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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Updated: August 24, 3:05 PM ET
Bristol Motor Speedway

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Bristol Motor Speedway
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There is no experience quite like a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, especially at night. The 0.533-mile oval features some of the highest turns in racing with variable banking as high as 30 degrees, making it possible for the cars to go unusually fast on such a small track.

Bristol, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, hosted the fourth race of the season, the Food City 500, which was held March 20.

The second race, though, is the jewel sure to light up the night of Eastern Tennessee Saturday. The IRWIN Tools Night Race is the 24th race of the season, and it may well be the one racers covet as a testament to their driving skills.

Most of the competitors honed their skills growing up on short tracks. This is the track that more than any other takes them back to those days, and the fans love it. There will be tens of thousands at Thunder Valley to prove it.

151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37625
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Notable Events

NASCAR Weekend
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
• UNOH Perfect Storm 150, 6 p.m. (tentative)
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series
• O'Reilly 200, 8 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 9 a.m. (tentative)

Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
• NNS final practice, 9 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS practice, noon; final practice, 2:45 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NNS qualifying, 3:40 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS qualifying, 5:10 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Food City 250, 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
• IRWIN Tools Night Race (500 laps), 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 1 p.m.

• Ticket office: 423-989-6900 or 423-274-7865 or toll free at 866-415-4158
• Online: Buy tickets.
• Pit passes: Not available.
• Fan hospitality: Call the track ticket office for further information.
• Special packages: Call the track ticket office for further information.

Track Specs
• Track length: 0.533-mile concrete oval
• Banking: Variable. 24 to 30 degrees in the corners; 4 to 9 degrees on the straights
• Straightaways: 650 feet (concrete racing surface is 43 feet wide)
• Race length: 500 laps (Cup)
• Seating capacity: 160,000 (the track enjoyed an NASCAR-record 55 consecutive Cup sellouts until March 2010)

Carry-In Items:
• Coolers: Allowed (limit of 14 inches at its longest dimension.). In addition, one carry-in bag allowed, which may not exceed the 14-inch limit.
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
• Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Gift shop: Located at the speedway.

Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
Pit passes not available for sale.

• Reserved: Unavailable.
• Unreserved: Unavailable.
(Note: Visit track website to find out about neighboring campgrounds.)

Getting There
Track is located on U.S. Highway 11 East, 5 miles south of Bristol.

• Traveling south:
Access from I-81, exit 69 toward Blountville, Tenn.

• Traveling north:
Access from I-81, Virginia exit 3; take I-381 south and follow track signs.

• Free parking: Available.
• BMS grounds: Permit only.
• Handicapped parking: Limited availability; arrive early.