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Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway are located just south of Bristol, Tennessee. Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.533 mile oval with 36 degree banking.

New: 1997-03-11  Last Updated: 2006-03-16

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Elevation: 1445 feet Latitude: 36.515431 Longitude: -82.256613 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0600/-0500)

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Historical Note

Note that the ownership of the oval and dragstrip were somewhat independent and mildly tangled until Bruton Smith purchased both properties in 1996.

The first practice at Bristol International Speedway was held on July 27, 1961. The first race was 3 days later. The track was originally 1/2 mile with 22 degree banking. In 1969, the oval was revised to its current configuration. The track was renamed Bristol International Raceway in 1978. In 1992, the track was repaved entirely in concrete. In 1996, the oval was purchased by Bruton Smith and the name was changed to the current Bristol Motor Speedway.

The dragstrip opened in 1965 under the name Bristol International Dragway. The track ran NHRA events from 1965 through 1967, and AHRA events in 1968-1970. In 1971, Larry Carrier, one of the founding owners of Bristol Dragway, started the IHRA, which was HQ'd in Bristol until 1987, and again from 1989-1997. The dragstrip ran under IHRA sanction from 1971 until 1998. The NHRA returned to Bristol in 1999. Bruton Smith purchased the dragstrip in 1996 and renamed it to the current name, Bristol Dragway.

Track Office

Bristol Motor Speedway
151 Speedway Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620

Postal Address:
Bristol Motor Speedway
P.O. Box 3966
Bristol, TN 37625

423-764-1161 (Tickets)
423-764-6555 (Administration)
423-764-3534 (Public Relations)
423-764-3369 (Marketing)
423-764-1646 (Fax)
423-764-1161 (Camping)

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Bristol Motor Speedway is five miles south of Bristol Tennessee on US 11, just off I-81.


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