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 September 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.

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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“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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Built in 1965, “Thunder Valley” is one of the most unique drag racing facilities in the country. Built between two mountains, the dragstrip emits a noise like no other when the 7,000 horsepower dragsters jet down the quarter-mile strip at speeds upwards of 335 mph.

Each June, Bristol Dragway hosts one of NHRA’s most popular races, the Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend. While that race is a fan favorite there are a number of other events throughout the year, including Monster Truck events, Street Fights, Bracket Racing and the Super Chevy Show to name just a few.

The Dragway opens each March and events continue into October.

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