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Nashville Superspeedway is a motor racing complex located in Gladeville, Tennessee (though the track has a Lebanon address), United States, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Nashville. On August 2, 2011, it was announced that Nashville Superspeedway will not host any NASCAR events in 2012 despite having sell out attendance at most race events at the track. It is a concrete oval track 1⅓ miles (2.145 km) long. Nashville Superspeedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, which owns Dover International Speedway. Current permanent seating capacity is approximately 50,000.[1] Additional portable seats are brought in for some events, and seating capacity can be expanded to 150,000.[2]The track was built in 2001 and is currently closed to all competitive events. At its peak, the facility hosted four major races each year: two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (one per year prior to 2010). The IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 was run at the track from its opening until 2008. NASCAR continually showed little interest in staging a Sprint Cup Series race at the track.In October 2009, Dover Motorsports decided to close Memphis Motorsports Park, and the Memphis Truck race originally scheduled for late June 2010 was moved to Nashville Superspeedway on April 2, one day prior to the annual Nationwide Series race at the track. The April Truck race was known as the "Nashville 200". Nashville Superspeedway became the only facility on the circuit to host two Truck Series races without hosting a NASCAR Cup event.As is a Nashville metropolitan tradition, specially-designed Gibson Les Paul guitars are presented to race winners in place of conventional trophies. The track also has a reputation for producing many first-time winners.The track is referred by the classic term of a "superspeedway" (a track of one mile (1.6 km) or longer, compared to a short track), and is named to differentiate itself from the .596 mile Nashville Speedway USA (now Music City Motorplex) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville. Until 1984, the Nashville Speedway USA had conducted a pair of 420-lap Cup races, but NASCAR pulled its sanctioning license from the circuit after disputes over who would manage the track took place prior to the start of the 1985 season.On August 3, 2011, Dover Motorsports announced that the track will not seek NASCAR sanctions in 2012, effectively shutting it down. In the announcement, Dover also hinted that the track may be up for sale. The track remains available for private use, such as car & tire testing, as well as filming.

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