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2024 Media Day and Open Practice Draws Near as Wake County Speedway Preps for 62nd Season

Updated: Mar 24

As the 62nd season at Raleigh's NASCAR Regional Home Track draws near, the staff at Wake County Speedway is working late into the night to prepare the 1/4-mile asphalt oval for another great year of short track racing.

Opening night is Friday, April 5th when the green flag drops on the 94.7 QDR-Capital City 155, but before the big event, comes the 2024 Media Day and Open Practice on Friday, March 29th from 3 pm to 7 pm (or until dark).

Fans and media coming to watch the final preseason practice on March 29th will see some of the ongoing improvements that Track Owner/Promoter Charlie Hansen and his crew hope to have completed before the season opener like the track's new video board being installed on the backstretch.

Other major improvements will be completed over the course of the upcoming racing season like finishing a new lower pit parking area for the INEX Legend and 94.7 QDR Bandolero race teams. Once these race teams are allowed to move to the new bottom pit area, the large grass parking space directly across from the main pit entrance gate will then be open for "Fans Only Parking."

Visitors should keep in mind, however, that many of the projects being undertaken at the speedway are still a "work in progress" due to the manpower and hours needed to complete them, so please bear with us while some of these construction projects continue.

One change that fans will see this season is a new, expanded Fan Midway as you enter the main gate. On the right, you'll see the familiar Raccoon Grill Main Speedway Concessions Trailer with a selection of Bullring staples like bologna burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, and Pepsi products. Pepsi products, including bottled water can also be found at Checker's Concession Window inside the Race Tower.

Beneath the Glenn Simpkins Grandstand, around the corner from Mike's Speed Shop souvenir trailer, is the speedway's food vendor row.

The Raccoon Grill Fair Food Trailer will be first in line, featuring funnel cakes and other "fair food" type treats. Next up, is Big Red's Smoke Exchange, serving up some delicious N.C. BBQ for race fans, and to round out the speedway food mix will be Williams Creations of NC, offering boiled peanuts, pork skins, and homemade candy.

Here's what to know before you go to Media Day 2024 presented by 94.7 QDR:

Friday, March 29th

Gates: 3 pm.

Open Practice: 4 pm to 7 pm. $25 per person. Drivers are encouraged to complete their NASCAR license and track paperwork.

Pit area access for race teams is $25 per person. There is no cost to credentialed media.

Media Day is FREE to the general public to watch teams practice from the grandstands but there will be no concessions available.

Drivers (ALL DIVISIONS) are encouraged to complete their track paperwork on March 29th and have their driver profile photo taken (in your racing suit) by our track photographer Bryan Regan in the infield.

*Note: We only need photos of drivers competing for track points at Wake County Speedway. If you've already had your photo taken at the speedway in the past two seasons, you may skip the photo session unless you'd like your photo updated. Please fill out your driver bio information during your photo session.

Credentialed Media are encouraged to attend and will have FREE access to Wake County Speedway management and race teams for media interviews.

(Media must show valid ID to enter pit areas). Please notify no later than March 27th to be added to our Pit Pass Guest List.

Please see our Media Policy here:

Wake County Speedway advertising partners are invited to attend to get a first-hand look at the track improvements and to see their at-the-track signage. (Some advertising signage may not be in place yet but the staff is working hard to get it done before opening night on April 5th)!

Please contact us at for more information.

Wake County Speedway 2190 Simpkins Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603

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