Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Length – .5 Mile
Seats – 160,000
Another short track that is a fan favorite is Bristol Motor speedway located in Bristol Tennessee. Bristol held its first NASCAR race in 1961 and currently has 2 NASCAR Cup Series races a year. The Food City 500 in the spring and the Sharpie 500 in late summer. One of the features that make this track unique is that it has an all concrete racing surface. Most tracks use asphalt as the main track surface. The corners at Bristol have a very high bank angle as well. Reports vary, but most agree that the corners have around 25 – 30 degrees of bank.
One of the reasons that fans enjoy Bristol so much is because of the layout of the stands. The seating arrangement closely resembles that of an amphitheatre instead of the usual NASCAR layout. The result is that the stands have more of a vertical presence above the track below compared to other speedways.