Authorities aim to solve traffic problems

Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series racing action is expected to be brisk again this year and efforts have also been made to help fans speed their way to the Nashville Superspeedway.

Traffic was an issue at the inaugural race last June and officials have pledged improvements to the tripleheader, which begins Friday with the Rackley Roofing 200 Camping World Truck Series race (7 p.m. CT, FS1) followed by Saturday the Tennessee Lottery 250 Xfinity Series Race (2:30 p.m., CT, USA) then Sunday by the Ally 400 (4 p.m., CT, NBC).

The start of last year’s Ally 400 was delayed due to late arrivals from fans.

A collaboration between Nashville Superspeedway safety and operations teams as well as local, county and state public safety and traffic officials has led to the following ideal routes for vehicles traveling to and from the track , including users of the carpooling service.

From I-40, vehicles traveling east and west will approach the 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 to traffic. Fans should use exit 65.

Coming from I-24, vehicles traveling east and west will approach the Nashville Superspeedway from I-840. Once on I-840, vehicles will head east and use exit 65, the Nashville Superspeedway interchange.

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USR 231 vehicles traveling in either direction will exit onto SR 452 and continue to Nashville Superspeedway.

Rideshare customers are advised to take U.S. Route 231 in either direction, heading to the track via State Route 452. Rideshare vehicles will enter the Nashville Superspeedway at Darrell Waltrip Drive, then head toward Sterling Marlin Drive and finally drop off fans at the Sterling intersection. Marlin Drive and Nashville Superspeedway Boulevard.

NASCAR fans walk along I-840 after abandoning their car about two miles from the Nashville Superspeedway due to major traffic delays to get to the venue on June 20, 2021.

Rideshare vehicles will leave the facility after turning onto Nashville Superspeedway Boulevard and returning to Sterling Marling Drive, then to Darrell Waltrip Drive and turning left onto SR 452, to USR 231.

Officials are also encouraging fans to plan ahead and use the WAZE wayfinding app to find the best route to Superspeedway from their location.

Exiting the race to limit inbound traffic from I-840, the east and west off-ramps of I-840 leading to State Route 452 will be closed for one hour after the race throughout the weekend.

Additionally, all on-field traffic will be held back for at least an hour to allow time for pedestrians to exit the stands and find their way back to the parking lots and campsites.

Cars fill the Nashville Superspeedway parking lot in Lebanon, Tennessee during the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 race on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

All traffic departing from General Parking will exit Nashville Superspeedway via one of two lanes. There will be two conical lanes on McCrary Road leading to SR 452 and continuing to I-840. There will also be two conical lanes on Dale Earnhardt Drive leading to SR 452 and continuing to I-840.

In addition to the plans above, additional new factors are expected to facilitate vehicle traffic throughout the weekend.

There will be no on-track parking fees, which was a major factor in the traffic slowdown last year. Additionally, 2,600 new parking spaces have been added along McCrary Road, the main access route to the Nashville Superspeedway.

Additionally, there are more visual message boards in critical locations, with refined/flexible messages.

Additional traffic deputies and officers 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 had been dormant for nearly a decade,” said Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses. “As we prepare for our second annual NASCAR Cup Series weekend, we appreciate the efforts of all local, county and state public safety officials to assist us with our traffic plans.”

For more ticket information, visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com or call 866-RACE-TIX.

Contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.

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