North Wilkesboro and Rockingham Speedway are finally getting life breathed back into them by Roy Cooper of all people. He announced that $30 million will be disbursed evenly to North Wilkesboro Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. While this still needs to be approved by the legislature, it seems to have a lot of positive momentum.
This year has shown the most progress towards revitalizing these old tracks, and it seems like these tracks returning is becoming inevitable. North Wilkesboro talks have been consistent lately, but Rockingham is coming out of nowhere. Both these tracks returning to racing would be huge for the culture.
Cooper cited the fact that North Carolina is the home of NASCAR. We’ve seen tracks in North Carolina wither and die, and it’s a shame because this truly is the birthplace of the sport. I may be biased, but I’ve hated the fact that NC only has one NASCAR sanctioning track in the state. I got over it when Charlotte still had the All-Star race and the Hall of Fame, but now they’ve taken the all-star week away from NC too.
For fans outside of NC this probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but North Carolina is the home of NASCAR. Maybe we don’t need three different tracks on the Cup schedule, but these tracks should still be part of NASCAR in some capacity, or at the least running local late models.
If this gets passed and the revitalization project can truly begin, I would love to see trucks and Xfinity each get dates in the near future. Perhaps instead of moving the All-Star race around every year, a track like North Wilkesboro would be great to host a non-points event like this. There are ways to integrate these tracks into NASCAR seamlessly like they never left.
Hopefully more updates on exactly what the timelines for these tracks getting up and running will be clearer once the money is passed. One thing is for sure, they aren’t giving North Wilkesboro $10 million dollars just to let it sit there and mold.