Three words – “It’s Bristol, baby!” – sum up the experience at Bristol Motor Speedway, also known as “Thunder Valley.” Bristol is the quintessential Saturday night short track, the stuff that local racing is built on, and this Saturday, August 24th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans get a Saturday night shootout with the IRWIN Tools Night Race. The events kick off Wednesday, August 21st, with Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour action, followed by the Nationwide Series race on Friday, August 23rd.
On-track action begins Wednesday, with gates opening at 8:30 a.m. ET – the same time the Modifieds take to the track for practice. Truck Series practice begins at 10 a.m. ET, followed by two more practices sessions – Modifieds at 11 a.m. ET and Trucks at noon ET. Modified qualifying is at 2:45 p.m. ET, with Truck Series qualifying taking place at 4:35 p.m. ET. The 150-lap Modified feature, the Titan Roof 150, goes green at 6 p.m. ET, and the Truck Series UNOH 200 takes the green flag at 8 p.m. ET.
Action returns to the track Friday, with gates opening at 9 a.m. ET. Nationwide Series practice begins at 9 a.m. ET, with the Cup cars hitting the track for practice at noon and 2:45 p.m. ET. Qualifying for both series takes place that afternoon, with Nationwide qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET and Cup qualifying at 5:40 p.m. ET. The Food City 250 for the Nationwide Series goes green at 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, gates open at 1 p.m. ET, with a pre-race concert from country legend Hank Williams Jr. at 5:45 p.m. ET and the IRWIN Tools Night Race going green at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Find a full schedule of daily events here.
What’s going on away from the track on Thursday? It’s Food City Race Night, taking place on State St. from 1 to 9 p.m. ET – State St. runs from Bristol, Tennessee to Bristol, Virginia, and so does the fun. There will be plenty of music, show cars, vendors, driver appearances, food sampling and more. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the gate - get all the details here. The event is followed by the Ford Transporter Parade, beginning at 9 p.m. ET at Bristol Mall and ending at the speedway – find out more about the parade here.
Tickets are available for all three nights of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. General admission tickets for the Modifieds/Trucks Series double-header are $30, while tickets for Friday’s Nationwide Series race start at $35; tickets for Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $75 – all ticket prices increase by $5 on race day, so get them in advance at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com and save some money.
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