SMI, NASCAR Still Have Work To Do For Possible Return To Nashville
SMI reportedly has been interested in bringing NASCAR races back to Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway, but the two sides "appear no closer to a deal," according to Joey Garrison of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Fairgrounds Speedway Promoter Tony Formosa said that SMI has "expressed interest" in holding an Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series race at the fairgrounds. He added that the two NASCAR races floated by SMI "would be held over one weekend, but dates are unclear." Formosa: "Everything is still very premature. We haven't even come close to reaching an (agreement)." The deal would "require an agreement with Formosa, who holds operational rights to the speedway" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/11).
YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: The AP's Jenna Fryer wrote NASCAR got a "true gift" when young drivers Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney recently "put together back-to-back playoff victories." NASCAR must now "go to work on making America care about these fresh faces." The first step is to "get the drivers in front of the public." NASCAR "hasn’t done a great job the last few years of forcing its drivers in front of the media on a weekly basis, which is the only way to build familiarity." The drivers also "need to relate, somehow, to both existing fans and potential fans." The drivers "start working a little bit harder to sell themselves as the future of the sport" (AP, 10/8).