Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most exciting tracks on the NASCAR circuit, and according to reports, it could be one of the most exciting college football venues in 2016. According to Bruce Feldman and Joe Schad, Tennessee and Virginia Tech will announce on Monday that they have scheduled a 2016 game at the track. Bristol straddles the state line between Tennessee and Virginia, and is roughly halfway between Knoxville and Blacksburg, so the interest is natural.
Per College Football Talk, the two schools attempted to schedule a similar event in 2005, but scheduling conflicts scuttled the game.
The two schools attempted to schedule a game in Bristol years ago but a 2005 attempt ultimately fell apart due to scheduling conflicts. The owners of Bristol Motor Speedway insisted the proposed game would have to take place in November because the infield would need to be renovated and have a new turf installed following an annual race in the venue. Of course, November is when conference schedules are already in full swing, and the two or three sides were never able to work out a plan to follow through on. The interest, however, was never truly fading.
A November game between geographical neighbors at one of NASCAR’s signature venues? Sign me up.