Own a Piece of the World's Fastest Half-Mile
The concrete blocks, approximately nine inches long and four inches in width, have been autographed by drivers who won on the concrete surface, which made its debut at BMS in August of 1992. Drivers who have autographed the pieces are Darrell Waltrip, who won the very first race on concrete, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch, the last winner on the old concrete this past March, and Elliott Sadler.
An online auction will begin on July 2 at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com with the piece autographed by Harvick up for bids first. Each successive Monday leading up to the August race week (Aug. 22-25) another autographed piece will be auctioned off.
The concrete pieces will be mounted in a display case, complete with the driver's history of wins on the BMS concrete etched on a plaque inside the case. A certificate of authenticity, signed by BMS president Jeff Byrd, also will be included.
Bids will begin at $500 for each of the 12 concrete pieces. All proceeds will benefit the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
The auction will begin Monday, July 2 at 8 a.m. The auction will end for each piece of concrete on the following Sunday at 7 p.m., meaning the Harvick piece will be up for bids from July 2-July 8.
Most of the rest of the concrete pieces will be auctioned off on the following dates:
July 9-15 - Kyle Busch
July 16-22 - Mark Martin
July 23-29 - Matt Kenseth
July 30-Aug. 5 - Kurt Busch
Aug. 6-Aug. 12 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip
Aug. 13-19 - Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart
Pieces signed by Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett will be auctioned off at the Eastman Motorsports Auction in the Bruton Smith Building at BMS on Thursday, Aug. 23.
For more information regarding the auction, please contact Barbara Kaiser at 423.989.6975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.