New owner has big plans to revive Nashville Superspeedway, may bring back NASCAR and IndyCar

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Racing fans in and around Music City may soon be singing a happier tune if Robb Sexton has his way.

Sexton is the new owner of Nashville Superspeedway, having recently purchased it for $45 million from Dover Motorsports Inc. (owner of Dover International Speedway).

Sexton has lots of plans for the Gladeville, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville) facility that saw racing suspended there three years ago and no longer hosts any NASCAR events, yet is still very popular as a test track for NASCAR teams.

And potentially bringing back NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series and even the Verizon IndyCar Series is on Sexton’s long-range wish list.

“Never say never,” Sexton, 60, told LebanonDemocrat.com’s Larry Woody when asked if he would try to bring back NASCAR and IndyCar.

“It’s a great facility and we’re going to put it to use,” Sexton added. In addition to giving a rebirth to racing there, NSS may also become an entertainment venue for potential things as concerts (a natural for Music City) and other events.

NASCAR ran both Trucks and Nationwide cars at the 11-year-old NSS for nearly a decade, while the IndyCar Series called the 1.3-mile track home for eight seasons before it also departed.

Founder and CEO of technology company NeXovation Inc., Sexton told Woody that he may even break out blueprints that were drawn up several years ago to add a drag strip, short track and dirt track to the complex.

“We plan to develop the entire facility,” Sexton said. “We have a comprehensive business plan that involves using the track 52 weeks a year, with a primary emphasis on the motorsports community. Our focus is on a motorsports identity.

“This is not just a lark, thinking that maybe we can make it work,” he said. “For two years we have taken a hard look at it, formed a business model, and concluded that it is do-able.”

Sexton isn’t stopping at just buying NSS. He also wants to purchase Germany’s famed Nurburgring facility.

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Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”