Nashville Superspeedway will reopen in 2021 for NASCAR competition. The announcement came as a result of a report from The Athletic on Tuesday (June 2), marking the first time any major touring series has raced at the track since 2011.
According to sources, the track will host a NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time in its history. The date will replace one of Dover International Speedway’s two dates. Dover Motorsports Inc. also owns Nashville Superspeedway.
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The 1.33-mile track was opened in 2001 and hosted both of NASCAR’s lower series until that final year in 2011, closing as a result of low attendance.
It’s been occasionally used by NASCAR to test but hasn’t held a major race since shuttering. IndyCar also raced there until 2008, as did the ARCA Menards Series.
Several proposals in recent years indicated efforts to return competition to the track, including a deal in 2018 that requested $54 million in bond payments and $2 million in cash from the city of Nashville — a deal that was struck down by then-mayor David Briley.
Last year, Nashville did host the season-ending awards ceremony for NASCAR, and the sport’s executives have publicly said they would support a race held in the Music City.
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