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The Best NASCAR Races at Nashville Superspeedway

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NASCAR returns to the "Music City" this week at the second-newest oval track on the calendar. A burgeoning market for NASCAR, it seems that Nashville metro-area will remain on the schedule for the foreseeable future. However, it still has a good bit of history and some good races in the lower series to be looked back on.

NASCAR returns to the “Music City” this week at the second-newest oval track on the calendar. A burgeoning market for NASCAR, it seems that Nashville metro-area will remain on the schedule for the foreseeable future. However, it still has a good bit of history and some good races in the lower series to be looked back on.

5. 2021 Ally 400: NASCAR Returns to Nashville

Sure, the race itself was not the best, as Kyle Larson led 264 laps and won by over four seconds. But this race was more about the symbolism than anything else. First, it marked NASCAR returning to Nashville, a market that always felt like a place NASCAR could thrive. The fans showed out with a sellout crowd on a steamy Sunday afternoon.

It also symbolized a changing of eras for NASCAR. After years of stagnant schedules, NASCAR was finally beginning to branch out and try some new things, and Nashville was the first new venue with no weather issues that year. It was less about the race, and more about what the race meant to the sport.

4. 2008 Federated Auto Parts 300: Brad Keselowski’s First Win

A race that truly highlighted the future stars of NASCAR. Joey Logano led 64 laps before being wrecked out by Greg Biffle. From there, Clint Bowyer dominated, leading 71 laps. In the end, it was future champion Brad Keselowski who finally broke through for his first Xfinity Series win.

A caution flag came out with 10 laps to go, and Keselowski restarted in third with eight laps to go. He followed Bowyer around race leader David Reutimann before passing Bowyer with six laps to go. Keselowski took home the win, and it was his first NASCAR National Touring Series win of his career.

3. 2003 Pepsi 300: Last Lap Win for a Veteran

David Green was in his age-45 season in the Xfinity Series in 2003, but he was far from done with winning in the series. He would win three races that season, a career-high, but his first win of the season was the most dramatic.

Johnny Sauter held the lead on a restart with 18 laps to go, and Green was in fourth. Green would slice and dice his way through the traffic, and take the lead in turn three on the final lap. It was the 15th and final lead change of the day.

2. 2006 Toyota Tundra 200: Last Lap Pass

The 2006 Truck Series race at Nashville was a chaotic one. The race featured nine caution flags, and an accident with only a few laps to go set up a green-white-checkered finish. Mike Skinner led the field to the restart, and he had dominated the later portion of the race leading the previous 50 laps.

Todd Bodine shoved Skinner out of the way into turn one, and Skinner was looking for revenge in turn one on the final lap. Skinner shoved Bodine up the track, but Skinner went the same way, opening the door for Johnny Benson. Benson took the win, and the last lap was the only lap he led.

1. 2004 Pepsi 300: Michael Waltrip Wins as the Leaders Wreck Out

They always says in racing that “anything can happen.” And on this day, the fifth place car with two laps to go won the race. The race was dominated by Clint Bowyer in the later stages, but a caution for a tire carcass with 11 laps to go bunched the field. A four-car battle for the win broke out between Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Robby Gordon, and Johnny Benson Jr.

Off of turn two with two laps to go, Bowyer clipped Busch sending Busch into a spin, collecting all four of the leaders. Michael Waltrip, who was out of the picture at the time, snuck around the outside to take the lead. There was no overtime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2004, so Waltrip won the race under caution. It was his 11th and final career win in the series.

Nashville Superspeedway will welcome in all three NASCAR National Touring Series this weekend, and it should be a fun weekend. Not only is it the first race after an off-week, but it also is a race that local fans have come to embrace. It should be a fun weekend, and the added twist of it being a night race makes it all the more interesting.

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