Nashville Superspeedway returns with plans to host the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021. The 1.3-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports, Inc., and has played host to NASCAR- and IRL-sanctioned events from 2001 to 2011.
The Tennessee track is set on nearly 1,000 acres just outside of Nashville. There are 25,000 permanent grandstand seats, and they can expand to 50,000 with temporary seating. There is also lighting to make night racing possible. Several series have raced at the Nashville oval including, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
“We were energized to see how excited Nashville was to host the NASCAR Cup Series banquet last December,” said Denis McGlynn, president & CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001 our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the venue. Nashville, central Tennessee, and the surrounding market area is filled with passionate race fans. We are thrilled that we were able to collaborate with NASCAR and our television partners to get this done and we can’t wait to put on a great show there in 2021.
“While we have been in discussions with NASCAR for some time about the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Cup Series back to Nashville Superspeedway, plans really just became solidified in recent weeks. We will have many more announcements and exciting updates to share regarding plans for the facility shortly.”
Nashville Superspeedway Return for NASCAR Cup Series Drivers
There are a few Cup Series competitors notching wins at Nashville Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon all have a victory at Nashville. Last year’s Cup Series championship awards celebration was in Nashville with an enthusiastic response from fans. NASCAR does indeed have a history at Nashville with a passionate local fan base.
“Thanks to the collaboration of Dover Motorsports and our broadcast partners, we are excited to bring NASCAR racing back to Nashville, a place where the passion for our sport runs deep,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “The Nashville market is a vital one for our sport, and bringing NASCAR Cup Series racing to Nashville Superspeedway will be an integral building block in helping us further deliver on our promise in creating a dynamic schedule for 2021.”
Dover International Speedway Trades Two Cup Series Dates
Dover International Speedway has been host to two dates for the NASCAR Cup Series. They will now host just one Cup Series date in 2021. They also have plans to continue hosting the Xfinity, Trucks, and ARCA Menards Series during their race weekend. Along with Dover’s NASCAR racing history, they take pride in offering fans quality entertainment.
“Our company is excited about the terrific opportunity to not only host a NASCAR Cup Series race weekend but opening our Nashville facility will enable us to host other exciting forms of racing and entertainment options,” said Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Dover Motorsports, Inc.
“We are also proud that our long history with NASCAR will continue at the Monster Mile in 2021, and we also look forward to hosting the 9th Firefly Music Festival next summer.”
The possibility of running a doubleheader Cup date at Dover is still pending. So, with more schedule changes also under consideration, stay tuned in to more news for the 2021 NASCAR season.