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Speedway Motorsports Unveils Plans for Bristol Dragway

14 August 1998

Speedway Motorsports Unveils Plans for Bristol Dragway
    BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 13 -- O. Bruton Smith, chairman of
Speedway Motorsports , owner of Bristol Dragway, unveiled plans for
an all new Bristol Dragway that will boast 35,000 permanent seats, more than
any drag racing venue in the world.  The new Bristol Dragway, which will cost
approximately $10 million to build, will open in spring of 1999 for National
Hot Rod Association sanctioned competition.
    Construction is under way on the site of Bristol's old dragstrip built in
1965 in the Tennessee hollow commonly known as Thunder Valley.
    Bristol Dragway will play host to the inaugural NHRA Winston Showdown,
July 8-10, 1999, a special three-night all-star event that will match Top Fuel
dragsters against Funny Cars for the first time in official NHRA competition.
    "This dragstrip will be second to none in terms of fan amenities,
permanent seating, pit area and racing surface," said Smith.  "It will truly
be the state-of-the-art."
    Bristol Dragway plans call for a tower with up to 30 luxury suites,
grandstands with aluminum seats and backs, and a 3,700-foot dragstrip with a
five percent grade at the top and to assist competitors' braking.  It also
will feature a terraced reserved campground with elevated views of the
    In addition to the Winston Showdown, Bristol Dragway will host weekly NHRA
bracket racing programs, Super Chevy Show in May and special jet and rocket
car shows.  Bristol Dragway will also play host to other events, including
    Bristol Dragway is owned by Bristol Motor Speedway, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports.  Speedway Motorsports, the owner and
operator of Atlanta, Bristol Charlotte, and Texas Motor Speedways, Sears Point
Raceway, and 600 Racing, is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports
entertainment in the U.S.