- Nashville, TN (Thursday, March 30, 2022) – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) has long been known as America’s Favorite Short Track, and on Saturday night, another chapter will begin being written to support that message. For the 118th time, a season of short-track auto racing will begin on the doorstep of one of America’s fastest-growing cities and unmatched entertainment destinations. A mix of backyard warriors and full-time pros will fill the garage area as the 118th Season of Auto Racing roars to life at the Fairgrounds Speedway.
Last season, over 250 drivers from all across the country raced at the historic speedway, including some of the Nation’s most talented and versatile drivers like six-time USAC Silvercrown Champion, Kody Swanson, 2021 USAC National Midget Champion, Buddy Kofoid, ARCA Menards East Champion and Music City 200 winner, Sammy Smith, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winner, Corey Heim, and local Late Model greats like Michael House, Willie Allen, Cole Williams, Jackson Boone, and many more. Last season also saw worldwide superstars with the SRX Racing Series hosting its championship event in the Music City.
The beginning of what is expected to be another blockbuster year is Saturday night, with a massive 7-in-1 program, featuring the Murfreesboro Fence Bandoleros, BH Holmes Construction Legends, Pest Doctor Front Runners, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, and Limited Late Models on the high-contact, tight confounds of the ¼-mile track. Paint is sure to be traded, and tempers will likely flair as drivers fight for the first win of the young season.
Last season, the final Championship Points Standings were decided by less than 20 points in four of the six divisions that race on the ¼-mile. Nearly all the championships at NFS in 2021 were mathematically in limbo heading into the final race of the season, putting emphasis on performing well right out of the gate.
The nightcap for the 2022 season opener is a special 118 lap Pro Late Model feature. Paying homage to the 118th season of auto racing at NFS, the midsouth region’s best will tangle with invaders from across the county dreaming of writing their names down as a Nashville winner. During last season’s first race, eventual division champion, Michael House pulled away by over 1.3 seconds on late model young gun, Jake Garcia. Swanson led the majority of the race holding off Williams and House until a clutch failure forced him from the top spot.
Saturday, pit gates open at 10:00 AM with the first on-track action starting with Pro Late Model Practice at 1:00 PM. Grandstand gates will open at 3:00 PM, and the 2021 Champions will be recognized and awarded at 4:30 PM with opening ceremonies to follow and racing beginning at 5:00 PM. Discounted advanced tickets are available now online at www.NashvilleFairgroundsSpeedway.Racing. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day.
For more information, including a full schedule of events, guest information, and advanced tickets, log on to www.NashvilleFairgroundsSpeedway.Racing. For behind the scenes coverage and race day updates, find and follow Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook and on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway