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Speedway's end hurts Middle TennesseePosted Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 1:50 PM
Nashville Superspeedway's owners announced this morning they're shutting down at the end of the year.
The Gladeville track's owners said the lack of a Sprint Cup race destroyed its financial viability.
It's a loss for Middle Tennessee. Nashville's supposedly too close to too many other tracks with races, such as Talladega, Atlanta, Bristol and maybe even Kentucky. And there are only so many top-level NASCAR races to go around.
But considering the market size population-wise of Middle Tennessee, plus its central location for so many NASCAR fans, it does sort of surprise me someone couldn't have worked out something. It's a loss for Middle Tennessee sports fans.
Maybe someone can step in and save the track. Or will it be plowed up for houses or business/industrial land?
Remember back in, I think it was the late 1980s, when a track was proposed for U.S. 231 South just past New Center Church Road south of Shelbyville? It would have been on what then and is still now farmland, part of which forms sort of a natural bowl. Makes me wonder what would happened if that track had actually been built?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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