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Architects Carl Moore, Larry Carrier, and R.G. Pope designed the $600,000 raceway with special distinct features such as the steep banking. From 1961 to 2007, Bristol Motor Speedway advertised 36 degrees of banking, making it the most steeply banked tracks used in NASCAR. After resurfacing the track in 2007, the racetrack now lists banking as 24-30 degrees. Because of the banking, 42 cars started the first race at the Bristol Motor Speedway track, but only 19 finished. The two pit roads on the track create another anomaly for such a short track. The two pit roads create problems for drivers, such as Jeff Gordon, who have made major mistakes costing them the race.
The track is nationally famous as it has been used for more than just racing. The most recent use of the track was the basis for the 2006 Disney-Pixar film, Cars. The opening race of the movie takes place on an enlarged version of the Bristol Motor Speedway, or as named in the movie, “Motor Speedway of the South.” The
With fast cars and southern hospitality, Bristol Motor Speedway’s Food City 500 offers guests of all ages and chance to enjoy a little taste of down-home racing. Just a short drive away, Sugar Hollow Retreat offers lodging for your stay at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sugar Hollow is excited to be offering a new special for all