While the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival has been a must see event in Wilkes County, North Carolina, for years, the county's racing history-dating back to the moonshine days and the birth of NASCAR-has been on a 14-year hiatus.
Once home to nationally televised stock car racing events, North Wilkesboro Speedway has sat dormant for more than a decade. During that time several attempts at buying and reopening the track were made, but all fell short. However, thanks to a new ownership group with legitimate goals, racing is set to return to the historic speedway.
Now, the Buck Baker Racing School has already visited the track (see the Sept. '10 issue of CT) but on October 3, the half-mile oval will hear stock car engines roar to life once again. That date marks the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival weekend which this year will see the return of the Fall "Triple Header" at the Speedway.
The USARacing Pro Cup Series had already announced that it would make a late-season stop at the historic track but Speedway officials recently announced the addition of a 100-lap open wheeled Modified race and a 50-lap Street Stock race in conjunction with the Brushy Mountain 250 Pro Cup race on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
"On behalf of Speedway Associates, Inc., I want to personally invite all Modified competitors and race fans from 'Madhouse' to extend your race schedule and come do battle at Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway," said Alton McBride Jr., President and Director of Operations of the track. McBride was referencing the popular History Channel television program that chronicles the exploits of the Myers racing clan, Junior Miller, and other elite Modified racers at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a little less than an hour east. With the regular Modified season over at Bowman Gray, McBride is hoping that the Madhouse racers will make the short hop east to add action and excitement to the weekend.
The Brushy Mountain 250 Pro Cup event, race three of the series' five-race 2010 Championship Series, is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be preceded by the 50-lap Street Stock event at 12:30 p.m. The open-wheel Modifieds will roll off immediately following the Pro Cup event.
"In the past, the triple header in the fall at North Wilkesboro with stock cars and Modifieds was always a tremendously exciting event," said USARacing Managing Partner, Larry Camp. "I know the fans will love it. The first weekend in October is synonymous with the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival," continued Camp. "The race events on Sunday will mark an exciting rebirth of the speedway for the folks in Wilkes and surrounding counties. I'm sure race fans everywhere are excited about the speedway's return to action."
Gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $17 for adults and $9 for kids, ages 6-15. For more information about the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway or to purchase tickets, visit www.historicnws.com or call 336/818-9505.