The plan, whose details remain sketchy, didn't come with a price tag. But Copeland, the paid provocateur behind the group Save My Fairgrounds — which most believe is funded by former NASCAR drivers Sterling Marlin and Darrell Waltrip, among a couple others — noted that he's lined up a few rich people to pitch in, including Belmont benefactor and racing enthusiast Mike Curb.
"My hope is that through good leadership coming from our great mayor and our city council, we can come up with a compromise that allows NASCAR and all of auto racing to flourish in Nashville and at the same time utilize new sound barrier technology and muffler technology to respect the citizens that live near this historic facility," Curb said. "I congratulate the mayor and the council for keeping an open mind on this issue."
Don't count on it. At this point, the plan has no legislative support, and the Metro Council is set for a second vote Jan. 18 on a bill that would initiate the demolition of the racetrack to make way for the 40-acre public park. Mayor Karl Dean — whose own big-time proposal for the future of the fairgrounds bit the dust late last year — pooh-poohed it in a quick 11 words, saying in essence that neighbors don't support a racetrack in the middle of the city (see: noise) and few people would even attend a race there.