Nashville Superspeedway’s NASCAR Weekend Activities To Benefit Speedway Children’s Charities

When NASCAR returns to the Nashville Superspeedway on June 24-26, several fan activities will benefit Speedway Motorsports’ Children’s Charitable Foundation.

The organization, founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports chairman O. Bruton Smith, serves to honor his late son Bruton Cameron Smith and has awarded more than $61 million in grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations that meet the direct needs of children across America. Since its founding, SCC has grown to more than seven chapters located in the communities where Speedway Motorsports own facilities and each are tasked with supporting non-profit organizations addressing the challenges locally.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of race fans who participate in our fundraising events,” says Speedway Children’s Charities National Executive Director Lisa Starnes. “Net proceeds will return to the Nashville area in the form of grants to deserving nonprofits helping children in need.”

With the acquisition of Nashville Superspeedway (NSS), plans are in the works to establish a Nashville chapter of SCC that will allow NSS to expand its charitable outreach to worthy organizations serving communities across Middle Tennessee.

“Supporting nonprofit organizations that provide critical assistance to communities across the greater Nashville region is a cornerstone value for us as team and company. We are fortunate to have the assistance of Speedway Children’s Charities to help us achieve that goal in Middle Tennessee,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president and general manager. “We look forward to #NASHCAR fans enjoying all of our race weekend activities and know that NASCAR fans and Nashvillians share a genuine desire to support those in need, especially children.”

Planned SCC fundraising activities in Nashville include:

  • Laps For Charity Presented By State Water Heaters: Fans can drive their personal vehicles for three laps around Nashville’s 1.3-mile D-shaped oval on Sunday, June 26 just hours before the track challenges NASCAR’s top stars in the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race. Hours: 9-11 a.m.; Price: $60. Advance registration is available here.
  • Bear Hollow Wood Carvers: Skilled chainsaw artists create one-of-a-kind sculptures, both small and large. The unique creations will then be auctioned off throughout the weekend, with a portion of proceeds being donated to SCC.
  • Social Media Influencer Promotion: Several top social media influencers, including Justin Nunley, are using their extensive platforms to promote ticket sales for the Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. A portion of that ticket sale revenue will be donated to SCC.

Trackhouse Announces PROJECT91 To Help Bring Global Racing Stars To NASCAR

Trackhouse Entertainment Group announced the creation of PROJECT91, a program designed to expand its international reach by fielding a NASCAR Cup Series entry for renowned international racing drivers.

Owned and founded by former professional driver Justin Marks, the team will enter the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at least once during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season with plans to expand the program in the future. Trackhouse Racing fields the No. 99 and the No. 1 Chevrolets with drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain in the NASCAR Cup Series.

With the rise of Formula One in America and the addition of F1 Grand Prix’s in Miami and Las Vegas, PROJECT91 can open a door to connect the racing world even more.

“PROJECT91’s mission is to activate the intersection point of NASCAR racing and global motorsport culture,” says Marks. “I truly believe the NexGen car represents an opportunity for NASCAR to enter the global professional motorsport conversation. We now have a race vehicle with international technological relevance where world-class drivers from other disciplines can compete at NASCAR’s highest level without the steep learning curve that the previous generation cars required.”

Trackouse has seen enormous success this season with Chastain winning two races and finishing in the top-five seven times.

Marks adds, “With the formation of PROJECT91, Trackhouse has opened the door for global champions while beginning the process of scaling into an internationally recognized racing brand.”

PROJECT91 will announce its first driver and race in the coming days.

Kane Brown Named Grand Marshal Of Ally 400 NASCAR Race At Nashville Superspeedway

Five-time American Music Award winner Kane Brown will serve as the grand marshal for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26.

Brown, known for chart-topping hits “One Mississippi,” “Heaven,” “What Ifs,” “Homesick,” and more, will give NASCAR’s top drivers the command to start their engines before the race.

“We can’t wait to welcome Kane Brown to Nashville Superspeedway next month as part of our celebration around the Ally 400,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s President. “As Middle Tennessee’s home for NASCAR racing and entertainment, we are thrilled to be able to host America’s top drivers and top entertainers at the same time! We look forward to ensuring that Kane experiences the best that #NASHCAR has to offer this June!”

The Chattanooga, Tennessee native first made history in October 2017 as the first artist to lead all five of Billboard’s main country charts simultaneously, and has gone on to amass seven No. 1 hits at country radio.

One of Brown’s most impactful collaborations is “Famous Friends” with Chris Young, which became Billboard’s 2021 year-end No. 1 Country Airplay Song and remained in the top five of Billboard’s airplay chart for 15 weeks. Last June, he and Young won Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2021 CMT Music Awards.

Platinum-selling artist and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs served as the grand marshal for the inaugural Ally 400 in 2021.

Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses Named To Cumberland University Board Of Trustees

Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses has been elected to the Cumberland University Board of Trustees.

“Cumberland is honored to have Mr. Erik Moses join our Board of Trust,” says Cumberland University President Dr. Paul C. Stumb. “He has done a tremendous job of revamping the Nashville Superspeedway in a relatively short period of time and has shown he is deeply committed to this community. I speak on behalf of the entire university community when I say that we are thrilled to have his exceptional leadership skills and talent added to our board.”

Moses joined the Superspeedway in 2020 and oversaw the restart of its operations, welcoming back a full weekend of NASCAR for the first time in almost 30 years. Prior to joining Speedway Motorsports, Moses served as the founding President of the DC Defenders of the XFL. He has also served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Sports, Entertainment and Special Events for Events DC, and was responsible for developing the company’s corporate partnerships initiative. Prior to the creation of Events DC, he served as the CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.

“I am honored to join the Board of Trust for Cumberland University, an institution that for 180 years has and continues to contribute so much to this State and our nation,” says Moses. “President Stumb and other members of the Cumberland community have both welcomed me to Middle Tennessee and made me feel at home here. I am very pleased to offer my experience, expertise, and efforts in the support of this important institution and look forward to serving with other distinguished members of the Board and so many committed members of the University community.”

Moses serves on the board of directors for the DC Jazz Festival, the Military Bowl Foundation, is a member of the NASCAR Industry Diversity Council, the Rotary Club of Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee and previously served on the board of the US Tennis Association – Mid-Atlantic Section.

He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He holds an honorable Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne-Owen College and is a member of the bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Moses was officially elected to the CU Board of Trustees on April 28 and will begin serving in June 2022.

Brothers Osborne To Play On-Track Concert Before Ally 400 At Nashville Superspeedway

Brothers Osbourne. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville Superspeedway

Country music duo Brothers Osborne, will take the stage at Nashville Superspeedway for the pre-race concert ahead of the 2022 Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26.

The Grammy award-winning duo will perform at 2 p.m. from the pre-race concert stage located on pit road. Fans attending the race can purchase a Track Access Pass that provides stage-front access for the concert and driver introductions, views down pit road, and the opportunity to view the race from within the infield. The Track Access Pass must be accompanied by a race day ticket.

“As the home for NASCAR Cup Series racing in Middle Tennessee, we understand the importance of infusing the heart of Music City into our events,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s President. “We’re excited to have Brothers Osborne turn up the heat on our #NASHCAR weekend and know the fans in attendance from across the country, will enjoy this award-winning superstar duo before America’s best drivers take the track for the Ally 400.”

The duo has achieved numerous Platinum and Gold certifications for their hit songs, including “Stay a Little Longer,” “21 Summer,” “It Ain’t My Fault,” “Shoot Me Straight” and “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

Since their debut, Brothers Osborne have accumulated five CMA awards, six ACM awards, and at the 2022 Grammy Awards, the singer-songwriter siblings took home their first trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the single “Younger Me.” The band has amassed a total of nine Grammy nominations from their three studio albums, which have all reached top 5 status on U.S. country charts.

The inaugural Ally 400 in 2021 was sold out after almost 30 years of NASCAR’s absences in Middle Tennessee. Chris Janson performed the Sunday pre-race concert and Luke Combs served as the grand marshal. Award-winning Christian artist CeCe Winans gave the invocation and Priscilla Block sang the national anthem.

Tickets for the Speedway’s NASCAR weekend are on sale now.

Trackhouse Racing, Big Machine Racing To Sport Throwback Color Schemes At Darlington

Pictured (top): Big Machine Racing’s No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro in Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 color scheme; (bottom): Trackhouse Racing’s No. 1 and No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro’s sporting Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 1998 Japan color Schemes

At this weekend’s Xfinity and Cup Series NASCAR races at Darlington Raceway, Nashville-based teams Trackhouse Racing and Big Machine Racing (BMR) will be honoring NASCAR legends with throwback paint schemes.

Trackhouse drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez will be honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first time driving in a Cup Series car in competition, as well as Dale Earnhardt Sr. car when he first raced against his son. Similarly, BMR’s Tyler Reddick will be honoring NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.

The Earnhardt’s squared off during an exhibition race at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi on Nov. 22, 1998. Earnhardt Jr. drove the black No. 1 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. entry featuring Coca-Cola’s Polar Bears, while Earnhardt Sr. drove a Coca-Cola red No. 3 Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress Racing.

Pictured L-R: Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in front of their cars ahead ahead of the 1998 NASCAR exhibition race. Photo: Courtesy of Trackhouse Racing

“We wanted to do something that honors the legacy of the sport, recognizes our valued partners at Trackhouse Racing and something that fans can get behind,” says Trackhouse Founder and Owner Justin Marks. “We think that this is the right combination, marrying the history of the Earnhardts who are both hall of famers, acknowledging our support from Coke and Chevrolet, plus supporting the fans excitement for Throwback Weekend in Darlington.”

Chastain has had an amazing year so far winning two races and finishing in the top-five seven times in his first season with Trackhouse.

“I never dreamed I would get to run a Dale Earnhardt Jr. paint scheme. It’s a privilege and it’s certainly one of my career highlights. I hope we have a good run and can make Earnhardt nation proud.” says Chastain.

Big Machine Racing is in its second season in the Xfinity Series and, as an avid racing fan and current autosports competitor, owner and founder Scott Borchetta is excited to honor the great Bobby Allison.

“We are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 win. The design has always been a fan favorite and we’re thrilled to have former Xfinity Series champ Tyler Reddick behind the wheel. Tyler is a wheel-man and this is his kind of track,” says Borchetta.

Reddick won the Xfinity Series title in both 2018 and 2019. He drives full-time for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup Series, finishing in the top-five three times in 11 races.

“I’m really excited to get back in an Xfinity Series car and it’s even cooler that I get to do it for Darlington Throwback Weekend,” says Reddick. “I’ve always loved that weekend because it honors our sport’s legends, like Bobby Allison. Big Machine Racing put together a really awesome looking car, and Bobby Allison is not only a NASCAR Hall of Famer but a NASCAR icon. I hope we can get this hot rod in Victory Lane on the 50th anniversary of his Southern 500 win.”

Fans can catch both races FS1 with the Xfinity Series race at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 7) and the Souther 500 Cup Series Race at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Music City Grand Prix To Make Track Adjustments, Fan Enhancements Ahead Of August Race

Photo: Courtesy of Music City Grand Prix

After an extremely successful inaugural race in 2021, the Music City Grand Prix has announced some adjustments to the track for August’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

There will be a new restart zone along with several other track modifications.

During last year’s inaugural Grand Prix, the restarts occurred at the finish line in front of Nissan Stadium but now will move to the long straightaway as the field exits the Korean Veterans Bridge and toward Turn 9. It will be the same zone that was used for the start of each race last season and should provide cleaner restarts and more immediate passing opportunities.

This restart change will affect the IndyCar Series race, Indy Lights race, GT America race, Trans Am race and Stadium SUPER Trucks race.

Other modifications or changes to the 2.17-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit include:
  • Turn 11 apex being opened approximately six feet to not only increase the track width but provide better vision for drivers
  • Transition areas at both ends of the KVB Bridge being smoothed as much as possible to reduce the potential of the cars bottoming coming on and off the bridge
  • Resurfacing at the Turn 5 apex to minimize the bump
  • Track width into Turn 9 being reduced to 50 feet to accommodate additional suites in a primary viewing area
  • Additional gates being added to maximize track crossings at several locations

Fans will be getting some adjustments this year, too. The Fan Zone will see the relocation of the secondary music stage moving to the footprint closer to the river, heightened bar/gathering experiences, more food trucks, and more sponsor activation areas.

There will be a new option for fans to enjoy the race right on the Cumberland River with the General Jackson Riverboat Experience. It will be the featured water entertainment on Sunday, Aug. 7, in anticipation of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix at 2 p.m. CT.

There will also be a showcase by the Pro Watercross series on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6 of race weekend. The jet ski riders will reach speeds of more than 85 miles per hour competing against each other on a three-quarter mile, closed-course layout on the Cumberland River. Friday’s action will feature slalom competition with the riders racing on adjacent courses.

Fan Zone viewing is free with event admission and the downtown location will be free admission.

Big Machine Racing Names Kaz Grala As No. 48 Car Driver

Kaz Grala. Photo: Courtesy of Big Machine Racing

The Big Machine Racing team is making a change for its upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Races, naming Kaz Grala as the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Grala will replace driver Jade Buford for the races at Talladega and Dover on April 23 and April 30, respectively. Buford completed his first ever NASCAR season in 2021 with BMR in its inaugural season.

“We’ve made a very serious commitment to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including our strategic partnership with RCR, and at this time we need to evaluate all aspects of the team as I am determined to run up front,” said team founder and owner Scott Borchetta in a statement.

Grala has raced in 37 races in the Xfinity Series, including three this season with Alpha Prime Racing. Grala has also made two Cup starts with Floyd Mayweater‘s The Money Team Racing and two Truck Series starts with Young’s Motorsports. His best finish was seventh place in his Cup Series debut driving RCR’s famed No. 3 car at the Daytona road course when Austin Dillon was sidelined by COVID.

So far this season, Grala finished 25 at Fontana, 23 in Las Vegas and 33 in Phoenix.

Buford’s best performance in 2022 was at Circuit of the Americas where he finished eighth. Outside of that race, his best finish was 22nd. Out of the eight races Buford has driven in, he’s failed to finish in three of them.