In a surprise to many, NASCAR will be making its return to Nashville for the 2021 season as the Music City continues to be a national attraction.
NASCAR is jumping on the Nashville bandwagon with the NFL, MLS, and rumored to be the MLB eventually. I don’t think too many people expected NASCAR to be the next major sport to bring its sport (back) to Nashville, but regardless, that’s the case.
Nashville has earned a spot on NASCAR’s 2021 schedule, but this isn’t the first time that NASCAR and Nashville have worked together in the calendar year.
Just last December, NASCAR held its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards on December 5th in the Music City Center. The day before, on December 4th, NASCAR took to the streets of Nashville, where some of the Cup Series’ top drivers made an appearance on Broadway.
And you most likely won’t see the No. 24 car or any other car, on Broadway like you see in the picture above doing burnouts when NASCAR physically arrives in Nashville, but I wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility
June 20, 2021, is when NASCAR is expected to return and race at Nashville Superspeedway, but that could change depending on what NASCAR’s broadcast partners want.
Nashville Superspeedway opened in 2001 but was closed in 2011 by the owner of the track, Dover Motorsports Inc. Before it was closed down, Nashville was home to NASCAR and Indy Racing League races.
Maybe it’s the current lack of sports, but I think this is pretty exciting for the City of Nashville. With a lot of businesses suffering from being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be an extra opportunity to get more tourists into Nashville to help some small businesses recover.
With the return of NASCAR, the Superspeedway is expected to bring back a few more non-NASCAR races as well. Dover Motorsports wants to revive the track and bring it back to some of its mid-2000s glory, as much glory as that may or may not be.