As it turns out, Dale Earnhardt Jr has been pushing for racing to return to Nashville. Now, the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee has taken a solid step in that direction. To be precise, he is now part of the Music City Grand Prix ownership group. In essence, he is linking up with an elite group of owners, including Grammy-winner Justin Timberlake.
“I’ve been excited about the Music City Grand Prix since I first heard about it. It will be an incredible event combining great music and racing in one of my all-time favorite cities,” said Earnhardt Jr.
“I’m excited to be part of the ownership group for this event and look forward to not only this year’s inaugural event, but to great racing in Nashville for years to come.”
Safe to say, even the circuit authorities are excited about this union. According to Music City Grand Prix CEO Matt Crews, Dale Earnhardt Jr has been a great ambassador for the sport. It also helps that he is just as passionate about music, food and the city of Nashville. This explains why he was the perfect choice.
This is truly personal for Dale Jr because he and his father grew up racing at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. As a result, he was always in favor of the city returning to the NASCAR calendar. The idea soon began to bear fruit when track officials held talks with the Bristol Motor Speedway officials.
Admittedly, Dale Earnhardt Jr would have preferred that the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway returns. However, it may not be a bad thing for the Music City Circuit to be the new home of racing. Hopefully, this will be the start of a new era for the city of Nashville in the racing scene.