Fair Board hears proposal for Nascar short track at Fairgrounds

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Nashville’s Fairgrounds could host the next NASCAR race track. 

Speedway Motorsports, the company that runs Bristol Motor Speedway, is very interested in renovating the race track at the Fairgrounds and they made a presentation to the Fair Board Tuesday morning. 

Race track developers showed the board renderings so they could see what an updated track might look like.

Board members brought up concerns about noise, traffic, transparency of the process and who would foot the bill. 

Bristol GM Jerry Caldwell calls Nashville’s historic track “a diamond in the rough”. 

“We think it’s really important to preserve that history,” said Caldwell.  If you look at all the drivers that have gotten their start here and the great things that are going on in Nashville as a whole, it’s a perfect fit.  We think all of this can work really well as a sports complex here at the Fairgrounds property and has a great future.”

There is some support for the idea. Robert Swope, District 4 Council Member says, “Well, I think the community spoke very loudly ten years ago when they said there are three things that will remain at the Fairgrounds for forever– and they are: The flea market, the state fair and racing. So if you want to argue with 71% of the constituents of Davidson County, go ahead, good luck.”

The Fair Board has not made any decisions about the speedway proposal. Members want to make sure racing would not interfere with the Major League Soccer schedule as construction is about to get underway on a soccer stadium for Nashville’s new MLS team.

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