Nashville Superspeedway will host its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021, officials have announced.
The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports, Inc. and hosted NASCAR- and IRL-sanctioned events from 2001 to 2011. It is situated on approximately 1,000 acres just outside of Nashville, and currently has 25,000 permanent grandstand seats and lights for night racing. The property played host to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NTT INDYCAR SERIES and other racing series in its history.
“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. “When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001 our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the venue. Nashville, middle 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.
“While we have been in discussions with NASCAR for some time about the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Cup Series back to Nashville Superspeedway, plans really just became solidified in recent weeks. We will have many more announcements and exciting updates to share regarding plans for the facility shortly.”
The tentative date for Nashville Superspeedway’s first NASCAR Cup Series race is Sunday, June 20, 2021 (Father’s Day) and will be the first race in a four-year deal that will feature Cup Series races at the Superspeedway for many years to come.
The NASCAR Cup Series race date for Nashville was moved from Dover International Speedway, which will continue to host one NASCAR Cup Series race per year. The 2021 Nashville NASCAR Cup Series race will likely open NBC’s portion of the Cup Series broadcast schedule.
Current NASCAR Cup Series competitors who have earned wins at Nashville Superspeedway include Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as well as Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon.
“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.”
McGlynn estimated $8 million to $10 million will be put into the facility for upgrades, as well as hiring more than two dozen people to work at the Superspeedway full time.
Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dover Motorsports, Inc., visited the Superspeedway earlier this month along with other Dover and NASCAR officials.
“The structure of the facility, it is in phenomenal shape,” said Tatoian to The (Nashville) Tennessean. “There just isn’t a significant amount of work that has to be done. That really is a credit to the original architects, the construction company and our guys; when they put it together it literally is something that has stood the test of time.”
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More information about the 2021 Nashville event will be made available in coming months.