Nashville Superspeedway Prepares To Accommodate Fans During Another Hot NASCAR Weekend

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Nashville Superspeedway is trying to alleviate the effects of Tennessee’s summer heat by boosting its efforts to keep fans cool during this year’s NASCAR Triple-Header race weekend.

“Providing a very entertaining and safe fan experience is of the utmost significance to our team,” says Nashville Superspeedway General Manager Matt Greci. “The feedback we have received from fans after the past few races has been pivotally important, and we’re proud to be able to present improved offerings to fans for this year’s Ally 400 race weekend.”

Nashville Superspeedway worked with NASCAR to ensure that this year’s Ally 400 Cup Series race would take place in the evening (6 p.m. CT start time) to help avoid potential heat-related issues, and also present fans with an incredible night-racing experience under the lights.

Cooling stations and free hydration options will be available to fans throughout race weekend (June 23–25):

  • Six-foot misting fans on the lower-level concourse and premium plus level
  • Three misting fans on the second-level concourse
  • 10 misting fans throughout the fan zone
  • Six misting tents throughout the main concourse, fan zone and main gate areas
  • Two 10’x40’ shade tent stations and two misting fans behind each auxiliary grandstand
  • Three misting fans in Turn Four Infield area
  • Complimentary WaterMonster hydration systems in the fan zone
  • Complimentary Quench Buggy water stations in the lower concourse

Ally will provide free cooling towels to the first 15,000 fans at the June 25 NASCAR Cup Series race.

Fans will be permitted to bring icepacks and unopened bottled water into the venue, in addition to empty insulated cups or bottles to fill at the free water stations. Coolers and loose ice are not allowed in the venue.

While medical teams will be on site throughout the weekend, fans are encouraged to remember the following safety tips:

  • Avoid prolonged direct exposure to bright sunlight. Spend time in the shade, wear a broad-brimmed hat or shield yourself from the sun in another way.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Remember that some people are more vulnerable than others: the very young, the very old and people taking diuretics or high blood pressure medications face a greater risk from the heat.
  • Know the symptoms of heat problems: “just not feeling right,” lethargy, dizziness, trouble concentrating and slurred speech are common early symptoms.
  • Know how to respond to heat problems: get the affected person to a cool area out of the sun, keep them wet with cool water or wet towels, and turn a fan on them. If the person quickly feels better, no further medical attention is likely needed. If symptoms persist, get the person to a medical professional.
  • Wear sunscreen. All first aid stations at Nashville Superspeedway will have sunscreen if you forget yours.

Fans will immediately notice that there are no additional fees for parking, which will streamline their arrival at Nashville Superspeedway. ADA-compliant parking is available near the main gates—to those with appropriate license plates or passes—on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can access those lots by using the main entrance off McCrary Road.

Steven Boero