INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (December 14, 2020) — After a period of uncertainty following the release of its former promoters, the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville is set for a full slate of on track action in 2020 thanks to the addition of Bob Sargent and Track Enterprises.
Track Enterprises will promote 10 events in Nashville in 2020, including three special events and a series of seven local shows.
Announced during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), Sargent presented the signature events which will include the return of the ARCA East Series (formerly the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East), the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, and the 36th Annual All American 400.
A very full itinerary of racing fills the weekend of May 2-3, 2020.
The ARCA Menards East Series will contest it’s fourth race of the season on May 2nd. Also competing on that Saturday is the Jegs/CRA All-Stars Tour.
May 3rd sees the 5th installment of the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, a co-sanctioned event between the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the CARS Tour, and the Southern Super Series.
On July 18th, the Jegs/CRA All-Stars Tour returns for their own signature event, as the Masters of the Pros moves over from Memphis International Raceway to Nashville.
Closing out the year at Nashville will be the 36th running of the All American 400, with sanctioning from the JEGS/CRA Super Series, although it is not a CRA points race and is listed as a special event.
Throughout the 2020 season, a slate of seven local shows, featuring the popular Pro Late Models, will round out the schedule.
Track Enterprises comes into Nashville having already worked with the speedway in years past.
“We already had a relationship” Sargent said during a press conference on Saturday at PRI. “We’d been there for five years running the ARCA national series. We had a good relationship with the fairgrounds, and I think we were always in talks about the future.”
Sargent told reporters not to expect major changes in the daily operations at the historic facility during 2020.
“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 since 1985. I think we’ve got a pretty good system.”
It’s still unclear what the extended future of the speedway entails, as talks continue between Speedway Motorsports (SMI) and the City of Nashville. SMI recently submitted a new proposal in an effort to make a bid at bringing NASCAR racing back to the facility. SMI is in a bit of competition against the efforts to bring a Major League Soccer Stadium to the fairgrounds.
That’s an effort Bob Sargent doesn’t not plan on infringing on.
“Of course, the soccer stadium is big news in Nashville and the (SMI) interest is big news,” Sargent said. “We just wanted to make sure the facility (kept) going while all this is going on. I think the future, short term, 2020 is solid. We would like to continue going at the facility in our role. A lot of that will depend on how the NASCAR and/or soccer develops.”
– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining
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