KidVenturez Weekend: The NASCAR Experience
This year marks our 8th annual NASCAR KidVenturez experience in Bristol, Tennessee. Breakaway kids get an adventurous overnight excursion as they take in the thrill of a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, hear inspirational stories from those in the racing community, and attend a Sunday morning worship service. This program is geared towards kids facing adversity and made possible by community partners who provide scholarships/donations for these children to attend the weekend experience.
About Bristol Motor Speedway
0.533-mile concrete oval
Degree of banking in corners: Variable, 24 to 28 Degrees
Degree of banking in straights: Variable, 6 to 10 Degrees
Straightaways: 650 feet
Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide
Bristol Motor Speedway celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The half-mile oval hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup event July 30, 1961.
In August of 2010, Kyle Busch made NASCAR history by sweeping the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series’ events at BMS. It was the first time a driver had won all three events at the same track in the same week/weekend.
Darrell Waltrip leads all drivers in the win category at BMS with 12 victories. Tied for second with nine wins each is Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough. Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch are the current drivers with the most wins with five apiece.
Junior Johnson is the all-time winningest car owner at Bristol Motor Speedway with 21 wins. Second on the list is Jack Roush with nine.
Darrell Waltrip’s seven consecutive race wins at BMS were from the spring of 1981 through August of 1984.
Ryan Newman became the first driver to record a sub-15 second lap at BMS during March 2003. Newman grabbed the Food City 500 pole with a 14.908 sec./128.709 mph lap.
The only father-son combinations to have competed in and won Sprint Cup races at BMS are Ned and Dale Jarrett, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Elliott Sadler’s victory in 2001 Food City 500 was the first for Bristol victory for Stuart, Va.’s, famed Wood Brothers team.
Nine-time BMS winner Dale Earnhardt won his very first Sprint Cup event at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile on April 1, 1979 in the Southeastern 500.
Rusty Wallace snapped Jeff Gordon’s four-year Food City 500 winning streak in 1999 and got his 50th win in 2000.
Cale Yarborough led all 500 laps of the 1973 Southeastern 500, the only driver to accomplish such a feat in a Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Timothy Peters achieved a similar milestone in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading all 200 laps of the UNOH 20.
Richard Petty holds the record at BMS for most top 10 finishes with a total of 37.
Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip are tied for the record at BMS for most top five finishes with 26 each.
The most lead changes occurred at BMS in the 1991 Valleydale 500 when Rusty Wallace won the race after 40 lead changes.
Johnny Allen crossed the finish line first in the inaugural BMS race, but he was driving in relief of Jack Smith, who gets credit for Bristol’s first victory.
Kyle Busch leads all Nationwide Series drivers in wins at BMS with six.
Kyle Busch leads all Camping World Truck Series drivers in wins at BMS with four.