The NASCAR Sharpie 500 is a Nextel Cup stock car race that is held at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.Click Here to Buy Sharpie 500 race NASCAR Tickets
It is one of two races held at BMS, along with the Food City 500. It is the more popular of the two races. Held yearly in late August since 1977, the Sharpie 500 takes place on a Saturday night. Waiting lists for tickets to see this race are one of the longest among any sport, and it is considered one of the most difficult to get tickets for. In 2007, television conflicts may cause a change to the date of the race, as the Little League World Series takes place at the same time, and ESPN is covering both. NASCAR said it would not change the date of the race.
The 2006 champion was Matt Kenseth, who secured his second consecutive win. He had also secured a win in the NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 the night before winning the Sharpie 500. Kenseth is the 2003 Nextel Cup Champion. The Sharpie 500 is a 500-lap race, and covers 267 miles. The average speed of the cars during the 2006 race was just under 85 miles per hour. The race time is 03:08:50, and the Bristol Motor Speedway is considered the "World's Fastest Half Mile."