North Wilkesboro Speedway was one of eight circuits to be featured in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series (then called ‘Strictly Stock Series’) in 1949.
It continued to be a part of the flagship stock car series until its final race in 1996, as the series organisers looked toward more high capacity venues in more populous areas.
It’s demise prompted several campaigns to save the venue, though it would finally close for good in 2011, left for nature to reclaim.
However, in April 2020, sim racing entity iRacing announced they would recreate the track virtually through laser scanning, and that it would be ready for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series before an official release in June.
In this video, you can watch NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead an effort alongside a group of volunteers to prepare the circuit for laser scanning.
The circuit was used in last nights eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series which was won by Denny Hamlin.