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Fairgrounds Speedway Is No More

Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 4 2009
The finish has arrived for Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway.

The finish has arrived for Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway.

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Nashville –  The end came quicker than expected for Fairgrounds Speedway.

Track operator Danny Denson Wednesday decided to cancel the scheduled season-ending All-American 400. The race had originally been set for last weekend but was postponed due to a rainy forecast and rescheduled for the end of the month.

Denson reconsidered and decided to cancel the race and close the track due to ongoing problems with Metro.

“There had been so much negative attention that we decided to go and end it now,” said Denson, referring to plans by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to shut down the entire Fairgrounds next June 30.

“It’s impossible to promote a race in this kind of atmosphere. It’s all over. It’s a sad day for our sport and our city.”

The track opened in 1958 on a site that had hosted some form of racing since 1904.

The closing of Fairgrounds Speedways leaves Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville as the only major-league race track in Middle Tennessee.

“I don’t know where young drivers just starting out are going to race,” said Sterling Marlin, a three-time track champion whose son Steadman and daughter Sutherlin raced at the Fairgrounds this season.

“I’ve looked around, and Montgomery (Ala.) is the closest suitable track I can find.”

– Larry Woody can be reached at lwoody@racintoday.com

Larry Woody | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, November 4 2009
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