NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr Joins Likes of Justin Timberlake, Justin Marks As Owner of IndyCar Event

Published 02/21/2021, 6:10 AM EST
LOUDON, NH – JUNE 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


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.

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“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.”

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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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr has a lot of memories of Nashville

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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.

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

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.

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