Abandoned Race Track North Wilkesboro Speedway Has Been Preserved In iRacing

North Wilkesboro Speedway is one of the tracks that was raced since the inception of NASCAR in 1949 until 1996. The track is now closed and remained unused for any official races.

Thankfully, the short track has now been preserved in virtual form in iRacing. Thanks to popular demand, and the help of former NASCAR racer and iRacing enthusiast Dale Earnhardt Jr., North Wilkesboro Speedway was laser-scanned and recreated in the racing sim.

North Wilkesboro Speedway has been faithfully recreated into its 1987 form, where Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the First Union 400. The car he used in that race, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, will also be added to the game later in June, alongside another vintage stock car from the 1987 season, Bill Elliott’s Ford Thunderbird.

NASCAR drivers and fans got an early peek of the North Wilkesboro Speedway as it was the final destination of the recently concluded eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. While the track was supposed to be coming in June alongside the two new cars, it’s now coming out by tomorrow.

The real-life track won’t be seeing any official races soon, and it would have fallen into further disrepair if it was not cleaned up for the laser scan. So it’s great to see that a little piece of history has been preserved in video game form. Not as mainstream as, say, the Notre Dame, but still as important, especially to NASCAR fans.

Source: iRacing

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