Local racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will return for the 2020 season after uncertainty arose when the city of Nashville terminated their contract with Formosa Productions. Along with the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, Masters of the Pros, and All American 400 all recently announced for the historic 5/8-mile facility, Track Enterprises will also promote seven local races throughout the 2020 season.
The deal was announced Saturday during a press conference hosted by ARCA at the PRI Trade Show, who also announced an ARCA Menards Series East race to be held at Nashville on May 3 as part of the North/South Super Late Model Challenge.
The group led by Bob Sargent has promoted the North/South Super Late Model Challenge and the ARCA Menards Series over the past several years. Now, Track Enterprises will expand their involvement to keep local racing at Nashville.
“We’re very excited, there’s a lot of tradition there and it’s a very nice facility,” Sargent told Speed51.com. “There’s a lot of good participants there, the racers, the fans are good. I’m very fortunate to be able to step in there and do this.”
Sargent doesn’t expect any major changes to how a race day is ran during the 2020 season, staying true to what has worked for Track Enterprises for over 30 years.
“I’m not real familiar with how it was run, we’re just familiar with how we’ve always ran our facilities; really fair, on rules, on racing, and the fan experience,” he said. “It’s a big item for us. Timely being done, stuff like that. We’ll run it like how we’ve been doing it sine 1985. I think we’ve got a pretty good system”
With the future of the Fairgrounds in limbo between the ongoing battle involving the planned soccer stadium and a potential NASCAR date in the future, Track Enterprises plans on keeping updated with the situation in hopes of keeping racing at the legendary track for the next several years.
“There’s a lot of things going on politically in the Nashville market with the soccer stadium and the NASCAR talks. We’re going to be involved and watch that very closely and hopefully we can be a part of that and keep our grassroots racing intact for years to come.”
A full 2020 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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