Massive changes are taking place at the North Carolina dirt track as they are under new management for 2020
Fayetteville Motor Speedway is located in Fayetteville, North Caroliona. The dirt track has been in operation from 1968.
Brothers Dave Mitchell and Dan Stewart took over the facility in December. They aren’t wasting any time to bring the complex up to speed.
The track was a 4/10-mile oval. That’s set to change as construction crews are currently working to shorten the track to a 3/8-mile dirt oval.
The track is being shortened in all four corners. Each end is coming inward. Additionally, the backstretch is being moved inward. Basically, the entire track is changing minus a section of the frontstretch.
Beyond that, progressive banking will be added across the surface.
“We come from the Midwest,” Mitchell told Speed51. “A lot of race tracks here that are a lot smaller and a lot more successful and a lot more side-by-side racing, seems to do better for the fans.”
“After visiting and watching a bunch of races there this summer, we decided the place needed a facelift to try to make it more racey.”
“The idea is to make it smaller, more racey, a 3/8-mile track that’s progressively banked. It’s small at the bottom and it gets more banked the taller it gets.”
“We’re bringing both ends in, bringing the backstretch in, making it where fans can see some up-close racing instead of a big, wide racetrack. It will help some of the less budgeted teams with less of a motor racetrack.”
Changing more than the track surface
Beyond the track surface, crews have also installed a new drainage system. That should pull the water out of the infield and allow management to get back to racing with less rainouts due to standing water.
Behind the grandstands will be all new buildings. VIP sections, concessions and other buildings will be re-done, top to bottom.
A playground area will be setup for the families with young children to keep occupied.
I also come from the Midwest before moving to North Carolina. This is exactly what this track needs. I’m excited to get down there in 2020.
The track has launched a new website and new social media accounts to go with it.
They lost their Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series date for 2020. However, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will make a stop at the track in 2020. Additionally, The Carolina Clash, ULTIMATE Series and Carolina Sprint Tour will make an appearance.
The rest of the 2020 schedule has yet to be finalized. On the third weekend of every month, the track will race on both Friday and Saturday.