Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses Named To Cumberland University Board Of Trustees

Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses has been elected to the Cumberland University Board of Trustees.

“Cumberland is honored to have Mr. Erik Moses join our Board of Trust,” says Cumberland University President Dr. Paul C. Stumb. “He has done a tremendous job of revamping the Nashville Superspeedway in a relatively short period of time and has shown he is deeply committed to this community. I speak on behalf of the entire university community when I say that we are thrilled to have his exceptional leadership skills and talent added to our board.”

Moses joined the Superspeedway in 2020 and oversaw the restart of its operations, welcoming back a full weekend of NASCAR for the first time in almost 30 years. Prior to joining Speedway Motorsports, Moses served as the founding President of the DC Defenders of the XFL. He has also served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Sports, Entertainment and Special Events for Events DC, and was responsible for developing the company’s corporate partnerships initiative. Prior to the creation of Events DC, he served as the CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.

“I am honored to join the Board of Trust for Cumberland University, an institution that for 180 years has and continues to contribute so much to this State and our nation,” says Moses. “President Stumb and other members of the Cumberland community have both welcomed me to Middle Tennessee and made me feel at home here. I am very pleased to offer my experience, expertise, and efforts in the support of this important institution and look forward to serving with other distinguished members of the Board and so many committed members of the University community.”

Moses serves on the board of directors for the DC Jazz Festival, the Military Bowl Foundation, is a member of the NASCAR Industry Diversity Council, the Rotary Club of Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee and previously served on the board of the US Tennis Association – Mid-Atlantic Section.

He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He holds an honorable Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne-Owen College and is a member of the bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Moses was officially elected to the CU Board of Trustees on April 28 and will begin serving in June 2022.

Brothers Osborne To Play On-Track Concert Before Ally 400 At Nashville Superspeedway

Brothers Osbourne. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville Superspeedway

Country music duo Brothers Osborne, will take the stage at Nashville Superspeedway for the pre-race concert ahead of the 2022 Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26.

The Grammy award-winning duo will perform at 2 p.m. from the pre-race concert stage located on pit road. Fans attending the race can purchase a Track Access Pass that provides stage-front access for the concert and driver introductions, views down pit road, and the opportunity to view the race from within the infield. The Track Access Pass must be accompanied by a race day ticket.

“As the home for NASCAR Cup Series racing in Middle Tennessee, we understand the importance of infusing the heart of Music City into our events,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s President. “We’re excited to have Brothers Osborne turn up the heat on our #NASHCAR weekend and know the fans in attendance from across the country, will enjoy this award-winning superstar duo before America’s best drivers take the track for the Ally 400.”

The duo has achieved numerous Platinum and Gold certifications for their hit songs, including “Stay a Little Longer,” “21 Summer,” “It Ain’t My Fault,” “Shoot Me Straight” and “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

Since their debut, Brothers Osborne have accumulated five CMA awards, six ACM awards, and at the 2022 Grammy Awards, the singer-songwriter siblings took home their first trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the single “Younger Me.” The band has amassed a total of nine Grammy nominations from their three studio albums, which have all reached top 5 status on U.S. country charts.

The inaugural Ally 400 in 2021 was sold out after almost 30 years of NASCAR’s absences in Middle Tennessee. Chris Janson performed the Sunday pre-race concert and Luke Combs served as the grand marshal. Award-winning Christian artist CeCe Winans gave the invocation and Priscilla Block sang the national anthem.

Tickets for the Speedway’s NASCAR weekend are on sale now.

Trackhouse Racing, Big Machine Racing To Sport Throwback Color Schemes At Darlington

Pictured (top): Big Machine Racing’s No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro in Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 color scheme; (bottom): Trackhouse Racing’s No. 1 and No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro’s sporting Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 1998 Japan color Schemes

At this weekend’s Xfinity and Cup Series NASCAR races at Darlington Raceway, Nashville-based teams Trackhouse Racing and Big Machine Racing (BMR) will be honoring NASCAR legends with throwback paint schemes.

Trackhouse drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez will be honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first time driving in a Cup Series car in competition, as well as Dale Earnhardt Sr. car when he first raced against his son. Similarly, BMR’s Tyler Reddick will be honoring NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.

The Earnhardt’s squared off during an exhibition race at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi on Nov. 22, 1998. Earnhardt Jr. drove the black No. 1 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. entry featuring Coca-Cola’s Polar Bears, while Earnhardt Sr. drove a Coca-Cola red No. 3 Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress Racing.

Pictured L-R: Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in front of their cars ahead ahead of the 1998 NASCAR exhibition race. Photo: Courtesy of Trackhouse Racing

“We wanted to do something that honors the legacy of the sport, recognizes our valued partners at Trackhouse Racing and something that fans can get behind,” says Trackhouse Founder and Owner Justin Marks. “We think that this is the right combination, marrying the history of the Earnhardts who are both hall of famers, acknowledging our support from Coke and Chevrolet, plus supporting the fans excitement for Throwback Weekend in Darlington.”

Chastain has had an amazing year so far winning two races and finishing in the top-five seven times in his first season with Trackhouse.

“I never dreamed I would get to run a Dale Earnhardt Jr. paint scheme. It’s a privilege and it’s certainly one of my career highlights. I hope we have a good run and can make Earnhardt nation proud.” says Chastain.

Big Machine Racing is in its second season in the Xfinity Series and, as an avid racing fan and current autosports competitor, owner and founder Scott Borchetta is excited to honor the great Bobby Allison.

“We are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 win. The design has always been a fan favorite and we’re thrilled to have former Xfinity Series champ Tyler Reddick behind the wheel. Tyler is a wheel-man and this is his kind of track,” says Borchetta.

Reddick won the Xfinity Series title in both 2018 and 2019. He drives full-time for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup Series, finishing in the top-five three times in 11 races.

“I’m really excited to get back in an Xfinity Series car and it’s even cooler that I get to do it for Darlington Throwback Weekend,” says Reddick. “I’ve always loved that weekend because it honors our sport’s legends, like Bobby Allison. Big Machine Racing put together a really awesome looking car, and Bobby Allison is not only a NASCAR Hall of Famer but a NASCAR icon. I hope we can get this hot rod in Victory Lane on the 50th anniversary of his Southern 500 win.”

Fans can catch both races FS1 with the Xfinity Series race at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 7) and the Souther 500 Cup Series Race at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Music City Grand Prix To Make Track Adjustments, Fan Enhancements Ahead Of August Race

Photo: Courtesy of Music City Grand Prix

After an extremely successful inaugural race in 2021, the Music City Grand Prix has announced some adjustments to the track for August’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

There will be a new restart zone along with several other track modifications.

During last year’s inaugural Grand Prix, the restarts occurred at the finish line in front of Nissan Stadium but now will move to the long straightaway as the field exits the Korean Veterans Bridge and toward Turn 9. It will be the same zone that was used for the start of each race last season and should provide cleaner restarts and more immediate passing opportunities.

This restart change will affect the IndyCar Series race, Indy Lights race, GT America race, Trans Am race and Stadium SUPER Trucks race.

Other modifications or changes to the 2.17-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit include:
  • Turn 11 apex being opened approximately six feet to not only increase the track width but provide better vision for drivers
  • Transition areas at both ends of the KVB Bridge being smoothed as much as possible to reduce the potential of the cars bottoming coming on and off the bridge
  • Resurfacing at the Turn 5 apex to minimize the bump
  • Track width into Turn 9 being reduced to 50 feet to accommodate additional suites in a primary viewing area
  • Additional gates being added to maximize track crossings at several locations

Fans will be getting some adjustments this year, too. The Fan Zone will see the relocation of the secondary music stage moving to the footprint closer to the river, heightened bar/gathering experiences, more food trucks, and more sponsor activation areas.

There will be a new option for fans to enjoy the race right on the Cumberland River with the General Jackson Riverboat Experience. It will be the featured water entertainment on Sunday, Aug. 7, in anticipation of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix at 2 p.m. CT.

There will also be a showcase by the Pro Watercross series on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6 of race weekend. The jet ski riders will reach speeds of more than 85 miles per hour competing against each other on a three-quarter mile, closed-course layout on the Cumberland River. Friday’s action will feature slalom competition with the riders racing on adjacent courses.

Fan Zone viewing is free with event admission and the downtown location will be free admission.

Big Machine Racing Names Kaz Grala As No. 48 Car Driver

Kaz Grala. Photo: Courtesy of Big Machine Racing

The Big Machine Racing team is making a change for its upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Races, naming Kaz Grala as the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Grala will replace driver Jade Buford for the races at Talladega and Dover on April 23 and April 30, respectively. Buford completed his first ever NASCAR season in 2021 with BMR in its inaugural season.

“We’ve made a very serious commitment to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including our strategic partnership with RCR, and at this time we need to evaluate all aspects of the team as I am determined to run up front,” said team founder and owner Scott Borchetta in a statement.

Grala has raced in 37 races in the Xfinity Series, including three this season with Alpha Prime Racing. Grala has also made two Cup starts with Floyd Mayweater‘s The Money Team Racing and two Truck Series starts with Young’s Motorsports. His best finish was seventh place in his Cup Series debut driving RCR’s famed No. 3 car at the Daytona road course when Austin Dillon was sidelined by COVID.

So far this season, Grala finished 25 at Fontana, 23 in Las Vegas and 33 in Phoenix.

Buford’s best performance in 2022 was at Circuit of the Americas where he finished eighth. Outside of that race, his best finish was 22nd. Out of the eight races Buford has driven in, he’s failed to finish in three of them.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Tickets On Sale April 13

Tickets for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Aug 7 in downtown Nashville will go on sale beginning April 13 at 10 a.m. CT.

Last year’s inaugural race was a festival of which Nashville has never experienced. Food, concerts and some of the most exciting racing of the 2021 IndyCar season took place in Music City around Nissan Stadium.

Fans can purchase all three-day grandstand tickets and premium packages starting on Wednesday. Packages start as low as $129, with tickets available for different budgets.

The packages available for the Grand Prix between Aug. 5-7 are:

  • The dynamic, all-inclusive NetJets Club RPM presented by Grand Hyatt Nashville trackside hospitality ($2,250)
  • Founders Membership with premium grandstand seating, paddock passes and multiple perks ($1,600)
  • East Club all-inclusive experience located in Nissan Stadium ($1,399)
  • Premium Grandstands (Grandstand 6 and 7) ($219)
  • Reserved Grandstands ($209)
  • General Admission ($129)
  • The Tootsies Starting Line Club presented by Busch Light, an all-inclusive add-on option ($400) to your ticket is located under the KVB Bridge at the starting line.
  • New addition for 2022 for Sunday’s race day only: the General Jackson Riverboat Experience ($349). An all-inclusive party on the General Jackson, which will be moored at the boat ramp adjacent to the Nissan Stadium campus with closed-circuit race coverage on board as well as a general admission ticket to roam the grounds. The experience also will give these ticket purchasers the option of a round-trip cruise to the race from Opryland or board at the event grounds.

Racing fans can head to musiccitygp.com to purchase several different ticketing options. Other limited capacity or premium options can only be purchased through a ticket representative at (615) 270-8705 or via email inquiries at tickets@musiccitygp.com.

Ross Chastain Notches First Win For Trackhouse Racing

Ross Chastain celebrating his Cup Series win at COTA. Photo: Daylon Barr Photography

The Nashville-based Trackhouse Racing team won its first race at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas behind driver Ross Chastain on Sunday, March 27.

Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro has started off extremely hot in 2022. He finished in third place in Las Vegas and second in both Phoenix and Atlanta in back-to-back weekends prior to winning at COTA. His teammate Daniel Suarez in the No. 99 Camaro qualified second before finishing in 24th.

“When it comes to a Cup win, I can’t let that go down without a fight. Justin Marks, Trackhouse, AdventHealth, and a million Moose members better be celebrating tonight all across the country and the world,” Chastain said after the race.

The North Carolina native finished stage two of the race in eighth after starting in 16th. In the final lap, AJ Allmendinger snuck into first when Chastain pulled wide. Alex Bowman then got past Allmendinger with Chastain riding his bumper. Chastain’s pressure forced Allmendinger to collide with Bowman and allowed Chastain to take back the lead, ultimately winning the race.

Photo: Courtesy of Daylon Barr Photography

“AJ is so good, I’ve learned so much from him. How do you go beat the guy? He taught me so much,” added Chastain. “I can’t believe Justin Marks hired me to drive this car.”

Marks founded Trackhouse Racing in 2020 prior to its inaugural season in 2021. Suarez was the team’s only driver last season, but in late 2021 Trackhouse acquired Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR operations and took on Chastain as a second driver.

In 2021, Trackhouse’s best finish was at the Bristol Dirt Track when Suarez finished fourth.

So far this season, Suarez two fourth place finishes, and Chastain has four top five finishes and a win. Chastain sits in third place in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings while Suarez sits in13th.

The Trachouse Racing team heads to the Richmond Raceway this weekend for the Toyota Owners 400. The race is set for Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Fans Can Vote For Their Favorite Driver To Join SRX Race In Nashville

SRX Race at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: Jack Kessler

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and SRX Racing are giving Nashville racing fans a special opportunity to vote for their favorite local, late model driver to run in the SRX Series Race in Nashville on July 9.

Fans will get the chance to choose one of six drivers to enter the SRX event. All six drivers have a history at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and are some of the best that the sport has to offer. Drivers that fans can chose from include Brittney Zamora, Cole Williams, Dylan Fetcho, Michael House, Bubba Pollard and Steven Nasse.

Zamora made history in 2021 at Nashville by becoming the first female to win a premier race at the historic speedway. Both Williams and Fetcho have already been crowned champions and have hoisted the coveted guitar at Nashville. House is the defending champion of the Pro Late Model division and is one of the best Music City has to offer. Pollard is a former All American 400 winner and Nasse is a two-time Super Series Champion.

Voting will start on Sunday, April 3 and will run until Friday, May 6. The winner will be announced live at the ARCA Menards East race at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, May 7. Fans are allowed just one vote.

2021 was SRX’s inaugural season which finished at the fairgrounds speedway in front of a sold out crowd. League co-founder and former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was crowned the champion of SRX’s first season. 2020 NASCAR champ Chase Elliott won the individual race.