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Report: Proposed Nashville race dumped in advance

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A potential race for either IndyCar or IMSA to be held in Nashville in 2019 isn’t happening, city officials announced Tuesday.

Via The Tennesseean, which was also first to report on the potential of the race itself outside Nissan Stadium earlier this summer, the potential race and city were dealing with both logistical and scheduling issues to make the event a reality.

“In the end, we just felt like there were just too many unanswered questions, especially in regards to the needed infrastructure and, quite honestly, just how do we work around this city’s vigorous special events schedule” Metro Sports Authority Director Monica Fawknotson told the sports authority board on Tuesday. “There’s just so much going on.”

IndyCar raced at the old Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.3-mile concrete oval, from 2001 to 2008.

The potential Nashville race for 2019 had some key people involved with the project, notably veteran Tony Cotman, NZR Consulting director who’s overseen a number of new track designs and serves as race director for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, but ultimately won’t happen.

But after IndyCar’s Boston fiasco for a race that was announced, then cancelled, in a sea of red tape and payouts to fans to refund tickets for a race that never happened, it’s probably better for this race that it never fully got off the ground in the first place.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.