Historic speedway gets new name, returns to NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2003) -- The Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville is getting a facelift -- in more ways than one. Under new management, the historic race track...
Historic speedway gets new name, returns to NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2003) -- The Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville is getting a facelift -- in more ways than one. Under new management, the historic race track has been re-named the Music City Motorplex and the track will return to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series after a one-year hiatus, it was announced today.
"This is a wonderful homecoming for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series," said Chris Boals, director of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. "The fans and teams in Nashville have been a part of NASCAR for many, many years and we are thrilled to see them return to our series in 2004. The Music City Motorplex has played such an important role in NASCAR's history and produced many of our greatest drivers. This announcement is a great day for NASCAR and the city of Nashville."
The connection between NASCAR and Nashville spans several decades and includes many traditional events -- such as the annual NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series awards banquet at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort -- along with newer events at Nashville Superspeedway, which has become a premier tour stop for the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Elite Division, Kodak Southeast Series. Music City Motorplex has hosted NASCAR racing events since 1958.
In 2004, drivers in the track's Late Model Stock Car division will be eligible for NASCAR's regional and national championships and compete for their share of $1.7 million in post-season prize money posted by NASCAR. In addition, the track's Super Truck drivers will compete in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division, a regional championship competition for support division racers. Music City Motorplex has produced two regional champions in the past -- the late Andy Kirby (1997 Heartland Region champion) and Joe Buford (1998 Heartland Region champion).
The track is now being operated by Joe Mattioli, who also runs Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway, one of the premier short tracks in the country, and new general manager Jack Deery, whose family operates the historic Rockford (Ill.) Speedway and two other NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series facilities in Wisconsin and Arizona.
"We believe that the best days of short track racing and family entertainment in Nashville are ahead of us", said Mattioli. "This facility is legendary, and we believe it is our duty and responsibility to do everything in our power to restore it to its rightful stature as one of America's finest short tracks, while honoring its incredible heritage."