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On June 19, 1949, NASCAR held the first race in its top division at a ¾-mile dirt track at the Charlotte Speedway.

On May 18, 1947, the North Wilkesboro Speedway opened its doors to a crowd of more than 10,000 spectators who watched Fonty Flock win the first official race held there.

On April 29, 1951, Dale Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis.

Lee Petty, from the News and Observer Collection, copyright