Grandstands for the NASCAR All-Star race are already sold out
NASCAR last visited North Wilkesboro Speedway on Sept. 29, 1996. In 2023, the track returns to the schedule as it’s set to host the NASCAR All-Star race.
Grandstand packages for the All-Star race are already sold out.
The famed North Carolina track received a substantial amount from the government to help rebuild the track and bring it back to life. Originally, it was thought that the track itself needed to be repaved. However, following an asphalt late model event, officials elected to skip a track repaving and focus on other areas of the facility.
New retaining walls are set to be added which will then be fitted with a safer barrier. Additionally, a new catch fetch will also be installed. An all-new MUSCO Lighting system is also coming.
Steve Swift comments on construction at North Wilkesboro Speedway
“We want to maintain the patina,” said Steve Swift, Speedway Motorsports senior vice president of operations and development. “The facility will look like it did, as close as possible to when it was running back in the ’90s and the ’80s.”
“We want to maintain these old signs and this old look,” Swift said. “When we get back here for the All-Star, even the new construction and fixing all the stuff that is rotted, we’re trying to go back to what was historical and what was here.”
Much of the work has been focused on the infield. A drainage issue has now been repaired.
“We’ve addressed a lot of the drainage issues. We would get rain, and if there was a big storm, the pipe that led out of Turn 2 was the only place the water could get out. We’d have a lake in the infield and on the racing surface. We could have raced boats, but not cars. Those pieces had to be fixed.”
“We’re putting in a new MUSCO system. Those are on order. The foundations will go in in January, and shortly after that, there will be new LED MUSCOs. They’ll be able to turn on, turn off, dance the lights, spotlights, some cool features that will be really new to NASCAR.”