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Thousands of fans of the hit Discovery Channel show “Street Outlaws” ascended on an over-capacity Bristol Dragway on Tuesday evening.
“What an amazing turnout at this episode taping of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Street Outlaws,’” said Jerry Caldwell, general manager of the Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. “We knew the show was tremendously popular. However, we didn’t anticipate a turnout this strong for a Tuesday night. It’s a testament to the show’s popularity, the power of social media engagement and the opportunity for fans to be a part of history.”
Caldwell apologized to fans who were unable to attend because the event reached capacity. The dragway’s seating capacity is 25,000.
The turnout was evident on roads around the Bristol Motor Speedway property. Traffic on state Route 394 and U.S. Highway 11E was at a standstill as fans traveled to the dragway, which only charged people $10 to park.
The stars of “Street Outlaws,” which is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, participated in a racing tournament involving 32 vehicles in pursuit of $100,000. It was the largest prize amount in the show’s history and the first time it’s been filmed at a professional dragway.
“I watch ‘Street Outlaws’ on TV all the time,” said Carter County, Tennessee, resident Brian Rader, who traveled to Bristol with his wife. “I definitely wasn’t going to miss seeing this in person. It is a once in a lifetime thing.”
The couple had learned about the event on Facebook and didn’t want to miss the unique opportunity to see it being filmed.
Jim and Angel Bear of Bluff City, Tennessee, are longtime fans of the TV show.
“It’s about the testosterone,” said Angel Bear, who added that today is her birthday. “They beat their chest and race.”
The couple said they were excited “Street Outlaws” came to Bristol on Tuesday. Angel Bear added that it’s even more exciting that it’s outlawed, referring to illegal street racing, which is the premise of the show.
Their favorite characters on the show are the duo of AZN and Farmtruck. Other stars in Bristol included Big Chief and Murder Nova.
The “Street Outlaws” were guests and made special appearances over the weekend for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
Pilgrim Media Group, the series’ producer, filmed the special that will air early in 2018.