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NASCAR: Why Bristol Motor Speedway is NASCAR’s Most Distinctive Track

Bristol Motor Speedway is the only NASCAR track that may be considered a coliseum, which is defined as a large oval stadium with tiers of seating; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held. Indeed the racing facility, seating some 160,000 fans that rise straight up from the .533-mile concrete oval track, is a spectacle even when there is not a fan, car or driver in sight. The tight racing on the variable-degree banked track has offered some of the most action-packed events seen on the the NASCAR circuit. It has been 50 years since that first race on July 30, 1961, when 17-year-old Brenda Lee sang the national anthem in front of a grandstand capable of holding 18,000 fans. From the beginning of the track's history, the fan...

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