Racing returns to North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2022

Bristol, Tenn. The race will return to North Wilkesboro Speedway this year.

Speedway Motorsports announced Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway that efforts to bring the race back to North Wilkesboro, dubbed the Racetrack Revival, begin racing in August on pavement and then on dirt in October before resurfacing the track in 2023.

The track will host a month of multi-category asphalt racing in August. Training will take place on Monday, followed by racing on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by training on Thursday and races on Friday and Saturday. The October schedule around dirt for multiple seasons will follow a similar schedule for August.

Classes in August will include Hornets, Super Late Models, Street stock, Pro Late Models, Limited Late Models, Modified and Late Model stock.

Classes in October will include Hornets, Super Late Models, Street stock, 602 crate Late Models and Mods, 604 crate late Models, 410 sprint cars, big block modifications, and Super Late Models.

There are no NASCAR events on the schedule. Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, reiterated Saturday that the Camping World Truck Series will be a good event for the highway. He said the earliest he imagined for a truck race in North Wilkesboro would be 2024.

“There is a lot of work to do,” Smith said. “There is a lot of work to do now and then.”

One of the main components of the replenishment of the track is the funds received from the state. As part of the North Carolina budget, which was passed in November, $18 million allocated to improve infrastructure at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

North Wilkesboro Speedway, a 0.625-mile track, hosted NASCAR races from 1949 to 1996. It has largely been idle since then, other than hosting select races in 2010-11.

North Wilkesboro Speedway was a dirt track when it held its first race in 1947. The last dirt track was in 1956.

NASCAR Track winners include Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Hall of Fame Final Track Cup race in September 1996.

This is part of several moves Speedway Motorsports has taken or is looking to complete.

Speedway Motorsports continues to work with the state of Tennessee and the city of Nashville to operate and renovate Fairground Speedway in hopes of getting NASCAR back on that track.

Speedway Motorsports acquired Nashville Superspeedway and Dover Motor Speedway in November 2021. Speedway Motorsports agreed to acquire Dover Motorsports, which owned the two tracks for $3.61 per share in cash for an approximate total of $131.5 million.

The company renovated and resurfaced the Atlanta Motor Speedway, turning the 1.5-mile track into a high-speed race. Speedway Motorsports has also leased the Circuit of the Americas circuit for the past two years, creating a World Cup Weekend, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series. This weekend marks the second year in a row that dirt has been laid on Bristol Motor Speedway this spring NASCAR weekend.

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