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Wilson County Speedway Memories

1/2-mile dirt Wilson County Speedway once hosted NASCAR GN races, as well as weekly competition featuring drivers from NC, SC and VA. Every November WCS hosted the prestigious Southern Late Model 200. 

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Edgecombe/Tarboro Speedway

Started by Bobby Williamson. Last reply by Charles Ray Stocks Jun 26, 2013. 2 Replies

Was Edgecombe and Tarboro Speedway the same track?  According to  autoracingrecords.com it was located at the "Tarboro Fairgrounds...."  Tarboro/Edgecombe fairgrounds appears to be different names…Continue

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Comment by Charles Ray Stocks on February 26, 2014 at 8:03pm

when james jones snapper capps and nick gwaltney operated wilson county speedway it was under the name carolina racing association no 1 dirt track in the south

Comment by Charles Ray Stocks on February 18, 2014 at 6:41pm

with all these tracks running the same weekend someone had to be short on car count

Comment by David l steelman on February 17, 2014 at 10:53pm
Same weekend I think William mason's red#3 with Earl Moss as driver ran Myrtle Beach on Sat night and made the long haul to Richmond for Sun afternoon race. That weekend South Boston, Wilson, Bowman Gray WS, Myrtle Beach all ran Nascar MS races on same night. That is why Sawyer was paying appearance money for cars to show up. As best I can remember Richmond had the most cars, no other race on Sunday in Va, Carolina's. Richmond track got just like asphalt and they cut the 35 lap feature to 25 laps because tire problems. Just a note Paul Sawyer did not want to pay the $200 extra because we won one and second in the other, but he finally did!
Comment by David l steelman on February 17, 2014 at 10:39pm
I think Junie's #90 with Sonny Hutchins as driver ran South Boston on Sat and Richmond on Sun afternoon. Same weekend!
Comment by Charles Ray Stocks on February 17, 2014 at 8:51pm

how cool was that richmond one night and wilson the next night i wonder if junie donlevy had a car in the feild those days

Comment by Dave Fulton on February 17, 2014 at 7:05pm

"Isaac/Steelman would have normally ran Myrtle Beach on Sat, but Mr Sawyer gave my brother, Frank $200 appearance money to run both races."

That sounds just like my old buddy, Paul Sawyer.Thanks for sharing the story, David,  of Isaac/Steelman at Wilson & Richmond on back-to-back dates.

Comment by David l steelman on February 16, 2014 at 7:15pm
Bobby Isaac won a S/M race there in late 50's on a Sat night. Driving red and white #9 owned by Frank Steelman, Jr. Butch Torres was second. Ran Richmond fairgrounds the next datpy, finished second behind #7 Johnny Roberts. Paul Sawyer promoted both races. Isaac/Steelman would have normally ran Myrtle Beach on Sat, but Mr Sawyer gave my brother, Frank $200 appearance money to run both races.
Comment by Charles Ray Stocks on February 12, 2014 at 1:11pm

back in the seventies wilso county had three classes of cars the six cyliinder cars limeted sportsman and the late model class and always a full feild in all three classes

Comment by Charles Ray Stocks on February 8, 2014 at 12:33pm

when chuck piazza won  the season finale at wilson there was confusion after the race fuzzy ferrell was awarded the win and the trophy but a recheck of the scoring revealed that fuzzy was a lap down so they reversed the call and said that chuck was the winner chuck said a lot of people were upset over the decision and he got a police escort to leave town that night he was driving henry gordons chevy nova no 98

Comment by Dave Fulton on February 5, 2014 at 8:33pm

I remember Dick Brooks running one Saturday night -  in what car I don't remember. He kept trying to throw the car completely sideways before he got to the turn and that didn't work at Wilson.

 

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