NASCAR pointed to Nashville’s Cup Series history in making the announcement, pointing out that Fairgrounds Speedway hosted 42 Cup Series races from 1958-84, with NASCAR’s top series visiting twice a year from 1973-84.The news of move to Music City was met by at least one popular former driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., with the light-hearted hope (prayer?) that the Cup Series might return to Nashville.Please lord make the move of the @NASCAR banquet to Nashville in any way influence the return of NASCAR to the @FGSpeedway pic.twitter.com/nAkRNUcIaE— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 6, 2019Meantime, the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series awards event will return to Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 22, a Friday. The NASCAR Cup Series Awards event is leaving the Las Vegas Strip for Music City, NASCAR announced Wednesday.Nashville will host the annual postseason awards celebration on Dec. 5, a Thursday, in downtown Nashville as part of Champion’s Week, ending a 10-year run in Vegas. Music City Classic: Nashville to host Monster Energy Series Awards in 2019.Details: https://t.co/Ps6l6tWbDt pic.twitter.com/y1k9HBCCXb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 6, 2019“This year, we set a course to look at everything we do through a different lens, including how we celebrate the champions of our sport,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said in statement. “Nashville’s energy, vibrant entertainment scene, and deep-rooted lineage in motorsports informed our decision and we believe our fans and industry will embrace the move to the Music City.”The awards event had been held in Las Vegas since 2009, when it was relocated from New York City, its home since its inception in 1981.