ESPN NASCAR analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree have witnessed some infamous battles from the broadcast booth at Bristol Motor Speedway.
However, in their previous careers, the pair was involved in some memorable moments of their own at the Last Great Colosseum.
Jarrett, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and 1999 Sprint Cup Series Champion, experienced his share of on-track altercations at BMS. Petree, a two-time NASCAR champion crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, also found himself in the midst of a driver squabble on more than one occasion.
Although Jarrett visited victory lane at BMS in 1997, perhaps he is best remembered for throwing his helmet at Bobby Hillin Jr. in 1993 after contact between the two sent Jarrett into the Turn 3 wall. In 2005, after some banging earlier in the race, Jarrett retaliated against Ryan Newman and put the latter into the Turn 2 wall.
As a broadcaster, Jarrett said BMS is a place he loves to watch races.
“You go into this race telling yourself, as a driver, you want to be patient, but you still have to be aggressive,” Jarrett said. “When it comes to leading at Bristol, you forget that patience part of it.”
Jarrett acknowledged his record at Bristol does not include as many wins as he would like but noted he enjoyed racing at Bristol even when he experienced misfortune.
In the August 1995 race at BMS, Jarrett, running in third place, had a front-seat view of Dale Earnhardt spinning out eventual winner Terry Labonte as the two crossed the finish line. Labonte limped his mangled machine to victory lane, and Earnhardt, with Petree serving as crew chief, finished second.
“It’s such an electric atmosphere,” Petree said. “Every time I walk across the track into this racetrack, it’s just so special and such a unique arena to have a race.”
Fans can take a walk down memory lane and see these and other famous Bristol battles by visiting www.BristolBattles.com. Fans visiting the site before Aug. 4 may enter to win a VIP experience at the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
August race weekend ticket packages for the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 24, and the Food City 250 Nationwide event on Friday, Aug. 23, remain available, starting at $99. Great seats remain around the facility, with lower-row seating for the Night Race starting at $75. Tickets for the Food City 250 start at $35 for adults and $17 for youth 15-and-under.
Guests are encouraged to purchase in advance while the price is $5 less per grandstand ticket than the race-week cost for the same seat.
The Wednesday night doubleheader features the Titan Roof 150 Whelen Modified race and the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series event. Considered by many to be one of the best nights of racing in NASCAR, tickets are $30 and free for youth 15-and-under.
In addition, BMS fans may renew their season tickets for 2014.
For more information or to purchase tickets, fans may call toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL or visit www.bristoltix.com.