Parsons honored as his dream of a revived North Wilkesboro is realized

Parsons honored as his dream of a revived speedway is realized

May 11, 2023 by Motorsport

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  • Now, none of the items on the list were easy by any means – No. 1 was getting the home in Wilkes County the couple had started to build finished, and it was only 40-percent complete at the time.
  • A BRIEF HISTORY North Wilkesboro Speedway, opened in 1947, and was one of the eight tracks on the original NASCAR Cup schedule in 1949.
  • After a majority interest in North Wilkesboro was purchased in part by Speedway Motorsports, led then by the late Bruton Smith, its coveted Cup Series dates were sent to other tracks owned by the company in Texas and New Hampshire.
  • North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway renovation Photo by: Jim Utter Not long after, Marcus Smith, Bruton’s son and now leader of Speedway Motorsports, spelled out plans at the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce's 75th Membership Celebration in January 2021 to reopen the track for competition and the "real possibility" of hosting a Truck race one day.

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