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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Chariots to Roar on Steep Walls of Bristol Coliseum

Bristol Motor Speedway is sometimes called the last great coliseum, owing in part to its .533-mile concrete oval with 36-degree banking. The ample 160,000 seats stacked high in the sky often draw frequent comparisons to the ancient ruins in Rome where gladiators on chariots pulled by breathing horsepower competed vigorously. Modern chariots are much faster with powerful, loud engines that feature technical horsepower. Bristol fans are loud, too, as they get a closer view of their favorite drivers beating and banging their way around the famous short track. Fans will get to cheer again when many of the 43 NSCS cars exchange fenders Sunday afternoon, April 19, as the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes event gets the green flag. All driv...

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