The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race – simply known as the “Night Race” – at Bristol Motor Speedway is a classic and this year it’s happening on August 27th. A staple race every season, it’s also one of the best fan experiences in all of NASCAR! A summer race at Bristol means we’re close to the playoffs, so this is an exciting race for fans as well as an important one for drivers hoping to head into the postseason with the momentum of a recent win. Get your tickets to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race right here, and we’ll tell you what to expect at Bristol…
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Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway refers to itself as the “Last Great Colosseum.” That’s because of the stadium-style seating of this Tennessee track makes it look (and feel) a bit like its ancient Roman counterpart with grandstands over 10 stories high! One of the shortest tracks in NASCAR, it’s also one of the most popular. The design makes the action of the race even more intense with its closely encircled concrete track and super high banking. Located in what’s known as Thunder Alley, Bristol is one of NASCAR’s loudest tracks so you’ll want to bring earplugs – it gets so loud you can’t even hear yourself talk!
Because the oval track is only 0.533 miles long, speeds don’t get as high as other races, but it also means that one pit can put a driver multiple laps behind. It also means that drivers can still come back from several laps behind – an almost impossible feat at longer tracks – which makes it a dramatic place to watch a race! Drivers must race 500 laps for a total of 266.5 miles before they see the checkered flag wave.
Known as America’s Night Race – because it’s “so much fun it should be a national holiday” after all – the race itself starts at 7:30PM on Sunday just as the sun is setting so fans get to watch all of the action underneath the bright lights of the speedway. Known for its clashes between drivers and exciting finishes (and for its absurd amount of wrecks prior to a track repave in 2008), Bristol is a bucket list race for many NASCAR fans. The Night Race used to be one of the hardest tickets in NASCAR to get, and it’s still one of the most coveted tickets of the season!
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The Crowd, The Vibe, The Camping
Camping at Bristol is a must. There will be RVs, tents, flags, campfires, grills, and plenty of booze and drinking games. There might even be a mechanical bull! You’ll be surrounded by friendly NASCAR fans and first-timers of all ages. Some of these long-time fans set their yearly schedules around races at Bristol and return for reunions with fans they’ve met at the speedway!
There are five campgrounds owned and managed by Bristol Motor Speedway plus tons of others located around the track, including family-friendly options. Word is that Earhart East is great for tents as it’s more like a big open field. The campgrounds are always filled with action sponsored by Monster, so be on the lookout for special events! Depending on what sort of vibe you’re looking for, be sure to do your research and see how big the party scenes are at each site before you book! The facilities are nice, whether you need electric and/or water hookups or nothing at all. There are bath houses with showers too, but you can also rent your own porta-john in a few campsites, which could be worth it if you’ve got a big group camping out for a few days.
Another thing? Campgrounds at Bristol Motor Speedway open a full week before the race! Yes, if you’re a huuuuge fan, you can set up shop as early as Sunday, August 11th! It’s gonna be hot though, so just remember to stay hydrated out there…
Other Non-Race Things Going On
Even if you’re not a huge fan, there are other activities happening over the weekend (besides the Night Race). You can check out the Fan Zone, Guest Welcome Villages, Fan Midway, Kid Zone, and Hospitality Village, or visit the Speedway World Souvenir Store for some merch. Keep an eye out for games, autograph sessions, and signature photo locations too.
Thursday is when the action around the speedway really starts gearing up – the infield, the garages, and the spectator gates all open, and the shuttles start running to haul people around. There’s also a children’s charity raffle followed by the Gander Outdoor Truck Series, if you’re into that. Most importantly though, there is a concert by Big & Rich after the race at the Earhart Campground on Thursday night!
On Friday, there’s a charity cornhole tournament and live auction, followed by the Food City 300 Xfinity Series Race.
On Sunday, you can gear up for the Night Race at the campground with friends… or take part in an official Bristol track walk or tour to see all the inner-workings of the speedway. You can also visit the infield or garages, and of course, see the conclusion of that cornhole tournament. Driver Martin Truex, Jr. is doing a Q&A with fans on race day if you grab a ticket for that. And before the race, there’s a concert featuring up-and-coming country singer Travis Denning.
If you’re in Bristol before the weekend starts, you can check get tickets to the official race parties happening nearby on Monday and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday, there’s a charity golf tournament and the Food City Family Race Night in Downtown Bristol on State Street too. See the full schedule of the week’s events at Bristol Motor Speedway for details!
There are also VIP experiences available if you’re more about the skybox suite life. We’re talking access to the Bristol Club, which includes AC, catered meals, theatre-style seats, and more.
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