Moyock, North Carolina
|Moyock, North Carolina|
|• Total||10.5 sq mi (27.3 km2)|
|• Land||10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||5 ft (2 m)|
|• Density||358/sq mi (138.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0990736|
Moyock is located on North Carolina Highway 168 just south of the Virginia state line. The community sits at the end of the Chesapeake Expressway toll road, and is only 25 miles (40 km) south of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Because of this, Moyock has begun to witness an increase in residential development as an emerging commuter town for the Hampton Roads region. NC 168 leads southeast 11 miles (18 km) to Currituck, the county seat.
Areas north of the N.C. state line are a short to medium distance away. Moyock is the closest of all North Carolina locales to the following places:
- The Delmarva Peninsula at Fisherman Island before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel toll booth is 49 miles (79 km) to the north.
- The Mason–Dixon line at Selbyville, Delaware, is 162 miles (261 km) to the north.
- The New Jersey state line where crossed by the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in the middle of Delaware Bay is 198 miles (319 km) to the north (8 miles (13 km) into the bay after leaving Lewes, Delaware). This is the closest distance that North Carolina is to the Northeastern United States.
Greyhound racing in Moyock
Local greyhound racing was originally in Norfolk County in the 1930s, until Virginia officials shut down the Cavalier Kennel Club (CKC). The CKC moved their operations a half mile south of the state line to a quarter-mile oval track in Moyock on North Carolina Highway 168. Prior to when they moved to Moyock, the CKC attracted gamblers and spectators from all over the Hampton Roads region from the late 1940s until the early 1950s. The track's primary market was the thousands of service men (mostly U.S. Navy personnel) that were stationed in Norfolk. Not long after its establishment in North Carolina, anti-gambling advocates and the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the North Carolina State Legislature's anti-dog-racing law in 1954. It was until 2009 that the CKC was able to claim that Paul Hartwell invented the greyhound letter rating system, which stood as the standard for all greyhound racing, which also led to the Composite Speed Rating system.
NASCAR in Moyock
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After the Cavalier Kennel Club (CKC) was eliminated by the North Carolina General Assembly in the 1950s, Moyock began to host auto racing at the renamed Dog Track Speedway (DTS). Built on the former site of the CKC, the one-quarter-mile oval dirt track was then paved and lengthened to one-third of a mile in 1964. At the DTS, it hosted seven NASCAR races from 1962 until 1966. The Moyock 300 was held there from 1964–1965 in addition to the Tidewater 300 in 1965.
Ned Jarrett won the most races at the track with two wins in 1962 and 1964. Jarret's Ford raced and won all six times, totaling $4,631 in winnings. Richard Petty, a North Carolina native from Randleman, also raced there six times, driving a Plymouth in every race. Despite being on the pole twice (1965 & 1966), Petty never finished above 3rd place. His total winnings at the DTS were $1,700.
The final NASCAR race at the DTS ran on Sunday, May 29, 1966. It was 301 laps (99.9 miles), and David Pearson took the checkered flag in a 1964 Dodge with an average speed of 61.913 miles per hour (99.639 km/h) and winning $1,000. The track was closed later in 1966 due to declining attendance, poor revenues and larger tracks being built nearby.
Today, the DTS is still visible from Highway 168 where the entry road still exists. Light towers, the racetrack asphalt and the old flag are still evident despite decades of no upkeep.[original research?]
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