BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

The second most visited attraction in the state of Tennessee, the world famous half-mile track, also known as The Last Great Colosseum, is No. 1 in the hearts of race fans.

Fans from all 50 states and nearly two dozen other countries flock to Bristol Motor Speedway, built in 1961, for race weekends in both April and August when the track hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Camping World Trucks and Modified events.

Bristol Motor Speedway also offers track tours which offer visitors a more intimate view of both the Speedway and Bristol Dragway, which hosts the Thunder Valley Nationals, a wildly popular NHRA event each June on Fathers’ Day weekend. The tour includes a lap around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway, a trip through Thunder Valley at the Dragway, and a visit to owner Bruton Smith’s luxury skybox.

THE LAST GREAT COLOSSEUM

“I love racing at Bristol. I always look forward to racing there. This weekend’s race is the one of the best tickets on the schedule. There is just no other track like it.”

-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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Each holiday season, the Speedway and Dragway are transformed into a winter wonderland for Speedway In Lights. Decorated with more than 2 million lights over a 4-mile drive, the event, which benefits Speedway Children’s Charities, starts before Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Eve.

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On Sept. 10, 2016, BMS added another jewel to its crown when it hosted the largest crowd ever for a college football game when the University of Tennessee played Virginia Tech. The game set a Guinness World Record with 156,990 fans in attendance.

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