NASCAR Fans React To Massive News About Dirt Race At Famed Bristol Motor Speedway

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NASCAR fans are over the moon after news broke Friday that Bristol Motor Speedway will return to a concrete surface for the 2024 Spring race.

The Tennessee, dubbed “The Last Great Coliseum, track is one of NASCAR‘s oldest and most famous.

But after changes to the track’s configuration saw attendance numbers fall off, the series decided to make a bold change.

In 2021, the series laid dirt on top of the traditionally concrete track and held its first dirt race in 60 years.

The results were mixed, as drivers struggled with moisture in the track and visibility issues. Two-time series champion Joey Logano won the inaugural Bristol dirt race, while Kyle Busch won in 2022 and Christopher Bell in 2023.

But ultimately, fans and drivers turned on the idea. With some theorizing that NASCAR Cup Series cars were just too big and too heavy to run properly on dirt.

Bristol Motor Speedway Announces End Of NASCAR Dirt Race

Their voices were heard.

Jerry Caldwell, the president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, announced Friday that the Spring Bristol race will return to concrete in 2024.

“As the motorsports world focuses on America’s Night Race tomorrow, we are thrilled to announce Bristol Motor Speedway will host the return of the Food City 500 on the concrete high-banks of the World’s Fastest Half Mile in the spring of 2024,” Caldwell said in a press release. “We will revive a logo reminiscent of the first Food City 500s in the early ’90s and resurrect the track’s vintage trademark look and feel of the era. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of racing and what’s to come in 2024.”

Fans loved the news.

NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway twice each season.

The 2023 Fall race will take place Saturday night. It serves at the final race of the opening round of Cup Series playoffs.