The 106-year-old, six-tenths-of-a-mile racetrack caled Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is looking for a new life. NASCAR’s top series has not raced there since 1984 but Sterling Marlin, Richard Petty & others are trying to keep the historic track from turning into another big construction project. The track sits on the city owned Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Cars started racing on the track back in 1904 msaking it one of the oldest tracks. Marlin said if Dover closes the superspeedway, the only NASCAR racing in Tennessee would be in Bristol which is a five-hour drive.
Sterling Marlin’s group’s proposal detailed Thursday calls for replacing the swath of asphalt parking lots with trees and grass to retain rain and help drainage, a wind farm to take advantage of the hilly location, solar panels and bike paths and walking trails for neighbors. Charging stations for electric cars also are on tap with sound barrier walls to dampen track noise to keep neighbors happier. They want at least a 15-year lease from the city although in the past the city has refused any long-term leases.