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Return of Nashville Fairgrounds Faces More Political Obstruction

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Adam Stern reports that Metro Nashville is providing some issues for the Fairgrounds to get the final approval.

What’s Happening

Adam Stern reposted a Tennessee Lookout piece reporting Metro Nashville sued to stop a change to lower the amount of votes needed to approve the new Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway from 27 to 21 votes. Bristol Motor Speedway has provided potential plans to renovate the track with a new 30,000 seat facility at the current Fairgrounds track.

  • The Nashville Fairgrounds has been viewed as a potential sight for NASCAR in the future for years now, but it has had difficulty getting political support. The Tennessee Lookout reported that the move to lower the amount of votes necessary to renovate the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway from 27 to 21 was passed on May 5.
  • The Nashville Fairgrounds hosted 42 Cup Series events between 1958 and 1984. The last race at the venue was won by Geoff Bodine in July of 1984. Darrell Waltrip cut his teeth driving at this track before becoming a star in NASCAR.
  • This news is disappointing to fans on social media. This is a track that many fans want back on the schedule, but it seems like local opposition is keeping that from happening.

Around the Garage

Kenny Wallace does not like what he sees.

In the Stands

This feels eerily similar to other attempts to revive this race track doesn’t it?

Ideal it is not.

Anyone else remember Memphis? I remember Memphis.

I believe the plan is to renovate the facility, but the track itself will remain the same.

Facepalm

Sam hall is ready to give up.

On Your Screen

No it ain’t Darian.

It seems with each passing month that a new hurdle gets in the way of the Nashville Fairgrounds. NASCAR coming back to the Fairgrounds would be a great return to NASCAR’s roots, but if the local politicians do not want it, then how much longer can NASCAR pursue it.

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