An article in the Bristol Herald Courier quotes Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith as saying that he is considering expanding the seating capacity of the NASCAR track to 173,000. If this expansion takes place, the seating at the Speedway will exceed the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (102,037) and the Tennessee Titan’s LP Field (68,798) combined, and will mark the greatest assemblage of double-digit IQs since the Hooked on Phonics national convention.
Given that the Speedway is located in a small Tennessee city, the impact on hotel rooms whenever a race takes place is enormous; fans stay as far away as Knoxville. Even people who think that NASCAR racing takes place in a parallel universe need to pay attention to race schedules to make sure they can find a room.
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