As many outlets reported on Tuesday, NASCAR and Dover Motorsports, Inc. officially announced on Wednesday, that Nashville Superspeedway will host a NASCAR Cup Series event in 2021.
The 1.33-mile concrete oval will take over one of Dover International Speedway’s two race dates on the schedule.
“We were energized to see how excited Nashville was to host the NASCAR Cup Series banquet last December,” said Denis McGlynn, president & CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. in a press release. “When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001 our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the venue. Nashville, central Tennessee and the surrounding market area is filled with passionate race fans. We are thrilled that we were able to collaborate with NASCAR and our television partners to get this done and we can’t wait to put on a great show there in 2021.”
There has been a huge push within the industry for a return to the Nashville area, as the NASCAR Awards Banquet moved from Las Vegas to Music City last year.
“Thanks to the collaboration of Dover Motorsports and our broadcast partners, we are excited to bring NASCAR racing back to Nashville, a place where the passion for our sport runs deep,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “The Nashville market is a vital one for our sport, and bringing NASCAR Cup Series racing to Nashville Superspeedway will be an integral building block in helping us further deliver on our promise in creating a dynamic schedule for 2021.”
While there have been numerous, currently unsuccessful, talks to bring the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to the schedule, it seems — at least for 2021 — that NASCAR has settled on NSS as their way of tapping into the Nashville market.
Nashville Superspeedway was built in 2001 and hosted 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series races and 13 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series events between 2001 and 2011.
10 years later, the speedway will make its shocking return to NASCAR in the Cup Series, no less.
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