The action at the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race is expected to be fast again this year and efforts have also been made to help fans speed up their way into Nashville Superspeedway as well.
Traffic flow was a problem at the inaugural race last June and officials vowed to make improvements for the tripleheader, which begins Friday with the Rackley Roofing 200 Camping World Truck Series Race (7 pm, CT, FS1) followed Saturday by the Tennessee Lottery 250 Xfinity Series Race (2:30 pm, CT, USA) an then Sunday by the Ally 400 (4 pm, CT, NBC).
The start of last year’s Ally 400 was delayed because of late arriving fans.
A collaboration between Nashville Superspeedway’s security and operations teams as well as local, county and state public safety and traffic officials led to the following ideal routes for vehicles traveling to and from the track, including ride-share service users.
Coming in from I-40 vehicles traveling east and west will approach Nashville Superspeedway from Exit 235 (SR 840 West). These vehicles will travel west on I-840 and take Exit 65, the Nashville Superspeedway interchange. Exit 61 (Couchville Pike) will not be open for race traffic. Fans must use Exit 65.
Coming from I-24 vehicles traveling east and west will approach Nashville Superspeedway from I-840. Once on I-840 vehicles will travel east and use Exit 65, the Nashville Superspeedway interchange.
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Vehicles from USR 231 traveling in either direction will exit onto SR 452 and continue towards Nashville Superspeedway.
Ride share customers are instructed to travel US Route 231 in either direction, proceeding toward the track via State Route 452. Ride share vehicles will enter Nashville Superspeedway at Darrell Waltrip Drive, then proceed to Sterling Marlin Drive and finally drop fans at the intersection of Sterling Marlin Drive and Nashville Superspeedway Blvd.
Ride share vehicles will exit the property after turning on Nashville Superspeedway Boulevard and proceeding back to Sterling Marling Drive, then to Darrell Waltrip Drive and turning left onto SR 452, toward USR 231.
Officials also are encouraging fans to plan ahead and use the wayfinding app WAZE to find the best route to Superspeedway from their location.
When leaving the race to limit inbound traffic from I-840, both the east and westbound ramps of I-840 leading to State Route 452 will be closed for one hour post-race throughout the weekend.
Additionally, all infield traffic will be held for a minimum of one hour to allow time for pedestrians to exit the grandstands and find their way back to the parking and camping lots.
All traffic departing from General Parking will leave Nashville Superspeedway by one of two ways. There will be two coned lanes on McCrary Road leading to SR 452 and continuing toward I-840. There will also be two coned lanes on Dale Earnhardt Drive leading to SR 452 and continuing toward I-840.
Along with the above plans, there are additional new factors that should ease the flow of vehicles throughout the weekend.
There will be no at-track parking charge, which was a major factor in slowing the traffic flow last year. Also, 2,600 new parking spaces have been added along McCrary Road, the main access road to Nashville Superspeedway.
Also, there are more visual message boards in critical locations, with refined/flexible messages.
Additional deputies and traffic officials will be stationed at key intersections, including Route 231 and Fall Creek Road, Route 231 and Vesta Road, and McCrary and Vesta roads.
“Hosting world-class events is always a learning experience, especially for a facility that was dormant for almost a decade,” said Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses. “In preparing for our second annual NASCAR Cup Series weekend, we appreciate the efforts of all local, county and state public safety officials to assist us in our traffic plans.”
For ticket information visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com or call 866-RACE-TIX.
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