The Bristol Motor Speedway
, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway
and Bristol Raceway
, is a NASCAR short track
venue located in Bristol
. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads
, and stadium
-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.
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