In an unprecedented move, NASCAR is offering race fans more time than ever before to coordinate their 2017 travel plans to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). 

BMS will once again host NASCAR action twice in 2017 leading off with the Food City 500 race weekend April 21-23 and ending with the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week August 16-19. A perennial fan favorite, Bristol has grown to be more than just a race; for many it's become a family reunion that occurs twice a year.

"One of the best outcomes from the new five-year sanctioning agreements with NASCAR is being able to announce the 2017 schedule almost six months earlier than in previous years," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "This allows our fans more time to plan their getaways to the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain region. We invite everyone to come out to the Last Great Colosseum and experience the best that BMS and NASCAR has to offer in April and August."

This year's action in NASCAR has been some of the most exciting in recent memory and that trend is sure to continue with an even bigger celebration at next year's Food City 500.

The 2017 season will mark the 25th anniversary of Food City's entitlement of the Spring race. Food City remains Bristol’s longest tenured partner and the second longest race entitlement sponsor in NASCAR’s premier series.

The race will be preceded by Bush’s Beans Pole Day on Friday, April 21 and the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, April 22. The Food City 500 will be held on Sunday, April 23.

Further charging the already electric atmosphere at BMS, NASCAR’s gladiators will stomp into the concrete oval for America’s most popular night race week. Action kicks off with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday, Aug. 16 followed by the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Friday night, Aug. 18. The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race finishes up the NASCAR season at Bristol under the lights on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Don’t forget, tickets to the August 20, 2016 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race are available at or by calling (855) 580-5525. Single-day tickets start at just $74, with weekend packages as low as $99.


  • April 21 Bush’s Beans Pole Day
  • April 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300
  • April 23 Food City 500


  • August 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
  • August 18 Food City 300
  • August 19 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race