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North Wilkesboro Speedway Opens - Roots of NASCAR

By NC Natural and Cultural Resources, 05/18/17, 7:45AM EDT

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On May 18, 1947, the North Wilkesboro Speedway opened its doors to a crowd of more than 10,000 spectators who watched Fonty Flock win the first official race held there. The 5/8-mile oval dirt track was well-known for challenging the best of drivers.