Travel Tips: Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 21-24, 2013

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“It’s Bristol, baby!”

Three words have never said so much about a NASCAR race weekend, and it means even more in August, when all three of NASCAR’s top series, along with NASCAR’s oldest series, the Whelen Modified Tour, invade "Thunder Valley" for the IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend, taking place Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 21-24.

Even with all the action on the track, there is plenty happening off the track as well. The biggest event is Food City Race Night, taking place from 1-9 p.m. ET on State St. in Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA on Thursday, Aug. 22. The fun includes live music, show cars, vendors, driver appearances, food sampling and more. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the gate.

Another event on Thursday is the Ford Transporter Parade, starting at Bristol Mall at 9 p.m. ET and ending at the speedway. Before heading on their 10-mile journey to the track, the drivers of these big rigs will meet with fans in the parking lot of Bristol Mall.

Key on-track times:

Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Whelen Modified Tour practice – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 10 a.m. and noon ET
  • Modified qualifying – 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Truck Series qualifying – 4:35 p.m. ET
  • Titan Roof 150 for the Whelen Modified Tour – 6 p.m. ET
  • UNOH 200 for the Camping World Truck Series – 8 p.m. ET

Friday, Aug. 23
  • Nationwide Series practice – 9 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – noon and 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Nationwide Series qualifying – 3:40 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 5:40 p.m. ET
  • Food City 250 for the Nationwide Series – 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Aug. 24 –
  • Pre-race concert with Hank Williams Jr. – 5:45 p.m. ET
  • IRWIN Tools Night Race for the Sprint Cup Series – 7:30 p.m. ET

Find a full weekend schedule, including driver appearances and special events, here.

Find a list of prohibited items and activities at the track here.

Find lodging information here.

Find information about other attractions in the area here.

Get tickets and more information about this week’s races at
Travel Tips: Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 21-24, 2013 Travel Tips: Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 21-24, 2013 Reviewed by Paula on Monday, August 19, 2013 Rating: 5