North Wilkesboro Speedway is located in North Carolina, United States of America. It is an asphalt track that was built in 1955 on an oval loop. The speedway is owned by Bruton Smith and has been a popular destination for automobile enthusiasts ever since it opened. The track holds two weekly races: the Budweiser Classic and the Lady Budweiser Classic. The Budweiser Classic is a 100-km (62-mile) race that was first held in 1981.
The Lady Budweiser Classic is a 50-km (31-mile) race held on the same day as the Budweiser Classic. It was created to support breast cancer awareness in 1971.
Even though the track is relatively small, it attracts a lot of attention. In 2015 alone, North Wilkesboro Speedway had over 40,000 online ticket sales and over 80,000 annual attendees. Not only is the track popular, but it also has a rich history. Below, we answer some frequently asked questions about the legendary race track.
How Did North Wilkesboro Speedway Get It’s Name?
North Wilkesboro Speedway got its name because it is near the town of Wilkesboro. It is named after Wilkesboro Speedway, which was previously located near Knoxville, Tennessee. The town of Wilkesboro is named after the famous racing journalist William Wilkes, who was known for his often critical coverage of automobile manufacturers. In 1927, Wilkes established an automobile race track in Wilkesboro and held annual races there until 1938. Afterward, the track was used for college car races, parades, and many other events.
In the 1940s, the track was renamed after Wilkesboro. In 1955, the track was purchased by Bruton Smith and expanded to an oval loop. Since then, it has held countless events, including the popular 100-km (62-mile) Budweiser and Lady Budweiser Classic races. The track also hosts the World 600, the largest weekly race in North America. In 2015 alone, the track had over 40,000 online ticket sales and over 80,000 annual attendees.
What Year Was North Wilkesboro Speedway Built?
North Wilkesboro Speedway was built in 1955. It was originally a dirt track until it was paved in 1973. The track was originally a quarter-mile long, but it was expanded to an oval in 1963, giving it its current 800 meters (2629 feet) in circumference.
How Do I Become A Sponsor At North Wilkesboro Speedway?
If you’re interested in sponsoring a race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, you can contact the track’s management directly at 704-569-5555 or visit their website at www.northwilkesborospeedway.com. As a result of their popularity, the track receives a large number of applications for sponsorship each year. In 2015, they had over 25,000 inquiries for sponsorship. The positions available vary from corporate sponsorships to owner-driver’s contracts.
Where Can I Stay Near North Wilkesboro Speedway?
There are a variety of hotels nearby, but the most convenient way to stay near the racetrack is to stay in the infield at one of the official hotels. This is where all the hospitality tents are located, as well as all the registration desks, press areas, and corporate boxes.
In the morning, you can have a cup of coffee with the drivers as they prepare for the race. At night, you can go for a drive with the headlights off, following the cars as they make their pit stops.
What Is The Best Way To Get To/From North Wilkesboro Speedway?
The best way to get to/from North Wilkesboro Speedway is by car. The track is directly accessible from I-85 via exit 117 or via US-301 via exit 114.
The best route would be to take I-85 South to exit 117 and follow the signs to the track. Alternatively, you can take US-301 South to exit 114 and follow the signs to the track. You can also travel to the track by rail; the Charlotte area is well-connected to the railroad network, so it’s easy to get to the track by train. Just make sure to get a ticket in advance. You can find discounted tickets for the regular races at the www.nwitickets.com website or at the www.charlotteharborstation.com website for the train station in Charlotte. You can also take a taxi to the track to save you the stress of searching for a parking spot.
What Is The Average Attendance At North Wilkesboro Speedway?
The attendance at North Wilkesboro Speedway varies from around 10,000 to over 25,000 patrons per week. The attendance at the track tends to be higher during the weekend than during the week due to fewer work commitments on Friday and Saturdays. In the 2015 calendar year, the track had 83,981 visitors and 40,000+ online ticket sales.
How Often Does North Wilkesboro Speedway Celebrate Major Events?
North Wilkesboro Speedway hosts a number of major events each year, including the annual World 600. Cars and hot-rods from all over the world come to the humble track to take part in the world’s greatest open-cockpit auto race. The event is held every Saturday night in May and was first organized in 1947. In 2015, the world famous racetrack celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Another major event is the Budweiser Classic. The Budweiser Classic was first held in 1981 and is one of the most popular weekly races at the track. Like the World 600, this event features a large number of custom-built racing cars and motorcycles.
The Lady Budweiser Classic is a 50-km (31-mile) race held on the same day as the Budweiser Classic. The event was created in 1971 to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. For decades, the event was organized as a handicap race, with the first installment being held in 1956. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the event was held on a track that was about a tenth of a mile long, with the start/finish line in the middle of the track. In 1985, the second half of the race was moved to the north half of the track due to the growth of weeds in the infield.
The Budweiser and Lady Budweiser Classic races are organized by the North Wilkesboro Speedway Motorsports Association and officially sanctioned by the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARC), making it the only ARCA race track in North Carolina. The races are open to any type of racing car, provided it has four tires and meets specifications. The cars range from vintage to modern models and even include a few electric cars. In 2015, fans had the chance to see over 450 different makes and models as they vied for wins in the 100-km (62-mile) and 50-km (31-mile) races. Several celebrities showed up to support the event, including NASCAR stars and the owners of some of the world’s most popular automobile manufacturers. Besides the races, the track also hosts many different types of events, including tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and concerts. The track regularly sponsors community events and has even donated land for a local middle school to build an indoor sports complex.
Does North Wilkesboro Speedway Have A Fancy Restaurant/Bar?
Yes, the track has a restaurant and bar that are open to the public. The restaurant is located in the infield of the track and is called the Midway Cafe. It was previously known as the Gas House Cafe, but was renamed in 1967 when the adjacent bar was also renamed. In the 1960s, this was one of the first restaurants to open in the middle of the night, serving late-night snacks and drinks to race crews and fans working through the night. Even today, the restaurant remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Midway Cafe serves Southern comfort food with a twist using ingredients from local farms and fishermen. You can choose from an array of traditional dishes and crave-worthy desserts. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, you should visit this track one time before you die.