Skip to comments.Build another Bristol? It's not as simple as it sounds - (She's a one of a kind)
Posted on 03/17/2008 6:09:44 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The seats climb inconceivably toward the Tennessee sky, the racetrack tilts to an impossibly steep angle, and on an overcast day the Blue Ridge Mountains cast the entire place in a spooky haze. But at Bristol Motor Speedway, nothing matches the noise. Once cars roll onto that white concrete surface, the wall of sound builds to an ear-splitting crescendo. The place almost vibrates from a horsepower-induced decibel level that can be felt right down to the bones.
It's part of what makes this place so ... well, the only word is overwhelming. It's far from the prettiest speedway you'll ever see, far from the fanciest, far from just about anything but mountains, horses and cows. But experiencing all those people and all that power in such a small, confined place can be staggering. It's easy to see why 160,000 spectators pack this place with regularity, and why the speedway doesn't have to spend a dime advertising a Sprint Cup race. The place sells itself.
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It’s not that we need more Bristols. Really, what we need are more tracks with individuality. Most of the places that are really storied and beloved in NASCAR, places like Bristol and Darlington, were one of a kind when they were built. You’ve got Bristol’s gladiator arena, Darlington’s weird egg shape, Daytona’s and Talladega’s immense size, Charlotte’s revolutionary (at the time) quad-oval, Pocono’s triangle, the new Richmond’s “D” shape. They aren’t these generic all-the-same tracks they’re building nowadays, either mile-and-a-half quad-oval Charlotte clones or two-mile D-oval Michigan clones.
We need fewer mile-and-a-halfs on the schedule and a couple more short tracks like a Wilkesboro/Richmond type, IMO. RIR usually has excellent racing.
I went to the spring race in Richmond last year..first time I’d been to a short track..it was a lot of fun..
NASCAR would be better if the cars were faster.
Bubbas in a bowl bump.
I was at Richmond last spring too.
Enjoy the rainout?
I was also fortunate enough to snag some tickets to Bristol might race a few years ago. It was honestly one of the highlights of my life.
the rainout..LOL, yea, and trying to follow the guys that night in that were so drunk (from tailgatin all day) was a real joy..3 guys in front of me..the one in the center couldn’t walk he was so drunk and the two holding him weren’t much better..I got to the track at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and got a parkin spot within spittin distance of the main entrance..just hung out, cooked some burgers, had a beer and enjoyed the race..really nice time without the drunks..
Then you'd have a pair of Bristols.
I live a few miles from Bristol and that track is king around here. The races there bring an incredible amount of money into the region.
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