Nashville Superspeedway Partners With Vanderbilt University’s Accelerator Program

The Nashville Superspeedway is offering college students a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR and motorsports this summer as part of the Accelerator Summer Business Immersion program at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

Students will spend three weeks at various organizations combining classroom and consulting experience for career preparation. Nashville Superspeedway is the first business to be featured for the project in 2023.

“We are delighted that our Accelerator students will join the team at Nashville Superspeedway to attract a new generation of fans to the excitement of motorsports,” says Cherrie Wilkerson, Assistant Dean for Young Professional Programs at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. “Sports and entertainment are hallmarks for Nashville, and this partnership allows our students to work hard to bring results for both the Superspeedway and regional fans.”

During the week of June 4-9, students will research, measure and provide possible solutions for expanding and diversifying Nashville Superspeedway’s fan base. They will be tasked with developing strategies to attract audiences outside of NASCAR’s typical audience and creating a greater connection between the Superspeedway and Nashville metro area.

Students will conclude their project by attending Nashville Superspeedway’s June 23-25 tripleheader weekend, which includes the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 25.

Nashville Superspeedway Adds Matt Greci As Senior Vice President & General Manager

Matt Greci. Photo: Courtesy Speedway Motorsports

Speedway Motorsports announced that motorsports industry executive Matt Greci has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager at Nashville Superspeedway, replacing Erik Moses, who leaves Dec. 2 to become executive director of the Fiesta Bowl.

“Our company is very fortunate to have a senior executive with experience not only with our company but already located in the Nashville market,” says Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. “It gives me great pleasure to announce Matt Greci as our new senior vice president and general manager at Nashville Superspeedway.

“Matt started at Charlotte Motor Speedway as an intern and through hard work and dedication, successfully moved through a variety of positions before becoming the vice president of events at Charlotte and then vice president of events and operations at Nashville Superspeedway. “We look forward to supporting Matt and our Nashville Superspeedway team as we move toward the 2023 Ally 400 NASCAR race weekend, continuing the commitment to fans and community that Erik established.”

No stranger to Speedway Motorsports, Greci relocated to Nashville shortly after the company acquired the 1.33-mile speedway as part of its purchase of Dover Motorsports in 2021. Prior to that, Greci spent nearly 16 years at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he began his career as a sales department intern, then joined the speedway full-time as the track rental and suite coordinator for corporate sales. Greci moved to the events department in 2008, working his way from events manager to vice president of events.

“When I started with Speedway Motorsports as an intern, I never could have imagined having the opportunity to lead a team as passionate, dedicated and hard-working for the fans as our staff at Nashville Superspeedway,” Greci says. “My family and I fell in love quickly with Nashville and already see this community as ‘home’.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some tremendous mentors at Speedway Motorsports and in the entertainment business,” Greci added. “They have helped me learn and grow both personally and professionally. I’m humbled to have the chance to put those lessons to use and build on the remarkable events at Nashville Superspeedway.”

During his tenure at Charlotte, Greci earned recognition as the CMS Employee of the Year in 2013. He also received the company’s highest honor, the prestigious Speedway Motorsports O. Bruton Smith Award in 2018, while managing event production at zMAX Dragway, The Dirt Track and the legendary superspeedway.  A native of Granby, CT., Greci earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Wingate University in 2006.

Erik Moses Steps Down As Nashville Superspeedway President

Erik Moses. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses is stepping down from his position with the speedway to take on the role as Executive Director and CEO of the Fiesta Bowl.

This move comes after Moses has served as the NSS President for the past two years, leading NASCAR’s returning to Middle Tennessee for the first time in nearly a decade.

“The Fiesta Bowl has a rich history for innovation and a commitment to meaningful impact on and off the college football field. I’m excited to join this high achieving organization and to continue and enhance its inspiring work within Arizona’s communities,” says Moses. “The joy of sports, entertainment and charitable giving is how we help to connect our communities make our state a better place to live, work and visit. I look forward to working with the talented staff, collaborating with our dedicated Board of Directors, Yellow Jacket Committee and our incredible volunteers to ensure our prominent standing in a vastly changing college football landscape.”

Moses led the way for NASCAR’s return to Nashville with major engagement and attracting musical acts like Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne and many more to headline pre-race concerts at the speedway. His work helped lead to a sellout of the first annual Ally 400 Cup Series race which saw eventual NASCAR champion Kyle Larson take home the coveted Gibson guitar trophy.

“Erik has been a tremendous part of the bringing NASCAR back to Nashville Superspeedway during the past two years,” notes Speedway Motorsports President & CEO Marcus Smith in a statement. “We’d like to thank him for all of his hard work promoting the Ally 400 and serving the community. We wish him the very best in his new role at the Fiesta Bowl.”

Pictured: Ally 400 winner and eventual 2021 NASCAR champion Kyle Larson and Erik Moses on Victory Lane. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Superspeedway

Prior to his work in Nashville, Moses served as CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, Moses oversaw the formation and founding of the Military Bowl, now celebrating its 14th anniversary, and also facilitated the creation of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic featuring the tradition, unity and heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). While in DC, he was also influential in the successful recruitment of MLB to the Nation’s Capital and the construction of the acclaimed Nationals Park–home of the MLB Washington Nationals and cornerstone of the revitalization of the southwest area of Washington, D.C. into a vibrant destination point of the city.

As Senior Vice President of Events DC, Moses solidified his expertise in sports tourism and event creation as the chief advocate for sports, entertainment and live events. He managed multiple venues, including the historic RFK Stadium, the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. His responsibilities included creating industry-leading partnerships with A-list brands to support local events, overseeing a community grants program and maintaining strong relationships with major league sports teams and their governing bodies.

Moses’ last stop in Washington was as the founding President of the DC Defenders of the newly-launched XFL spring professional football league, where he guided all aspects of the team’s business operations and fan experience. The team quickly climbed to become the standard bearer of the league in the areas of game day experience, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, content and community engagement.

Ally 400 Moves To Prime Time, Caps 2023 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend In Nashville

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Photo: Logan Riely/Getty Images

Nashville Superspeedway’s third annual NASCAR Cup Series weekend in June 2023 will mark another milestone for Middle Tennessee–Nashville Superspeedway’s first prime time NASCAR Cup Series race.

The Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 25 is set to take the green flag at 6 p.m. CT, once kicking off NBC’s broadcast portion of the Cup Series schedule.

“In less than three years since returning to the NASCAR calendar, Music City is already one of the most already anticipated stops on the schedule,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s President and GM. “Having a prime time audience for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will just add to all the fun and entertainment for our tripleheader weekend. We can’t wait for #NashCar fans to join us for all the excitement.”

The scheduled Ally 400 start time for Sunday, June 25, is two hours later than the 2022 start time, providing a potential safeguard for fans against some of the higher temperatures that pushed into the mid-90s during this year’s Cup Series weekend.

Nashville Superspeedway’s complete 2023 NASCAR schedule includes:

  • Friday, June 23: Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (7 p.m. CT, FS1)
  • Saturday, June 24: Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (2:30 p.m. CT, USA)
  • Sunday, June 25: Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race (6 p.m. CT, NBC)

Mayor’s Office, Bristol Motor Speedway Reach Agreement For Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway renderings

The reality of NASCAR returning to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway way is closer to becoming a reality as both Mayor John Cooper and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have agreed to a lease.

This proposal was presented to the Metro Fair Board on Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Mayor’s office, BMS President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell.

“Partnering with Bristol allows Nashville to preserve our 131-year tradition of racing at the Fairgrounds and bring the legendary speedway back to life as a valuable and exciting part of the modernized Fairgrounds,” Cooper explains. “Recognizing our obligation to maintain the track, we are leveraging investments from the state, the tourism industry, and facility users to make this a financial success for the city. We can put this landmark back on the national stage. I look forward to working with the Fair Board, Sports Authority and the Metro Council in the months ahead.”

With this deal, BMS will “renovate, operate, and maintain the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Metro Fair Board pursuant to a development agreement and a 30 year lease agreement.”

The agreement will need to be passed by the Board of Fair Commissioners, Metropolitan Council and Sports Authority. A vote by the Fair Board is expected to take place in January 2023.

If the proper bodies approve this agreement, bringing NASCAR back to the Fairgrounds, Bristol will host a Cup Series race at least every other year throughout the lease agreement and has agreed to “make up any deficits in pledged revenues in order to ensure the bond payments are met in the event a race is not held as anticipated.”

Nashville SC, the Fair Board and Bristol have also negotiated a scheduling process that will ensure all parties can schedule events as required by Metro Charter and the Nashville SC lease.

“It’s been a long multi-year process through selections and negotiations and we are eager to see this project through its completion,” adds Caldwell. “There is a lot of work ahead of us as we meet with city officials and work with the community to complete a truly comprehensive restoration of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for the enjoyment of future generations. We encourage race fans to continue to show their support for this special piece of motorsports history. We are thankful to all who have supported this venture throughout this process.”

According the agreement, the revenue sources to renovate the speedway will be a $17,000,000 grant from the State of Tennessee, a $17,000,000 payment from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC) for the use of the Speedway and tourism promotion activities, as well as Revenue Bonds issued by the Metro Sports Authority.

Revenue Bonds issued by the Metro Sports Authority will be backed by:

  • $1,000,000 annual rent payments from Bristol (with a 1% escalator)
  • $650,000 annual CVC rent payments
  • Ticket tax revenues
  • Redirect of the state and local sales taxes generated at the Speedway, similar to other Metro Sports facilities (Geodis Park, First Horizon Ballpark, Bridgestone Arena, Nissan Stadium)
  • Guaranteed annual payment by Bristol of $103,125, plus additional rent of up to $103,125 annually (with a 2% escalator) to be paid out of anticipated excess project revenues
  • A share of gross revenues and food & beverage revenues
  • Facility sponsorship payment up to $600,000 per year (with a 1% escalator)
  • 10% of facility naming rights net revenue

The deal between the city and Bristol is similar to the deal the Mayor’s office and the Titans agreed on last month for a new stadium and lease.

Bristol Motor Speedway will be responsible to all renovations as well as any updates needed within the 30-year lease.

Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain Pulls Off Wild Finish To Advance To Championship Race

Ross Chastain. Photo: Courtesy of Trackhouse Racing

Nashville-based Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain finished Sunday’s (Oct. 30) Martinsville race in fourth, punching his ticket to the NASCAR Playoff Championship race after pulling off one of the craziest finishes in recent NASCAR history.

Denny Hamlin was a two-point favorite to enter the final four for next week’s championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6, but on the final turn of the race, Chastain did something not many NASCAR fans have ever seen.

Chastain put his No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro in fifth gear, slid into the wall and flew past the rest of the field to beat out Hamlin for fourth place by half a car length. The stunt was a truly remarkable finish that has found its way all over social media.

“I played a lot of NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube growing up and you get away with it. I never knew if it would actually work,” Chastain shared cheekily in a post-race interview on NBC. “I grabbed fifth gear and asked Alpha two on the last lap if we needed it and we did. I couldn’t tell who was leading so I just made the choice. I grabbed fifth gear on the back and fully committed. Once I hit the wall, I basically let go of the wheel, just hoping I wouldn’t catch the turn four access gate or something crazy, but I was willing to do it.”

In his first season, he finished the NASCAR Cup Series regular season in third place with two wins and 14 top 10 finishes. His performance in the playoffs has been solid thus far, getting into the final eight spots last month. In the final races of the top eight, Chastain finished second at Las Vegas, second at Homestead-Miami and fourth at Sunday’s race in Martinsville.

Chastain is joined alongside Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Chase Elliott in the final four to race at Phoenix Raceway to compete for a NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The race is set for 2 p.m. CT on Nov. 6 and will be aired on NBC.

Parker Kligerman Named Full Time Driver For Big Machine Racing In 2023

Big Machine Racing owner Scott Borchetta with driver Parker Kligerman. Photo: Courtesy of Big Machine Racing

Big Machine Racing team (BMR) announced on Saturday (Oct. 29) that Parker Kligerman will take over as the team’s new full-time driver beginning in 2023.

This announcement comes as the BMR team winds down their second season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kligerman made one start for the team in 2022, competing in the Sparks 300 at Talladega Superspeedway where he started 9th and ended the day with a 6th place finish.

“Parker Kligerman is coming to Big Machine Racing at the perfect time,” explains BMR team owner, Scott Borchetta. “As our team continues to grow and put up real results, Parker has the experience and talent to take us next level. He has also become a staple in the NASCAR world with fans and industry alike and he will be a great ambassador for Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers and our other brands. Excited for 2023!”

The much-anticipated announcement comes just before the end of the 2022 season with Borchetta unveiling one of the team’s Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Chevrolets, featuring Kligerman’s name.

Kligerman currently drives Henderson Motorsports’ No. 75 truck part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, most recently with a win at Mid-Ohio and top-ten finishes at Talladega and Miami. Kligerman has raced in all three of NASCAR’s premier series since the start of his career in 2013 and has amassed 3 wins, 26 top 5 finishes, and 72 top 10 finishes across all three series.

“From getting the call in Mid-Ohio to our first run together at Talladega, Big Machine Racing has felt like somewhere I want to be,” says Kligerman. “I’m thrilled to be joining the championship-caliber team Scott Borchetta has put together and I can’t wait to continue the building process with the folks at Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers. Let’s have some fun and get a lot of checkered flags!”

BMR has not yet announced who will drive the No. 48  Big Machine Spiked Cooler Chevrolet Camaro for the final race of the 2022 season at the Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6.

Nashville Superspeedway Announces Internship Opportunities Across Multiple Departments

Photo: Courtesy of Nashville Superspeedway

The Nashville Superspeedway is looking for interns in social & digital media, ticket operations and ticket sales & services ahead of its 2023 season.

College students and recent graduates across Tennessee and around the country are encouraged to apply. There is no course of study required for internships and all will be considered. The NSS has no internship position limit, and they will vary depending on need and the strength of applicants.

Applicants are expected to be motivated and willing to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, including nights and weekends during events. The NSS encourages applicants to review the event calendar on its website as interns are expected to be available for all Nashville Superspeedway events.

After the application deadline, applicants may be called for an initial telephone interview by the coordinators of the internship program. Application materials of eligible applicants will then be circulated to various departments at NSS which, at their discretion and depending on their needs, will set up and conduct interviews with select applicants.

Internship positions will be available in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Eligible applicants will be contacted by interested departments at Nashville Superspeedway.

For those awarded an internship, they will attend an orientation where they will learn more about their positions and receive all the information they need to execute their jobs. Some interns will be required by their schools to get academic credit for completing an internship. While the NSS employees will be available to work with interns to secure the necessary authorizations for such credit, including necessary communication with the colleges, it will be the responsibility of each intern to arrange for the completion of all necessary paperwork to certify course credit.

To apply for these internships, head to teamworkonline.com or to the Nashville Superspeedway’s website.