The racetrack survives for now, though it's unclear whether it will actually host any racing in the next couple of years. Joey Garrison in the CP:
A bill that at least momentarily preserves the Fairgrounds Speedway awaits the signature of Mayor Karl Dean, as the Metro Council Tuesday night took its final vote to call for a new master plan to dictate the future of the hotly debated fairgrounds property.
The legislation, which the council cleared on the final of three votes Tuesday, also keeps the Tennessee State Fair at the Nolensville Pike property through 2012, and retains the property’s expo center until a new location is found.
Two weeks ago, the council drastically altered the legislation from a bill that would have demolished the racetrack to one that preserves the racetrack until the creation of the master plan concludes. The master plan, to be piloted by the fair board, Metro Planning Department and Metro Parks and Recreation Department, would seemingly call for racing to either continue or end.
By waiting for a comprehensive master plan, the city may have dodged a bullet. Christine Kreyling explains in Thursday's Scene.