Nashville Fairgrounds Reveals Packed Racing Schedule

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Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will host an eclectic mix of racing divisions throughout the 2021 season. (Jack Kessler Photo)
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will host an eclectic mix of racing divisions throughout the 2021 season. (Jack Kessler Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 2021 marks the start of the 64th season of asphalt racing at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

The track is set to host over a dozen nights of racing from April through the end of October.

One hundred seventeen years since the first auto race, held on dirt in 1904 at The Fairgrounds Nashville, the 64th season of asphalt racing will officially begin with opening night on April 17.

A full program is scheduled featuring every Nashville Local Racing division: Pro Late Models, Super Trucks, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Front Runners, Legends Cars and Bandoleros. The Opening Night finale is a 100-lap Pro Late Model feature on the five-eighths mile high banks.

The first national racing event of the year takes place on Saturday, May 8 when the ARCA Menards Series East comes to town for the Music City 200. Late Models will also be featured in the program with the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 100, a multi-sanctioned race with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models will also have a 100-lap feature event, counting towards Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Track Championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour points.

Memorial Day Weekend features an inaugural visit from the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model Series on Saturday, May 29. The youth-centered late model series will battle on the tight quarter-mile oval. The CRA Junior Late Models will be joined by the Baby Grand Series and an array of Nashville Local Racing quarter-mile divisions. Pro Late Models and Super Trucks will also be in action on the five-eighths mile.

On Saturday, June 12, Nashville welcomes the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour for the first time since 2016. Historically, Nashville had been the site of a Modified North/South Shootout, pitting the best modified drivers from the south against the best of the North. The Midwest Modified Tour and the Mayhem Tour look forward to bringing that back in 2021. The Super Trucks and all six quarter-mile divisions will also be on hand.

The first doubleheader weekend of the season unfolds on July 16-17 for one of Nashville’s most anticipated new races. Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham’s new Superstar Racing Experience crowns their inaugural champion at Nashville on Saturday night, in prime time. The series’ entry list includes motorsports icons, Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Webber and Tony Stewart.

Complimenting the night is the ninth running of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Masters of the Pros 150. More than 40 Pro Late Models entered this race a season ago. On July 16, the local racing stars of Nashville, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Front Runners, Legends Cars and Bandoleros will race a special Friday evening quarter-mile program.

During the Music City Grand Prix Weekend, open wheel stars come to town with the King of the Wings Sprint Car Series – set to make their Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway debut on Aug. 7. Midgets and Pro Late Models are also on the card. All three classes competing will race heat races and feature events.

The fall season at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway opens with racing during the famed September fair at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Tentatively scheduled for Sept. 17, Pro Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Baby Grands will be in action. On Sept. 18 fans can expect Pro Late Models again, Super Trucks, Street Stocks, Front Runners and a second night for Legends and Bandoleros.

A Super Truck Champion will be crowned on Saturday, Oct. 9 following their title race. Pro Late Models and all six quarter-mile divisions will be in action for the penultimate race of the year.

The speedway’s crown jewel event, the 37th Running of the All American 400, begins with Championship Friday on Oct. 29. Nashville local racing quarter mile division championships are headlined by a 50-lap Limited Late Model feature event. Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Front Runners, Legends Cars and Bandoleros will also be racing.

Oct. 30 is All American Saturday featuring Super and Pro Late Model qualifying for the All American 400. The VanHoy Oil CRA Street Stock Series and Vores Compact Touring Series will have main events along with All American 400 Last Chance Late Model Qualifying Races.

Sunday, Oct. 31 is the Nashville Pro Late Model Track Championship race, co-sanctioned by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. While Stephan Nasse was the race winner last year, Dylan Fetcho clinched the Nashville Track Championship by seven points ahead of Cole Williams.

The All American 400 Super Late Model race will again be sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, CARS Super Late Model Tour and ARCA Midwest Tour.