One of NASCAR’s most beloved historic tracks will finally host racing again in 2020, this time virtually, as North Wilkesboro Speedway will make its debut on iRacing.

Opened in 1947, the legendary North Carolina short track hosted racing for 50 years, including 93 NASCAR Cup Series events, before it closed down at the end of the 1996 season. For years, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a tireless advocate of preserving the .625-mile short track, and this week his efforts came to fruition.

A huge crew of supporters, ranging from Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s Marcus Smith and the track operations crews of Charlotte and Bristol Motor Speedway, to current NASCAR drivers Chris Buescher and Myatt Snider, to broadcaster Marty Snider all pitched in to help get North Wilkesboro in condition for iRacing to scan it for use in the sim. With that data now collected, iRacing will work to digitally recreate the track as it looked in the 1987 race season.

If you have reference photos of North Wilkesboro Speedway from its heyday, get in touch!

Check out more photos from our time at North Wilkesboro below:

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This will be a great track to add to our line up, Thanks for making it part of Iracing. Thanks JR good call.

December 12th, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Now we just need a 1987ish era Cup car to go with it. Maybe Dale Jr. can help with that too! =D

December 12th, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Thanks iRacing team for all your work, now we do not have to lose old tracks, great work team.

I Willey
December 12th, 2019 at 6:33 pm

cannot wait to see more vintage tracks. new era !!!

December 12th, 2019 at 6:36 pm

iracing just keeps getting better and better, thanks iracing, Dale Jr. and all involved

December 12th, 2019 at 9:52 pm

Why as it was in 1987?

December 13th, 2019 at 12:06 am

It’s cool for the 1987 thing but I’d love to see it as 1996. ’87 has a shorter pit lane, grandstands weren’t in 1, 2 and back.

December 13th, 2019 at 12:38 am

Awesome. Cannot wait for this classic NASCAR track.

December 13th, 2019 at 8:40 pm

I watched the TV episode where JR went to the track… I hate to see a track with so much NASCAR history fall into disrepair like that. THANK YOU Jr for lobbying to have this track digitized for us here on iRacing.

Paul Nicholas Peterson
December 13th, 2019 at 9:50 pm

This track was on Nascar Racing by Papyrus. Add old Atlanta too.

December 14th, 2019 at 2:51 am

Build a roof over the track and lot and make it the hall of fame and make it look mint with cars spinning historically and fans car touch it.

December 14th, 2019 at 2:53 am

Thanks Dale Jr. for making my hometown track a part of iracing. Have attended many races there back in the day.

December 15th, 2019 at 2:09 am

Thanks Dale Jr. for helping to bring my hometown track to iracing I attended many races there back in the day.

December 15th, 2019 at 9:29 pm

Great news! will we have vintage stock-cars also? It would be fantastic to drive Luminas, Thunderbirds, etc at this legendary track!

Sergio Lamares
December 16th, 2019 at 4:19 pm

it might be the same to Nazareth Speedway in the Future.

Joshua Spisak
December 26th, 2019 at 9:05 am

I have a hollow plea to do the same for Nazareth.

D Waite
December 31st, 2019 at 8:13 am

This is gonna be so awesome!! Can we get some old cup cars? Like the Lumina.

Dylan Interlicchia
January 2nd, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Now we just need some vintage NASCAR cars. Cmon Iracing, the road racers have some vintage cars, show some love to the oval racers.

James Ayers
January 25th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

yes yes yes what everyone else is saying! the 1987 thing I hope is a tip that we will in fact finally get to race the beloved stock cars of yester year that were by far the coolest looking and most exciting to watch! ……P.S. if anyone in iracing sees this PLEASE think abut scanning the goodys dash series car from like 99-2003 It would be the ultimate entry series to big tracks and might I add probably the most fun racing ever (and the amazing hum of the v6) – It was a beautiful race car that was also equally exciting and it needs to be preserved FOREVER 🙂 thanks Ive been dreamin of it year after year –

February 4th, 2020 at 1:54 pm

heck yea!! i assume it will be on the late model or national series schedule

Hunter Sopak
February 15th, 2020 at 10:55 am

Now that you’ve been there, take a ride down 421 to 52 south, and go to Charlotte. When you get there, go to the nascar HOF. They have a few cars from the 80s and 90s available that would be PERFECT for this tracks and for iRACING

Patrick D
February 25th, 2020 at 5:51 pm

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