In order to appreciate the sport, you first need to know some of the histories that surround it. What better lesson to learn than to learn about the legend himself?
A man so great at what he does, nicknamed “The King”. Richard Lee Petty stands as the most accomplished driver in the history of racing. Winning the Daytona 500 seven times during his 35-year-long career. And over 700 top 10 finishes in his 1,184 starts. But it comes as no surprise that The King was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
Richard Petty was born into the sport. His father, Lee Petty, was also a three-time Nascar Champion and won the first-ever Daytona 500 in 1959. The Richard Lee museum showcases the family Nascar Legacy. It was established in 1998.
Let’s get into our list of 5 race tracks in North Carolina to visit.
The smell of burning rubber in the air, exhaust fumes, and enough adrenaline to make an elephant jump. That’s what Brewers Speedway in Rocky Mount NC has to offer. Brewers Speedway was founded in 1996. Situated at 6728 Reedy Branch Road, Brewers Speedway features a gorgeous 1/8 of a mile asphalt drag strip. For the last 26 years, Brewers Speedway has brought joy to all car fanatics and enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a drag strip that offers great entertainment, handicap parking, and race events that will knock your socks off... Then Brewers Speedway is for you!
Northeastern North Carolina’s premier race track is none other than Dixieland Speedway.
Situated just north of Elizabeth City, this oval dirt track has been host to an immense amount of fun since 1983. It is 3/8 of a mile long and 55 feet wide and plays host to racers and race fans from all over the region. There are seats all around the track with protective fencing to keep it safe for all. An eventful night with some friends and a cooler, or some entertainment for the family. Dixieland Speedway has you covered.
P.S. There is always some good BBQ at the concession stand!
Opened in 1993, the 4/10 of a mile asphalt is situated at 8071 Newsome Mill Road Lucama, North Carolina. Before closing down in 2009, it played host to many events such as:
In 2009 the track closed down and re-opened in 2013 after Michael Diaz won the auction in 2011.
In 2020 it announced they would host an ARCA Menards Series East race. It will also host Carolina Pro Late Model Series and SMART Modified Tour race in 2022.
Southern National Motorsports Park offers some great track racing. This turns into a fun-filled day for all. So grab a cooler and some sunblock and spend the day in an atmosphere of fun, adrenaline, and victory.
Sporting a 4-mile dirt oval track is the one and only Fayetteville Motor Speedway. What started off as an asphalt track in 1968 for all Fayetteville race fans. Later turned into a dirt track made from red clay. This top-notch race track offers:
It has three main buildings and a scoring tower for all to see. It has also been modernized with outside pit parking. They also added display areas for tents and booths.
With the racing season from March through November. Thursday or Friday nights Fayetteville Motor Speedway hosts special events. Saturday night is race night.
This beast of a track hosts 10 regional events and ends the season with a Thanksgiving Throwdown. But it's two most popular races are:
If you’re a metal head, then Outer Banks Speedway is where you want to be! Outer Banks Speedway is situated at 426 Benson Road, Creswell. There lies a 1/8 of a mile concrete track with the flexibility strength used in today’s airport runways. This has to be one of the best drag strips. This massive facility can accommodate:
Clearly, they take racers and enthusiasts seriously.
The Outer Banks Speedway hosts many different types of races. They have weekly dirt races, late model stock cars, sprint cars, super modifieds, and even go-karts. There are also special events like the annual Monster Jam event.
This track allows for open events as well. Open events mean that amateur car or bike racers can take part. And thus start their racing career for a small sign-up fee. So for a crazy night out in a quiet town. Race fans can experience an adrenaline-fueled racing adventure in North Carolina.
In addition to the races, there are other activities at the track. Fans can enjoy food trucks, live music, and more.
This is a great place for people who love motorsports and want to get involved with the sport. The first prearranged race dates back to 1867, and it has been attracting a diverse crowd and entertaining families ever since. The sport has truly evolved since then, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on your next vacation, check out this track. You won’t be disappointed!
For more fun things to do while visiting the Outer Banks and Eastern North Carolina, visit Best Things to Do in the Outer Banks.