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Cup cars back to Nashville?

Post by blue oval_4 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:07 pm ... r.amp.html

Eric Snyder, Managing Editor

Aug 29, 2018, 7:17am CDT

The owner of the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway has not given up on his desire to bring NASCAR races to Nashville.

The Tennessean reports that Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith and Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell met last week with Mayor David Briley and other Metro officials to discuss "the group's interest in bringing high-profile national racing events back to the city-owned speedway” at the fairgrounds.

Speedway Motorsports bid on the contract to operate the speedway last year. The five-year contract was instead awarded to Tony Formosa. According to The Tennessean, the Speedway Motorsports officials also met with Formosa during their Nashville visit.

The Tennessean writes:

Bristol Motor Speedway owner bids on fairgrounds racetrack
But in a July 26 letter to Briley that prompted the mayor's office gathering, Smith told the mayor that Speedway Motorsports has "continued to follow with interest" the city's plans to build a new 30,500-seat MLS stadium at the fairgrounds.
Under those stadium plans, the Fairgrounds Speedway is to continue operating, while the expo center and other fairgrounds facilities would be torn down and rebuilt elsewhere on the site.
Smith wrote that Speedway Motorsports is "excited to see the positive impact this move will have for the city of Nashville and for the area in and around the fairgrounds."
"We remain very interested in exploring ways that our company could work with you to bring high-profile national racing events to Nashville and restore the Nashville Fairgrounds to national prominence," he wrote.
Briley’s office described last week’s visit as an “informational meeting,” The Tennessean writes. Briley spokesperson Judith Byrd declined to say whether the mayor is open to Speedway Motorsports' pitch.

The discussions come as Metro Council is poised to cast its final vote next week on a controversial deal for a Major League Soccer stadium at the fairgrounds.
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