During the NASCAR pre-season media tour in Charlotte prior to the 2011 season, drivers and driving legends talked openly about Bristol Motor Speedway - the challenges, the drive to conquer and the track's designation as a fan favorite each year.  7-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, who earned the nickname "The King" the hard way, makes no secret of his love for the World's Fastest Half Mile.

Richard Petty:

"It has been the place to go for a race fan.  If I had some guy come up and say ok where do you want to go the race, I’d take him to Bristol because you can sit anywhere in the grandstands and see the whole race track and you know what’s going on and there is always some action there.  If you are talking about an action track then Bristol’s got it."