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CONCORD, N.C. --On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that Nashville Superspeedway will host a Cup Series race in 2021. 

NASCAR is working with Dover Motorsports Inc. to put on the first-ever Cup event at the 1.33-mile concrete track next season. 

“We were energized to see how excited Nashville was to host the NASCAR Cup Series banquet last December,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports Inc. “When we built Nashville Superspeedway in 2001 our goal was to one day secure a NASCAR Cup Series race for the venue. Nashville, central Tennessee and the surrounding market area is filled with passionate race fans. 

"We are thrilled that we were able to collaborate with NASCAR and our television partners to get this done and we can’t wait to put on a great show there in 2021.” 

Located just outside of Nashville, the track was in use from 2001 until 2011. It has 25,000 permanent grandstand seats and is located on 1,000 acres. 

Hendrick Motorsports competed at the track when it hosted NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck events. In June 2002, driver Jack Sprague won a truck race there for the team. 

With one of the races shifted to Nashville next year, Dover International Speedway will host one NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in 2021. 

“Thanks to the collaboration of Dover Motorsports and our broadcast partners, we are excited to bring NASCAR racing back to Nashville, a place where the passion for our sport runs deep,” said NASCAR president Steve Phelps. “The Nashville market is a vital one for our ringing NASCAR Cup Series racing to Nashville Superspeedway will be an integral building block in helping us further deliver on our promise in creating a dynamic schedule for 2021.”