It was 1948, NASCAR, concocted at the Streamline Hotel was off and running, literally.Pre-war Ford coupes called 'modifieds' were king, and the entertainment-starved Carolina's could not get enough of this new motorized craziness. Race tracks were springing up every where, and overnight. For the southern land-owner, a new version of the eternal rags-to-riches story was again possible.
Wadesboro, NC PRE- dated Charlotte and Rockingham as host city of a NASCAR car event. In fact, the small town on, US 74, played host during NASCAR's 1948 inaugural season. On May 9th, and June 13th, the modified roared into town with Red Byron and Fonty Flock (respectively) winning. If for no other reason, the ghost of Wadesboro Speedway (if it still exists) is significant and deserves recognition. Wadesboro shares a common bond with Occoneechee and North Wilkesboro, as all were part of that initial season.
I'm looking for the old girl, and may have found her. There's not much to go on, but there is a faintly footprint of a race track 14 miles NW of town, off of hwy 742 and appropriately on "Race Track Road". I am hoping someone can verify this site.
updated by @bobby-williamson: 12/05/16 04:08:38PM