Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR, and if history’s any indication The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum.
BMS Track Facts
Bristol Motor Speedway
0.533-mile concrete oval
Degree of banking in corners: Variable, 24 to 28 Degrees
Degree of banking in straights: Variable, 6 to 10 Degrees
Straightaways: 650 feet
Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide
PO Box 3966 (37625)
151 Speedway Blvd. (37620)
Monster Energy Series events: 500 Laps (266.5 miles)
XFINITY Series events: 300 Laps (159.9 miles)
Camping World Truck Series events: 200 Laps (106.6 miles)
Whelen Modified Series events: 150 Laps (79.95 miles)
K&N Pro Series East events: 125 Laps (66.25 miles)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup events: 36 guaranteed starters with the NASCAR Charter System, plus four provisionals
NASCAR XFINITY Series events: Fastest 38 cars through time trials, plus up to four provisionals
Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
O. Bruton Smith, Chairman
Jerry Caldwell, General Manager
Ticket Office: 423/989-6900
Fax: 423/764-1646 (Main)
Becky Cox: 423.989.6948
Anthony Vestal: 423.989.6991
Chris Lawyer: 423.989.6905
**Please note that Bristol Motor Speedway media credential requests must be submitted online via the SMI Credential System.
April & August Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events are carried by PRN, the Performance Racing Network; the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events are carried by MRN, the Motor Racing Network.
Notes of Interest:
Monster Energy Cup Track Qualifying Record :
Denny Hamlin, 131.668 mph, 8/19/2016
Monster Energy Cup Race Record:
Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 mph (2:38:12), 7/11/71
XFINITY Track Qualifying Record:
Kyle Larson, 127.988 mph, 14.922 sec., 4/22/17
XFINITY Race Record:
Elliott Sadler, 94.740 mph (1:41:16), 3/17/16
Camping World Truck Track Qualifying Record:
Tyler Reddick, 128.917 mph, 14.884 sec., 8/17/16
Camping World Truck Race Record:
Brad Keselowski, 91.919 mph (1:09:35), 8/20/14
Whelen Modified Track Qualifying Record:
Woody Pitkat, 130.940 mph, 14.654 sec., 8/19/15
Whelen Modified Race Record:
Ryan Newman, 101.025 mph (0:47:29). 8/18/10
Most Overall Bristol Wins (Driver):
Kyle Busch, 17 (5 MENCS, 8 NXS, 4 NCWTS)
Most Bristol Cup Wins (Driver):
Darrell Waltrip, 12 (7 consecutive)
Most Bristol Wins (Car Owner):
Junior Johnson, 21 (8 consecutive)
Most Bristol Cup Wins (Manufacturer):
Most Bristol Poles (Driver):
(tie) Cale Yarborough, 9; Mark Martin, 9
More about Bristol:
Bristol Motor Speedway celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The half-mile oval hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup event July 30, 1961.
In August of 2010, Kyle Busch made NASCAR history by sweeping the Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series' events at BMS. It was the first time a driver had won all three events at the same track in the same week/weekend.
Darrell Waltrip leads all drivers in the win category at BMS with 12 victories. Tied for second with nine wins each is Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough. Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch are the current drivers with the most wins with five apiece.
Junior Johnson is the all-time winningest car owner at Bristol Motor Speedway with 21 wins. Second on the list is Jack Roush with nine.
Darrell Waltrip's seven consecutive race wins at BMS were from the spring of 1981 through August of 1984.
Ryan Newman became the first driver to record a sub-15 second lap at BMS during March 2003. Newman grabbed the Food City 500 pole with a 14.908 sec./128.709 mph lap.
The only father-son combinations to have competed in and won Sprint Cup races at BMS are Ned and Dale Jarrett, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Elliott Sadler's victory in 2001 Food City 500 was the first for Bristol victory for Stuart, Va.'s, famed Wood Brothers team.
Nine-time BMS winner Dale Earnhardt won his very first Sprint Cup event at the World's Fastest Half-Mile on April 1, 1979 in the Southeastern 500.
Rusty Wallace snapped Jeff Gordon's four-year Food City 500 winning streak in 1999 and got his 50th win in 2000.
Cale Yarborough led all 500 laps of the 1973 Southeastern 500, the only driver to accomplish such a feat in a Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Timothy Peters achieved a similar milestone in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading all 200 laps of the UNOH 20.
Richard Petty holds the record at BMS for most top 10 finishes with a total of 37.
Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip are tied for the record at BMS for most top five finishes with 26 each.
The most lead changes occurred at BMS in the 1991 Valleydale 500 when Rusty Wallace won the race after 40 lead changes.
Johnny Allen crossed the finish line first in the inaugural BMS race, but he was driving in relief of Jack Smith, who gets credit for Bristol's first victory.
Kyle Busch leads all XFINITY Series drivers in wins at BMS with eight.
Kyle Busch leads all Camping World Truck Series drivers in wins at BMS with four.