As America’s best drivers gear up for the start of the 2021 season, one of the hot topics in media interviews has been the NASCAR Cup Series schedule changes, including the addition of Nashville Superspeedway’s June 18-20 tripleheader weekend.
The weekend includes the “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20 — the Cup Series’ first visit to Middle Tennessee in almost 40 years and the first NASCAR event of any kind at the Superspeedway since 2011.
See below on some top drivers’ thoughts on Nashville as they get ready to take the green flag on the 2021 campaign.
JOEY LOGANO, NO. 22 FORD, TEAM PENSKE: “You look at the Nashville market and hitting on that. I think that will be very interesting and fun for all of us in the industry to go towards that area. You look at what the banquet was like there and it was a lot of fun, and you look at the fans when we did the burnout competition there down on Broadway, that was cool. I like to think that area is gonna be really cool.”
DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 TOYOTA, JOE GIBBS RACING: “It’s been a long time since I’ve run Nashville. I ran in the Xfinity Series there early in my career. It’s a difficult place. It’s got concrete which is even more difficult to come up with a tire and aerodynamic package that works really well. I’m really interested to see how the Cup Series runs there. Obviously, Nashville itself is a very exciting town. Hopefully we get a lot of fan enthusiasm back there that we had about a decade ago.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, NO. 10 FORD, STEWART-HAAS RACING: “NASCAR is getting ready to launch into our most exciting season ever. We’ve got some really unique events on the schedule … going to Nashville Superspeedway …. that we’ve never been to in the Cup Series. It’s gonna be interesting and exciting.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 2 FORD, TEAM PENSKE: “I’ve run a Truck race there and quite a few NASCAR Xfinity Series races there. My first NASCAR win ever was there in 2008. It was an incredibly special day and a season that I’ll never forget. Going back there, I’ll always remember that day.”