If you’re an American motorsport fan and have yet to visit Bristol Motor Speedway, you’re really missing out. This is arguably the greatest motorsport venue in the whole country. It would be a travesty to even call it a ‘racetrack’ given its immaculate track layout and its almost spiritual attachment to motorcycle racing. Let’s take a look at how many miles there are from the center of Bristol to the speedway’s outer edges so that you can get an idea of just how far this place goes.
The Track Is Over 9 Miles Long
The speedway is indeed 9 miles long and is situated on the scenic Shoreline Highway, which connects the city of Bristol to I-565 and I-195. If we consider the shortest route to be along the Shoreline to Exit 8, then we can assume that you’re entering the park at mile marker 8.8. This means that, by the time you cross the starting line at the west end of the track, you’ll be at the finish line on the opposite bank of the East Sea. This should not come as too much of a surprise, as it takes a while for the ride to get going. It’s a long, winding route full of scenic pull-offs and rest stops along the way. You’ll have to find a way to make the most of it.
The Track Is 4.9 Miles Wide
The width of the track is a controversial topic in Bristol. Many people feel that the speedway is too narrow, while others feel that it’s just right. We’ll let you decide for yourself, as we couldn’t possibly fit all the answers in this article. Either way, the 4.9 miles of track have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them special. They’re just a little bit wider than a football field, so if you’ve ever thrown a ball around the neighborhood, then you know what we mean. It feels good going fast around here. If you take a right at the second light, then you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of Lake George, which is situated just across the street. If this is your first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway, then you might want to consider taking a right at that light, as it’ll save you a couple of miles and give you a good glimpse of the track. It’s nothing short of phenomenal.
As you can see, it’s a scenic drive along the entire route, with some incredible views of Lake George, the city of Bristol, and, of course, the track itself. This is one of the most beautiful drives you can make and is definitely a highlight of any trip to Bristol.
There Are 6 Rest stops Along The Way
Although the speedway is a long as nine miles, it doesn’t feel like ten. This is largely due to the fact that there are six different rest stops along the way to give you something to stop at and catch your breath. Like the rest of the scenic route, these stations offer something a little different, whether you need a break from the winding road or you just want to stretch your legs a bit after driving all day. The first stop is located at mile 1.15, and it’s called “Turn One”. Located across the street from the entrance gate, this is the starting point for most of the drivers. It’s named after the famous “Turn One” corner, which is where the track makes a sharp turn to the right just before entering the pit lane. In addition to serving as the starting point for the majority of the competitors, this station also has a restaurant and some gas stations, which might come in handy if you’re out of gas. The stopover at mile 1.15 is brief, and it only takes a couple of minutes to grab a bite to eat and gas up your car. The next stop is at mile 2.25, and it’s called “Junction Road”. This is where the scenic route turns into a two-lane road, which is now sandwiched between the east and west parking lots. The road then passes by some very scenic areas, like Rocky Point Park and the Blackman Bridge. If you’re coming from the west, then you’ll want to stop here and walk across the Blackman Bridge to get a good feel for the speedway. There are no rest stations between miles 3.45 and 5.2; this will be the longest gap in the series yet, so make sure you take your time here. At the five-mile mark, the road passes through a set of traffic lights and continues on to the main gate. As you can see, there is a large collection of restaurants, gas stations, and food vendors here. This is another important stop on the route, as you’ll always find somewhere to eat and gas up in the big city of Bristol. There are also children’s rides here, as well as an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, which you can spin for a photo op. This is a great place for families to come together.
The Entrance Gate Is At Mile 5.2
Once you’ve made it to the main gate, the longest segment of the drive is finally over. This is the point where you’ll begin to see the beginnings of the demolition job that was done on the old Snake Park stadium prior to the start of the 2012 season. Construction fences are now up around what was once the playing field, and it’s hard not to get a little emotional walking through the gates and seeing the work that was done to make this place special. You’ll note that there are security cameras everywhere, as well as plenty of emergency phone numbers painted on the ground. This speedway is a little different from the rest; you’ll see there are a lot more security measures in place, presumably due to all the fan violence that went down ten years ago. It’s a beautiful sight to see this place decked out for racing. For those of you who want to go over the rules in detail, there is an information booth here that you can ask for assistance.
It’s finally over. As you can see, we’ve now arrived at the end of our journey, and it’s been a pleasure to show you this amazing place. Bristol Motor Speedway is more than just a racetrack; it’s taken a piece of American racing culture and tried to make it better. This venue will leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind, whether you race there or not. You can only visit one place like this in a lifetime. Make sure you savor it.