The track will be run as a dirt track which will be followed by a repave
North Wilkesboro has sat dormant for years. The last NASCAR Cup Series race was run in the 90s. Since then, it’s hosted several one-off events for traveling series but it’s rarely seen any use.
Months ago, North Wilkesboro release images of a new development project for the track. The state of North Carolina offered funded as part of the state budget to help revitalize the track.
Late last year, they rolling into the track with bulldozers and began work. Old buildings were torn down, set to be replaced by shiny new ones.
North Wilkesboro to run asphalt and dirt race in 2022
Now, it’s official. The track will race this year, hosting both asphalt and dirt racing divisions.
In August, pavement short track classes will take to the track. They’ll run on the existing racing surface.
Directly after that event, track officials will tear up the old pavement. They’ll then shape the dirt underneath and put on a dirt racing show. That dirt race at North Wilkesboro will take place in October 2022.
Tickets for both events go on sale Tuesday.
After the dirt race, new pavement will be put down. And in the future, it’s expected that the NASCAR Truck Series will return to North Wilkesboro.
Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith noted that he doesn’t anticipate the track being ready for the NASCAR Truck Series in 2023 as the track needs an infrastructure update. Though, it’s possible.
He also stated that he doesn’t see the facility hosting the NASCAR Cup Series or Xfinity Series. Though, he believes it would be a great facility for the Truck Series.
Asphalt Race Classes
The following classes will be run on the old North Wilkesboro pavement in August 2022:
-Super Late Models
-Pro Late Models
-Limited Late Models
-Late Model Stocks
Dirt Racing Classes
The following cars will run on the track in October 2022:
-Super Late Models
-410 Sprint Cars
-Big Block Modifieds
-602 Crate Late Models
-604 Crate Late Models