Carl Moore built the track along with Larry Carrier and R.G. Pope, Work began on what was then called Bristol International Speedway in 1960, and it took approximately one year to finish. Carrier, Moore and Pope scratched many of their ideas for the track on envelopes and brown paper bags.
Carrier and Moore had gotten the motivation after traveling to North Carolina in 1960 to attend the first event at Charlotte Motor Speedway - built by Charlotte businessman turned race promoter O. Bruton Smith and legendary driver Curtis Turner. It was from that trip the idea was spawned to build a speedway in Northeast Tennessee. (http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com)