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Waid’s World: With Financial Commitment, Hope for North Wilkesboro Rebirth Rises

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Graphic: Jared Haas

The recent announcement that the state of North Carolina has allocated millions of dollars via its budget toward the maintenance of some of its speedways has revitalized the hopes of many who want to see the rebirth of a track located in Wilkes County. North Wilkesboro Speedway held its first NASCAR race in 1949 and …

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Waid’s World: NASCAR’s 1st Time in New York Was an Adventure for Many, to Say the Least

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Graphic: Jared Haas

Well, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and the new series champion, a very deserving Kyle Larson (don’t even try to argue with me) will be officially recognized at the Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Nashville. This will be the second year the affair has been held in Nashville. It was held in …

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Waid’s World: Victory at Martinsville Was Special for Buddy Baker

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Graphic: Jared Haas

The next episode of The Scene Vault Podcast features a roundtable discussion with three long-time crewmen for, and friends of,  NASCAR Hall of Famer and former team owner Bud Moore — an American war hero who passed away in 2017. As usual, it was a very informative, lively and often hilarious discussion. As we’ve discovered on …

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Waid’s World: The Story of the 1st Texas Superspeedway

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Graphic: Jared Haas

If Texas World Speedway had managed to avoid the ravages of neglect and ultimate bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume Texas Motor Speedway would never have come into existence. Created during the ascendancy of the superspeedways in the late 1960s, the first Texas track was a mammoth two-mile facility that held much promise as stock …

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Waid’s World: In The Past Junior Johnson Dominance on Short Tracks – Even Bristol – Was Routine

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Graphic: Jared Haas

During the decade of the 1970s, NASCAR was a much smaller, less complicated regional sport confined, mostly, to its birthplace south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Stock car racing certainly did not have the coast-to-coast recognition it has today. Fans were far fewer in number, although intensely loyal, and media presence was sparse. Prior to the …

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Waid’s World: How Near-Revolution at Darlington Spurned Reform – And Lifelong Friendship

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Graphic: Jared Haas

If you will allow, I would like to tell you the story of how a friendship began at Darlington Raceway during one of the most controversial and tense periods in NASCAR’s history. In what has become a part of NASCAR lore, the 1976 Winston Cup season was marked by revolution. It was so intense that …

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Waid’s World: Richard Petty’s Decision Sparks ‘Southern Invasion’ of Michigan

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Graphic: Jared Haas

Something monumental happened during the 1978 NASCAR Cup Series season. In fact, it was so monumental it shook the entire racing world. It was on a scale of, say, the New York Yankees trading Mickey Mantle at the pinnacle of his career. Richard Petty, who, with his family-owned Petty Enterprises, had been a famous standard-bearer …

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Waid’s World: 1986 – A NASCAR Name Change, The Glen Comes Back & the Rise of Tim Richmond

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Graphic: Jared Haas

The first NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International was held on Aug. 10, 1986, and remains a significant event because, for stock cars, it marked a return to the venerated road course that was once the home of Formula One’s United States Grand Prix. NASCAR had held three races at The Glen many years …

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