristol Motor Speedway announces world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display: Bristol Motor Speedway (The Last Great Colosseum) will soon be the home of the world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display, officials announced Wednesday. The display, named Colossus, will plunge fans into the color, roar and rumble of events through four high-resolution screens and a thunderous sound system, making the Bristol experience more immersive than ever before. "Combine all the energy and excitement of Bristol with the ultimate home theater system, and you've got Colossus," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). "The size, resolution, and sound of this display will draw our guests into every bit of action on the track and in the infield." Each of Colossus' four custom-built screens is approximately 30 feet tall by 63 feet wide. In total, the system hosts nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels. At 6mm pitch, the pixels are grouped tighter than the large-scale outdoor displays in Times Square. The result: a glimmering visual experience capable of offering 281 trillion different color combinations, and one that's 23 times brighter and 25 percent sharper than the typical home HD TV. The display will hang from a halo-shaped truss and features an additional circular LED display beneath the screens which measures nearly six feet in height. Between the screens and the LED ring, that's more than 8,500 square feet of high-resolution, active viewing area.
Colossus also boasts a state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers, enough to make any rock star squirm with envy. By contrast, the current system hosts 2,400 watts of power, with only 10 2-way loudspeakers and 8 subwoofers. The scale and quality of the project draws on the technology solutions expertise of partners such as Panasonic, a company known for creating large displays in numerous iconic sports venues across the U.S., including other Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) tracks like Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedways.
"Panasonic is honored to be chosen by Bristol Motor Speedway as their technology partner for a project that so dramatically transforms the fan experience," said Douglas Moss, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, president of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. "We worked closely with Bristol to recommend a unique, high-end technology solution that we believe is a true game-changer. Colossus lives up to its name in every respect, creating a completely immersive fan experience with its sheer size, unparalleled resolution and imaging crispness. Panasonic has a proud relationship with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., delivering customized technology solutions to SMI-owned and operated member race tracks, a legacy that continues to grow and now includes Bristol as the latest high-profile success story."
Once the build begins in November, the track's existing pylon and screen frame will be removed, clearing the infield for next year's NASCAR events and the Battle at Bristol, college football's biggest-ever game. Colossus will rise via four massive support towers ranging in height from 190-220 feet and weighing in at approximately 437 tons. These will be positioned outside the bowl, and the display will then be suspended over the infield by miles of cabling, the largest of which exceeds the diameter of the vertical cables supporting the Golden Gate Bridge. Rentenbach Constructors of Knoxville, Tenn. is taking on the build of the structure. "It's a real thrill for Rentenbach to be back at BMS to help install this exciting piece of technology," said Don Freeman, chairman, Rentenbach Constructors, a Christman Company. "Construction of the Speedway continues to be a special point of pride for everyone at our company, and the chance to do more than be on the sidelines cheering at the upcoming Battle at Bristol will make this once-in-a-lifetime game day even more special."
According to Caldwell, Colossus will be ready to dazzle guests at the Spring 2016 NASCAR race. Throughout the year, BMS will demonstrate one of Colossus' additional design elements: the ability to transfer screens around the facility for events like the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in June and the track's annual holiday celebration, Speedway in Lights. "Colossus will transform the way we see, hear and experience events at Bristol, and provide additional opportunities for events here," said Caldwell. "We're fortunate to have entrepreneurs and owners like Bruton and Marcus Smith who care about providing fans with the best possible entertainment experience."
Colossal Facts: Colossus is brilliant.
Colossus has the highest viewing quality of any permanent outdoor stadium display in the world. It features 2880 x 1350 lines of resolution, compared to the average home HDTV screen at 1920 x 1080.
Colossus hosts nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels, and is capable of displaying 281 trillion different color combinations.
The space between pixels, known as pitch, is closer on Colossus than any other large-scale outdoor installation. At 6mm pitch, the pixels are grouped tighter than the large-scale outdoor displays in Times Square.
Colossus is big.
It's the largest outdoor, center-hung screen display in the world.
Colossus features four LED screens. Each one is 5 feet tall and 62.9 feet wide, and all together, equals approximately 1,145 50-inch TV's.
Each screen will be at least 20 feet closer to guests and 5 times larger than current screens.
The unit will also have a lower viewing ring measuring 5 feet 11 inches high by almost 189 feet in circumference, for an additional 961.2 total square feet of screen space.
Colossus weighs nearly 700 tons. This includes:
437 tons of steel among the four supporting towers, or roughly the same weight as 1,748 college football goal posts.
127 tons in the supporting ring, screen frame and screens. That's more than the combined weight of every player and coach on the UT and VT football teams-for the next five years.
117 tons of cabling. The largest diameter cable weighs 63 pounds per foot, and the suspension cables are larger than the vertical cables supporting the Golden Gate Bridge.
The main cable suspending the screens is long enough to circle the track twice.
Colossus is bold.
With 540,000 watts powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers, Colossus' sound system will go boom. By comparison, the former system featured 2,400 watts, 10 2-way loudspeakers and 8 subwoofers.
Colossus provides a listening distance of no more than 90 feet from speakers to ears, compared to a previous listening distance of 200-400 feet.
The quality of the system's speakers means there will be less than 3 decibels of difference among any seat in the grandstands.
The sound system hosts 40 miles of cabling and fiber optics, enough for 80 track laps.
All of Colossus' electrical power is certified Green for energy efficiency.(bristolmotorspeedway.com).(10-4-2015)
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)
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)