CONCORD, N.C. – Both 2024 NASCAR Cup Series weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway will take place on the concrete layout of the 0.533-mile track, the venue announced on Friday.
From 1962 to 2020, Bristol hosted one race in the springtime and another in the summer on the concrete oval. The track’s two-date history has existed since its first year in 1961. Eight of Hendrick Motorsports’ 12 points-paying wins at "The Last Great Colosseum," have come in the spring event. The most recent of those came in 2017 when Jimmie Johnson was victorious in a race that was delayed from Sunday to Monday.
"I think concrete Bristol is really, really cool," Alex Bowman said during a Friday appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after the news was announced. "Growing up watching this sport, this is such an iconic racetrack. … I feel like the prestige of this place how it normally is, is huge."
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For the past three seasons, the spring race took place with dirt covering the track. With the exception of the 2021 race, heat races set the lineup for the dirt races. Kyle Larson’s fourth-place finish in the 2022 event was Hendrick Motorsports’ best result in the main dirt race.
Specific race dates and times for the Bristol races will be announced at a later date. The only other known pieces of the 2024 schedule are that the DAYTONA 500 will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18, and that the championship weekend will return to Phoenix Raceway for a fifth straight season from Nov. 1-3.