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Track Facts

Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
"World's Fastest Half Mile"
0.533-mile concrete oval
Degree of banking in corners: Variable, 24 to 30 Degrees
Degree of banking in straights: Variable, 6 to 10 Degrees
Straightaways: 650 feet
Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide
Seating capacity: 160,000

PO Box 3966 (37625)
151 Speedway Blvd. (37620)
Bristol, TN

Sprint Cup Series events: 500 Laps (266.5 miles)
Nationwide Series events: 300 Laps (159.9 miles); 250 Laps (133.25 miles)
Camping World Truck Series events: 200 Laps (106.6 miles)
Whelen Modified Series events: 150 Laps (79.95 miles)
ASA Series Events: 200 Laps (100.6 miles)

Field: NASCAR Sprint Cup events: Fastest 36 cars through time trials, plus up to seven provisionals NASCAR Nationwide Series events: Fastest 38 cars through time trials, plus up to four provisionals

Promoter:  Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
O. Bruton Smith, Chairman
Jeff Byrd, President and General Manager
Administrative: 423/989-6933
Ticket Office: 423/989-6900
Fax: 423/764-1646 (Main)

Media Contacts: Lori Worley, Wes Ramey

Credentials: Wes Ramey

TV: March
Sprint Cup - FOX (Live)
Nationwide Series - ABC (Live)
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) 

Sprint Cup - ESPN (Live)
Nationwide Series - ESPN2 (Live)
Camping World Truck Series - SPEED (Live)
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Notes of Interest:

Ryan Newman became the first driver to record a sub-15 second lap at BMS during March 2003. Newman grabbed the Food City 500 pole with a 14.908 sec./128.709 mph lap.

Kurt Busch won his first career Sprint Cup race in the 2002 running of the Food City 500.

Tony Stewart's initial Bristol win came in the 2001 Sharpie 500.

Elliott Sadler's victory in 2001 Food City 500 was the first for Bristol victory for Stuart, Va.'s, famed Wood Brothers team.

In 21 of 40 years since Bristol opened, a driver who won a Sprint Cup race at Bristol went on to win the series title later the same year.

Rusty Wallace snapped Jeff Gordon's four-year Food City 500 winning streak in 1999 and got his 50th win in 2000.

Johnny Allen crossed the finish line first in the inaugural BMS race, but he was driving in relief of Jack Smith, who gets credit for Bristol's first victory.

SCS Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 128.709 mph, 14.908 sec., 3/21/03
SCS Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 mph (2:38:12), 7/11/71
NNS Track Qualifying Record: David Green, 126.495 mph, 15.169 sec., 3/21/03
Most Bristol Wins (Driver): Darrell Waltrip, 12 (7 consecutive)
Most Bristol Wins (Car Owner): Junior Johnson, 21 (8 consecutive)
Most Bristol Wins (Manufacturer): Chevrolet, 37 (Ford is second with 23)
Most Bristol Poles (Driver): Cale Yarborough, 9