Appalachia would be complete without a stop at the Bristol Motor Speedway? When I visit Illinois where I grew up and people ask me where I'm living, it doesn't do any good to say I live near Johnson City or Kingsport or Boone. But they have heard of Bristol. Twice each year 160,000 race fans make their pilgrimage to Bristol, TN to experience the roar and excitement of the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." With all those seats, you'd think tickets would be easy to get -- but Bristol is considered the "toughest ticket in NASCAR." Even if you can't make the race, you can still experience the speedway by taking a tour of the facility (only five dollars!), which includes a look inside owner Bruton Smith's luxury suite high above, a lap around the track with its 36 degree banks, and a run down the nearby dragway known as "Thunder Valley." If you're ever in the area, stop by and experience "racin' the way it ought'a be."
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