“If a fan asks me, where should I go? It’s Bristol every time.” — NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer
We’ve already informed you of the fact that the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is something special. Car and Driver lists it as one of “10 Events To See Before You Die.” This year will be the last race of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. And the venue for all of this couldn’t be more perfect.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Bristol Motor Speedway, you’re in for something special. Located in beautiful eastern Tennessee and famed for its contributions to country music, the city of Bristol boasts a racing facility that is steeped in history. In 1960, builders first broke ground for what would become the Bristol Motor Speedway, and in 1961 the track opened to claim its place in NASCAR fans’ hearts.
The rise of the superspeedway eventually brought blisteringly high speeds to NASCAR, but many long-time racing fans grew up attending races at shorter tracks, often located in fairgrounds or other humble locales. Bristol scratches that nostalgic short-track itch, but with a twist: Extremely steep banking on the all-concrete surface allows for far greater speeds than the track’s length would otherwise accommodate. All of this leads to races that are fast, notoriously loud and heavy on contact. With these gladiatorial conditions, you can see why they call it “The Last Great Colosseum!”
There’s no racetrack like the Bristol Motor Speedway, and no race like the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up watching races at Bristol, hoping to someday be a part of the action. Now you can see him drive his last race at a venue that holds a special place in his heart.
To take advantage of discounted tickets for NRA members, visit NRARaceTix.com and enter code B17NRA. We hope you’ll make it for a once-in-a-lifetime event held at a place that honors the best of NASCAR history.