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60th Season at Wake County Speedway Cranks-Up April 1st

Updated: Mar 27, 2022

For Immediate Release


December 30, 2021

Story Updated March 18, 2022

Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 30, 2021/ - It's been a long time in the making, sixty years to be exact. 1962 was the year the first green flag dropped on a dusty, red clay starting line-up of custom-built Fords, Chevys, Dodges, and most likely a Plymouth, Hudson, and Studebaker race car or two at Wake County Speedway.

But don't worry if you haven't been around long enough to recognize some of those automobile brand names, or memories of Wake County dirt track dust in your hair. Stock car racing at Wake County Speedway has continued to evolve over the decades and you'll get to see the latest example of door-to-door, fender-to-fender, nose-to-bumper competition at Raleigh's quarter-mile asphalt track very soon.

Outside concrete safety wall at Wake County Speedway.
The Turn 3 and Turn 4 wall at historic Wake County Speedway. The track first opened in 1962.

On Friday night, April 1st, 2022, Wake County Speedway will roar to life when the green flag drops on the Eagle Rock Concrete 165. Fans will also be able to enjoy a pre-race mini-rock concert when Mostley Crue - a Tribute to Motley Crue, cranks up their amps with a special 4-song music set, presented by Bandit Towing and Transport.

Over one-thousand fans, including drivers, race teams, and family support crews are expected to pack the grandstands, infield, and outside pit areas at "America's Favorite Bullring" to help kick-off the historic track's sixtieth anniversary season.*

*(We will note that 2021 would have been the speedway's "60th season" but since the pandemic kept the track from running a full schedule in 2020, with the exception of a couple of Legend and Bandolero division races and with no fans in the stands, we consider 2021 to have been the 59th year and 2022 to be both the 60th year and 60th full-season of operation at Wake County Speedway).

Regardless of how you count the years though, this tough track has been keeping the Friday night lights bright during the spring, summer, and fall since Glen, Marvin, and Talmadge Simpkins first opened the gates in 1962. Today, Wake County Speedway features several divisions, including Late Model Stock, Charger, Mod-4, Mini-Stock, Legend, Bandolero, and Bomber/Any Car. Of course, none of the longtime success the track has had over the decades would be possible without a loyal fan base and new fans coming to the area and discovering the speedway for the first time.

"Our sponsors play a tremendous role in the success of Wake County Speedway too by helping to provide a great facility for our drivers and race teams from across the state and southeast to compete in, and for our fans to enjoy and for that, we are deeply grateful", said Charlie Hansen, Track Promoter.

Keep checking and @wakecountyspeedway on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news about the track. Follow us on Instagram at @wcspeedway.

If you're a business owner or head of marketing for an area business that would like to partner with Wake County Speedway for the 2022 season, please contact us below.


Charlie Hansen



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