Could NASCAR return to Nashville’s historic Fairgrounds Speedway? It’s starting to seem that way, as explained by the Tennessean.
“Just 12 years ago, Ronnie Campbell went door-to-door trying to rally support for Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway,” per the report. “At that time, the city was discussing the possibility of shutting it down completely, with then-mayor Karl Dean wanting to close and redevelop the site. But Campbell and 10 others dedicated to the Fairgrounds organized a group of 3,000 petitioners, all wanting to save the track.”
A ballot was passed to preserve the track as a result, and on Friday, current Nashville mayor John Cooper struck a deal with Bristol to land NASCAR back on the track.
The proposal includes a 30,000-seat stadium with an expanded concourse. It includes premium seating and pedestrian tunnels. Meanwhile, the old grandstand would be torn down.
“The proposed deal would bring up to $50 million in funding for renovations, and Speedway Motorsports, which owns and operates Bristol and seven other venues nationwide, would have the discretion to bring a NASCAR Cup series race to the Fairgrounds,” the Tennessean reported.