NASCAR in Bristol!

August 25, 2007







Every hillside and front lawn for miles around the Bristol Motor Speedway is host to campers of every size and shape filled with all-American auto race fans. They are a casual bunch for the most part, sporting bright coolers filled with Busch and Pepsi, and tee shirts picturing the racer they favor.

Yet Nascar fans are serious about their fun… showing up as much as a week early to garner a prized camping spot within an easy walk to the tracks. The race fans also fill every hotel/motel room between Knoxville and Roanoke. But then again, according to race fans, “There is no place like Bristol for racing excitement, down home friendly locals, and the beauty of this Tennessee valley!”

Mobile vendors provide a race parafinalia tent city just across the street from the speedway. There one can purchase clothes, mugs, bath mats, glasses, lighters, food, drinks, race car models, bath towels, key chains, posters, and much more usually inhanced with the name, photo, autograph, or race car number of your favorite racer embossed somewhere on the product.

We think the best spot to watch this race is in our own TV room at home, But Liza volunteered to drop of and pick up some family race attendees this year when she captured the photos above.

All this excitements got the best of us so we watched most of last night’s race and plan to watch the big race tonight on ESPN2.

I was personally amazed by the youth of some of the drivers and their amazing crews. Seasoned drivers were represented as well and all seemed positive and up beat about their sport. No bad boy behavior, drug testing scandals, or mean comments about their competitors. That part was refreshing.

The raceway chatter was about the new surface to the track which most of the drivers approved.

Hope you enjoyed our hometown veiw of Nascar in Bristol. Warm wishes and happy racing!


Nascar Roars into Bristol

March 26, 2007

Today Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 in Bristol, Tennessee. I know because I live in Bristol. Liza lives here too, and she snapped these photos for us today.

With over 160,000 people in attendance, Nascar fans enjoyed perfect conditions for a day of racing. Sunny and 80 degrees made for a day where the only thing race fans had to fear was a sunburn. Very different from last year when fans enjoyed snowball fights!


Nascar is not really my cup of tea, but alot of folks love it and it certainly helps the economy here. The Bristol Speedway is billed as the fastest half mile track in the world. Race car fans are always delighted with the speed and spills guaranteed by Bristol. Locals (without a ticket) mostly stay home, out of the traffic, and watch this auto spectacular from the safety of their TVs.

I know when I was a very young girl, this track was nothing more than a dirt track out in the middle of a cow pasture used for good-ole-boy-Saturday-night racing. You know, your Ford against my Chevy. It was all about the cars and who could go faster. Not much has changed. Today, Kurt Busch’s decal covered racer was a Chevy!