Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville strikes deal to bring NASCAR back

Operation: Make NASCAR Great Again!

114 years old, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville was open for business. The Tennessee track has seen a lot of ups and downs since then. They’ve escaped a fire and a desire by a former city mayor for demolition of the complex.

Now, the best days lay ahead for the Nashville short track. Speedway Motorsports Inc and Tony Formosa have created a deal to bring NASCAR back to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

The deal has been agreed upon by the promoters. However, the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners will still need to approve the deal for the 1/2-mile track in Nashville, Tennessee.

A few months ago, members of the board expressed a concern for too many races at the speedway. That concern surfaced ahead of the agreement to bring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the track.

Related: Fair board expresses concerns over too many races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville during the talks of bringing in a dirt race

In the same meetings, there were discussions of bringing the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series to the track. It’s still unclear what deal has been struck between the Fairgrounds Speedway promoter and SMI.

Bristol Motor Speedway - Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway – Night Race

Jerry Caldwell

“Tony and our team both see the same bright future for Fairgrounds Speedway,” Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, said in a statement to the Tennessean.

“Nashville has a special reputation as one of the most exciting tracks in the history of motorsports, and the region has a remarkably large and passionate fan base.”

“The motorsports industry — the sanctioning bodies, drivers and race teams — is excited about Nashville’s potential to be a regular site for major events. With Metro supportive of that vision, we are eager to start working tomorrow with the city, Tony and other stakeholders at the Fairgrounds and beyond, to develop a first-class racing facility and program,” Caldwell concluded.

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

Tony Formosa

Current track promoter Tony Formosa fended off a bid from Bristol Motor Speedway when it came time to renew his most recent lease of the speedway. Now, the two parties have joined forces to Make NASCAR Great Again!

Related: Bristol Motor Speedway offers bid to run Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

“This is terrific news for fans of racing and drivers all across the country and will bring a brighter future for Nashville Fairgrounds,” Formosa said.

“I’m excited to work with Bruton and Marcus Smith and the Bristol team who I feel will bring this historic facility back to where it belongs. Today marks an exciting new beginning for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville,” Formosa concluded.


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