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Bristol Motor Speedway
Originally known as Bristol International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway is half-mile oval NASCAR short track with 36-degree banked turns.
On July 30, 1961, NASCAR made its debut at Bristol International Speedway. At that time the track was a half-mile of asphalt with 22-degree banking in its turns. There were 18,000 seats. Forty-two cars started that first race and only 19 finished.
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In 1969, the speedway was reshaped and remeasured to its current length of 0.533 mile. Its turns were banked an intimidating 36 degrees. The lights went up in 1978, and that August the track played host to the night race that has now become one of NASCAR?s signature events.
The Speedway became the first track with an all-concrete surface in 1992. Four years later, it was sold to Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports Inc. and renamed Bristol Motor Speedway. With banking of 36 degrees in the turns, it is the most steeply banked track used by NASCAR. Also, the initial starting grid of 42 vehicles extends almost halfway around the track, meaning that the slower-qualifying cars begin the race almost half a lap down. Another thing is that the short overall length means that there are two sets of pits. In 2002, the rules were changed to form essentially one long pit road.
With so many cars in such a small space, contact is almost inevitable often making Bristol races the scene of the highest number of yellow-flag caution laps in the NASCAR season. Additionally, the short lap length and the unpredictable nature of the racing meant that this was one of the few remaining NASCAR tracks at which it was feasible for a driver to come back to win a race from several laps down; at most modern tracks, especially super speedways, that was almost impossible.
The track's configuration and name may have changed over the years, but the action at its drag strip, Thunder Valley, has remained the same. The spring as well the late summer races of Nextel Cup are held here and are for 500 laps. Busch Series races here often draw over 100,000 spectators, making it one of the best-drawing Busch venues; the Fox network televised the 300-lap race nationally in 2004-2006. It has also been used for sprint car racing drawing over 100,000 spectators. It is also the home of the only midweek (Wednesday) night NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, held in conjunction with a USAR Hooters Pro-Cup event.
Many fans come from the East Tennessee area, but thousands more come from all parts of the country to experience Bristol's unique brand of racing. Getting a ticket to see a Bristol NASCAR event is one of the most difficult things for any sports fan to accomplish. With more than 150 luxury suites included, Bristol Motor Speedway?s capacity now approaches 170,000.
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