Nashville Fair Board Approves Deal With Bristol Motor Speedway To Renovate Historic Track

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The effort to bring NASCAR back to downtown Music City just won a huge victory as the Nashville Fair Board passed the deal letting Bristol Motor Sports renovate the Fairgrounds Speedway.

The Fair Board approved the deal on a 3-2 vote on Tuesday night (March 14), and will now wait for Metro Sports Authority and Metro Council to vote on it.

“We are thankful to the Nashville Fair Board for supporting the vision to restore the historic Fairgrounds Speedway,” says Jerry Caldwell, President & General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “They invested a lot of time vetting this opportunity, and we agree it provides a financially responsible future for the speedway while shifting the risk off taxpayers to a private operator, and completes the restoration of the Fairgrounds with improvements like a state-of-the-art sound-reduction wall that benefits the surrounding neighborhoods.

“We look forward to working with the Metro Council in the weeks ahead and believe that they also will agree that this is a smart plan for the future of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.”

In November of 2022, Mayor John Cooper and Bristol Motor Speedway reached an agreement which would hand over the track to Bristol who would renovate and run it. The goal was, and still is, to bring NASCAR Cup Series back to the heart of Nashville.

Steven Boero