NASCAR report provides exciting news for many fans

NASCAR Cup Series racing appears slated to return to a track that fans have been clamoring for over the last few decades.

At long last, NASCAR fans may be getting their wish when it comes to a return to one particular venue which hasn’t been on the calendar for several decades.

According to a Monday report by The Tennessean, Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Bristol Motor Speedway officials have reached a deal in principal to bring Cup Series racing back to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, which hosted one of the six races in the inaugural season of SRX this past summer, is a short track that many longtime NASCAR fans have been calling for the sport to return to for several years.

Official confirmation of the deal, which is said to include a total renovation of the track, is believed to be on the way later this week.

The NASCAR Awards Celebration is scheduled to take place in downtown Nashville at the Music City Center this Thursday, December 2.

The four-turn, 0.596-mile (0.959-kilometer) oval in Nashville, Tennessee last hosted a Cup Series race in 1984. It hosted a total of 42 Cup Series races from 1958 to 1984 (with at least one per year), plus nine Xfinity Series races from 1984 to 2000 and five Truck Series races from 1996 to 2000.

While the 2022 Cup Series schedule is set, a return to the venue in 2023 is not off the table, though this would be the earliest season during which a comeback could occur.

The Cup Series did race in the Nashville area in 2021 for the first time since 1984, but this race was contested at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon. This track, which had never previously hosted a Cup Series race, is on the schedule for the 2022 season as well.

Do make note of the fact that this deal remains subject to approval by the Board of Fair Commissioners and Metropolitan Council. If it ends up being approved, Bristol Motor Speedway would agree to a long-term contract to lease and operate Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Bristol Motor Speedway would assume financial responsibility for track renovations, operation costs and maintenance.