Nashville Superspeedway

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The Nashville Superspeedway differs from most other major U.S. racetracks by virtue of the fact that it has a more durable and stable concrete racetrack instead of the usual asphalt. In order to build the Nashville Superspeedway, its pavers constructed a special machine enabling them to pour the full width of the concrete in just one piece for the entire length of the track, so unlike asphalt racetracks Nashville's surface doesn't change from day to night. Racecar drivers love this racetrack because although it's a tight track, it gives them plenty of room to move around and offers them the challenges of high speeds and precision turns. A concrete track has a different feel than an asphalt track. A brand new concrete track has less grip than asphalt, but the grip increases as the track gets more rubber on it. The bumps are different on a concrete track, also. While an asphalt track can feel bumpy or wavy, bumps in concrete feel like a vibration instead. The Nashville track is considered to have one of the best shapes available in the circuit, and the turns are driven almost identically. The track's construction is excellent, and race car drivers find that it races amazingly well.

“Little did I know the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure would be such a thrill!”

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Safety at Nashville Superspeedway

Racetrack Specifications

Completed: 2000

Length: 1.333 miles

Shape: D-shaped oval

Banking: 14° turns, 94° frontstretch, 6° backstretch

Frontstretch length: 2,494 feet

Backstretch length: 2,203 feet

Seating capacity: 50,000


Nashville Superspeedway

4847-F McCrary Road

Lebanon, TN 37090


Driving Directions:

FROM THE NORTH (Kentucky):

I-65 S toward Nashville

I-24 E to I-40 E toward Knoxville (about 2 miles)

I-40 E to Exit 235 (State Route 840 W toward Murfreesboro) (about 30 miles)

Go 10 miles to Exit 65, Nashville Superspeedway

Turn left at the top of the exit

FROM I-24 WEST (Chattanooga):

I-24 W toward Nashville to Exit 74B (State Route 840 E toward Lebanon)

Go 13 miles to Exit 65, Nashville Superspeedway

Turn right at the top of the exit

FROM THE WEST (Memphis):

I-40 E to Nashville

Stay on I-40 E for about 30 miles from downtown Nashville

Get off at Exit 235 (State Route 840 W, towards Murfreesboro)

Go 10 miles to Exit 65, Nashville Superspeedway

Turn left at the top of the exit


I-65 N to Exit 59A (State Route 840 E)

Go about 34 miles to Exit 65, Nashville Superspeedway

Turn right at the top of the exit

FROM THE EAST (Knoxville):

I-40 W to Exit 238 (U.S. 231 South, toward Murfreesboro)

Go 10 miles to State Route 452 and turn right

Go about 3 miles, and the Nashville Superspeedway will be on your right

Merge onto I-85 N via Exit 13A toward Greensboro

FROM I-24 EAST (St. Louis):

I-24 E toward Nashville to I-40 E toward Knoxville

You will be on I-40 E approximately 36 miles to Exit 235 (State Route 840 W, toward Murfreesboro)

Go 10 miles to Exit 65, Nashville Superspeedway

Turn left at the top of the exit

“During my 13-year road racing career, I have driven factory-prepared Ferrari racecars, Porsche, and BMW racecars, and many others. No doubt driving an actual Nextel type racecar on a large oval is quite an experience.”

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Description of Nashville, Tennessee:

Nashville is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, it stands between the Old and the New South, filled with historic attractions such as the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home, an antebellum plantation, Civil War sites, and showboats, and on the other, it is a fairly cosmopolitan city, with a modern culture that centers on its university community. Nashville has been called "the buckle on the Bible Belt," because of its 800 churches, yet it also boasts dancing until 3:00 a.m. at its downtown Wildhorse Saloon, which attracts over 10 million visitors per year to the city. Nashville has also been called "Music City," for its strong music culture, which includes the Grand Ole Opry, its roots in Christian pop music highlighting singers such as Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, and even its jazz as played by the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. Nashville has art museums, botanical gardens, parks, and plenty of sports attractions, and of course it is home to Graceland, Elvis Presley's mansion, which continues to draw a substantial number of tourists each year. Among the many other notable people that have lived in Nashville are musicians Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Faith Hill, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynett, Jimmy Buffett, Peter Frampton, and Carrie Underwood. Academy Award-winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, as well as talk show host Oprah Winfrey, have also lived there. There is something for everyone in Nashville, and a visit there is sure to be a great time.



The Nashville Superspeedway was built in 2000 and is one of only three tracks on the NASCAR circuit paved with concrete. In 2001, the first Busch Series race was held there, and later that year, the Craftsman Truck Series made its debut at the Nashville Superspeedway. It now hosts four major racing events: two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and an Indy Racing League event. The racetrack is interesting for the fact that race winners are awarded specially-designed Les Paul guitars by Gibson instead of the usual trophies. The track also has a reputation for having produced many first-time winners. The Nashville Superspeedway is so named as a way of differentiating it from the Music City Motorplex near downtown Nashville, which is located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.