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Historic 60th Season Celebration Launches on Media Day at Wake County Speedway

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

For Immediate Release


March 17, 2022

Raleigh, N.C., March 17, 2022/ - Media Day at Wake County Speedway is sort of like baseball's spring training but for #grassrootsracing. The smell of Sunoco Racing Fuel and Hoosier Tire rubber will be in the air, local and regional drivers from each of the speedway's seven divisions will be on hand, and area fans will get their first glimpse of all the new paint schemes the race teams have been working on during the short off-season.

This year's Official Media Day at Wake County Speedway also marks the start of another historic milestone, as the track prepares to celebrate its 60th season at 2109 Simpkins Road, just 15 minutes south of downtown Raleigh, N.C.

Media Day at Wake County Speedway is March 25th, 2022

Gates will open at 4 pm on Friday, March 25th for fans to watch for FREE from the grandstands. Practice for drivers starts at 5 pm and runs until 9 pm. The cost to drivers who wish to practice is $20 per person in the pits and includes their car.

Drivers are encouraged to register for or renew their NASCAR license and complete track paperwork during Media Day. They'll also be on hand to have their profiles updated for the speedway's website,

Local media outlets and sponsors are invited to attend for a first look at the track's latest improvements, new and returning sponsor's signage, and to learn more about special events planned during Wake County Speedway's 18 race season.

A new, 60th Anniversary Heritage Logo marks the start of the track's historic season-long celebration. The new "alternate" logo pays homage to one of the track's founders, Glen Simpkins of Simpkins Garage fame, who raced his number 21 car over several decades at his home track. Learn more about the history of Wake County Speedway, including its first three decades as a clay dirt track, here:

In a first for the speedway, the opening night race on Friday, April 1st, the Eagle Rock Concrete 165, will also feature a pre-show mini-concert billed as "Rock the Ring" and will feature a 4-song set at 8 pm by Mostley Crue - a Tribute to Motley Crue, presented by Bandit Towing and Transport. The special season-opening mini-concert is included in the regular admission price to the evening's races.

The green flag drops at 8:30 pm on a line-up that includes a 60 lap Late Model Series main event, the Mod-4 Division runs a 25 lapper, 25 laps for Mini-Stocks, 25 laps for INEX Legend cars, a 15 lap Country SuperStars Bandolero race, and 15 lap Bomber Division race.


Charlie Hansen - Promoter

(919) 578-7858

Wake County Speedway is a NASCAR Sanctioned 1/4 Mile asphalt stock car oval In Raleigh, NC known as "America's Favorite Bullring." The track is home to 7 racing divisions including Late Model Stock, Charger, Mod-4 Cylinder, Mini-Stock, INEX Legend, INEX Bandolero, and Bomber/Any Car. Founded in 1962 by brothers Glen, and Talmadge Simpkins as a clay dirt track, the speedway was paved for the 1987 season and over the years, has featured such NASCAR notables as J.D. McDuffie, Benny Parsons, Ken Schrader, Randy Renfrow, and Ryan Blaney. Current drivers compete for points in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. Wake County Speedway is located at 2109 Simpkins Rd., just south of downtown Raleigh off Highway 401.



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