The leaderboard at the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway still sports its Tyson and Winston livery, ready for a race into the past.
North Wilkesboro Speedway was an active NASCAR race track from 1949 until it's closure in 1996. The last driver to win at North Wilkesboro Speedway was Jeff Gordon in September, 29, 1996. NASCAR royalty Junior Johnson attempted to purchase and restore the track in 2003 but the transaction failed due to a dispute between the two current owners. Despite a lot of cracks and a few sunken roofs, the track stands today as a time capsule to the early history of NASCAR.
This photograph was captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone.
With the final race of the 2015 NASCAR season today, I thought it would be appropriate to take a stroll down memory lane through the old North Wilkesboro Speedway. I have driven past this historic racetrack dozens of times in the past but finally took the time to get off the highway and check it out. It's like a walk through history, accompanied by a very friendly pitbull tour guide who is evidently there to cuddle with the riffraff.
This photograph was captured with a Sony NEX-7.