Statement from Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager and Executive Vice President, on the passing of Denny Darnell:

 "Denny Darnell didn't know a stranger in our community and motorsports industry because of his tireless work and passion for others.  After leaving his mark on Bristol Motor Speedway, he created an even larger following of fans within racing community as he coached drivers, mentored public relationships representatives and persuaded media and key stakeholders to his point of view in the most gracious of ways. He is a legend, and we will miss him greatly.  Our thoughts, prayers and support are with his wife Jean and son Trey during this difficult time."  

About Bristol Motor Speedway: Nestled in the mountains of northeast Tennessee near the  Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking, 650-feet straightaways and a 40-foot wide racing surface. Renowned as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," the short track features two races each year from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, one Monster Truck event and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East race. With a crowd capacity in excess of 150,000, the facility is expected to set a new NCAA college football attendance record on Sept. 10, 2016 when the racetrack transforms into a football stadium and plays host to border rivals, the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The speedway property is also home to Bristol Dragway. The historic drag strip celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015, headlines with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and operates more than 70 event days each season. In 2014, the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, awarded a record-breaking $749,000 to regional children's charities bringing their seventeen-year total to nearly $9 million in grants. In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, visit the company's website at