Getting a chance to see firsthand just how steep the banking is at Bristol Motor Speedway is rather eye-opening, but actually riding around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile is an even more memorable experience.

Fans now have that opportunity as the Richard Petty Driving Experience returns to BMS with its Ride-Along program during the upcoming NASCAR race week on Aug. 25 and Aug. 28.

Fans who register for the Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along will don a fire suit and strap into a car before hitting NASCAR’s most popular track with a qualified instructor for three incredible laps.

Cost of the rides, which will take place Aug. 25 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Aug. 28 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., is $149 per person. In the event of inclement weather, participants will be given a credit that may be used at any Richard Petty Driving Experience event for up to one year.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Ride-Alongs, can pre-register at or call 1-800-237-3889. Participants must be 14 years of age. There are a limited number of rides available so anyone interested in participating should register promptly.

If the Ride-Along program’s schedule is not filled by the day of the event, walk-ups will be accepted. Those who are pre-registered should arrive at the BMS garage entrance 30 minutes prior to session.

A portion of the proceeds from the Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along will benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. SCC is a non-profit organization which raises funds for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Race week at BMS kicks off Aug. 24 with a doubleheader that features the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race, and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event. The Food City Nationwide Series race takes place Friday night, Aug. 26.

Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129.

Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $25 in advance of the race and $30 Aug. 24.

Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.

To purchase tickets, fans may contact the BMS ticket office at 1-855-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL.