North Wilkesboro Speedway

Location: North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Phone Number: 910-667-6663
Distance: .625 miles
Banking: 14 degrees

How To Get There

Located in the north west corner of the state. Access from I77 Exit 73 West onto US 421 to North Wilkesboro, and then north on State 18 for approx 3 miles.

Where To Stay


Addison Motor Inn, US 421N, PO Box 410, Wilkesboro NC 28697. Tel: 910 838-1000. Fax: 910 667-7458.

North Wilkesboro - A Brief History

North Wilkesboro Speedway, one of the nation's most popular dirt tracks in the 1940's and 50's, is today the second-oldest raceway on the Winston Cup circuit and still a national favorite. It opened with 3,000 seats in 1947 and mainly hosted stock car competition, which exploded in popularity after World War II. After a decade of dirt racing, the Speedway was paved in 1957, followed by the inauguration of long-distance racing in 1960. Recent modifications and expansion have increased reserved seating to more than 30,000, while the infield boasts space for 40,000. Many excellent features have been added, including nine enclosed, air-conditioned viewing areas; the 250-seat Combs Tower; seven spectator lounges; a modern facility for the press and race control personnel; expansion of the West Grandstand; improved concession. The track's biggest events are the "First Union 400" in the spring and the "Tyson Holly Farms 400" in the autumn; each 400 laps (250 miles). Race fans pack the grandstands and overflow from the infield for these annual Winston Cup events, each of which is capped-off by a feature unique to North Wilkesboro Speedway, when the winning car emerges on a hydraulic lift atop the infield building where the winner's ceremonies take place. The Speedway also serves as host for the "Lowe's 150" and the "Coca-Cola 300" races, and for a variety of community, business and civic activities throughout the year.