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Why Bristol Motor Speedway Is the Most Difficult Track in NASCAR

Darlington Raceway is "The Track Too Tough to Tame," while Daytona International Speedway is known as host of the "Great American Race." Dover International Speedway is "The Monster Mile," while New Hampshire International Speedway is "The Magic Mile." But none of the nearly two dozen race tracks that play host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can quite compare to or is more difficult than the site of Sunday's Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway. Known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," BMS is actually just a hair over that at .533 of a mile. Its high banks, which ride as high as 30 degrees up, are only part of the challenge the place presents. With seating for 160,000 people, BMS—which was originally built in 1961 for an incredulou...

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