Located in Gladeville, Tennessee, the Nashville Superspeedway is a concrete track which is oval in shape and measures roughly 2.145 km (1.333 miles) in length. It is situated about 30 miles east of Nashville and was built in 2000. There are currently only three concrete tracks on the NASCAR circuit and the Nashville Superspeedway is one of them. The track is owned by Dover Motorsports and it currently hosts four major races each year – two NASCAR Nationwide Series races (the Pepsi 300 and the Federated Auto Parts 300), one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one Indy Racing League event.
The Nashville Superspeedway has a seating capacity of 50 000 with the potential to be expanded to 150 000 should the track be chosen to host a Sprint Cup Series event though currently NASCAR has shown little interest in doing so. In fact it would seem that there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding Dover Motorsports’ unwillingness to move either of its two most successful races from the Dover International Speedway to the Nashville Superspeedway. This has resulted in NASCAR’s unwillingness to allow the track to host a Sprint Cup event which has resulted in it being the only track to host two Nationwide Series events and not be included on the Sprint Cup calendar.
The track is called a ‘superspeedway’ as it is slightly longer than a mile as opposed to a ‘speedway’ which is traditionally shorter than a mile. The use of the term in the name helps to differentiate it from the Nashville Speedway USA, which is 0.596 miles in length. The Speedway can be found at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. The Speedway originally conducted a number of races in the Winston Cup Series but this was eventually stopped due to disagreements over track management.
The Superspeedway near Nashville has at least one interesting tradition worth mentioning, that of presenting race winners with specially-designed Gibson Les Paul guitars instead of trophies. While these may take up more space on the trophy shelf, they have a functional purpose as well as a special uniqueness which makes them that much more special. The Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee is also known for producing a large number of first-time winners.
An elated Justin Schroeder took the first win of his career at the biggest race of the year – the Stan Yee Memorial 150. The twenty-one year old managed to find himself in the lead on the eightieth lap and never looked back. By the time he was done, he had lapped almost the entire field.
The day dawned with a bit of rain, which seems to be the norm at the Flack Rock Speedway, but the JMS Racing team didn’t seem to bat an eyelid. They managed to post the second fastest qualifying lap, just missing the fast qualifier award by split seconds. When the race finally started, Justin Schroeder found himself in ninth position on the grid. But it certainly wasn’t smooth sailing from that point. The 150-lap event had three starting attempts before the race finally got underway and Schroeder could start to eat his way up to the top of the pack. By lap seventy-one, a caution helped the young driver to whiz past Eric Lee, putting him in the lead and ultimately helping him to take the Stan Yee Memorial 150 winner’s trophy. Justin Schroeder has been racing for just two years and, judging by the way he drove during this race, this may be his first ever Outlaw Late Model win, but it won’t be his last.
After the race Schroeder noted that he’d really wanted the win and that both he and his team had come a long way since starting to race their cars. He said winning the biggest race of the year and the fact that this was his first ever win was “really pretty cool.” He also thanked his sponsors and his mother and father for their support. Schroeder will now be heading to the Dixie Motor Speedway where he will be taking part in the Port City Racecars Dixie Cup 100 next weekend. After that it’s off to Toledo Speedway where he will be battling it out for the Gold Cup championship. The youngster is already sitting in third place in the standings and will be looking to gain some ground on point’s leader Harold Fair Jr. when he takes to the track on August 8th. Justin Schroeder is no doubt a force to be reckoned with and fans should keep an eye out for this up-and-coming driver in the months ahead.
Matt Miller, who has been running just below the radar in the Summer Nationals so far this season, just hit the big time. With his performance in the last two races showing him to be ‘average’, no one suspected that he’d be able to rocket to the front of the pack and take the trophy at the 60-lap event that took place this weekend.
The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Birthday Race’ is the biggest event to hit the three-eighths-mile oval at Oakshade Raceway every season. So when Matt Miller took the checkered flag, he also took the $10 000 racing purse. Miller certainly was pleased with his victory, noting that “it all worked out”. But how exactly did it all work out? For most of the race, Miller stayed just behind the race leaders, using knowledge gained on previous races on this track to his advantage. He made sure to take care of his tires and waited for the track surface to black up before making a late move on about the fortieth lap to overtake Jeep VanWormer and take the winner’s trophy. This is not the first time that Miller has raced at Oakshade Raceway. He has won races at the track before and said that he loves racing at Oakshade. Well his past experiences on this track certainly did help him during the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Birthday Race’ this weekend. The 60-lap race was fast and furious and, as was to be expected, things changed in a hurry near the end of the race. VanWormer was the winner of last year’s ‘Birthday Race’, but this year Miller beat the defending champion by quite a wide margin.
Miller was followed over the finish line by Jeep VanWormer, Dennis Erb Jr., Doug Drown, Casey Noonan, Kris Patterson, Jon Henry, Ky Harper, Jason Feger and Zac Davis respectively. Though he started and finished in third place, Dennis Erb also went home smiling. The points scored by his consistent driving helped him to clinch the tour championship for the second time in a row. This enabled Erb to go home with a whopping $25 000 in prize money after claiming the Summer Nationals championship.
The Daytona International Speedway has a bit of a reputation for being a tough course, but no one could have predicted the drama that unfolded at the race track this weekend. With cars crashing and spinning on virtually every corner, the race was more about how well you avoided collisions than it was about fastest lap times.
Nevertheless at the end of the day Kyle Busch managed to take the winners trophy, only just managing to cross the finish line ahead of Carl Edwards. This makes Kyle Busch’s sixth win and it didn’t come easy. At the start of the race Busch struggled with steering problems that caused him to drop back to the tail end of the field but instead of panicking, he simple knuckled down and slowly worked his way back to the front. For a while Jeff Gordon was doing well, taking the lead for what appeared to be his first victory of the season. His dreams started slipping away when Busch skillfully managed to pull inside and overtake Gordon with only four laps to go. Then calamity struck for the former leader when a tap from Edwards sent him spinning off the track and ultimately saw him pulling in at a rather disappointing 31st place. Meanwhile the action didn’t stop there and Edwards was determined to give Busch a run for his money. With a little push from Kenseth, Edwards managed to pull in alongside his rival and the two paired up for the ultimate climax to any race – a thrilling drag race. But just as fans realized what was going on at the front of the pack, a terrible collision between Travis Kvapil and Sam Hornish Jr triggered a multi-car accident. The resulting mess was so big that the field had to be frozen and with just seconds to go before the pair reached the checkered flag a decision was made to choose the race winner based on who was ahead.
With Kyle Busch barely a nose ahead of Carl Edwards, the sudden change the course of the race brought about a somewhat unexpected victory and fans were deprived of the final sprint to the end – one which would have no doubt proven to be nail-biting. Matt Kenseth crossed the line in third place followed by Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan and Dale Earnhardt Jr. respectively.