NASCAR Plans to Return to The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
SAM JONES, MTN Reporter
Nashville Mayor John Cooper recently signed a letter of intent to renovate the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to be able to host NASCAR national series races.
This comes after an announcement last summer that Nashville Superspeedway will return to the NASCAR schedule in 2021.
The letter of intent has been met with widespread support from the NASCAR community due to the track’s history in the sport. The last time a Cup Series race happened at the fairgrounds was in 1984, but other NASCAR series have raced there until the early 2000’s.
However, it has been met with some concerns from Nashvillians.
Adam Stern, of Sports Business Journal, reported that the city will not issue more than $50 million dollars for renovations. In addition to modernizing the track, the plan will add schedule stability. This will allow the locals to know when events are taking place at the track. The plan will also address noise mitigation for the local homes.
Bristol Motor Speedway, who owns the track, will oversee the project.
It’s unclear when the plan will be finalized, but a date later this year is expected.