Bristol Dirt race not returning in 2024

The NASCAR Cup Series won’t race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway following three-year run

Bristol Motor Speedway is a concrete short track in Bristol, Tennessee. The track hosts two NASCAR Cup Series races each season.

In 2021, track officials brought dirt out of storage. For the past three years, the Spring NASCAR event has been on the dirt.

Officials put down a layer of sawdust to prevent damage to the concrete track. Then, they place dirt from the 2001 World of Outlaws event on to shape the banking.

The track is shaped to a 19 degree banking. The racing surface is 50 feet wide.

Bristol ran tests from 20 different locations. They determined the best clay is right in their area. The top race layer is Bluff City red clay. 23,000 cubic yards of dirt were hauled in to build the track.

Each year, they would begin removing the dirt directly following the Spring event. That’s because, the Fall race would be back on the concrete.

For 2024, that cycle will come to a stop. Both races in 2024 will be held on the concrete per an official announcement today ahead of Friday’s events at the track.

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Kyle Larson - Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track - NASCAR Cup Series - Hendrick Motorsports
Kyle Larson – Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track – NASCAR Cup Series (Photo: Hendrick Motorsports)

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