One historic event deserves another.
While the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival has been a must see event in Wilkes County, N.C., for years, the county's racing history - dating back to the moonshine days and the birth of NASCAR - has been on a 14-year hiatus.
Once home to nationally televised stock car racing events at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the track has sat dormant for more than a decade. Thanks to a new ownership group and national attention, the speedway comes into focus again on the weekend of October 3.
The Apple Festival weekend will see the return of the Fall “Triple Header” which includes open wheel modified competition. Speedway officials confirmed the addition of a 100-lap Modified race and a 50-lap Street Stock race in conjunction with the Brushy Mountain 250 USARacing Pro Cup Series Championship race on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
“On behalf of Speedway Associates, Inc. I want to personally invite all modified competitors and race fans from “Madhouse” to extend your race schedule and come do battle at Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway,” said Alton McBride Jr., President and Director of Operations.
The Brushy Mountain 250 Pro Cup event, race three of the five-race 2010 Championship Series, is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is preceded by a 50-lap Street Stock event at 12:30 p.m. The open-wheel modifieds will roll off immediately following the Pro Cup event.
“In the past, the triple header in the fall at North Wilkesboro with stock cars and modifieds was always a tremendously exciting event,” said USARacing Managing Partner, Larry Camp. “I know the fans will love it.”
“The first weekend in October is synonymous with the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival,” said Camp. “The race events on Sunday will mark an exciting rebirth of the speedway for the folks in Wilkes and surrounding counties. I'm sure race fans everywhere are excited about the speedway's return to action."
Modified racing in the South recently gained national attention with the History Channel television show "Madhouse." With the regular modified season over at Bowman Gray Stadium in nearby Winston-Salem, N.C., the drivers of “Madhouse” fame are sure to add action and excitement to the weekend.
Gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets in advance are $17 for Adults and $9 for Kids ages 6-15. For more information about the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway and to purchase tickets, please visit www.historicnws.com or call 336.818.9505.