Bill Donoho, Mark Parrish, and Bennie Goodman collaborated to build a new racing facility at the fairgrounds to replace the one-mile, dirt track. With an (advertised) investment of $200,000 and the cooperation of the Nashville Fair Board, the trio built two asphalt tracks - a half-mile outer track with an inner, flat, quarter-mile track.
|Courtesy of Russ Thompson|
Rather than re-create what has already been written, Nashville racing historian Russ Thompson blogged a great recap of the opening of the track and its first round of races back in 2011. Highly recommended reading.
Charley Griffith (or Griffin as he frequently seemed to be known back then) captured the full slate of races. He won his 12-lap heat race, a three-driver match race, and the 30-lap feature.
After being extricated and heaving several gulps of fresh oxygen, Brady was transported to the hospital. He suffered a broken rib, was otherwise OK, and returned to racing and winning several times over the next few years.
the inaugural Daytona 500. Balancing skill and good fortune - and racing a Pontiac raced a year earlier by Cotton Owens on the beach - Griffith combined his win on Nashville's new quarter-mile track with a third place finish on the 2.5 mile superspeedway in what became labeled as The Great American Race.