According to Dover Motorsports, Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County will reopen next year with a schedule that will include a NASCAR Cup Series race.
June 20, 2021 is a “very tentative” date for the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway, which may change as NASCAR and its broadcast partners finalize next year’s schedule, said Dover chief operating officer Motorsports, Mike Tatoian.
Other races will also take place at the Nashville Superspeedway, said Tatoian.
Returning to the track is not a one-time deal, but “the expectation is to operate the facility for a long time,” said Tatoian.
The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports, Inc. and has hosted sanctioned events by NASCAR and IRL. But Nashville Superspeedway was largely closed by owner Dover Motorsports as a race track in 2011.
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Dover’s decision means the company will likely 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 Fairgrounds Nashville. But there is no agreement in place.
Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon was built on approximately 1,250 acres in Wilson County and approximately 150 acres in Rutherford County off Interstate 840.
“The facility that can accommodate 25,000 people has been built” really, really well, “said Tatoian, but there will be a” thorough inspection “, with anticipation of the necessary upgrades that will include an update to the WiFi infrastructure. The track is “in great condition, but we need to make sure it is ready (to be) a year-round installation,” said Tatoian.
The NASCAR’s Cup Series Awards were held in Nashville in December, which sparked conversations about the reopening of Wilson County facilities – including a NASCAR race.
In turn, Dover International Speedway in Delaware will host a NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in 2021 instead of the usual two.
“When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001, our goal was to someday organize a NASCAR Cup Series race for the site,” said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., in a statement. “While we have been discussing with NASCAR for some time the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Cup Series back to Nashville Superspeedway, plans have just solidified in recent weeks. “
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More announcements and updates are expected in the coming weeks, said Dover Motorsports officials.
Part of the Nashville Superspeedway property is being redeveloped as an industrial park.
Panattoni Development Company acts as prime contractor and has purchased approximately 290 acres in multiple purchases, according to Dover Motorsports spokesman Gary Camp.
None of the land sold is for the track itself, and the site still has enough land to accommodate fans, said Tatoian.
The site has also been used by Nissan to store vehicles and hire occasional tracks, said Camp.
Dover Motorsports had reached an agreement to sell the track to NeXovation Inc. in 2014 for nearly $ 46 million – $ 27 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $ 18.8 million in bonds owed to the county from Wilson.
However, NeXovation did not honor the agreement when it failed to make the required deposit of $ 1.5 million to replenish the escrow account after the extension of the closing time, according to previous reports.
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