Wake County Speedway, "America's Favorite Bullring," is a quarter-mile asphalt race track located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Length: 0.25 (1/4) mile oval
Banking: 7° in corners.
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2109 Simpkins Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 578-7858
Wake County Speedway in 1987
Wake County Speedway was built in 1962 by Glenn and Marvin Simpkins on their family-owned land, located at 2109 Simpkins Road, about fifteen minutes south of downtown Raleigh. Glenn's brother Talmadge Simpkins was beside him through all of their trials and errors as the track went from being a dream to a reality. Wake County Speedway, like most race tracks of that era, was made of good ol' North Carolina red clay, the kind that is plentiful across Wake County. The speedway operated as a successful dirt track for the next twenty-four years.
With the increased popularity of NASCAR racing during the nineteen-eighties, Wake County Speedway was paved for the start of the 1987 racing season. Concrete safety walls were added too, replacing the original steel guardrails and wooden barriers that dated back to the track's origin. Over time, Raleigh's 1/4 mile asphalt track earned the nickname, "America's Favorite Bullring," due to its tight corners and Friday night rock 'em-sock 'em, door-bangin' stock car action!
Glenn Simpkins at Wake County Speedway
Wake County Speedway in 2023
Wake County Speedway is operated now by Charlie Hansen, who has been a part of the track since 1994, first as a competitor, then an employee, and now as the track promoter.
In 2020, Wake County Speedway joined the ranks of NASCAR for the first time, making it one of only four NASCAR sanctioned racetracks in North Carolina. Currently, there are six NASCAR sanctioned tracks in the state.
Late Model Series drivers and teams compete at Wake County Speedway in both the regional and national
Advance Auto Parts Weekly NASCAR points system.
Wake County Speedway celebrated its historic 60th year in 2022 with special events and a commemorative logo that pays tribute to the no. 21 car of Glenn Simpkins.
LeithCars.com LMS Drivers at Wake County Speedway in 2021
Today, the little garage located at the corner of Race Track Rd. and Simpkins Rd., is a reminder of the humble beginnings for Raleigh, North Carolina's NASCAR sanctioned Home Track.
Glenn Simpkins Garage has launched countless race cars over the decades, as well as providing reliable automotive repair service for area customers.
Talmadge's wife, Betty Simpkins, passed away in 2012, followed by Glenn Simpkins in 2018, and his brother Talmadge in 2019.
Wake County Speedway named three sections of grandstands in 2022 after Glenn, Talmadge, and Betty Simpkins, to commemorate the track's 60th anniversary.
In 2023, the Simpkins Garage 170 event was added to the racing schedule as a homage to the little garage where it all began.