Nashville mayor says plan to bring NASCAR back to city in works

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV)--NASCAR may indeed be returning to Nashville according to Mayor John Cooper in an interview with WZTV.

Announcing the deal to pave the way for construction of a MLS stadium for Nashville SC, Cooper stated Bristol Motor Speedway will be releasing a letter of their intent. "They're hugely excited about the ability to bring NASCAR to Nashville," Cooper stated.

Funding for the improvement of the speedway still needs to be negotiated "so we can bring that level of event here in Nashville," Cooper said. The plan would bring two 30,000 seat stadiums side by side.

"For the first time you have a site plan that recognizes all the historic uses at the Fairgrounds," Mayor Cooper added. Mayor Cooper says he was thankful to the people of Nashville for their patience in the development deal for the soccer stadium.

"Let's get NASCAR here," Cooper said. "The speedway has the potential, I'm very excited about it, to be profitable for the city. The ability to make money off the speedway has been something that's been missing."