Bristol Dirt Nationals welcomes short track racers ahead of NASCAR weekend

Dirt late models and more return to Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway will drop dirt on top of the half-mile concrete oval in Spring 2021. The event will mark the first NASCAR Cup Series event on the dirt since 1970.

View the Bristol Dirt schedule below.

Ahead of the NASCAR’s dirt racing weekend, the speedway will welcome a more familiar form of dirt track racing. Dirt racing regulars from across the country will enter The Last Great Colosseum.

The Bristol Dirt Nationals will be run on March 15-20, 2021. Super late models will headline the show but other classes will also be added.

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“We are looking forward to having the Super Late Models and many other popular dirt classes back at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bristol Dirt Nationals as we kick-off several weeks of dirt racing Bristol style in 2021,” said Jerry Caldwell, the track’s executive vice president and general manager.

“Having the opportunity to showcase some amazing dirt track racing during our 60th anniversary really is very special, given the overall roots of racing and the history that dirt has here at The Last Great Colosseum.”

Caldwell added, “It’s important to have some racing on the fresh dirt track to seed it properly before NASCAR arrives the following week, and we also wanted to give some of our local dirt track racers the opportunity to enjoy the Bristol dirt experience as well.”

Dirt late models last ran at the speedway in 2000 and again in 2001.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to produce the Bristol Dirt Nationals at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Mike Van Genderen, promoter and track prep architect who will lead the event production of the Bristol Dirt Nationals for the X.CELERATED team.

Van Genderen added, “We view this event as history-making as it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our grassroots racers to experience dirt track racing at such a tradition-rich racetrack as Bristol.”

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Dirt Schedule

Date | Event | Classes

March 15-20, 2021
Bristol Dirt Nationals

March 27, 2021
Pinty’s Dirt Race
NASCAR Truck Series

March 28, 2021
Food City Dirt Race
NASCAR Cup Series

The Bristol Dirt Nationals event will be streamed via:

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