Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing, Nashville!
NASCAR announced today that Nashville Superspeedway will host a Cup Series race in 2021, bringing the sport back to Music City for the first time since 2011. The 1.33 mile track, located just outside of Nashville in Lebanon, has been unused since then except for the occasional stock-car driving experience or as storage for the nearby Nissan plant.
The Nashville race will replace one of the current races at Dover International Speedway, a track owned by the same parent company as Nashville Superspeedway.
The return to Nashville is a natural move for NASCAR, which hosted its annual awards banquet in Music City last year. For years, fans have been clamoring for the sport to return to the half-mile Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville – a track that hasn’t seen a Cup race since 1984. And while the Superspeedway was ultimately the track that will bring NASCAR back to Nashville, it sounds like there’s hope that racing will return to the Fairgrounds at some point in the future.
Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, which is the parent company for Bristol Motor Speedway in east Tennessee, has proposed a $60 million renovation plan for the Fairgrounds Speedway. Smith says that efforts to work with the state and local government will continue in order to revive the Fairgrounds Speedway.
While I’m definitely in the crowd that would love to see a short-track race at the Fairgrounds, give me a race anywhere in Nashville and you can bet your ass I’ll be there.
Especially if this guy’s giving the pre-race invocation.
“Lord I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife tonight…”