The effort to bring NASCAR back to the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway took another significant step forward Tuesday night when the Nashville Fair Board approved Bristol Motor Speedway’s proposal to renovate and lease the historic venue.

The commissioners, who met at the Expo Center at the fairgrounds, voted 3-2 in favor of the proposal after a lengthy discussion.

The process now moves to the Metropolitan Sports Authority and Nashville Metro Council for approval.“We are thankful to the Nashville Fair Board for supporting the vision to restore the historic Fairgrounds Speedway,” said Jerry Caldwell, president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway.

The proposed renovation would enter Bristol Motor Speedway into a long-term contract to lease, manage and maintain Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.


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