Catch Live Racing Action at Myrtle Beach Speedway

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Catch Live Racing Action at Myrtle Beach Speedway

The exploding popularity of NASCAR has brought the Southern sport to a national television audience. But if you still haven’t made your way to a short track under the bright Saturday night lights, you haven’t seen real racing.

Myrtle Beach Speedway provides the perfect setting for racing rookies and veterans alike to take in all the beating and banging action on the track. Featuring Late Model Stock, Super Trucks, Chargers and other divisions on the weekly series, Myrtle Beach Speedway has been putting on its horsepower-fueled show for more than a half century.

Located at the junction of Highways 501 and 31, Myrtle Beach Speedway opened its gates in 1958, welcoming fans to see local and regional drivers test their moonshine-moving machines against one another on the half-mile oval. The long list of famous drivers to race around the bullring includes the late Dale Earnhardt and son Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Buck Baker, Cale Yarborough and Ned Jarrett. In fact, four generations of Pettys, the most famous name in NASCAR, have raced around the MBS layout and never won a race, so you know the competition is high quality and fierce.

Myrtle Beach Speedway was once a host on the NASCAR Grand National and Busch Series circuits, as well as the Craftsman Truck Series and other top national and regional touring divisions. Its most recent success story is Earnhardt Jr., who spent three full seasons competing at MBS while preparing to move up the NASCAR ranks. He won only two races at MBS over three seasons and made his Busch Series debut here in 1994 before going to win the Busch Series national championship in 1998. Many other up-and-coming drivers have celebrated in MBS’s victory lane before moving on to NASCAR greatness.

Today MBS is under new ownership and is making efforts to keep up with the changing times of the sport. Recent renovations have been made to improve the overall fan experience, but the atmosphere of a wild Saturday night in the grandstands watching colorful cars with deafening engines battle it out on the track is still alive and well. For those who want to get even closer to the action, MBS offers a driving school that allows sideline sitters the chance to get behind the wheel of a real racecar and take laps around the track.

Races are held Saturday nights from April through September with special events scheduled in the spring and fall. Tickets vary in price based on seating and the schedule of events. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com.