Richard Petty came to Nashville … for two purposes − to be inducted into the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame and to throw his support behind the effort to bring NASCAR Cup Series racing back to the historic venue.

The greatest driver in NASCAR history with 201 career victories said he would like to see the contract agreed upon by the Mayor’s office, under former Mayor John Cooper, and Bristol Motor Speedway, for a partnership to renovate the track at a cost of roughly $100 million be approved by the Metro Council so the door could be opened to bring back top level racing to Nashville.

“I like that they’re having the All-Star Race at Wilkesboro and would like to see them keep moving it around,” Petty said. “They could come to Nashville for a year or two or whatever and I think it’d be great. I think the fans would really appreciate it.”


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