Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Nashville Superspeedway Will Not Seek NASCAR Races

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Superspeedway has announced it will not seek NASCAR races for the 2012 season. The speedway's owner made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Dover Motorsports, which owns the speedway in Wilson County, said it has notified NASCAR that it will not seek any race sanctions for 2012.

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It appears the track will be shutting down next year, and there's a possibility it won't be re-opening.

The company has been trying unsuccessfully to secure a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since 2001 and superspeedway general manager Cliff Hawks said the track cannot continue without a date, despite what he calls a strong Nashville market.

The decision effectively ends the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series from visiting the 1.33-mile concrete track any longer.

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The company can't get any of the really big NASCAR races here, and they are not making enough money to keep the gates open.

Dover opened the 1.33-mile track 10 years ago. The superspeedway has hosted NASCAR trucks and Nationwide races and also had a slot on the Indy Racing League schedule before losing that after the 2008 season.

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"Nashville is a tremendous market filled with passionate race fans. We have some extremely dedicated and talented employees who have made this track a great destination, but the reality is, after ten years of effort, we have to face the fact that without a Sprint Cup race and/or a significant change in the operating model for other events, we simply cannot continue," said Cliff Hawks, Vice President and General Manager of Nashville Superspeedway.

This year Nashville hosted a pair of truck series-Nationwide Series doubleheader weekends. Both were poorly attended.

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Events already on the schedule for the remainder of 2011 will not be impacted by the announcement.

The Nashville Superspeedway sits on 1,400 acres near Route 840, near Gladeville in Wilson County, south of Lebanon.

Owners said the concrete superspeedway has 25,000 permanent grandstand seats, lights for nighttime racing, foundation work for a dirt track, short track and drag strip and infrastructure in place to expand to 150,000 seats.

"We deeply appreciate all the hard work that our employees have put into making Nashville Superspeedway such a remarkable facility," said Denis McGlynn, President & CEO of Dover Motorsports. "We have also had years of unrelenting support from state, county and local officials and from the racing community – from racing fans and drivers to sponsors, team owners and various sanctioning bodies."

McGlynn said Dover Motorsports was evaluating options for the track, including a possible sale.

The Wilson County Sports Authority issued bonds in 1999 for almost $26 million for public infrastructure improvements at the site. Dover Motorsports said $21 million remained outstanding, the company's letter of credit would be drawn if taxes were insufficient to pay the bond.

The Nashville news comes on the heels of last weekend's Lucas Oil Raceway races that could have been the final visits by NASCAR's number two and three divisions to that Indianapolis-area short track. Next season the Nationwide Series will join the Brickyard 400 and a Rolex Grand Am Sports Car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in what's being billed as a "Super Weekend" at IMS.

There are also reports Montreal, an event promoted by International Speedway Corporation, will also leave the schedule next season after the Nationwide Series' visit there later this month.

According the CBS Sports, the series could return to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, where both divisions raced for years before moving to the Nashville Superspeedway. Former Nationwide Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. is now the promoter of the downtown track and has worked hard to resurrect racing at the storied facility.

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1 comment:

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