History

The Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee is a NASCAR short track. The racetrack opened in 1961 and cost $600,000 to build. The Speedway holds a capacity of 162,000 and is the home of the NASCAR Food City 500 and Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

In addition to motorsports, Bristol Motor Speedway has served as the site of many other events. The Speedway’s skyboxes served as classrooms for students from Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee following an outbreak of black mold. The racetrack also hosts the annual Christmas light spectacular Pinnacle Speedway in Lights. Additionally, the track has hosted several football games over the years including a preseason game between the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in 1961 and a college football game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2016.

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