Bristol Motor Speedway
This aerial panorama of Bristol Motor Speedway was taken by James Blakeway. The speedway was constructed in 1960 on 100 acres of land, originally a dairy farm, in Bristol, Tennessee. The total cost of construction including the land was $600,000. Bristol Motor Speedway held its first race on July 30, 1961, with 22 degree banked turns and seating for 18,000 fans. Over the years the speedway has undergone expansions and renovations and today seats 160,000 with variable banking in the turns. Despite its small size, Bristol is among the most popular tracks in NASCAR because of its distinct features including the concrete oval track, known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."