Tennessee Volunteers & Virginia Tech Hokies Meeting in 2016

Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies are reportedly meeting in the middle of the Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016.

Tennessee and Virginia Tech to play in 2016Tennessee Volunteers vs Virginia Tech Hokies the  long-rumored football game may be on the verge of coming true.

For years there has been speculation and rumors that the Vols and Hokies  might square off in a rare meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville is located 110 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway. Virginia Tech’s campus is 133 miles away. Bristol Motor Speedway has a seating capacity of 160,000.  Therefore…that seems like a fair distance for both teams to travel.

On Wednesday evening via TWITTER…ESPN reporter Joe Schad and CBS Sports reporter Bruce Feldman both tweeted that that the two schools would play the game at the track in 2016.

For those of you thinking it will be a tight squeeze…packing in a football field and the sell out crowd inside the racetrack….No worries…based on dimensional photos Neyland staduim…which has a seating capacity of  102,455 fits easily inside the speedway’s half-mile track …with room to spare.

Joe Schad of ESPN.com and Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com,

The Bristol Motor Speedway,  seats a where a record 160,000 fans and according to reports…the game will be a sell out!

The University of Tennessee could not confirm, nor deny the report.

Approximately 30 minutes before the two national college reporters took to Twitter with the news, Bristol Motor Speedway released a media advisory for an event on Monday morning at 11 a.m.

The event will be a “press conference featuring a major announcement for Bristol Motor Speedway“, according to the media advisory released via email. Speedway Motorsports and BMS executives, along with a “to-be-announced panel of guests” will be in attendance.

Bristol Motor Speedway, where the Tennessee Volunteers will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies  is formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961.

Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.

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Who’s Behind Those High Banks

With the Bristol Motor Speedway preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary and with yesterdays race The ‘Jeff Byrd 500 in which Kyle Bush won for the 9th time. We thought we would share a little history.

In 1960 Dairy Farmer/Entrepreneur, Larry Carrier, State Senator, Carl Moore and Paving Company Owner R.G Pope purchased the land for $600,000 dollars and began construction on what would become “the fastest half mile in the.”

The speedway which now seats 160,000 people took a year to construct.

The track which was originally flat…held it’s first race in July 30, 1961, it’s seating capacity was 18,000, and capacity 12,000.

The race was won by South Carolina Native, Jack Smith. Country Music Singer Brenda Lee sang the National Anthem.  Forty two cars started the  race but only 19 finished it.

The  0.533 mile track  know as being the “fastest half mile track” is  a favorite of many drivers and fans.  What makes  it so exciting is the track size and high banks.  It was not until 1969 that the tracks 36 degree banks were constructed.

The oval track was originally flat.  Contractor A.F. Barker owner of Barker Brother’s Construction in  Bristol, Va. and his crew created the banks. The project which took 3 months to complete and cost approximately $650,000 dollars.

The Speed way was sold in 1976 however, Larry Carrier who remained the tracks General Manager.  When the new owners filed for bankruptcy, Carrier re-took possession.

In Jan 1996 Carrier sold the track to businessman Bruton Smith for $26 million.  The speedway which now seats 160,000, has 52 sky boxes and continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

ABOUT Speedway Owner:  Ollen Bruton Smith is a promoter and owner/CEO of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc. He was ranked #207 on the Forbes 400 list with an estimated worth of $1.5 billion in 2005, and fell to #278 in 2006. He is divorced with four children.

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Major events held at the Bristol Motor Speedway include: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts Turf Builder 300 Food City 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Thunder Valley Nationals ASA Late Model Series USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

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