Bristol International Raceway

PO Box 3966
TN 37625

Phone Number: 423-764-1161
Distance: .533 miles
Banking: 36 degrees

How To Get There

The town is on the state border between Tennessee and Virginia. Take I81 exit 74 in Tennessee, or I81 exit 2 in Virginia, and follow signs to the track.

Where To Stay


Bristol KOA, I81 exit 63, Box 5024, Kingsport, 37663. Tel: 615 323-7790.


Comfort Inn, I85 Exit 5, Bristol VA. Tel: 703 466-3881.

Econo Lodge, I81 Exit 3.

Holiday Inn, SR 11w/US421.

Days Inn, I81/exit 7.

Bristol History

Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 with its first Winston Cup Series event on July 30. Jack Smith won that race in a Pontiac with an average speed of 68.37 mph. At that time, BIR was a .500 mi. track with 22 degree banking. In 1969, the track was reshaped and remeasured. The turns are now banked at 36 degrees and the track measures .533 mi. The straightaways are approximately 70 feet wide, and the track was re-paved in 1991. The Bristol Raceway was re-paved again in concrete in the summer of 1992 in an effort to eliminate an asphalt stripping problem in the turns. The surface grade remained the same however, and the walls were raised in places to conform with NASCAR regulations. At the same time of the concrete paving, a new pit gate was constructed in turn #3 so that race car transporters could park in the infield area of the track. Previously, trailers were parked on the outside of the facility. A 4,000 seat pavilion and the "Horseshoe Stage" were constructed for concerts in the campground in 1993.