North Wilkesboro Speedway, was part of the Cup Series until 1996. The federal American Rescue Plan gave 18 million dollars to restore this track, although many did not expect it. “Motorsports are critical to North Carolina’s history, culture and economy, and our investments have helped to get the engines running again in places that needed revival,” said Governor Roy Cooper for motorsport.com “North Wilkesboro Speedway is back and better than ever, and the All-Star Race will take it to new heights”.
All-Star race weekend at North Wilkesboro will be a real refreshment for NASCAR fans and will be held from May 19-21. Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith is delighted. “The NASCAR All-Star Race has always been the fans’ race, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the fans during NASCAR’s 75th anniversary than returning to North Wilkesboro Speedway,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.
“We couldn’t have made this happen without tremendous support from so many people including Gov. Cooper, our state legislature, NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and of course, the people of Wilkes County. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve got the will to create something special alongside a community and hard-working staff that will get it done”.
Dale Earnhardt Jr on Wilkesboro Speedway
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. could not have expected to watch a race again at North Wilkesboro Speedway. “Some of my best memories as a little boy were going to North Wilkesboro,” said Earnhardt.
“And it got even better when I raced there as a teenager. I never thought I’d see that place full again, and then I got to race there this summer in a late model before a full house. There’s just something special about it.
I know the track, the fans, and the community will put on a show when we’re back with the Cup cars for the All-Star race”. NASCAR chief operating officer Steve O'Donnell is excited to offer fans great racing at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
“North Wilkesboro Speedway boasts a winners list that features the true giants of our sport, and next year, another great will be added as the NASCAR Cup Series stars once again race at this historic facility. As part of our 75th anniversary season, we’re are excited to return to the roots of the sport for the NASCAR All-Star Race. This will be a can’t-miss event as we honor our past and look forward to the future”.