Bristol Motor Speedway Packages
151 Speedway Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620
Bristol Motor Speedway is the biggest little track in racing. The most popular venue in all of NASCAR, which was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Important Sports Venues by ProSport Magazine, has approximately 160,000 seats around the .533-mile concrete marvel and features an atmosphere that is completely unique to Thunder Valley. It is a race fans' track – they choose it every year over any other as their favorite – where there's not a bad seat in the house. At BMS, fans see all of the action all of the time. And there's plenty of action.
Race cars might go a bit faster at larger tracks, but there's not a driver in the sport who won't tell you the sense of speed during a 15-second lap at Bristol is as great as is at any track in the sport. There's one thing that's absolutely certain about the World's Fastest Half-Mile. When it comes to excitement, there's no other place like it. Put 43 cars in a bowl, add the intensity of thousands of excited fans and mix at high - extremely high - speeds. That's the recipe for a day, or night, of racing at Bristol. It is incomparable.
NASCAR fans look forward all year to the events at Bristol Motor Speedway, the first Sprint Cup event taking place each March and the second happening in August under the lights. Tickets to those races are among the most highly coveted in the sport due to the mystique of Bristol, which for many is a throwback, the type of short track where many of the sports' legends first competed.
The track, celebrating its 51st anniversary in 2012, has a long and glorious history. Larry Carrier and Carl Moore were at the first race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. in 1960, and they decided they wanted nothing more than to bring racing to northeast Tennessee. By July of 1961, the track was open for business. The oval was a perfect half mile of asphalt with 22-degree banking in its turns and it held only 18,000 seats. Forty-two cars started that first race in 1961 and only 19 finished, proving from the get-go that racing at Bristol was definitely a challenge. Not surprisingly, the driver who took the checkered flag in that first race was not the driver who started in that car! Jack Smith drove the first 290 laps of the Volunteer 500, but Johnny Allen took over as a relief driver and finished it up to grab the win.
In 1969, the track was altered as the turns were banked at an intimidating 36 degrees and it was re-measured to its current distance of .533 miles. The lights went up in 1978, and that August the track played host to the night race that has now become NASCAR's most popular event. Bristol Motor Speedway became the first track with an all-concrete surface in 1992 and four years later, it was sold to Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports Inc. At that point, there were about 71,000 seats at the facility, which was renamed Bristol Motor Speedway. But by the August race in 1996, 15,000 seats had been added and more - much more – would be added over the next decade.
No words can prepare a race fan for what now awaits as he or she walks into Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time. Grandstands named for some of the sport's greatest drivers - Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty and 12-time race-winner Darrell Waltrip - now completely surround the concrete oval with double- and triple-decked seating. With nearly 200 luxury suites included, Bristol Motor Speedway's capacity makes it the fifth largest sports venue in the world in terms of permanent seating and those NASCAR tickets are considered gems in the world of NASCAR. There is only one Bristol – and only one kind of racing that takes place there. The kind that keeps fans on their feet from the green flag to the checkered flag. Bristol Motor Speedway -- it's an experience like no other!