iRacing – North Wilkesboro Speedway Available Tomorrow
Tomorrow iRacing will add a piece of American racing history to its online racing service by releasing the virtual version of the North Wilkesboro Speedway. The track was supposed to be released somewhat later, but due to popular demand, iRacing members will get to drive on this classic recreation ahead of schedule.
Last year, iRacing announced that with the help of famous iRacing ambassador, Dale Earnhardt Jr. they would try to laser-scan the Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway.
JR Motorsports helped to initiate the cleanup of the speedway which is currently closed for the public and in a degenerate state, in order to make it possible for the iRacing development team to laser-scan the speedway. Dale himself never raced at North Wilkesboro, but his father, the late NASCAR superstar Dale, Sr., raced at the track from 1979 to 1996, winning five times.
To make the honor to NASCAR complete, earlier today, iRacing also confirmed that they will add both the iconic 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Ford Thunderbird Stock Cars to the iRacing car portfolio. A release date for the cars has not yet been confirmed.
The North Wilkesboro Speedway venue started to host races in 1949. The short track held races in NASCAR’s top three series, including 93 Winston Cup Series races. The track, a NASCAR original, operated from 1949, NASCAR’s inception, until the track’s closure in 1996.
The speedway briefly reopened in 2010 and hosted several Stock Car Series races, including the now-defunct ASA Late Model Series, USARacing Pro Cup Series, and PASS Super Late Models, before closing again in the spring of 2011. The track is located on U.S. Route 421, about five miles east of the town of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. It measured 0.625 miles (1.006 km) and featured a unique uphill backstretch and downhill front stretch.
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