RENDERING COURTESY BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The above is an artists rendering of the “Battle at Bristol”, a September 2016 football game, which will pit the University of Tennessee against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway.
|Published: 4:45 AM, 10/15/2013
||Last updated: 8:31 AM, 10/15/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
BRISTOL—After nearly two decades of rumors and speculation, the
countdown to one of the biggest spectacles in college football history is finally on.
game, which 17 years ago was a “crazy idea” of Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith, is now
Officials from the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, along with
dignitaries from Bristol Motor Speedway made the game official at a media event, complete with
confetti and fireworks, on the infield of the famed NASCAR track on Monday.
ago, this was a dream of Bruton Smith, and it’s amazing that right here in the middle of NASCAR and
college football country, we can come together and celebrate what can now be a reality,” Speedway
Motorsports COO Marcus Smith, son of Bruton Smith, said at Monday’s event.
“Bruton has a
reputation of making big things happen and we’re hosting the Battle of Bristol to make it the
biggest football game ever.”
For the full story, see the October 15 edition of the Newport
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