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NASCAR Returning to Memphis


For the fist time in seven years, NASCAR will be returning to the track that was once known as Memphis Motorsports Park.

The Track Which has now been renamed Memphis International Raceway will be having it’s first NASCAR race since the 2009 season as it has been announced the K&N Pro Series East Tour will visit the track in Millington, Tennessee on June 3rd of 2017.

The .750 mile oval now known as Memphis International Raceway has been owned by IRG Sports + Entertainment since 2010. Prior to their purchase, the track hosted events in the Xfinity Series from 1999 to 2009 and the Camping World Truck Series from 1998 to 2009. The last official NASCAR race on the track was a 250 mile Xfinity Series race on October 24, 2009, which was ran under the Sponsor “Kroger On Track For The Cure” in which Brad Keselowski took home the hardware.

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In a press release, George Silbermann said, “NASCAR is extremely excited that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be racing at Memphis International Raceway in 2017″. While also going on to talk about the recent over flow of talent that has come through the ranks saying “In the last couple years, fans of the series have had a chance to get the first looks at drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Daniel Suarez before they broke through in the national series. We are looking forward to bringing the next group of rising stars to Memphis and showcasing the tremendous young talent competing in NASCAR.”

Pam Kenderick, President and General Manager of Memphis International Raceway said ” The return of NASCAR to MIR is part of a bigger plan and just the start of some great things happening at our facility”. Before the race on June 3, 2017, the track will be under going minor renovations to bring the track’s safety up to the current standards in which NASCAR has set.