As the 2020 season plans become concrete for the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, Track Enterprises has named Scott Menlen General Manager of the historic speedway. The Rochester Hills, Michigan native has years of management experience in the sport, having launched Motor City Racing Promotions to promote races in his home state, as well as select Champion Racing Association (CRA) events and the American Ethanol Late Model and Modified Tours.
For Menlen, promoting events at such a historic facility is an opportunity he is looking forward to.
“It’s certainly an exciting opportunity, there’s just a lot of excitement in general from us on the management team, to the track officials, to the racers and the fans,” Menlen told Speed51.com. “There’s just a lot of excitement for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the 2020 race season.”
Menlen’s role was announced on Sunday during a meeting with drivers and officials at the Fairgrounds property to discuss the 2020 racing schedule and race day logistics. Menlen saw the meeting as a big success after receiving a higher turnout than originally expected.
“The meeting went great, I think it exceeded all of our expectations,” he said. “In my personal opinion, I don’t think I’ve been in a room with 300 people at a meeting like this that in the end of the day, all of us have the same goal, and that’s for the race track to thrive in 2020.
“The attendance was higher than expected and we got a lot of good feedback,” he added. “Some schedule things, some rule things. I think often at rules meetings things can be controversial and with some heated opinions but there was none of that. Everything was constructive, positive, and we’re working with the race teams to create the best scenario we can for this season.”
Track Enterprises is excited to have Menlen joining them at Nashville for the 2020 season. It’s a partnership they hope to carry into future seasons.
“We feel that Scott is a good choice to work with us at Track Enterprises for the special events as well as Randy (Dyce) and his group at D&D Events for the local race weekends,” said Track Enterprises Operations Manager Adam Mackey. “He is young, energetic, well organized, and has worked in many areas of racing.”
During this weekend’s meeting, it was announced that opening night for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will be held on Saturday, April 18 with open practice the day before. Three major events at the track have already been announced, with the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, ARCA Menards Series East, and USAC Silver Crown all racing on Saturday and Sunday May 2-3.
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will return to the 5/8-mile oval for their premier event, the Masters of the Pro’s on Saturday, July 18. The top Pro Late Model stars will hit the track for 150-laps in the 8th edition of the race.
The final event on the current schedule features one of the crown jewels of Super Late Model racing, the 36th All American 400 on October 31 – November 1. Recognized as one of the marquee short track events in the country, the All American 400 will draw superstar drivers from all over North America.
In all, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will host 10 events during the 2020 season. A full schedule will be released soon.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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