After an absence of seven years, NASCAR is returning to the track formerly known as Memphis Motorsports Park.
Now known as Memphis International Raceway, it will host its first NASCAR event since 2009 when the K&N Pro Series East tour visits the Millington, Tennessee, track on June 3.
Owned by IRG Sports + Entertainment since 2010, the .750-mile track hosted Xfinity Series races from 1999 to 2009 and Camping World Truck Series races from 1998 to 2009.
“NASCAR is extremely excited that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be racing at Memphis International Raceway in 2017,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring & weekly series in a press release. “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.”
The track will have “minor renovations” and safety upgrades to prepare to host the series that crowned Justin Haley as its champion this season.
“This is a huge announcement not only for our organization but for the Mid-South region as well,” said Pam Kendrick, president and general manager at MIR. “Our fans ask us constantly when NASCAR is returning to Memphis and it is finally happening. The return of NASCAR to MIR is part of a bigger plan and just the start of some great things happening at our facility. We’re excited to bring the tri-oval back to life and give our fans what they have been missing.”
The last NASCAR event held there was the Xfinity Series’ Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 on Oct. 24, 2009. The race was won by Brad Keselowski.