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North Wilkesboro Dirt Events Cancelled

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Officials from XR Events and Speedway Motorsports have announced the cancelation of the dirt-track portion of the Racetrack Revival at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

The move comes on the heels of the events run on the five-eighths-mile asphalt track and ahead of the dirt-track races that were scheduled Oct. 3-5, Oct. 6-8, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29.

The old asphalt is to be torn up and replaced and officials had planned to use the transition for a series of dirt races.

“With Racetrack Revival on the current asphalt at North Wilkesboro Speedway now in the books, our XR Events team could not be more grateful for the show of support by you — the fans, our sponsors and all the race teams and drivers that made this past August such a success,” said XR Events CEO Barry Braun in a statement. “Along with Speedway Motorsports, we all truly made history together, breathing life back into one of NASCAR’s original race tracks, and it was an honor for us to take part in it.

“Our original goal was for Racetrack Revival to continue in early October with races on North Wilkesboro as a dirt track, just as it was when it first opened in 1947. As we’ve studied the conversion process from asphalt to dirt, we’ve come to realize we simply cannot properly prepare the track in such a limited period of time to produce the racing product fans and competitors deserve.”

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