Car and Driver names IRWIN Tools Night Race among 10 events to see before you die
Tickets to it are given as precious birthday and Christmas gifts, anniversary presents and even graduation rewards, so it comes as no surprise that Car and Driver magazine has named the IRWIN Tools Night Race as one of 10 Events To See Before You Die.
The popular automotive magazine, with a readership of 1.31 million, is the third media outlet this month to recognize Bristol Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s most popular venue. Earlier in June, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile was named as one of The World’s 30 Most Important Sports Venues by SportPro magazine, and also was selected by SceneDaily.com in an online poll as the track fans would choose to attend their first NASCAR race.
Car and Driver states that “…the late-August night race is huge. The track’s all-concrete surface and super-tight quarters – drivers say it’s like flying jets inside a hangar – make for nonstop action, multiple yellow flags, and typical hot tempers. But that’s any race at Bristol; only the night race adds darkness to the mix and an air of “It’s past your bedtime” mischievousness to the proceedings.
“The night race on Saturday is only part of the event, though. There's a doubleheader Wednesday night—the Camping World trucks and the Whelen modifieds—that some die-hards say is the best racing of the week. Smaller crowds—and consequently less traffic—make Wednesday night a less stressful event for the Bristol newbie.”
President and general manager Jeff Byrd is thrilled with the accolades that continue to roll in for BMS.
“Wow,” he said. “How cool is that? Having the Night Race named by Car and Driver, one of the premier automotive magazines in the world, as an event you have to see before you die is quite a privilege. It’s been an amazing month for Bristol Motor Speedway as we’ve garnered all these wonderful honors.
“It just solidifies our standing in NASCAR as its premier venue, something for which we are very thankful and appreciative. And we have an amazing base of fans that are solely responsible for that making that happen. There is no question in my mind that our fans are the most loyal in the sport, who love not just the racing but also the entire Bristol experience. I thank each and every one of them all from the bottom of my heart for making us No. 1.”
The IRWIN Tools Night Race was the lone NASCAR race on the list. Among the other events named by the magazine were the Italian Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, the NHRA Winternationals and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
August race week kicks off at Bristol Motor Speedway beginning Aug. 18 with a doubleheader, consisting of the O’Reilly 200 Camping World Truck Series race and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event. The Food City Nationwide Series race is Friday, Aug. 20, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 21.
Tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night Race are available for $109 each. These single-event tickets are renewable.
Fans also may purchase a three-day package, which features all four NASCAR races, starting at only $170. Fans able to attend just the Friday and Saturday events may purchase a two-day package, beginning at $126.
To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket office at its toll free number 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL (274-7865) or BUY ONLINE NOW.