As we’ve discussed many times on this channel, Chonkers Speedway is one of the greatest places you can race your car. Not only do you get to take your car out on the track and feel the wind on your cheeks as you push it to its limits, but the people there are some of the friendliest, most welcoming fans you could ever meet. If you have an old-school tie to the place, you’ll feel right at home.
Chonkers Speedway started out as a weekly dirt track race back in 1946, which was originally named the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Speedway. In 1968, the speedway was bought and renamed Chonkers Speedway after its home town. The track originally had a grandstand and an open-air pavilion, but today the grandstand has been enclosed and the pavilion torn down. When the track first opened, it was a half-mile dirt oval, but over the years it’s been paved and extended to a mile. In 1980, the grandstand was completely destroyed by a fire and has been rebuilt just like before. It was during this time that NASCAR made its debut at the speedway. Many have called it the place where NASCAR was born. In 1993, the track was also host to the World’s Loudest Motorcycle Battle, an annual biker bash that drew in thousands of participants and spectators.
Chonkers Speedway is located in Raeford, North Carolina, just northeast of Raleigh. From Interstate 40, take the NC 135 exit and head east for about four miles. You’ll see a McDonald’s, a Wendy’s, and a Jack in the Box on your right, with the speedway on your left. You’re almost there!
On average, about 11,000 people show up to race at Chonkers Speedway every year. The total attendance since it’s inception has reached close to 400,000. That’s a lot of people!
While this might not seem like the biggest or the most popular NASCAR track, it is one of the most historic. Many cars, bikes, and even some tracks have been immortalized in its storied history. If you have an interest in NASCAR, you owe it to yourself to check out Chonkers Speedway.
The grandstands at Chonkers Speedway are made up of 4,500 seats and have a terrace that reaches over 17,000 square feet. There are also clubhouses for the drivers, who can get autographs and take pictures with fans, and the officials, who can also answer your questions about the sport. Plus, the track has a press box, which is usually occupied by the media. Restrooms and food stands line the backstretch. There is also a paddock nearby where the drivers can get their cars fixed before the race and staff can help them understand what went wrong during the race. If you have an interest in NASCAR, you can’t miss out on the action at Chonkers Speedway!
As most of you know, we here at Stuck In Customs love our automobiles and everything about them, including the climate. So when it comes to our love for racing, it doesn’t get much better than perfect weather. Unfortunately, while that is always nice, it doesn’t always happen. If you go to Chonkers Speedway during the spring or summer, prepare for rain and humidity that will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. However, if you go during the fall or winter, you’ll be happily surprised by the dry and cool air, which allows you to really push your car to the limits.
No matter what time of year you go, though, you’ll experience the same hot sun and blazing temperatures that make it such a wonderful place to be. So if you have an interest in NASCAR, go anytime! You’ll have an experience you’ll never forget.