There’s a few changes to the Bristol dirt track for the 2022 events
Bristol Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile concrete oval that stands at 30 degrees. Now, dirt has been placed on top of the famed speedway for another month of dirt track racing at the coliseum in Tennessee.
The Bristol dirt track is now complete, weeks ahead of schedule. Cars will touch the track beginning on March 20th.
As for the dirt itself, it remains the same as last year. It’s been stored on the property since being removed last April.
Here are the changes to the Bristol Dirt track…
The banking of the 2021 events sat at 18-19 degrees. It took 8′ to 10′ of dirt fill to reduce the 30 degree banking of the concrete track under it.
This year, the Bristol dirt banking as changed to 16-18 degrees at the bottom. Then a separate lane of 19 degrees toward the top.
Progressive banking isn’t uncommon for dirt tracks but it’s new for this one. If a dirt track has any lane that’s dominant, it’s easy to move some dirt around and create a second groove.
Last year, all the races at Bristol were mostly one lane. For the entire month, many drivers tried to make the top lane work, across multiple series but failed to do so. Now, they have some help.
Additionally, the NASCAR Cup Series dirt race will be run under the lights. Without the sun, the track will dry our a lot slower. That alone will be another huge change for 2022.
Related: 2021 Bristol Dirt Track Specs
Date | Event
March 20 – April 2, 2022
Bristol Dirt Nationals
April 16, 2022
NASCAR Truck Series
April 17, 2022
NASCAR Cup Series
April 28-30, 2022
World of Outlaws