After 27 years, NASCAR returns to once-abandoned North Wilkesboro Speedway for All-Star race

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — After 27 years, NASCAR is returning to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the All-Star race on Sunday night. It follows a dramatic transformation of a forgotten venue. The track was abandoned after NASCAR moved on to larger, more populated cities across the country. Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s decision to map the course for iRacing in 2019 changed things. Fans helped spur racing’s return to the track. Government funds helped, too. Now, NASCAR is back for the weekend and maybe beyond.

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