The Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County will reopen with a schedule next year that will include a NASCAR Cup Series race, according to Dover Motorsports.
June 20, 2021 is a “very tentative” date for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, which may change as NASCAR and its broadcast partners complete next year’s schedule, says Dover Motorsports Chief Operating Officer Mike Tatoian.
Other competitions will also be held at the Nashville Superspeedway, Tatoian said.
The return to the competition on the track is not an individual affair, but “the expectation is to run the facility for a long time,” Tatoian said.
The 1.33-mile-long concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports, Inc. and hosts NASCAR and IRL sanctions. But the Nashville Superspeedway was largely shut down by owner Dover Motorsports as a racing track in 2011.
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Dover’s decision means the company is likely to be the first to bring NASCAR racing back to the Nashville area. Speedway Motorsports, which runs the track in Bristol, has expressed interest in bringing NASCAR to the Nashville Fair. But there is no agreement in place.
After leading much of the race after the restart, Kyle Busch (5) spins down the front lane at Nashville Superspeedway with just a few laps to go, raising the last yellow flag that gave Jason Leffler the victory in June 2004. (Photo: File)
The Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon was built on approximately 1,250 acres in Wilson County and about 150 acres in Rutherford County off Interstate 840.
“The facility with space for 25,000 was built” really, really well, “Tatoian said, but there will be a” close inspection “, with the expectation of necessary upgrades that will include an update of WiFi infrastructure. good condition, but we have to make sure it’s ready (to be) a full-year facility, “Tatoian said.
The NASCAR Cup Series Awards were held in Nashville in December, which helped re-start conversations about the Wilson County facility – including with a NASCAR race.
In turn, Dover International Speedway in Delaware will host a NASCAR Cup Series race weekend of 2021 instead of its usual two.
“When we built the Nashville Superspeedway in 2001, our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the arena,” said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., in a statement. “While we have been discussing with NASCAR for a long time about the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Cup Series back to Nashville Superspeedway, the plans have really only strengthened in recent weeks.”
More announcements and updates are expected in the coming weeks, Dover Motorsports officials said.
Part of the Nashville Superspeedway property is being converted into an industrial park.
Panattoni Development Company acts as the master developer and has purchased about 290 acres in several purchases, according to Dover Motorsports spokesman Gary Camp.
None of the land sold covers the course itself, and the site still has more than enough land to accommodate fans, Tatoian says.
The premises has also been used by Nissan for storing vehicles and for occasional leasing, Camp said.
Dover Motorsports had signed an agreement to sell the course to NeXovation Inc. in 2014 for nearly $ 46 million – $ 27 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $ 18.8 million in debt obligations to Wilson County.
However, NeXovation had entered into the agreement when it failed to make a mandatory deposit of $ 1.5 million to refill the lock account after an end date had been extended, according to previous reports.
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