LIST: Bristol Motor Speedway announces key dates for 2016 spring, fall races

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – 2016 is going to be a historic year for Bristol Motor Speedway. By next spring, every seat in the house will be the best seat due to the world’s largest outdoor, center-hung video display dubbed Colossus.

Monday, Bristol Motor Speedway released the dates for its popular events.

“We’re preparing for one of our biggest seasons in years,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for BMS. “With the unveiling of Colossus, we’ll kick things off in style for the Food City 500 race weekend April 15 – 17, when the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series events roll into town.”

With the new display, dads will be able to enjoy NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals like they never had before on Father’s Day weekend.

One event that has been the topic of conversation is the August race and the short time track officials have to turn the race track into an official college football field.

After that race weekend, crews will have about two and a half weeks to transform the race track for Vols and Hokie fans for the Battle at Bristol. A borderline showdown between rivals the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, will take place on Sept. 10, 2016.

“We expect this game to shatter the existing record for attendance at a college football game,” said Caldwell. “All the Vols and Hokie fans will bring spirit to the Last Great Colosseum like we’ve never seen before. 2016 is going to be an amazing year and I hope you plan to join us.”

For tickets and information on the key dates listed below, please call the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office at 866-415-4158.

  • April 14 The Speedway Children’s Charities Spring Race 5K
  • April 15 Fan Friday
  • April 16 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race and K&N Pro Series
  • April 17 The Food City 500
  • June 17 NRHA Thunder Valley Nationals Qualifying
  • June 18 NRHA Thunder Valley Nationals Qualifying
  • June 19 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Eliminations
  • August 17 UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/NASCAR Whelen Modified Race
  • August 18 Speedway Children’s Charities Night Race 5K
  • August 19 Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Qualifying/NASCAR XFINITY Series Food City 300 Race
  • August 20 The Night Race
  • September 9 Save the Date – Details Coming in 2016
  • September 10 Battle at Bristol-College Football’s Biggest Game Ever/University of Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech
  • November 6 SUBWAY® Speedway in Lights 5K
  • November 10 Speedway Children’s Charities Night of Smiles
  • November 11 Opening Night, Speedway in Lights

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