Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off NASCAR’s 2013 short track season in mid-March, and then welcomes fans back for a second Sprint Cup event on the fourth Saturday in August. 

Bristol's feature event in March, the Food City 500, takes place on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), and marks the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the 2013 season. The IRWIN Tools Night Race, NASCAR fans' most popular event, returns on August 24 for Saturday night action under the lights.

“We’ve had yet another great year here at Bristol, and we have our amazing fans to thank for that,” said BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell. “We’re coming off what was one of the best races of the year -- the IRWIN Tools Night Race – and that certainly gets you revved up for 2013.

“It’s really cool that we’re the first short track race of the year so fans can get a taste of 'The World’s Fastest Half-Mile' just a few races into the season with the Food City 500. And, of course, as everyone knows, there’s just nothing like Bristol in August.

“We have a responsibility to the folks who spend their hard-earned money at Bristol Motor Speedway to make sure they have the best possible experience while they’re with us. And that is always our number one priority. Our fans are the absolute best in the world and we can’t wait to see them back here next year.”

Bristol's March race weekend begins with Ford Fan Friday on March 15, followed by the 300-lap Nationwide Series race on March 16, and closes with the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 17.

August race week begins with the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series/Whelen Modified Series doubleheader Aug. 21. The Food City 250 Nationwide Series race is set for Aug. 23, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Aug. 24. 

Season tickets, as well as March race weekend only tickets, are now available. To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket office at its toll free number 1.866.415.4158 or 423.BRISTOL (274-7865). Fans also may purchase tickets online now.