NASCAR’s future stars shine at Myrtle Beach Speedway

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If you’re looking for some high-speed action on the track, look no further than Myrtle Beach Speedway.

This half-mile asphalt bullring has played host to some of the famous names in NASCAR history for more than a half-century, and the future stars of NASCAR still battle it out under the lights every Saturday night through September, along with other special events that keep the track happening year-round.

Opened in 1958, Myrtle Beach Speedway has seen four generations of Pettys (Lee, Richard, Kyle and the late Adam), three generations of Earnhardts (Ralph, Dale Sr. and Dale Jr.) and countless others hone their skills at the track before moving onto NASCAR’s top divisions. Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced here fulltime for three seasons (1994-96) before moving up the ladder, he raced against Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and other up-and-comers when the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series used to make regular stops in Myrtle Beach.

Today’s Myrtle Beach Speedway still produces top-quality racing at the local and regional levels, with Super Truck, Late Model Stock, Charger and Mini-Stock classes competing for championships. Experience what NASCAR was like before all the big-money sponsorships and TV contracts to produce some hard-nosed racing between good ol’ boys (and girls) with nothing to lose and everything to gain, like a deal to move up in the racing ranks. Many future stars start their engines and careers at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The track has undergone some major renovations over the past few years, with new ownership bringing new entertainment opportunities for visitors and locals. In addition to brand new racing outlets, such as the Wheels of Destruction demolition derby circuit, the Summer Beach Bash Car Show (Aug. 23) and the season-ending Myrtle Beach 400 races, Myrtle Beach Speedway now hosts concert events and other non-racing related activities. On July 3, Simplified will rock the track following a night of racing, followed by a Caribbean Festival featuring live reggae music on July 4. The Neon Vibe 5K sees runners hit the track with their feet and get splattered with day-glow paint along the way.

Perhaps the main draw at the new-look Myrtle Beach Speedway is the NASCAR Driving Experience, which allows Average Joes to play NASCAR star for a day. Get professional instruction from former NASCAR drivers and take a high-speed spin around the track for some real racing excitement. For a full schedule of events or for more information, call 843-236-0500 or visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com.

(posted 6/25/14)