Richard Petty advocates for the return of Nashville Fairgrounds to the NASCAR Cup series
The track holds a really special place in the heart of Richard Petty.
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Seven times NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty has called for the return of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to the top tier yet again. The Track hasn’t hosted a Cup event since 1984. It hasn’t hosted a top-3 tier race in the 21st century as the track lost its Xfinity series spot in 200 and the Truck Series spot in the same year.
Currently, the track hosts two significant racing series events. Tony Stewarts’ Superstar Racing Experience has held races at the track since 2021, and the ARCA Menards Series has also been visiting the track since 2021. It has also hosted the Super Late Model race, All American 400, since the 2012 season.
During his recent visit to the Nashville track, King Petty experienced his desire to see the track again hosting Cup events. He envisions a fairy tale return to the series, like what happened at North Wilkesboro. Petty pointed out that the track has played a significant role in NASCAR’s growth and Nashville Superspeedways’ growth, which currently hosts Cup races.
I would like to see NASCAR come back here like it came back to Wilkesboro (North Carolina) to show the history to people that this is where it all started. I mean they wouldn’t have that big race track on the other side of town (Nashville Superspeedway) if it hadn’t been for this race track here. It took tracks like this to nurture NASCAR into growing into what it has become.Petty told THE TENNESSEAN.
Richard Petty has a special relationship with the Nashville track
Petty’s appreciation and love for the track are no coincidence. After all, the 200 times Cup race winner is the winningest driver at the track. He has won nine races at the track, closely followed by Darrell Waltrip. The duo has combined to win 17 of the 42 races.
But that’s not the only thing that gives the track a special place in the heart of Petty. He pointed out that it’s one of the few tracks where all racers from his family have raced. His father, Lee Petty, son, Kyle Petty, and late grandson, Adam Petty, have raced before.
This is one of the few tracks that my dad (Lee) ran, I ran, my son ran, and my grandson ran. So, four generations have Pettys have run this racetrack, and that makes it very special to me.
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