Metro sues former fairgrounds speedway operators

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:31pm

Metro and its five-member fair board have sued a former racing operator team, claiming it breached its contract after failing to pay $106,200 in rent payments and writing $3,000 in bad checks.

The defendants in the suit, Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Chad Chaffin, who formed the group Fairgrounds Speedway USA, could not be reached for comment. According to the suit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court on March 12, the defendants failed to hand over $53,100 for each year of the group’s two-year lease agreement with the fair board.

Hamilton and Chaffin teamed up to manage races at the fairgrounds speedway for the 2011 season. The fair board has hired Tony Formosa Jr. to hold races for this summer’s 2012 racing season.

Hamilton’s 2011 run at the fairgrounds speedway ended abruptly when he was forced to cancel the popular All American 400 after these financial woes, cited in the suit, first began to arise.

13 Comments on this post:

By: Shane Smiley on 3/22/12 at 8:24

Joey, Here are a few questions.
When did the board vote to sue Chad?
Does the board have to vote to find you in breach? If so, They are out of order suing Chad.
I was at the meeting when they found Bobby in breach of contract.
Chad was sitting on the front row, 5 feet from Doug Sloan and was never once asked if he was willing to pay up?
In fact, the Fair?Board turned down the cashiers check for $49,500 that was placed in front of them.
If you look back at your own articles, you will find quotes from Buck stating the partnership had been dissolved.
If they have a contract for 2012, why are they suing for the 2012 proceeds?
If Chad was still on the hook, why wasn’t he allowed to take over the contract, pay up the balance and continue?
He tried. Buck told him that was not an option.
Chad and Sterling offered many times over to pay up the balance and take over. The Fairgrounds refused.

Why did it take until the march meeting to get a contract to the TSFA and the Speedway?
TSFA was awarded the contract in November. Speedway in December yet, it took 4 and 3 months respectively to get a contract from Metro.
We were told the hold up for getting the track on the November Fair?Board agenda was because Sloan didn’t have the contract in order.
When they finally placed the track up for bid, potential bidders were given a contract to fill in the blank.
Do you believe it took 3 months to make the small adjustments to finalize the contract?

This stinks to high heaven. It is just an attempt to generate bad press for the Fairgrounds as they work on the Mayor Dean payed for “Master Plan”
We see with the Baseball stadium plan how that is going to work.
Martha Ingram wants the Thermal plant site for an amphitheater so it goes from the top of the list under Purcell to off the list with Dean. When you pay for the study, You get the results you dictate.
Wait and see. Bet you a decent steak that I’m right.

In the mean time, how about digging into the questions above.

By: pswindle on 3/22/12 at 8:52

TN is going to hell in every respect starting at the State Capitol, Metro and all cross this state of ours. When did ths happen and why?

By: whitetrash on 3/23/12 at 2:23

Metro should add Shane Smiley to the lawsuit.

By: treehugger7 on 3/23/12 at 6:12

Yada,Yada...there's a lot more important things to deal with than watching cars go around in a circle. Keep the fairgrounds, give up on racing, and move on.

By: wataboutbob on 3/23/12 at 6:35

My friends and I would love to attend the races in Nashville this summer but not if they don't make any improvements from what we experienced at the Firecracker 425 last July.

#1 issue is the poor sound system. We couldn't understand anything being announced . . . nothing. Not just during a race but before, between, and after the races. It would have made the whole evening more enjoyable.

I expected more souvenir and food concessions. I had a pocket full of money and, unfortunately, took most of it home with me. Italian sausages, funnel cakes, corn-dogs, NASCAR trinkets, etc; that's where the money is and that's what we want. We tried the burgers, fries, and Nachos but ended up stopping on the way home for more decent food.

There was an obvious need for more contestants, especially competitive entries. Without them the longer races are very boring, especially for the younger fans like my 7-year old grandson who was experiencing his very first stock car event. I wish I could attach the picture of two of my friends dozing during one of the feature races.

For us newer local fans it is important to know the names of the drivers and even more info, such as their hometown. It helps develop the support of the fans. I went so far as to walk around in search of at least a rudimentary program, which I was willing to pay for, but to no avail.

By: PJ66 on 3/23/12 at 7:49

This is what happens when the fair board didn't even bother to require a financial statement from the applicants wishing to operate the speedway, to see if they even had the ability to carry out their proposals. Had they done so, they would have realized Hamilton was on the edge of bankruptcy. A further check would have shown Hamilton to be a deadbeat on his 2005 taxes.

When I asked Buck Dozier about this, he said the board was aware of their racing backgrounds so they were properly vetted. What a Mickey Mouse operation!

By: bfra on 3/23/12 at 8:09

Whitetrash - You would be better suited to be added to the law suit, for your inane comments!

By: dustywood on 3/23/12 at 8:13

Regarding a bored 7 yr old. No race is going to keep their attention. Take them to a demolition derby instead.

By: Shane Smiley on 3/24/12 at 8:34

OK Whitetrash, I'll bite. This should prove interesting. Why do you believe Metro should add my name to the lawsuit?

By: pswindle on 3/25/12 at 1:05

This is just another dirty trick by Dean and Buck to do what they please with the Fairgrounds. If Shane knows the truth, and it seems that he does. Buck and company may be without a job.

By: whitetrash on 3/26/12 at 10:06

Shane Smiley U should be sued because yo head was so far up Bobby and Chad's you know what! U threw Tony under the bus last year by supporting Bobby and Chad. We don't need you at NFS!

By: Shane Smiley on 3/26/12 at 2:36

Whitetrash, You have really bumped your head.
I sat with Tony, in his kitchen, working on his proposal, until after 1Am the morning the bids were put in for the 2011 contract. When it came time for the bids to be turned in, Tony turned in a blank bid. The contract was then awarded to Bobby and Chad.
Then, and only then did I talk to Bobby and Chad.
My commitment has always been to help the Fairgrounds as a whole.

You obviously have your facts wrong if you believe I threw anyone under the bus.

People, We need to stand together. Just because we have saved the Fairgrounds to this point does not mean our battles are over. Infighting does nothing to help the cause.

I do find it ironic that White trash would say: "We don't need you at NFS!", when he has been one of the outspoken commenters in favor of destroying our historic Fairgrounds.

Nice try, Whitetrash.

By: Shane Smiley on 3/26/12 at 3:16

Folks, Here are a few of Whitetrash's previous posts.

By: whitetrash on 10/6/11 at 12:05
Due us all a favor an nuke the fairgrounds.

By: whitetrash on 10/8/11 at 2:17
There was an estimated crowd of 200 at the last fairgrounds speedway race. What happened Mr. Smily? I thought Mike Curb and the Big Machine Records guy had your back? No one was defeated in the August referendum because there wasn't any organized opposition. Face it the Fairgrounds Speedway is on life support and is fading fast. It might be time for you to jump ship and find another local racetrack to support.

By: whitetrash on 11/1/11 at 4:43
Give the lease to Sterling Marlin. Lets see how deep his pockets really are! Come on Sterling put your money where your mouth is. Has anybody heard Sterling speak you can barely understand the redneck! The only reason I can barely understand him is because I'm whitetrash.

By: whitetrash on 11/1/11 at 4:46
Guess who I went as for Halloween? Okay you give up? I went as Racer84 and know one knew who I was... I was really bummed because I thought everyone knew the truck series Champion at the greatest short track in the world.

By: whitetrash on 2/14/12 at 12:36
They should consider moving to the fairgrounds speedway at the fairgrounds, they would fit right in.

By: whitetrash on 2/14/12 at 1:30
One group is liberals who need to shower the other is rednecks who need to shower so they should fit right in together.

By: whitetrash on 10/24/11 at 1:24
At least Bobby Hamilton put himself and his own money out there. What Hamilton did is much more than the blow hards like Shane Smiley, Ronnie Campbell, and Jamie Hollin just to name a few have done. I think Hamilton will do a much better job next year at the Fairgrounds Speedway. Thanks Little Bobby for your efforts.

Whitetrash is most likely a well connected person from the Mayors office or a PR firm hired to do away with the Fairgrounds.
This person is not a friend of the Fairgrounds and is doing whatever he/she can to divide the ranks of the Fairgrounds supporters. Don't buy in to the propaganda.