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Are there car racing tracks in the area?

Ken Little

Not in the immediate area. Not that it wouldn’t be a good idea, says Brad Draughon, Cape Fear Chapter coordinator for the N.C. Region of the Sports Car Club of America.

“There’s probably enough people around here. They would like to have one closer if the right people got together to do it,” Draughon says.

As matters stand now, the closest car race tracks are The New Harrells Raceway off U.S. 421 near Wallace and Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville. Go to www.harrellsraceway.net/ and www.coastalplainsraceway.com/. There is Rockingham Speedway, in Richmond County. Go to www.rockinghamracewaypark.com/. About three hours away are Virginia Raceway International, near Danville; and Carolina MotorSports Park, in Kershaw, S.C.

For more information on Harrell’s Raceway, call (910) 532-2363. For more information on Coastal Plains Raceway, call (910) 347-2200.

The Wilmington area is developed now to the extent a car race track would probably have to be located at least 45 minutes away. “There’s not a lot of space. Probably the closest place you could build one is between here and Fayetteville,” Draughon says.

Encroaching development and noise complaints put an end to Fireball Raceway Park in Leland some years ago.

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