1 – Bristol Motor Speedway was commissioned around 1960 by Bristol, Tenn., businessmen Larry Carrier, Carl Moore and R.G. Pope.

2 – Bristol Motor Speedway was built on the site of a former dairy farm.

3 – After a little more than a year of construction, at a cost of more than $600,000, the original Bristol
International Speedway opened July 27, 1961 for four days of racing. DeWayne Louis "Tiny" Lund, a rather large gladiator despite his ironic moniker, was the first on the track.