Completed : 1961
Distance : .533 miles
Shape : Oval
Banking : 36° turns, 16° straights
Frontstretch : 650 feet
Backstretch : 650 feet
Seating : 160,000
Built in 1961 on the site of an old dairy farm, Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most popular tracks in all of Nascar and is just .533 miles in length with four turns and a banking of 24-30 (degrees even after the resurfacing in 2007). The speeds at Bristol Motor Speedway are much faster than that of other short tracks due to the high banking. Also since the track is so short, with a field of 43 cars the slower qualifying cars start the race almost a half lap down.
When Bristol Motor Speedway first opened in 1961, the seating capacity was just 18,000 and now today seats 165,000 and hosts two annual Nascar Sprint races the first being in March, the Food City 500 and in August, the Irwin Tools 500 which is a popular night race. Bristol Motor Speedway is also known for the highest number of yellow flag cautions in a Nascar race due to so many cars in such a small place trading paint is inevitable. Bristol Motor Speedway also boasts two sets of pits which causes major mistakes by the drivers on green flag pit stops.
At the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. It all depends on your preference. The most sought after tickets are in the Allison Terrace which is high up on start/finish line. The Earnhardt Terrace, located on the backstretch which also has a view of the second set of pits, is also a popular seating choice by fans. As always, here at NASCAR Cheap Tickets you can expect to find the best Food City 500 Tickets and Irwin Tools 500 Tickets
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