In a momentous celebration of NASCAR's 75th anniversary season, the highly anticipated 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race is set to make a glorious comeback to the hallowed grounds of North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Stock car racing is an important part of North Carolina's cultural heritage, and the state has produced some of the most successful and iconic drivers in the sport's history.
Sanctioned stock car racing took off with the first race on February 15, 1948, in Daytona Beach. Some say it was born in North Carolina as enterprising mountaineers tried to outrun revenuers (government agents) seeking taxes owed for trading in spirituous drinks, otherwise known as moonshine.
On June 19, 1949, NASCAR held the first race in its top division at a ¾-mile dirt track at the Charlotte Speedway.