BRISTOL, Tenn. (WATE) – It’s Bristol Week on the NASCAR schedule and that means tight short-track racing on the high-banked oval of Bristol Motor Speedway.
Here is the Saturday and Sunday schedule, weather permitting, at Bristol.
Saturday: Second Monster Cup practice starts at 8:30 a.m.; Xfinity qualifying begins at 9:40 a.m., final Monster Cup practice begins at 11:05 a.m. and the Xfinity series Alsco 300 is at 1 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m., Food City 500. Chase Elliott is on the pole.
Temperatures will be in the low to mid-70s and the rain chance is about 47 percent during the race window Sunday. No rain is expected on Saturday.
Two NASCAR legends, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison, will serve as pre-race dignitaries for the Food City 500 on Sunday.
“Food City is delighted to have two of NASCAR’s biggest stars serve as our pre-race officials,” said Steven C. Smith, president and chief executive officer for Food City. “Generations of race fans have watched Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip compete and win races across the NASCAR circuit. With a combined 168 Cup Series wins between them, they are two of NASCAR’s greatest. All of us at Food City look forward to the legends being part of the Food City 500.”
Waltrip, a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, is the winningest NASCAR Cup Series driver at Bristol with 12 wins. He will wave the green flag for the Food City 500.
Allison, a four-time Bristol winner, is the Grand Marshal. Also, a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Allison will give the “drivers, start your engines” command.
“Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison are two true legends of this sport and Bristol,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president of Bristol Motor Speedway. “Darrell is a beloved legend at this track and across the Volunteer State, while Bobby remains one of the Speedway’s most adored competitors. Along with Food City, all of us are looking forward to having these superstars at The Last Great Colosseum.”
Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the most iconic tracks on the NASCAR schedule, is a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways.
It features a Colossus TV, the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with a 540,000-watt audio system.
Three football games have been played inside Bristol Motor Speedway, including the “Battle at Bristol” between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech before an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990 on Sept. 10, 2016.
Bristol Motor Speedway dates back to 1961.