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NASCAR: Track Facing Empty Seats and the Ghost of Bristol Past

Bristol Motor Speedway...the hardest ticket in NASCAR. For decades, getting a ticket to this event was reserved for the rich or the lucky...all 160,000 of them. The racing was brutal.  Five hundred laps around a high-banked, half-mile bull ring which left friendships dented and fenders destroyed.  Protecting the bottom lane was key. If you were not fast enough, the bump and run was coming (See Jeff Gordon vs. Rusty Wallace) or if you were not careful enough, the dump and run was coming (see Terry Labonte vs. Dale Earnhardt...twice). It was a track of legends, with grandstands named after those who found success where so many only found the wall. is just another racetrack. Sunday's race at Bristol reportedly sold only 120,...

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