Bristol is fully paved, of course, but that didn’t stop the circuit from running dirt races for in 2000 and 2001 for World of Outlaws and UDTRA. Per an archived Knoxville News Sentinel (Hi, Aunt Sarah!) story, this required hauling in 14,000 truckloads of clay, which widened the track approximately 13 feet, and reduced its famously steep banking of 36 degrees to around 23. While the races run on this surface reportedly proved popular, wear on local roads proved too severe, and track personnel wasn’t thrilled about removing the material afterward either.
The Drive reached out Bristol’s ownership, Speedway Motorsports, for comment on the possibility of a NASCAR Cup series dirt race, and we will update when we receive a response. Whether or not we hear from them, NASCAR itself will give the final word this afternoon when it announces the first half of its 2021 Cup series calendar.
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