Size: 0.533 miles
Length of Race: 500 laps or 266.5 miles
Banking Corners: 26-30 degrees
Banking Straights: 4-9 degrees
1960: Broke Ground, originally known as Bristol International Speedway and was exactly 1/2 mile in length
1961: First NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 30 (winner: Jack Smith, with relief from Johnny Allen)
1969: Track was reshaped and length changed to 0.533 miles
1978: Changed name to Bristol International Raceway
1978: First Night Race
1992: Asphalt was replaced with concrete
1996: Name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway
2007: Track was resurfaced
There have been 101 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
Fred Lorenzen won the first pole.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
There have been 44 different pole winners, led by Cale Yarborough and Mark Martin (nine). Martin swept both poles at Bristol in 2009.
38 different drivers have won, led by Darrell Waltrip (12).
Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon each have five wins, most among active drivers.
The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards, in the night race of 2008.
80 of 101 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 52 from the first four spots.
The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
The 2009 night race had a margin of victory of .098 seconds, the second-closest MOV at Bristol since the advent of electronic scoring in May of 1993.
The last five Bristol races had a margin of victory under one second.
Qualifying: Ryan Newman- 128.709 mph, 14.908 seconds on March 21, 2003
Race: Charlie Glotzbach – 101.074 on July 11, 1971
Kyle Busch 108.1
Greg Biffle 99.4
Jeff Gordon 97.6
Matt Kenseth 97.5
Kurt Busch 96.8
Tony Stewart 92.8
Kevin Harvick 91.8
Carl Edwards 91.7
Jimmie Johnson 91.1
Ryan Newman 88.7
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Bristol.
Top Performers Statistically:
|Greg Biffle (No. 16 Pure Michigan Ford)
||Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)
|Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
||Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
|Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)
||Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
|Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
||Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)
|Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
||Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Kroger Ford)
|Mark Martin (No. 5 Carquest/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)
||Ryan Newman (No. 39 WIX Filters Chevrolet)
|Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)