Nashville Fair Board holds public hearing on Fairgrounds Speedway

The latest step towards a potential NASCAR return to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway played out through dramatic political theater during a Fair Board of Commissioners meeting at the Karl Dean Ballroom in Downtown Music City on Tuesday night.

Speedway Motorsports Inc., which also operates nearby Bristol Motor Speedway, is seeking to obtain the lease to the facility owned by the City of Nashville and Davidson County.

That requires a majority vote of endorsement from both the Fair Board and City Council, but before that can happen, the process requires Speedway Motorsports to engage local community groups and hear concerns from Davidson Country residents.

That public comment forum took place on Tuesday with residents for and against speedway renovation taking the floor to address the Fair Board.

Pro speedway renovations speakers included NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip, 2019 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway champion Jackson Boone and Sutherlin Marlin House, the daughter of NASCAR legend Sterling Marlin.

The meeting also included the most comprehensive plan from Speedway Motorsports executive Jerry Caldwell yet, featuring details concerning infrastructure, community value and the provisional parameters of a lease agreement.

Read much more on the details at Autoweek.