Fast facts

Year Opened: 1961

Capacity: 146000

City / State: Bristol / Tennessee

Biggest Event: Food City 500

All time Champion: Rusty Wallace

Recent Winner: Denny Hamlin

Known for: Being one of the loudest tracks in NASCAR

Last 5 Winners


Kyle Busch secures a 2-peat in the 2019 Food City 500 in Bristol with a time of 2:56:38. He was able to beat Kurt Busch and Joey Logano who got 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

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Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 in 2018 with a time of 3:26:25. He was able to beat Kyle Larson who got 2nd place, and last year's winner, Jimmie Johnson who ended up in 3rd.

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Jimmie Johnson won the Food City 500 in 2017 with a time of 3:04:29. He was able to beat Clint Bowyer who got 2nd place, and Kevin Harvick who ended up in 3rd.

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Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 in 2016 with a time of 3:15:52. He was able to beat Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who got 2nd place, and Kurt Busch who ended up in 3rd.

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Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer (former name of Food City 500 in 2015) with a time of 3:37:54. He was able to beat Jimmie Johnson who got 2nd place, and Jeff Gordon who ended up in 3rd.

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Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a big part of what makes attending a race at the Bristol Motor Speedway such an incredible event. The camaraderie among race fans here is fantastic and everywhere you look you’ll see people grilling and throwing back brews as part of one big party. Fire up the grill and break out the beers to join in the fun that is tailgating before a race at Bristol.

Bristol Motor Speedway offers plenty of campground space, so you’ll be able to party day and night leading up to the race. Just park your RV in one of the speedway’s several campgrounds and roll out the coolers and grills for one hell of a weekend. All around the campground you’ll find fellow NASCAR fans tailgating and have a good time, so join in the festivities, and you’ll make friends quickly.

If you’re looking for a little more than just tailgating with your friends before the race, don’t worry as you’ll find lots to do before the race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The track tour offers an excellent way to spend some time if you’re attending a race outside of major events. However, the tour isn’t available during the biggest races held at Bristol. On the plus side though if you are attending a major race at Bristol, the Pre-Race SuperPass grants you unparalleled access that you won’t want to miss including stageside access to the pre-race concert and the driver introductions.

You can’t beat tailgating before a race at Bristol as there is a lot to see and do as well as lots of camaraderie between racing fans making it an excellent experience for everyone in attendance.


Track Tour

See behind the scenes at the Bristol Motor Speedway by taking a tour of the speedway. The tour is an excellent opportunity for you to see everything Bristol Motor Speedway has to offer, so take a tour during your trip to Bristol.

Pre-Race SuperPass

The Pre-Race SuperPass is a must for anyone who wants to get the full race weekend experience. The pass gives you access to the Pre-Race Track Walk and stage side access to the pre-race concert and cup driver introductions.

Where to tailgate

Stadium Guide

In Game

Bristol Motor Speedway is on the bucket list of just about any racing fan and with good reason as it’s one of the best racetracks in the country. Bristol features just about everything you could want in a race and then some making a trip to Bristol an excellent experience for any racing fan.

Bristol Motor Speedway is an especially great destination for NASCAR fans as the Speedway is one of the most famous short-track courses on the circuit and home to two of the biggest races of the season. The crowd is packed full of diehard fans during these races, and everyone in the stands gets loud when their favorite driver moves up the pack creating an incredible and unforgettable atmosphere.

The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is an especially great time to take in a race at the Bristol Motor Speedway as there is something special about watching your favorite drivers race under the lights. The crowd is particularly intense in this race, and there is always a lot at stake during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night making it one of if not the best times to visit the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Additionally, you’ll find lots of extras to check out here at Bristol including the huge Colossus TV and the Digital Colosseum. Colossus TV ensures you’ll never miss any of the action on the track and the Digital Colosseum offers you the opportunity to win lots of prizes and take part in a variety of games.

A trip to Bristol is a must for any racing fan, particularly NASCAR fans, so start planning your trip today, you won’t regret it.

Things to check out

Digital Colosseum

The Digital Colosseum at the Bristol Motor Speedway offers lots of games and is an excellent place to win some great prizes. Stop by the Digital Colosseum during your trip to Bristol to get the full Bristol Motor Speedway experience.

Speedway World Gift Shop

Make sure to pick up a souvenir from the Speedway World Gift Shop to remember your trip to Bristol Motor Speedway. The gift shop features a variety of Bristol Motor Speedway and driver merchandise making it the one stop shop for all things racing in Bristol.

Colossus TV

Thanks to Colossus TV you won’t miss any of the action on the track. Colossus TV offers incredible replays of all the biggest moments in the race, so if you miss something just catch the replay.

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Pit Road Party Zone

The Pit Road Party Zone puts you right in the action and one of is the best way to experience a NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Pit Road Party Zone is an all-inclusive party zone that features access to the NASCAR Cup Series garage, FanVision controller and headset, In-Race Victory Lane Viewing Access, and much more.

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Busch Banks and Brews

The Busch Banks and Brews luxury seating options put you right on top of the action and allow you to take part in the Track Walk before the race. The standing room only, reserved barstool, and luxury box seating offers options for a variety of fans, so no matter how much you’re looking to spend you’ll find a Busch Banks and Brews seating option for you.

Bristol Tap Room

The Bristol Tap Room allows you to experience all the luxury of the suite level while also putting you right in the action with seats in the grandstand. If you love the feel of being with the crowd but want to enjoy the high life as well, then you can’t beat getting tickets to the Bristol Tap Room.

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Ole Smoky Roof at Turn 4

The Ole Smoky Roof at Turn 4 gives you a 360-degree view of all the action on the track and is one of the best ways to take in a race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Those of you who want to see everything live will love sitting on the Ole Smoky Roof at Turn 4.

Bars & Restaurants

  1. Machiavelli’s Italian Restaurant

    Machiavellis Italian Restaurant Salad

    Pizza, pasta & other familiar Italian fare in a casual space with a full bar & frequent live music.

    8 5th St, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


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  2. 620 State

    620 State Burger

    Casual bar/eatery preparing sushi rolls along with Asian fusion & American bites in industrial digs.

    620 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


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    asian - $$

  3. The Mad Greek Restaurant

    The Mad Greek Restaurant Egg Roll

    Offers a variety of authentic Greek dishes, American , Italian and many more made from the freshest ingredients at very affordable prices.

    2419 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  4. Tootie’s Restaurant

    Tooties Restaurant Burger Galaxy Diner Burger Chicken Box Restaurant Burger Buddys BBQ Burger TJs Restaurant Burger Lazy Palm Sports Bar and Grill Burger Skids Iggys Sports Grill

    A fabulous eatery that serves juicy and filling burgers.

    1310 Virginia Ave, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. La Corona

    La Corona Taco La Chiquita Tacos Taco Corono Mexican Restaurant Tacos El Burrito Loco

    "La Corona is, hands down, The best Mexican restaurant in Tri-cities"

    1990 TN-394, Blountville, TN 37617, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  6. Baconland BBQ

    Baconland BBQ BBQ

    Located in Bristol, Tennessee Baconland Barbeque prides itself in wood cooking whole hog, ribs, chicken and sausage.

    239 Bluff City Hwy, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $

  7. Bella’s Pizza of Bristol

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Relaxed counter-serve option offering pizza, wings, sandwiches & pasta dishes, plus beer & wine.

    1351 Lee Hwy, Bristol, VA 24201, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  8. Greene’s Fresh Seafood

    Greene's Fresh Seafood Shrimp

    Freshest seafood in the tri cities area. everything thing you can think of when you think "seafood". from oysters, fish, scallops, lobster and so much more.

    1817 W State St, Bristol, VA 24201, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Burger Bar

    Burger Bar Burger

    Long-running spot for burgers, hot dogs & shakes, where singer Hank Williams was last seen alive.

    120 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill

    O Mainins Pub & Grill Beer

    O'Mainnin's Pub and Grille is a live entertainment venue downtown Bristol offering live music 6 nights a week, dart boards, and $1.50 draft nights 2 times a week.

    712 State St, Bristol, VA 37620, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  11. State Line

    Iron Skillet Fried Chicken State Line Fried Chicken Finish Line Cafe Fried Chicken Ark Fried Chicken Chicken Tenders Takis Diner Fried Chicken

    Hopping bar & grill offering BBQ, burgers & other pub grub, plus live bands, karaoke & multiple TVs.

    644 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Backyard Grill

    Backyard Grill Beer Turfway Bar & Grill Beer The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway Beer The Golden Fleece Tavern Beer Darcys Restaurant & Bar Beer Hammers Sports Bar & Grill Beer MVPs sports Bar and Grille Beer Mtn Jax Beer Keg South of Homestead Beer Purple Turtle Beer The End Zone Pub Beer Gallaghers Bar and Lounge Beer

    When you're looking for the perfect restaurant to enjoy a family meal or simply want a quick lunch, come to Backyard Grill in Bristol, TN.

    725 Bluff City Hwy, Bristol, TN 37620, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$