NASCAR is 73 years old and has since then evolved into the sport it is today. Recently on March 28, 2021, NASCAR’s cup series got their tires dirty by dirt racing for the first time since 1971, which was over 50 years ago.
NASCAR began with offroad races with cars that were not massively tweaked but painted with numbers on them, like today, or like the old cars from Cars 3 by Disney & Pixar. These cars would race on beaches, flat grasslands, and more kinds of off-road terrain. Since then, Humanity and NASCAR have evolved with new materials to make tracks, like asphalt.
How did NASCAR change all of Bristol Motor Speedway into a dirt track? They covered all of Bristol Motor Speedway with many layers of clay to create the temporary dirt track for the race. Other changes coming to this season of NASCAR’S cup series are seven races on road courses and another on a downtown city street course. NASCAR is also unveiling the next generation race car sometime this season. Fifty-one years ago, NASCAR racer Richard Petty won the race by two laps. Maybe it was because of Petty’s dominant win that NASCAR decided to change the track and level the playing field so other racers could have a chance to win too. This track was also used by NASCAR’s truck series, where Martin Truex Jr. won at Bristol Motor Speedway.
According to nascar.com, “Bristol Motor Speedway is .533 miles (.8 km) long and a 133-mile race that requires 250 laps to complete.” On nascar.com, “The Food City Dirt Race is a 133-mile-long NASCAR Cup Series motor race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The Food City Dirt Race start time is 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, March 28. FOX will broadcast the race with radio coverage from PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. According to bristolmotorspeedway.com, where the event was held, reserved grandstand tickets are $40 for each day, or a combo ticket is available for $75. There will be a $5 increase on all-day ticket purchases. Kids (12 and under) tickets are $5 per day or $10 for the combo. Pit passes are available for $50 per day on Friday and Saturday and $45 each day for Monday-Thursday. In conclusion, this season of NASCAR racing is, for sure, going to be one you want to remember.