There’s just something about a mid-August Saturday night in East Tennessee that pumps every motorsports fan up. The Bristol night race is one of the most exciting events of the NASCAR season. Ten thousand-plus fans pack Bristol Motor Speedway, giving the facility a Roman Colosseum-like atmosphere. The race never disappoints, featuring 500 bumper-to-bumper laps around a high-banked half-mile oval. The results generally leaves fans clamoring for more until they realize that Michigan International Speedway is next on the schedule.
Since NASCAR hosts 36 races at 23 different tracks each year, one-third of the facilities run two races per season. Often, the second event does not hold the same anticipation or appeal to fans.