NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The State Fair Board has voted to continue stock car racing at the Nashville fairgrounds.
According to the Associated Press newspaper, the decision Tuesday came after months of debate about whether the property should host racing as it has since 1958.
Preservationists wanted to preserve the fairgrounds property but others, including Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, believed the property should be developed.
The board voted to host seven races this year. There was weekly Saturday night racing at the track in past years. Still to be determined is what contractor will operate the 5/8-mile paved track.
Drivers including Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin got their start at the track. Top-level NASCAR races were run at the track until several years ago.
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