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Watch Weekly Races at Bowman Gray Stadium

Where can you find roaring engines, screaming fans, and high-speed thrills? Look no further than the Bowman Gray Stadium, a Winston-Salem tradition. If you’ve never been, consider this your sign to go watch weekly races at Bowman Gray Stadium!


Watch Weekly Races at Bowman Gray Stadium
Photo courtesy of Bowman Gray Stadium Racing


What is Bowman Gray Stadium?

“The Madhouse,” as the stadium is called, is NASCAR’s first and longest-running weekly track, bringing entertainment to Winston-Salem since 1937. The stadium is typically packed with over 15,000 fans cheering on their favorite racers.

NASCAR recently became the manager of the stadium’s racing operations after acquiring Winston-Salem Speedway Inc. NASCAR’s lease with the City of Winston-Salem runs through 2050.

When Are the Races?

Races take place every Saturday starting at 8 PM at 1250 S Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (adjacent to Winston-Salem State University). The stadium’s gates open at 6 PM.

There are four classes of competition to watch each week: Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock.

The Details

Low ticket prices are part of why so many people flock to the stadium each week: adult admission is $12, child admission (ages 6-11) is $2, and children ages 5 and under get in for free! All seating is general admission.

While the stadium has concessions, attendees are also allowed to bring in their own food. Coolers are permitted, but no alcohol may be brought into the stadium.

For children and those with sensitive ears, we recommend bringing earplugs. Between the racecars and the fans, the stadium can get very loud.

History at Bowman Gray Stadium

Ready for some quick takes on the stadium’s history?

  • The founding fathers of NASCAR – Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins – were responsible for starting racing competitions at Bowman Gray.
  • Richard Petty, a famous NASCAR racer, won his 100th race at the stadium on August 22, 1969.
  • Richard Childress, a local racing legend (and the name behind Childress Vineyards), fell in love with racing when he had a job selling concessions at the stadium.


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