Fairgrounds Speedway

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Nashville’s 50-year-old Fairgrounds Speedway has a storied past but an uncertain future. City officials are considering selling the 117-acre fairgrounds site to developers, a move that would likely mark the end of a racing tradition that goes back more than a century. While that debate goes on, teams still race there most Saturday nights. It’s an old country sport living in the middle of the city. WPLN’s Craig Havighurst reports.

 

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