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About Bowman Gray Stadium Racing

NASCAR'S FIRST AND LONGEST RUNNING WEEKLY TRACK

AND STILL THE MOST EXCITING OF THEM ALL

Located conveniently in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, Bowman Gray Stadium is the definition of excellence in short track racing. Each and every Saturday night in spring and summer, thousands and thousands of fans pack the stands to see the most exciting racing action found anywhere.

AFFORDABLE AND FAMILY FRIENDLY

On any given Saturday night, the stands at Bowman Gray Stadium will be packed with children, families, parents, and grandparents. For many area families, a picnic at the Stadium and then watching the racing action is a Saturday night tradition. After the night's racing draws to a close, the pit area is opened to the public - and smiling children expectantly wait in line to get autographs from their favorite drivers.

A large part of the family appeal comes from the budget friendly ticket prices at Bowman Gray Stadium. Adult admission is only $12, with children 6-11 getting in for only $2 (children 5 and under are free!). And always popular with the fans are $2 Ladies' Nights - where all females can see the racing action for only two bucks!

A LEGENDARY PART OF NASCAR'S HISTORY

Bowman Gray Stadium is NASCAR's very first weekly track, a famed quarter-mile where the sound of roaring engines and cheering fans has been heard since 1949. Racing at Bowman Gray Stadium was started by Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins, two men who were founding fathers of NASCAR itself. It's the track where Richard Petty won his 100th race. It's the track where a young Richard Childress fell in love with racing, hawking peanuts in the stands and then later taking the wheel himself.

It's the track where Junior Johnson, Glen Wood, David Pearson, Richie Evans, and Jerry Cook competed. It's the track that has been part of such racing dynasties as the Pettys, the Allisons, the Myerses, and the Earnhardts. It's the track with drivers whose fathers and grandfathers used to race at Bowman Gray, where fans come to see the racing action just like their great-grandparents did so long ago.

Today, a new generation of legends races at Bowman Gray. This season, future Hall-of-Famers may be taking the checkered flag, giants of racing whetting their appetites at the longest running weekly track in all of NASCAR.

FOUR DIVISIONS OF WEEKLY COMPETITION

Each and every week, four classes of competition take the stage on the bullring that is Bowman Gray Stadium. That gives fans the chance to see multiple storylines, multiple battles for the checkered, multiple moves for the finish line, and multiple reasons to stand on their feet.

MODIFIED DIVISION

Modifieds, NASCAR's first sanctioned division, have been the featured division at Bowman Gray Stadium since racing began in 1949. At 2650 pounds minimum, the lightweight Modifieds are still the most powerful cars sanctioned by NASCAR. With their open-wheeled design, Modifieds bear no resemblance to today's stock cars. Completely engineered from the ground up with racing body, transmission, suspension, steering, braking, and engine components, the engine block is the only part that can be readily identified with a car manufacturer.

Modifieds, NASCAR's first sanctioned vision, have been the featured division at Bowman Gray Stadium since racing began in 1949. At 2650 pounds minimum, the lightweight Modifieds are still the most powerful cars sanctioned by NASCAR. With their open-wheeled design, Modifieds bear no resemblance to today's stock cars. Completely engineered from the ground up with racing body, transmission, suspension, steering, braking, and engine components, the engine block is the only part that can be readily identified with a car manufacturer.

SPORTSMAN DIVISION

The Sportsman Division includes selected late model cars which must remain stock in appearance. Six-cylinder engines are permitted and may have certain modifications such as ported and polished heads and domed pistons. Unmodified eight-cylinder "crate motors" are also permitted. Six-cylinder cars are given a weight advantage.

The Sportsman Division includes selected late model cars which must remain stock in appearance. Six-cylinder engines are permitted and may have certain modifications such as ported and polished heads and domed pistons. Unmodified eight-cylinder "crate motors" are also permitted. Six-cylinder cars are given a weight advantage.

STREET STOCK DIVISION

The Street Stock Division is similar to the Sportsman Division but with fewer engine modifications. Street Stock cars have smaller carburetors and also weigh more than Sportsman cars. In-line six-cylinder engines are allowed -  as well as eight-cylinder "crate motors" (with a weight disadvantage).

The Street Stock Division is similar to the Sportsman Division but with fewer engine modifications. Street Stock cars have smaller carburetors and also weigh more than Sportsman cars. In-line six-cylinder engines are allowed -  as well as eight-cylinder "crate motors" (with a weight disadvantage).

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION

The Stadium Stock Division is open to foreign and domestic cars and mini-trucks with stock bodies and four-cylinder engines. Only minor engine and chassis modifications are allowed. The minimum allowed weight is 1,800 pounds (without driver) with at least one pound for each cc (cubic centimeter of piston displacement).

The Stadium Stock Division is open to foreign and domestic cars and mini-trucks with stock bodies and four-cylinder engines. Only minor engine and chassis modifications are allowed. The minimum allowed weight is 1,800 pounds (without driver) with at least one pound for each cc (cubic centimeter of piston displacement).

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