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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IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis