Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville


625 Smith Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Auto racing is part of the American fabrication.

The sound of the engines revving up gets our blood pumping faster.

The high speeds through the banked turns keeps us on the edge of our seats.

The smell of the fuel fills the air, the sound of the pit crew’s air-guns echo through the grandstands, and the crunching of metal when a crash occurs makes us jump out of our seats.

We all know about the most historic venues of the sport, which have become just as iconic as the racing itself, but in Middle Tennessee sits one with a rich history that dates all the way back to 1904; The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville!

Though several races took place throughout the track’s first 50+ years, it wasn’t until 1957 when the half-mile track was paved to become a NASCAR series track that it rose to major prominence; running a cup race from 1958-1984.

Such legendary racing names as Bobby Allison, Geoff Bodine, Bobby Hamilton Sr, Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Richard Petty, and Darrell Waltrip have all gone laps and laps around the famous oval.

Waltrip owns the distinction as the driver that holds the all-time track record for wins with 67.

Before the now closed Nashville Superspeedway opened in the early 2000’s, The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville played host to 9 Busch Series races and 5 Craftsman Truck Series races.

Today, the legendary track is still in operation thanks to the efforts of Tony Formosa and his family.

From April through October, the grandstands are packed with fans who cheer on their favorite local and national drivers; Sterling Marlin is a fixture of the super-late model race.

Highly respected events within the racing community that call The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville home include ARCA/CRA Super Series & Southern Super Series races in April and the All-American 400 in October.

Formosa keeps the prices very low to make Saturday nights at the track an exciting family outing; General Admission ($10), Seniors and Military ($8), Kids ages 6-12 ($5) and Kids under 5 (free.)

Fun Fact – Every year one of the scheduled races is designated as “Military Appreciation Night” and another as “Back To School Night.” Other additional attractions throughout the season includes money drops, TV giveaways, and free bouncy houses and ice cream for the kids.

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