BMS Track Facts
Bristol Motor Speedway
0.533-mile concrete oval
Degree of banking in corners: Variable, 24 to 30 Degrees
Degree of banking in straights: Variable, 6 to 10 Degrees
Straightaways: 650 feet
Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide
Seating capacity: 160,000 (approximately)
PO Box 3966 (37625)
151 Speedway Blvd. (37620)
Sprint Cup Series events: 500 Laps (266.5 miles)
Nationwide Series events: 300 Laps (159.9 miles); 250 Laps (133.25 miles)
Camping World Truck Series events: 200 Laps (106.6 miles)
Whelen Modified Series events: 150 Laps (79.95 miles)
NASCAR Sprint Cup events: Fastest 36 cars through time trials, plus up to seven provisionals
NASCAR Nationwide 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)
Lori Worley 423.989.6941
**Please note that Bristol Motor Speedway media credential requests must be submitted online via the SMI Credential System.
Sprint Cup - FOX (Live)
Nationwide Series - ABC (Live)
Sprint Cup - ESPN (Live)
Nationwide Series - ESPN2 (Live)
Camping World Truck Series - SPEED (Live)
March & August NASCAR Sprint 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:
Sprint Cup Track Qualifying Record :
Ryan Newman, 128.709 mph, 14.908 sec., 3/21/03
Sprint Cup Race Record:
Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 mph (2:38:12), 7/11/71
Nationwide Track Qualifying Record:
Greg Biffle, 127.1325 mph, 15.093 sec., 3/26/04
Nationwide Race Record:
Brad Keselowski, 93.509 mph (1:25:30), 8/20/03
Camping World Truck Track Qualifying Record:
Ken Schrader, 126.922 mph, 15.118 sec., 8/25/04
Camping World Truck Race Record:
Travis Kvapil, 88.813 mph (1:12:01), 8/20/03
Whelen Modified Track Qualifying Record:
Justin Bonsignore, 129.343 mph, 14.835 sec., 8/18/10
Whelen Modified Race Record:
Ryan Newman, 101.025 mph (0:47:29). 8/18//10
Most Bristol Wins (Driver):
Darrell Waltrip, 12 (7 consecutive)
Most Bristol Wins (Car Owner):
Junior Johnson, 21 (8 consecutive)
Most Bristol Wins (Manufacturer):
Chevrolet, 42 (Ford is second with 33)
Most Bristol Poles (Driver): (tie)
Cale Yarborough, 9; Mark Martin, 9
More about Bristol:
Bristol Motor Speedway celebrates 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, Nationwide 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 the Speedway’s history.
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.
Kevin Harvick leads all Nationwide Series drivers in wins at BMS with five.
Kyle Busch leads all Camping World Truck Series drivers in wins at BMS with three.