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Greatest Show on Dirt

It’s one of our favorite times of the year in Bristol because NASCAR will be roaring back into the city for the April 15-17 Food City Dirt Races under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway!

Last year marked the return of dirt racing to BMS for the first time since 2001 and the first time NASCAR’s top series had raced on a dirt surface since 1970. It was such a tremendous hit with race fans that BMS decided to do it again in 2022!

Race fans can enjoy three days of action, starting with Bush’s Beans Practice Day on April 15, where both Truck and Cup drivers will be on the track. Tickets are only $15, and kids 12 and under can watch for free. The Pinty’s Truck Race, always one of the most competitive races at the half-mile oval, is Saturday’s featured event. It takes the green flag at 8 p.m., and kids 12 and under will be admitted free.

The main event, the Food City Dirt Race, is up next, on Easter Sunday. This is the first time NASCAR has competed on Easter since 1989, and BMS is looking forward to giving fans a tremendous pre-race celebration! An Easter service, a FREE event that does not require a ticket to the race, begins at 4 p.m. and features Chris Tomlin, Max Lucado, and Gary LeVox, former lead singer of Rascal Flatts. Team owner Joe Gibbs will also appear at the service, along with other NASCAR personalities. LeVox will perform the national anthem before the start of the Food City Dirt Race.

Afterward, the highly anticipated Cup race gets the green flag at 7 p.m. as defending champion Joey Logano goes after another Bristol win. Tickets for the Greatest Show on Dirt are still available and may be purchased on the BMS website. Tickets for kids 12 and under are only $10.

Race fans looking for fun and relaxing things to do between races have plenty of options in Bristol! If they’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, a visit to Downtown Bristol or The Pinnacle, the region’s largest shopping experience is in order. The Pinnacle, anchored by Bass Pro and Belk, also offers various dining and entertainment options, including the Pinnacle 12 by Marquee Cinemas and Just Jump.

If you’re interested in trying out a variety of craft beers and spirits, Downtown Bristol features a variety of  breweries and distilleries.  Michael Waltrip Brewing, owned by the former driver who is almost always there on race weekends, is one of Bristol’s newest establishments, while Cascade Draft House, Elderbrew, Lost State Distilling, O’Mainnin’s Pub, and State Street Brewing, have all been welcoming race fans for many years.

You’ll never go hungry in Bristol as there are plenty of incredible restaurants, many of them locally owned, that will have you coming back for more. And if you want to work off all of that delicious food, there are numerous outdoor opportunities to enjoy near the track, including Steele Creek Park, Tri-Cities Golf Club, South Holston Lake and Dam, and many more!