Orange County Speedway

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Coordinates: 36°13′40″N 78°57′41″W / 36.22778°N 78.96139°W / 36.22778; -78.96139

Orange County Speedway
The Fastest 3/8-mile Race Track in America
Orange County Speedway.svg
3/8 mile oval
Location Little River Township, Orange County, at 9740 NC Highway 57, Rougemont, North Carolina 27572
Time zone GMT-5
Capacity 12,400
Owner Orange County Speedway Racing, LLC
Operator Orange County Speedway Racing, LLC
Opened 1966 (reopened 2006)
Closed 2003
Former names Trico Motor Speedway
Surface Asphalt
Length 3/8 mi (0.6 km)
Turns 4
Banking 19° turns
16° straightaways

Orange County Speedway is a 3/8 mile (0.6 km) asphalt oval in Orange County, North Carolina, near Rougemont. It first opened in 1966 as 1/4 mile (0.4 km) and 5/8 mile (1.6 km) dirt oval (Trico Speedway), which operated until 1967 and 1973, respectively. The facility was reopened and paved in 1983. With a slogan of "the fastest 3/8-mile race track in America," the oval features 19 degree banking through the turns and 16 degrees on the straightaways creating three distinct grooves making for very fast turns. The aluminum grandstands stretch from Turn 4 all the way down the front straightaway to Turn 1. The speedway closed in 2003, but reopened on March 11, 2006 as an American Speed Association member track.

Some of the most famous names in stock car racing have raced at the Orange County Speedway, including Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Davey and Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett, Jeff and Ward Burton, Elliott and Hermie Sadler, Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip, Todd Bodine, Kyle Petty and Bobby Labonte. Some more recent notable drivers include Timothy Peters, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., Ryan Blaney, Jeb Burton, Timmy Hill, Ryan Reed, Jesse Little and Gray Gaulding. David Pearson and Glen Wood raced at the speedway when it was a dirt track. The track is still up and running.

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NASCAR Busch Grand National Series[edit]

The NASCAR Busch Grand National Series (now Nationwide Series) raced at the speedway from 1983 until 1994.

Date Winning driver Make Average speed Race length
June 18, 1983 Jack Ingram Pontiac 73.55 mph (118.37 km/h) 75 miles (121 km)
July 2, 1983 Tommy Houston Chevrolet 69.32 mph (111.56 km/h)
July 9, 1983 Tommy Houston Chevrolet 79.83 mph (128.47 km/h)
October 1, 1983 Sam Ard Oldsmobile 77.08 mph (124.05 km/h)
April 21, 1984 Jack Ingram Pontiac 79.69 mph (128.25 km/h)
June 6, 1984 Jack Ingram Pontiac 74.18 mph (119.38 km/h)
July 7, 1984 Jack Ingram Pontiac 69.23 mph (111.41 km/h)
June 15, 1985 Larry Pearson Pontiac 71.66 mph (115.33 km/h) 56 miles (90 km)
September 28, 1985 Jack Ingram Pontiac 70.73 mph (113.83 km/h)
June 14, 1986 Tommy Houston Buick 84.40 mph (135.83 km/h)
August 16, 1986 Dale Jarrett Pontiac 52.56 mph (84.59 km/h)
September 28, 1986 Larry Pearson Pontiac 65.98 mph (106.18 km/h)
June 27, 1987 Mark Martin Ford 64.88 mph (104.41 km/h)
August 15, 1987 Larry Pearson Chevrolet 62.48 mph (100.55 km/h)
June 11, 1988 Tommy Houston Buick 84.83 mph (136.52 km/h)
August 13, 1988 Rick Mast Buick 48.84 mph (78.60 km/h)
June 10, 1989 Jimmy Spencer Buick 72.06 mph (115.97 km/h) 75 miles (121 km)
August 12, 1989 Robert Pressley Oldsmobile 67.55 mph (108.71 km/h)
June 9, 1990 Chuck Bown Pontiac 65.98 mph (106.18 km/h)
August 11, 1990 Chuck Bown Pontiac 82.72 mph (133.12 km/h)
June 8, 1991 Robert Pressley Oldsmobile 72.53 mph (116.73 km/h) 113 miles (182 km)
August 10, 1991 Jimmy Hensley Oldsmobile 77.04 mph (123.98 km/h)
June 6, 1992 Robert Pressley Oldsmobile 66.94 mph (107.73 km/h)
August 8, 1992 Jimmy Spencer Oldsmobile 78.72 mph (126.69 km/h)
May 1, 1993 Ward Burton Buick 68.03 mph (109.48 km/h)
September 2, 1993 Hermie Sadler Oldsmobile 60.59 mph (97.51 km/h)
April 30, 1994 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 70.29 mph (113.12 km/h)

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