Numerous drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spoke their praises of Bristol Motor Speedway during last week's Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C.

The 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom was held this past Tuesday through Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center in uptown Charlotte. The annual event provides members of the media the opportunity to speak with drivers and representatives of major teams and sponsors in the industry about the upcoming season.

Below are select quotes from drivers on their views of Bristol Motor Speedway:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports: "I always enjoyed going to Bristol as a kid. That place was so unique in size, shape and configuration. To watch short track racing there was always exciting. I would feel the same way today if I was a youth going to that event. It's a style of racing and configuration that you just don't get anywhere else."

Kyle Busch, No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing: "I love going to Bristol. When you go around a half-mile bullring-type racetrack like that in 15 seconds, it's pretty cool to be a part of all of that. It's a thrill. I've always enjoyed going and hopefully always will."

Danica Patrick, No. 10, Stewart-Haas Racing "It's an exciting place. I always tell anyone, if there is somewhere that you need to go see sensory-wise, Bristol is pretty awesome."

Chase Elliott, No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports: "It's always been a special place to go to. We had our first truck pole there. Racing under the lights at Bristol, I learned that night in the truck race that that's one of those things in motorsports that's hard to replace. It will be a different feel being there on the Cup side and experiencing the challenge that those cars are going to bring." 

Martin Truex Jr., No. 78, Furniture Row Racing: "I won my first XFINITY race there in 2004 so it has a special feeling when I go there. It's always going to be where I won my first big NASCAR race. It's such a fun track in general."

Trevor Bayne, No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing: "I've always loved going to Bristol. First-of-all because it's my home track and second-of-all because it's the coolest track we go to. I can't imagine how the Battle at Bristol is going to be. A football game in there is going to be insane because racing in there is insane."

Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to the World's Fastest Half-Mile for the Food City 500 weekend, April 15-17. The XFINITY Series will compete in the XFINITY 300 on Saturday, April 16 which will feature a new shootout-style race format for its Dash 4 Cash program. Stars of the Sprint Cup Series will battle it out on Sunday, April 17 at the Food City 500.

Tickets for the weekend are still available by visiting or calling (855) 580-5525. Tickets for Saturday's XFINITY Series/K&N Pro Series-East doubleheader start at just $35 for adults and $17 for youth (12 and under) with Food City 500 tickets beginning at $64 for adults and $32 for youth (12 and under).

Full weekend packages for the Food City 500 are also on sale, beginning at $89 for adults and $44 for youth (12 and under).