Fifty years of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway has produced some of the sport’s most significant moments and created lasting memories for race fans.
In celebration of the track’s golden anniversary, every fan through the gates for the Aug. 27 IRWIN Tools Night Race will receive a sheet of trading cards highlighting some of the most memorable events in Bristol’s history.
“We thought this was a unique way to give our fans a keepsake that celebrates our 50th anniversary,” said BMS General Manager and Executive Vice President Jerry Caldwell. “Lots of us collected baseball cards as kids and traded them, as well, trying to get our favorite players.
“We’ve selected some of our most famous moments for the cards and believe fans not only will enjoy having a souvenir of our golden anniversary, but also trading them because many of the cards are different on each sheet. I think it’s going to be a hit with fans and a really cool collectible for them.”
Among the 24 trading cards is one featuring the infamous wreck from the 1999 Night Race in which Dale Earnhardt knocked Terry Labonte out of the way en route to his ninth win at BMS, as well as Darrell Waltrip’s history-making seventh straight Bristol win in 1984 and Davey Allison’s celebration of his photo-finish victory over Mark Martin in 1990.
Others moments captured on the cards include Jack Smith’s win in the inaugural NASCAR event at BMS in 1961, Jeff Gordon’s fifth career win at the .533-mile oval in 2002 when he moved Rusty Wallace out of the way, Kyle Busch’s sweep last August of the Truck, Nationwide and Cup events and Cale Yarborough’s 1978 victory at the Speedway’s first night race.
There are four different sheets of the BMS trading cards and each fan will receive one sheet, enabling them to trade with their fellow race fans that evening, prior to the start of the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
Tickets remain available for all four night races at Bristol Motor Speedway.