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Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

Updated on May 9, 2012

all eyes watching as the green flag is dropped to

Gentlemen! Start your Engines… and with that statement, the revving up of the engines, the roar of the crowd and all eyes watching as the green flag is dropped to start the race-- to begin just one of the races at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Events so large that it takes a solid week in the spring and again in late summer to hold everything scheduled. The whole world watches via all of sports television.

Originally a 100-acre dairy farm

BMS began in the minds of three area businessmen some fifty years ago. Larry Carrier, Carl Moore and R G Pope would sit, sipping coffee and jotting down ideas and designs on napkins and brown paper bags after a trip to a race at Charlotte which soon developed into their first reality, Bristol International Speedway in 1961. Originally a 100-acre dairy farm which blossomed into concrete and steel visited twice a year by tens of thousands of loyal race fans that cheer on their favorites in search of a dream and domination of the coveted championship at Bristol.

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The drivers and fans interact

Bristol, the host, as well as Kingsport, Johnson City and Elizabethton all upper east Tennessee cities entertains race fans and visitors from all over the world during the 2 weeks devoted annually to the sport of racing; where the top racers in the country are competing for the trophy and prize money. The drivers and fans interact in events that delight the sponsors and local merchants who share in the bounty of extra funds generated by upwards of 160,000 faithfuls from all over the world.

Kyle Busch captured the Sprint Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway last evening, the 100th race at BMS and the third win for Busch in his Toyota Double Mint green machine this year. History was also made for the first time ever when he made a ‘clean sweep’ by wining all three races in one weekend. The crowds went wild as he did donuts in front of the stands before exiting his famed number 18 Toyota speedster after receiving his checkered flag

Next year BMS will celebrate 50 years of racing

Next year BMS will celebrate 50 years of racing at the facility and planners are already gearing up for monumental events created to amuse and entertain the fans of NASCAR racing everywhere as well as the local citizenry of upper Eastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia. Tickets can be purchased online at the web site. Come early and join in the fever as it swells to the grandest contest at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval – Bristol Motor Speedway.

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks carolina muscle, thanks for the visit and the kind remarks...

  • carolina muscle profile image

    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I love that track. Great hub- great tribute!!!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Dave for your visit and your comments, some of my family members get into the thrill of it all but, not me. I've never seen a race. Oh maybe passing a channel on TV. My wife and I like to count all the campers on their ways home after a weekend of pleasure; we count them on our way to church the day after the race...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Loves to Read, for your visit and your comments, I'm like you, it's not 'my cup of tea'

  • Dave Mathews profile image

    Dave Mathews 

    8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samson1: Men or women driving at break-neck-speeds endangering their lives for a purse or just for the thrill is fun but also dangerous. I'm not sure I would ever want to do this. Even just watching, after a few laps it would become boring, but everyone is different.


  • Loves To Read profile image

    Loves To Read 

    8 years ago

    I'm sure that this would be a wonderful experience but one i am never likely to see. Anyway i hope you all have a fantastic time. Very informative hub.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Rebecca E, good to hear from you and thanks for the comment...

    and thank you suziecat7, for your visit and you nice comment...

  • suziecat7 profile image


    8 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I've been there several times and it's always a great time. Enjoyable Hub.

  • Rebecca E. profile image

    Rebecca E. 

    8 years ago from Canada

    as always another great hub..


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