Sunday, June 20, 2021

#NCS / Ally 400 Fun Facts

#NCS / Ally 400 Fun Facts

Nashville Superspeedway #Ally400 NASCAR Cup

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#NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 Fun Facts
  • The Date: Today  
  • The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET 
  • TV: NBCSN, 2:45 p.m. ET  
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 
  • Distance: 399 miles (300 Laps) 
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 90) 
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 185) 
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 300)


Father’s Day Spectacular: Nashville Superspeedway sets the stage for the NASCAR Cup Series

Today’s NASCAR Cup Series race, the Ally 400 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, will mark the first time in series history that Nashville Superspeedway will host a Cup event.


Nashville Superspeedway hosted its first NASCAR national series races back in April of 2001. Through 2011, the 1.33-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns was home to 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series races and 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.


In 2021, Nashville is scheduled to host its first NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20 (Father's Day). The Father's Day event will be the first NASCAR Cup Series race in the Nashville area since 1984; when the series last competed at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, 0.549-mile paved oval, on July 14, 1984. The race was won by Geoff Bodine driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.


Nashville Superspeedway is the largest concrete-only track in NASCAR, and the 1.33-mile speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which also owns Dover International Speedway in Delaware.


In total, four active NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won on Father’s Day:

  1. Kyle Larson (Sunday, June 18, 2017)
  2. Denny Hamlin (Sunday, June 18, 2017)
  3. Ryan Newman (Sunday, June 20, 2004)
  4. Kurt Busch (Sunday, June 15, 2003)

all at Michigan International Speedway.



Previous Experience at Nashville Could be Advantageous This Weekend

Experience is always key in high level competition and this weekend will be no different for the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway. With this weekend being the track’s debut on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, and with no NASCAR national series competition at the track since 2011, that experience is few and far between amongst current competitors.


Looking through the preliminary NASCAR Cup Series entry list for this Sunday’s Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and of the 39 competitors entered only 14 have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series event at Nashville Superspeedway.


Of those 14 drivers with starts at Nashville, only five have previous won a NASCAR national series race at the 1.33-mile track, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch with three NASCAR national series victories:


  1. Kyle Busch (NXS one win: 2009; NCWTS two wins: 2010, 2011) 
  2. Kevin Harvick (NXS two wins: 2006, 2010) 
  3. Brad Keselowski (NXS two wins: 2008, 2010) 
  4. Austin Dillon (NCWTS one win: 2011) 
  5. Joey Logano (NXS one win: 2009) 



Larson Looks For Third Straight Points-Paying Cup Race Win

Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson has been performing lights out lately winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway three weeks ago, then conquering the hilly road course of Sonoma Raceway two weeks ago and finally capturing his second career NASCAR All-Star Race win at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Now the 28-year-old is looking to get his third straight points-paying race win this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway to become just the fifth different active driver to accomplish the feat; joining Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.



Nashville Superspeedway’s Victory Lane celebration became one of the most talked about in NASCAR during the track’s early days from 2001-11, with the ultimate reward of a Sam Bass-designed Gibson guitar presented to winning drivers.




source: NASCAR Media

#NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 Fun Facts


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