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It's time to reveal # 4 on the list of the Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now to properly prepare for the Bristol Motor Speedway April NASCAR race weekend experience.  (Don't fret if you’ve missed any of our Tips this week, there’s a link to each below.)

Tip # 4 contains vital items to bring from home - a light colored (think Silver or White) permanent marker, a highlighter of some sort, your most comfortable pair of shoes and sunscreen.

  • Silver (or light-colored) permanent markers - the Pre-Race Super Pass (Check it out here) allows guests to participate in a Track Walk on Sunday morning. That means you’ll get to walk on Bristol’s famed track surface just a few short hours before NASCAR’s field of Sprint Cup Series drivers compete in the Food City 500.  Don’t miss a really cool experience at the start of the Track Walk, the opportunity to kneel down and ink a message on the black and white squares that make up the Start/ Finish Line.  Lots of your fellow race fans will have black markers with them, making the white squares prime real estate for a signature to stand out.  That leaves the black squares open for bold writing in any light color.  Be prepared to seize the opportunity!
  • A Highlighter – when you study the online maps or Guest Guide map pages, you’ll want to highlight two sides of Bristol Motor Speedway’s property as areas to take in. The transition from individual souvenir haulers to NASCAR’s consolidated Fanatics Souvenir Superstore changed the 'look’ of some fan areas, and their locations.  The front entrance area of the track (where you’ll find the main marquee and iconic Bristol tower) now plays host to the Fan Zone, which includes Guest Welcome Village, a free concert stage, rides and some souvenirs.  The massive NASCAR Superstore souvenir setup is now located on the back side of Bristol’s property in front of Hospitality Village.  You’ll find it on the maps listed as Merchandise Midway, the name of a larger area that hosts a second Guest Welcome Village and fun partner displays.  Hop on one of the free Trams for an easy ride from one side of the Speedway to the other.
  • Comfy Shoes – advice to pack this essential item might trump everything else. No matter which options you choose among the many ways to get around on Bristol’s property, you’re going to be on your feet for a full day at each event.  Do yourself a favor and bring along the shoes that make your little piggies most happy.  This is not the best time to break in a new pair. 
  • Sunscreen – It’s spring time and you’ll be in east Tennessee. Even though the temperature and sunburn factors are much higher for August’s Night Races, you’ll catch a few rays here in April.  Be prepared.

Those 4 items wrap up Tip # 4 on the list of the Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now to pack for the upcoming race weekend. 

Stay tuned for the final Tip on Friday, when we’ll share hints about taking in the full show and taking part in bonus experience during your time at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Then, next week we’ll start up on a new set of Tips focusing on things to do once you make it to Bristol.  That list will include insight on stuff to do in the Bristol area and your smartest plan for race days. 

In case you missed them: 

Tip # 1 - Advice and Information to Plan Ahead for Parking

Tip # 2 - Essential Items to Bring

Tip # 3 - Bristol Transportation:  Event Shuttles and Trams