Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Closer To NASCAR Race

Photo courtesy of BMS
Photo courtesy of BMS

Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have entered into a letter of intent to renovate historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) for the potential return of NASCAR events at the legendary race track.

NFS is the second-oldest operating motor speedway in the US, dating back to 1904. It has a storied connection with racing, including being a showcase for legendary drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, members of the Petty family, and Darrell Waltrip. 

Subject to approval by the Board of Fair Commissioners and Metropolitan Council, Bristol Motor Speedway would have a long-term contract to lease, manage, and operate Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and assume financial responsibility for track renovations and ongoing maintenance.

“The goal of the partnership is to bring our historic racetrack back to life as a valuable and exciting part of the Fairgrounds,” Mayor John Cooper said in a release. “We can put this landmark back on the national stage. I look forward to working with the Fair Board and the Metro Council in the months ahead.”

In addition to NASCAR, the Metro Council anticipates revenues from non-racing events, such as concerts and other entertainment events, including events sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

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