NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bristol Motor Speedway & Formosa Productions Inc. are looking into possibility of bringing major NASCAR events back to Nashville.
The joint effort hopes to combine local racing and other major motorsports events at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. Bristol Motor Speedway and Formosa have signed a contract to work with Metro Nashville and the Board of Fair Commissioners, which owns the track at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The plan is to make significant track improvements and host major race events which could include NASCAR events.
Below are some quotes from those involved with the project:
“This is terrific news for fans of racing and drivers all across the country and will bring a brighter future for Nashville Fairgrounds,” said Tony Formosa, president of Formosa Productions. “I’m excited to work with Bruton and Marcus Smith and the Bristol team who I feel will bring this historic facility back to where it belongs. Today marks an exciting new beginning for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.”
Claire Formosa, vice president of Formosa Productions added, “This is exactly what the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville needed. This is one of the most historic short tracks in the country. To know that we now have the chance to bring back NASCAR and restore this facility to what it once was, without losing any of its history is remarkable. I can not wait to see what the future holds for this facility and everyone involved.”
Said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, “Tony and our team both see the same bright future for Fairgrounds Speedway. Nashville has a special reputation as one of the most exciting tracks in the history of motorsports, and the region has a remarkably large and passionate fan base. The motorsports industry – the sanctioning bodies, drivers and race teams – is excited about Nashville’s potential to be a regular site for major events. With Metro supportive of that vision, we are eager to start working tomorrow with the city, Tony and other stakeholders at the Fairgrounds and beyond, to develop a first-class racing facility and program.”
"The Fairgrounds has tremendous community support," Nashville mayor David Briley said. I look forward to exploring how this news fits into the overall plan that Metro Council has approved for the MLS stadium, mixed-use development and refurbished Expo Center complex."