Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain Captures First Ever Pole Win At Nashville Superspeedway

Pictured: Ross Chastain Racing after winning the Busch Light Pole Award at the Nashville Superspeedway. Photo: Courtesy of Trackhouse Racing

Nashville based Trackhouse Racing captured another milestone today when Ross Chastain earned the Busch Light Pole Award at the Nashville Superspeedway ahead of Sunday’s Ally 400.

It was Trackhouse’ first pole award as well as Chastain’s first of his career.

“This is a significant accomplishment for every man and woman as well as every corporate partner at Trackhouse Racing,” said Chastain whose No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet will lead the field to the green flag Sunday.

“We have been to victory lane, but we’ve never been part of the Busch Light pole ceremony and that was one of our goals this season. We get to start first tomorrow and let’s hope we get to celebrate in victory lane after the race.”

The Justin Marks-owned Trackhouse team has yet to pick up a win this season despite Chastain sitting in fourth place in the Cup standings and sixth place in the Cup Playoff standings.

Chastain scored victories at Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas in March 2022 and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April 2022. Teammate Daniel Suárez became the first Mexican (Monterrey) driver to a Cup Series race when he won at Sonoma (Raceway) in June 2022.

Suárez, who led the first group of qualifying will start 10th after spinning and hitting the wall in the final round. NBC will broadcast Sunday’s race at 6 p.m. CT.

Watch Ross Chastain’s full post-qualifying press conference in the link below:

Nashville Superspeedway Sells Out Third Annual Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series Race

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

This Sunday’s third annual Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Nashville Superspeedway has officially sold out grandstand tickets. A limited number of standing-room-only and premium experience tickets remain for Sunday.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race; kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult on both Friday and Saturday.

“We are so appreciative of NASCAR Nation supporting Nashville Superspeedway’s return to the NASCAR Cup Series and the buzz around this year’s Ally 400 has been tremendous,” says Matt Greci, senior vice president and general manager of Nashville Superspeedway. “The sellout for Sunday’s race confirms our position as one of Nashville’s leading sports and entertainment destinations and we look forward to an amazing race on Sunday as NASCAR’s best drivers take the green flag in the Ally 400.”

The sellout continues a recent trend of an increase in at-track attendance in the NASCAR Cup Series, which has produced Sunday sellouts this season at Daytona, Phoenix, Southern California, Atlanta, St. Louis, the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600.

In 2021, NASCAR’s premier series returned to Nashville after a 37-year absence and featured strong fan turnouts at both races. Prior to that, the Cup Series last raced in Nashville at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in 1984. This weekend’s sellout includes fans from nearly every state across America.

The Green Room Lounge and Pit Road Club premium areas have both sold out, but there are upgrades still available with the Pre-Race Track Pass and the Fan Walk Pass. To obtain more information and purchase tickets, please visit

Josh Berry Joins Stewart-Haas Racing For 2024 Season

Josh Berry. Photo: Courtesy of JR Motorsports

Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has named Josh Berry the driver of its No. 4 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series for the 2024 season. He will replace retiring Kevin Harvick, whose 23-year Cup Series career will come to an end following the season finale on Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

“I can’t imagine a better opportunity for me – to get in a car that’s been as successful and iconic as the No. 4,” says Berry. “Kevin is a future NASCAR Hall of Famer, and it’s going to be a challenge trying to come after someone so successful. But I know I’m going to have an amazing group of people around me, led by Rodney Childers, to where we can hit the ground running.”

Harvick and his crew chief, Childers, have combined for 37 point-paying wins since their pairing in 2014, when they came out of the gate in impressive fashion by winning the 2014 Cup Series title.

“We’re incredibly proud to have Josh Berry begin the next chapter of his racing career in our No. 4 Ford Mustang,” says Tony Stewart, SHR Co-Owner. “Kevin Harvick has obviously set a very high bar, but Josh brings maturity, experience and, above all, a winning record to Stewart-Haas Racing. He is the right driver, at the right time, for the No. 4 team and our organization.”

Berry currently competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the stepping-stone division to the elite Cup Series. The 32-year-old is a five-time Xfinity Series race winner who advanced to the Championship Four in 2022. Berry’s on-track exploits have made him the go-to solution for Cup Series teams in need of an interim driver. He has already made 10 Cup Series starts, highlighted by a second-place finish on April 2 at Richmond Raceway while subbing for an injured Chase Elliott.

“Josh Berry has proven himself in the Xfinity Series and this year showed how quickly he can adapt to the cars and the level of competition in the NASCAR Cup Series,” says Greg Zipadelli, SHR Chief Competition Officer. “He’ll be a rookie in our race car next year, but he drives like a veteran. He puts in the work to ensure that he’s always ready for the opportunities that come his way, and we’re very happy that his next opportunity is with Stewart-Haas Racing.”

Just as Berry earned his 2024 seat with SHR via strong and consistent performances in the Xfinity and Cup Series, he earned his spot in the Xfinity Series by dominating late model racing across a variety of grassroots series. His first career NASCAR win came while driving for JR Motorsports at Martinsville in 2021. From there, Berry only got better and continued to win races and earn points in the standings.

“The Xfinity Series win at Martinsville changed my career and allowed us to point toward a full-time season for 2022 where we competed for the championship,” says Berry. “It’s also been very meaningful to get some opportunities in the Cup Series this year. I’m proud of how they went, but I cannot wait to drive a Cup car that’s got my name on it.”

A road that began with karting in his home state of Tennessee segued to iRacing with Dale Earnhardt Jr., which earned Berry a shop job at JR Motorsports as he made a name for himself in late models and the Xfinity Series, and has now finally culminated with a full-time drive in the Cup Series.

“Those years of racing and winning, and the people I was around and worked with, prepared me for the opportunities that I’ve gotten, and they’ve prepared me to capitalize on this opportunity with Stewart-Haas Racing,” says Berry. “Even without knowing where it would ultimately take me, I’d do it all over again.”

Episode 012: Big Machine Music City Grand Prix President & COO Jason Rittenberry

This week on The Sports Credential Podcast, Jason Rittenberry, the President & COO of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix joins the show to talk to Steven about the third annual event coming up in August.

Jason sheds insight on what’s new at the grand prix this year and what fans can expect at the three day festival of music and racing. Steven and Jason also talk about the growth of the event since 2021 plus how motorsports has seen a comeback in Nashville and middle Tennessee.

The NTT IndyCar Series race through the streets of downtown Nashville has become a must-see spectacle for Nashvillians and racing fans. Jason dives into what makes this race weekend so much more unique than any other in the United States. They also talk about the future of the race as the new Titans stadium is set to begin construction within the next 12 months as well as what Nashville native Josef Newgarden’s Indy 500 win means for local motorsports.

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Announces New Family-Friendly Ticket Package

Photo: Courtesy of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has announced a family- friendly ticket package, to get everyone in on the fun when the NTT IndyCar Series hits the streets of Nashville Aug. 4 – 6. The action-packed festival of racing and music features IndyCar racing, along with Indy NXT, GT America, GR Cup, the Big Machine Spiked Cooler Trans Am TA2 Series, Stadium SUPER Trucks and multiple music stages with live music all three days.

Families can now purchase a Family Four-Pack of tickets for $129 that includes two general admission adult tickets and two youth tickets (must be 14 or under) for Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 5 with access to BJ’s Wholesale Club Family Fun Zone. Additional youth tickets can be added to the package for $32.25 per ticket.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Family Fun Zone is a secured area that includes inflatables for the kids, mini-Grand Prix racing, interactive games, crafts, shade tent, picnic tables, ferris wheel, video board for viewing the race, convenient restrooms and kid-friendly food choices at family-friendly pricing. The Family Fun Zone will be available to ticket holders throughout race weekend.

“There seems to be an ongoing struggle of what to get Dad each year for Father’s Day,” says Jason Rittenberry, President & COO, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “We wanted to design a ticket package that is an ideal gift for Dad that the entire family can enjoy together.  The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix is the perfect event to create long-lasting family memories.”

For those looking for more elevated, luxury experiences, there are three premium hospitality options at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. NetJets Club RPM presented by Flatrock Motorclub, East Club and Turn Nine Club.

Located in Turn Three, Club RPM has dynamic views, air conditioning, and all-day premium food and beverages. Club RPM has sold out quickly in the past. A limited number of tickets are available. East Club offers views of the finish line and the paddock area, with food and beverages included. New for 2023, Turn Nine Club offers an all-inclusive experience with views of the most action-packed corner and its own private grandstand, air-conditioned tented area, and food and beverage included all day.

Ticket options are available at Other premium hospitality options can be purchased by calling (615) 270-8705 or via email at

The Sports Credential Podcast: Nashville Superspeedway SVP & GM Matt Greci Interview

Nashville Superspeedway Senior Vice President & GM Matt Greci joined Steven on this week’s episode of The Sports Credential Podcast, talking about his career in NASCAR, Nashville Superspeedway’s growth and what fans can expect at this month’s full weekend of NASCAR racing.

The Superspeedway is entering its third year of hosting all three NASCAR series’ including the Ally 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, June 25 and a lot has changed since year one. From fan amenities to different ways fans can enjoy to weekend to all the music and festivities.

Steven also talks about the crazy sports week Nashville has had between the Preds coaching news, Vandy baseball getting knocked out of the NCAA Regionals and Nashville SC being the hottest team in MLS.

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Hosts Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament

Pictured (L-R): Chris Ferrara, T. Graham Brown, Dan Tyminski, Jillian Cardarelli, Matt Crews, Shawn Parr, Walker Montgomery, Jason Rittenberry and John Schneider. Photo: Nick Tavares, NTP Photography

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix hosted their annual Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament on Monday (June 5) at Old Hickory Country Club to benefit CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization that supports healing veterans through creative outlets such as songwriting, visual arts, music and more.

Bailey Zimmerman & bandmates. Photo: Nick Tavares, NTP Photography

John Berry, T. Graham Brown, Jillian Cardarelli, Chris Ferrara, Matt Ferranti, Filmore, Vince Gill, Jordan James, Damon Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Corey Levin, Walker Montgomery, Donnie Reis, Jordan Roos, Mitch Rossell, John Schneider, Dan Tyminksi, Bailey Zimmerman and more came out to support the cause and participate.

The tournament was sponsored by Big Machine Spiked Coolers, A.O.Smith, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Nissan of Rivergate, Margaritaville Hotel-Nashville, Daddy’s Dogs, Silverbelly Whiskey, Flatrock Motorclub, Phillips & Jordan, Anheuser-Busch, Hooters, Red Bull, Velocity Motorcars and Twine Graphics.

“We are so proud to support the incredible work CreatiVets does in our community,” stated Jason Rittenberry, President & COO, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “Music City has such vast talent, we knew this would be the perfect opportunity to connect our Veterans with some of Nashville’s top talent in order to make an impact in their programming.”

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix is set to take place Aug. 4-6, and recently partnered with Nashville venues to create the event’s first Fast Pass program. The three-day festival weekend will feature the NTT IndyCar Series, along with Indy NXT, GT America, GR Cup, the Big Machine Spiked Cooler Trans Am TA2 Series and Stadium Super Trucks.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix & Downtown Nashville Venues Partner To Create Fast Pass

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has announced an inaugural Fast Pass preferred access program in partnership with Downtown Nashville’s most popular venues for all three-day ticket buyers during the third annual event.

Existing three-day ticket holders and future three-day ticket buyers will present a special Fast Pass wristband upon entry to participating venues for front-of-the-line access. Each venue will have limited capacity for Fast Pass and will operate on a first-come, first-serve approach. Fast Pass wristbands can be picked up on site at nine Guest Services locations.

“Nashville has become the premier music party destination in the country, and we are excited to offer our race fans preferred access to some of downtown’s most popular bars and clubs,” says Jason Rittenberry, President & COO, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “This weekend is jam-packed with entertainment and one-of-a-kind experiences and this is one way to enhance it even further!”

Participating venues includes:

  • AJ’s Good Time Bar
  • FGL House
  • Honky Tonk Central
  • Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Rooftop Bar
  • Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk
  • Luke’s 32 Bridge
  • Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa
  • Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ
  • Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
  • The Valentine

More venues will be announced at a later date.

The action-packed festival weekend features the NTT IndyCar Series, along with Indy NXT, GT America, GR Cup, the Big Machine Spiked Cooler Trans Am TA2 Series and Stadium Super Trucks.

Starting at $139.00 per person, fans can choose a three-day package to immerse themselves into Music City’s premier festival of racing and music.

Due to popular demand, the NetJets Club RPM presented by Flatrock Motorclub, the most premium experience, will accommodate more guests this year. Located in Turn Three, Club RPM has dynamic views, air conditioning, and all-day premium food and beverages. Club RPM has sold out quickly in the past and only a limited number of tickets are available. Also new for 2023, Turn Nine Club is offering an all-inclusive experience with incredible views of the most action-packed corner and its own private grandstand, air-conditioned tented area as well as food and beverage included all day.