NASCAR is back in Nashville for a second straight year.
The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will all race the 1,333-mile Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, starting Friday.
The Lebanon track is under new ownership this season, with the purchase of Dover Motorsports by Speedway Motorsports in December.
Here’s what you need to know this weekend at the speedway:
What is different on the track this year?
- The Osborne brothers will perform the pre-race concert ahead of Sunday’s Ally 400 Cup race.
- WWE star Sheamus is the honorary starter and country music star Kane Brown is the grand marshal for Sunday’s race.
- Sunday morning, the fans can drive their own car on the Nashville Superspeedway track for three laps behind a pilot car. The cost is $60 and benefits Speedway children’s charities.
- Traffic will be different. More on that below.
Traffic was a problem off the track before the Cup race last year. What does the track change?
Instead of taking money from the track while cars park, the track has a parking fee built into each ticket. That should ease traffic on race days, the track said.
Last year, the start time for the Ally 400 race was delayed to ensure fans could get to their seats. Traffic was very heavy throughout the day and only eased up at the start of the race.
Nashville Superspeedway worked with state and local authorities to fine-tune traffic around the track on race days. Among other changes, exit 61 on Interstate 840 will not be available for racing traffic, the track said. Exit 65 will be the available exit for those heading to the trail on I-840. The track has also added 2,800 parking spaces, and there will be more signs and officials directing traffic compared to last year.
More information about traffic flow changes can be found in the Tennessean history here.
Rackley 200 roof is a 200-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race taking place Friday at 7 p.m., with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.
Tennessee Lottery 250 is a 250-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race taking place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with TV coverage on USA Network.
Ally 400 is a 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series race taking place at 4 p.m. Sunday, with television coverage on NBC.
Tickets are available for all three races. Tickets for Sunday’s race start at $65 per seat before fees, with tickets for children 12 or younger at $10 before fees. Resale tickets start at $50 per seat.
Tickets for Saturday’s action, which includes the Xfinity Series race and Cup qualifying, start at $40.
Friday tickets, which include the Truck Series race and practices for the Cup and Xfinity Series, start at $35.
Tickets for children 12 and under on Friday and Saturday are free.
As noted above in the traffic section, ticket holders have parking fees built into the ticket price. Participants will not have to pay more than that to park on the track.
What can I bring on the tour?
A pouch or fanny pack, no larger than 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, and a clear bag or backpack, no larger than 18 x 18 x 14 inches. No coolers will be allowed on the circuit.
Among the items that are not permitted to be brought into the fast lane are alcohol, Confederate flags and clothing, chairs, and umbrellas. A full list can be found here.
Also note: the track is a cashless facility.