North Wilkesboro Speedway - North Wilkesboro, NC
NASCAR Race Weather

Winston-Salem, US
12:40 pm, Apr 15
L: 76° H: 84°
Feels like 80.47 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 5 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:50 am
Sunset: 7:58 pm
Humidity 44 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 5 m/s

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North Wilkesboro Speedway is a short oval racetrack located on U.S. Route 421, about 5 mi (8.0 km) east of the town of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, or 80 miles north of Charlotte. It measures 0.625 mi (1.006 km) and features a unique uphill backstretch and downhill frontstretch. It has previously held races in NASCAR’s top three series, including 93 Winston Cup Series races. The track, a NASCAR original, operated from 1949, NASCAR’s inception, until the track’s original closure in 1996. The speedway briefly reopened in 2010 and hosted several stock car series races, including the now-defunct ASA Late Model Series, USARacing Pro Cup Series, and PASS super late models, before closing again in the spring of 2011. It was re-opened in August 2022 for grassroots racing and will host the 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, with further renovations planned after the events.

Years before the 1948 founding of NASCAR, Wilkes County and the surrounding areas were known as the moonshine capital of America. The local economy was pushed toward liquor after the Great Depression had stripped the profitability of farming and the region’s undulating topography offered places to hide liquor stills during the Prohibition Era. Its location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains was also convenient for distillers and distributors of moonshine. North Wilkesboro native and NASCAR driver Benny Parsons recalled of the era “Trust me, there was nothing to do in the mountains of North Carolina back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. You either worked at a hosiery mill, a furniture factory, or you made whiskey.