"Bristol is the ultimate.  50 years is a tremendous mile stone, but to me it’s not just 50 years they’ve been putting on races, it’s 50 years of putting on some of the best racing that we have.

"My memories go back to when I was in the Nationwide series and watching the Cup races, especially some of the night races from on top where the spotter stand is and watching Ernie Ervan and Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip and Davey Allison go out there and do battle.  What a cool experience it was for me as a race car driver, being a fan and watching the race. I don’t get to do that anymore, at any track but certainly not Bristol, and to me it’s just the ultimate fan experience, but it’s pretty much the ultimate driver experience as well."

- Jeff Gordon

NASCAR Media Tour, Charlotte, NC, February 2011