Nashville Speedway, Nashville

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Auto Race Track · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Fairgrounds Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The track is the second oldest continually operating track in the United States. The track held NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) races from 1958 to 1984.
The speedway is currently an 18 degree banked paved oval. The track is long. Inside the larger oval is a quarter-mile paved oval.
The track was converted to a half-mile paved oval in 1957, when it began to be a NASCAR series track. The speedway was lengthened between the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The corners were cut down from 35 degrees to their present 18 degrees in 1972. The track was repaved between the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
The track first featured "horseless carriages" and motorcycles on June 11, 1904, on a 1 1/8 mile dirt oval. Races were canceled after a motorcycle ran into the back of a car that was lining up. Harness horse racing events were also held at the track.
In September 1904 another series of races was organized. Most of the entrants came directly to Nashville from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Racing pioneer Barney Oldfield was one of the entrants. People marveled at cars driving over 60 miles per hour .
The track began holding annual events in September 1915 to coincide with the state fair. Many of the same drivers from the Indianapolis 500 brought their cars down to Nashville.
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  • You call it old, I call it vintage! If you love racing this is your spot. Yes it's redneck, yes you need a fake tan or a mullet and a super loud racing shirt. And yes there is a trough in the men's.....  more »
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  • Had a blast. Its currently closed and under major construction and overhaul as of 4/30/19. I think its a multi stage/multi year project. Lots of different racing here from Craftsman truck series to local mods and outlaws.
  • I seen the Monster Truck Show and it was Awesome. I loved all of them. My favourite is Bigfoot, I 💖❤💕 my Ford trucks!!!

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