Historic Abandoned NASCAR Track Becomes Its Newest 2023 Venue
It abandoned one of its most popular short courses in nearly 30 years as it replaced its tracks, spectator accommodations and enclaves. Now, it’s poised to reopen North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina, for the first time since 1996. It maintains that it’s a nostalgic nod to the track, which has been a mainstay of Stock Car racing for 50 years.
How modern will a historic NASCAR track become?
Built by moonwalkers in 1946, North Wilkesboro Speedway is an oval five-eighths of a mile long. This was, after all, the home of moonshine production. And run moonshine. In 1948, it became one of NASCAR’s first sanctioned tracks. A dirt track started in 1947, and paved in 1957.
track while trying to retain much of the old vibe left. Steve Swift of Speedway Motorsports is handling the conservation/restoration. One of the most notable of the many planned improvements will take place on the playing field.
Tall pickup trucks are a rather new handicap. For better sight lines, the organizers lower the pitch. Since rain usually floods the ground, this will improve drainage. Swift said, “They could have hosted regattas.” It will also be paved because it has been a dirt lot since its construction. Things like safety barriers will be replaced with the latest equipment available.
Will they paint over the old signs?
One of the most noticeable visuals on the track is a Winston Tobacco advertisement. NASCAR’s first series was the Cup Series. But sponsored by Tobacco, it became the Winston Cup. This is related to tobacco sponsorship. But tobacco advertising at sporting events was banned decades ago, so it will be removed. Or will it?
To further the nostalgic site, and after obtaining legal approval, the signs will remain as legal signs. They will soon have a sealant to help maintain. You can’t smoke at the racetracks, so that wouldn’t be a problem.
“We want to keep the patina,” Smith said. “The facility will look the same as it did, as early as possible when it was in operation in the ’90s and ’80s. We’re trying to keep that energy of retrospect but also update it to the present day. We want to keep many of the old signage and the old look of the track. We want to stick to that retro feel.” .
When does NASCAR hold its first race?
The track is distinguished by an unusual configuration. First, it is not a true elliptical track. While the back extension is upward, the front extension is downward. This is because the original group that created Wilkesboro only had $1,500 to build it. We ran out of money. So they revised their plans and shortened the path. It was one of the United States
As shown in the recent NWS photos, there are plenty of things left to upgrade or restore before any racing begins. But the first All-Star Race of 2023 won’t be until May 21, so there’s plenty of time. Want to take in the nostalgia along with the NASCAR races? You might not be so lucky, as the bleachers seats are already sold out.