At long last, the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway season will kick off on Saturday, June 27. It’s been a long time coming, but new Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway president Randy Dyce is excited to get the season underway.
“We’re excited, I’m actually sitting on the frontstretch at the finish line right now,” said Dyce during “The Bullring” on Speed51 on Monday. “It’s going to be a great weekend. The racers are ready, we had media day this past weekend. There’s a lot of excitement.”
While the speedway is unsure at this time how many spectators will be allowed for the event, Nashville has moved into Phase Three of reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic. That, along with daily efforts by the track to work with local officials, have Dyce confident his track will be a safe venue on opening day.
“It’s been a daily process, we deal with the health department and the government every day to try to make sure we have all the necessary measures taken. We’ve added plexiglass at the concession stands, we’ve added sanitizing stations. We’ve done everything they’ve asked us to do, it’s just been a daily process. It’s definitely been an undertaking.”
Dyce still hopes to pull off a season with 10 events in 2020, including rescheduled events for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge and the ARCA Menards Series.
“We’ve done a lot of stuff around here, we’ve been ready to go since March. Me and Bob Sargent partnered in January to put on the whole show this year. We are hoping to have 10 races, we still have a couple we need to reschedule.
“We have all the local races and the national tours, the only race we haven’t rescheduled is the ARCA race and the North/South Challenge, we’re working on dates right now for both of them. It’s like a rain delay but we’re ready to go.”
Dyce is also confident, with the latest developments in Nashville’s road to reopening, that the track will host the CRA Master’s of the Pros as planned on Saturday, July 18.
“We are entering Phase Three in Nashville today, so we should be okay for all of that. Especially since the All-Star Race is moving to Bristol a few days before that.”
Until then, Dyce has an exciting opening day to look forward to, headlined by the track’s Pro Late Model division. Dyce has already sensed an increased level of excitement around the facility entering the new year.
“I think we’re getting fans from all over. The excitement of a new trend here. Racing are coming back that haven’t raced in years. We’re getting a fan base from outside the county.
“I think the car count is going to be good. Unfortunately, we had to reschedule against Tim Bryant and Five Flags with the big doubleheader, so we might lose a car or two. We’re still expecting Stacey Crain, Chase Johnson, Cole Williams and Willie Allen.”
While travel concerns or spectator limitations may keep some fans at home this weekend, Speed51 will provide a live broadcast of the event presented by JEGS for fans unable to attend in person.
“We have fans all over the state, and even surrounding states, that we may not be able to get in the grandstands this weekend,” said Dyce. “For them to be able to see the race and see the track live is very important.”
Whether fans attend in person or watch from home, Dyce is ready to bring a great night of racing to those watching.
“It’s hard to even explain. It’s like winning a championship. We’re ready, the track is ready, the grandstands are ready. We’re just waiting on the green flag now.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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