I recently went and visited the abandoned North Wilkesboro Speedway. The speedway opened in 1947 as a dirt track with the racing Flock Brothers dominating the track. In 1949 the first ever NASCAR champion, Robert "Red" Byron was crowned at the track. Races were held at the track for over 50 years until its closure September 29, 1996. The track remains closed with one remaining caretaker, Paul Call still on the premises. More photos are up on our flickr page.