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Nashville Puts Sports, Including Fairgrounds Speedway on Pause

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has directed Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to cancel next Saturday’s JEGS CRA All Star Tour event, which was scheduled alongside the CRA Junior Late Model Division and local racing classes. The event will not be rescheduled. In a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Cooper expressed disapproval of ‘in person attendance for professional […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has directed Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to cancel next Saturday’s JEGS CRA All Star Tour event, which was scheduled alongside the CRA Junior Late Model Division and local racing classes.

The event will not be rescheduled.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Cooper expressed disapproval of ‘in person attendance for professional sports.’

“We must take a cautious approach, recognizing we cannot predict our COVID-19 metrics further into the fall sports season,” Cooper said. “We cannot add any risk from potential super spreader events.”

The Champion Racing Association is working towards a new venue to replace the scheduled event for Nashville.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway issued the following statement.

“Public safety remains a top priority for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Speedway Officials, in collaboration with the Metro Nashville Health Department, have established racing events in 2020 to be a pilot program to reopening spectator sporting in the City of Nashville. Three racing events have been conducted thus far to the satisfaction of public health officials. Now, Mayor John Cooper has instructed an immediate pause of racing with fans at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.”

The next weekly event scheduled for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is Saturday, September 12th.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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