“It’s the Literal Perfect Storm for the Best Venue” – Chase Elliott on the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Published 12/09/2021, 1:05 AM EST
MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 27: Chase Elliott, driver of the #25 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, speaks to the media during a press conference after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

It has been nearly 38 years since the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway was last on the NASCAR calendar. Now, reports have emerged that the authorities are in talks to see the speedway back on the Cup calendar at least by 2023. Recently at the 2021 NASCAR Awards in Nashville, there were several interviews on the red carpet. One of the interviewees was Hendrick Motorsports driver, Chase Elliott.

Speaking about the track’s return, he said, “To me, the Fairgrounds is tied to our history. It’s tied to my history, so its kind of special to me. I came up here and raced when I was young and getting started. With the way the world works now, and the way motorsports is. You’re never going to build a track that close to a city ever again. Certainly never going to build one close to a city like this, that’s blooming and growing. I just feel like it’s the literal perfect storm for the best venue in the country, and its sitting right here.”

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What else did Chase Elliott say about the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway?

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The Hendrick Motorsports driver admitted that he knows that there are pros and cons of the track hosting a race. He also confessed that he may seem a little biased, but he believes that NASCAR belongs there. Elliott is also of the opinion that the fans would pledge incredible support for the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 26: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, waves to fans during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

He cited the example of the SRX series and the energy that it injected there. Similarly, if there was a NASCAR race at the venue, it would be extremely special. Of course, he acknowledged that he and his contemporaries have to respect the people there. However, Elliott is confident that there is a way to execute a race and make it so that everyone is happy. According to him, the venue has everything in its arsenal to be a great destination.

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