NASCAR confirms Cup Series race at Nashville in 2021

NASCAR and Dover Motorsports Inc. announced on Wednesday that Nashville Superspeedway will host a NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021.

Built by Dover Motorsports Inc., Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile concrete D-shaped oval located nearly in Lebanon.

The move, which was first announced on Tuesday in the Tennessean, will drop Dover International Speedway to one Cup Series race in 2021.

“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,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said in a release. “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.”

NASCAR has not run an event at Nashville since 2011 with those events run between 2001 and 2011 consisting of Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series races. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon,  and Reed Sorenson are among active drivers who have previously won at Nashville in the Xfinity or Truck Series.

The Nashville market continues to penetrated by NASCAR who held their end of year Awards banquet and Champions week activities there last December.

“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.”

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