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I can recall the days of my youth when my stepdad leased the Wilson County Speedway. Those memories, along with my pit pass at Rockingham, are embedded in my memory forever. The Wilson Daily Times used to report on the results every time we raced. Wilson County Speedway may be gone now, but another track came from it.
County Line Raceway was birthed and has been open for more than 30 years. It fields many cars in multiple classes and has a loyal fan base. Race teams come from all areas and give much revenue to Wilson County. If you gave them more coverage, maybe the sport would continue to grow and all would benefit from it.
Southern National Speedway, now known as Southern National Motorsports Park, was considered another North Wilkesboro or Rockingham — on the verge of a point of no return. Michael Diaz and two other partners came together and gave life to a track on life support. I believe that if all the local newspapers would report and collaborate with this track, it could increase its fan base and car count. They have a race every Thanksgiving that brings in cars from many states. This causes rented motel rooms, more restaurant traffic and a lot of gas purchases. I think that is enough to help bring businesses to Wayne, Wilson and Johnston counties.
There is another track to consider. Tri-County Kartway has been open for years and has many big-money races. Go-kart racing has something for all ages, and it is fun to watch. Please don’t think that it’s just a bunch of yard karts going in circles. These karts are fast and have great drivers behind the wheel. The karts are professionally built from the chassis to the motors. If you can’t afford to race one, then come out and support and watch.
In closing, I just want to say that racing at local tracks is the sport that’s least reported on. It costs much more to promote a race than a high school football game. I have written about these three tracks and hope that more credit is given to the track promoters and owners. Many can’t afford to visit a NASCAR race, so help by reporting on the local tracks.