|The Fastest 3/8-mile Race Track in America|
3/8 mile oval
|Location||Little River Township, Orange County, at 9740 NC Highway 57, Rougemont, North Carolina 27572|
|Owner||Orange County Speedway Racing, LLC|
|Operator||Orange County Speedway Racing, LLC|
|Opened||1966 (reopened 2006)|
|Former names||Trico Motor Speedway|
|Length||0.375 mi (0.604 km)|
Orange County Speedway is a 3/8 mile (0.6 km) asphalt oval in Orange County, North Carolina, near Rougemont. It first opened in 1966 as 1/4 mile (0.4 km) and 5/8 mile (1.6 km) dirt oval (Trico Speedway), which operated until 1967 and 1973, respectively. The facility was reopened and paved in 1983. With a slogan of "the fastest 3/8-mile race track in America," the oval features 19 degree banking through the turns and 16 degrees on the straightaways creating three distinct grooves making for very fast turns. The aluminum grandstands stretch from Turn 4 all the way down the front straightaway to Turn 1. The speedway closed in 2003, but reopened on March 11, 2006.
Some of the most famous names in stock car racing have raced at the Orange County Speedway, including Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Davey and Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett, Jeff and Ward Burton, Elliott and Hermie Sadler, Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip, Todd Bodine, Kyle Petty and Bobby Labonte. Some more recent notable drivers include Timothy Peters, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., Ryan Blaney, Jeb Burton, Timmy Hill, Ryan Reed, Jesse Little and Gray Gaulding. David Pearson and Glen Wood raced at the speedway when it was a dirt track. The track currently runs a regular weekly show on the second and fourth Saturday night of each month, April thru October. The facility also hosts the PASS Super Late Model series, CARS Super Late Model Tour and CARS Late Model Stock Tour.
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Orange County Speedway was built as a horse racing track; it stayed as a horse track from 1857 until 1919, when the first auto race took place. Automobile races were going to be a regular event at the track before being stopped because of World War II. Three years after the war was over stock car racing started again. The first stock car driver to win on the ½-mile track was Frankie Schneider.
In 1966, the speedway underwent significant improvement, which is considered the actual launch date of the track. Tt open as a 1/4-mile dirt oval, but soon was increased to 5/8 mile and remained until 1973.
In 1973, the track hosted one NASCAR Grand National East Series event.
In 1983, the speedway underwent more improvements. 19-degree banking was added in the turns and 16-degree banking in straightaways to assured more safety for drivers and exciting on-car movements for fans. At that time the Orange County Speedway became known as “the fastest 3/8-mile race track in America".
In 1983, the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series (now Xfinity Series) began running events at the speedway. Orange County Speedway was one of the first tracks in the area to have live televised Busch races; the first was the 1990 Roses Stores 200 on June 9, 1990.
At the start of 21st century, the track was in bad shape and attendance had been falling. Eventually the track was shut down in 2003. Then in March 2006, under a new management team, the track reopened. Volunteers put in time to rehabilitation of the speedway for the opening day. The event was a big success, with a large crowd for the first time in years.
NASCAR Busch Grand National Series
|Date||Race Name||Winning driver||Make||Average speed||Race length|
|June 18, 1983||L.D. Swain & Son 200||Jack Ingram||Pontiac||73.55 mph (118.37 km/h)||75 miles (121 km)|
|July 2, 1983||Mason Day Paving 200||Tommy Houston||Chevrolet||69.32 mph (111.56 km/h)|
|July 9, 1983||Mello Yello 200||Tommy Houston||Chevrolet||79.83 mph (128.47 km/h)|
|October 1, 1983||Solomon Enterprises 200||Sam Ard||Oldsmobile||77.08 mph (124.05 km/h)|
|April 21, 1984||Mason Day Paving 200||Jack Ingram||Pontiac||79.69 mph (128.25 km/h)|
|June 6, 1984||L.D. Swain & Son 200||Jack Ingram||Pontiac||74.18 mph (119.38 km/h)|
|July 7, 1984||Miller 200||Jack Ingram||Pontiac||69.23 mph (111.41 km/h)|
|June 15, 1985||Puryear Truck 150||Larry Pearson||Pontiac||71.66 mph (115.33 km/h)||56 miles (90 km)|
|September 28, 1985||Goody's 150||Jack Ingram||Pontiac||70.73 mph (113.83 km/h)|
|June 14, 1986||Poole Equipment 150||Tommy Houston||Buick||84.40 mph (135.83 km/h)|
|August 16, 1986||L.D. Swain 150||Dale Jarrett||Pontiac||52.56 mph (84.59 km/h)|
|September 28, 1986||Roses Stores 150||Larry Pearson||Pontiac||65.98 mph (106.18 km/h)|
|June 27, 1987||Poole Equipment 150||Mark Martin||Ford||64.88 mph (104.41 km/h)|
|August 15, 1987||Carpenter Chevy 150||Larry Pearson||Chevrolet||62.48 mph (100.55 km/h)|
|June 11, 1988||Roses Stores 150||Tommy Houston||Buick||84.83 mph (136.52 km/h)|
|August 13, 1988||Poole Equipment 150||Rick Mast||Buick||48.84 mph (78.60 km/h)|
|June 10, 1989||Roses Stores 200||Jimmy Spencer||Buick||72.06 mph (115.97 km/h)||75 miles (121 km)|
|August 12, 1989||Texas Pete 200||Robert Pressley||Oldsmobile||67.55 mph (108.71 km/h)|
|June 9, 1990||Roses Stores 200||Chuck Bown||Pontiac||65.98 mph (106.18 km/h)|
|August 11, 1990||Texas Pete 200||Chuck Bown||Pontiac||82.72 mph (133.12 km/h)|
|June 8, 1991||Roses Stores 300||Robert Pressley||Oldsmobile||72.53 mph (116.73 km/h)||113 miles (182 km)|
|August 10, 1991||Texas Pete 300||Jimmy Hensley||Oldsmobile||77.04 mph (123.98 km/h)|
|June 6, 1992||Roses Stores 300||Robert Pressley||Oldsmobile||66.94 mph (107.73 km/h)|
|August 8, 1992||Texas Pete 300||Jimmy Spencer||Oldsmobile||78.72 mph (126.69 km/h)|
|May 1, 1993||Roses Stores 300||Ward Burton||Buick||68.03 mph (109.48 km/h)|
|October 2, 1993||Polaroid 300||Hermie Sadler||Oldsmobile||60.59 mph (97.51 km/h)|
|April 30, 1994||Pantry Stores 300||Hermie Sadler||Chevrolet||70.29 mph (113.12 km/h)|
Multiple winners (drivers)
- 1986 Roses Stores 150 - This was Larry Pearson's only win on his way to his first Busch Championship. Also future Busch series Champion, Rob Moroso, made his NASCAR debut on his 18th birthday.
- 1987 Poole Equipment 150 - Mark Martin won the event, giving Ford its first and only Busch Series win at the track.
- 1989 Roses Stores 200 - Jimmy Spencer was dominant in the event driving a white sponsor-less #34 Buick. Spencer lead 190 of the 200 laps and lapped the field on his way to the win.
- 1990 Roses Stores 200 - This was the first live televised Busch race at Orange County Speedway. Jeff Burton got his first pole in the Busch Series, while Chuck Bown lead 106 laps on the way for the victory.
- 1991 Roses Stores 300 - Jeff Gordon earned his first career Busch series pole in this event. Shawna Robinson made her first career start as Robert Pressley took the win.
- 1991 Texas Pete 300 - Jimmy Hensley lapped the field on the way to victory. To date, this is the last time anyone lapped the field in a Busch Series race. Jack Ingram withdrew from this race after his son was killed the week before. Ingram never raced again in the Busch series.
- 1994 Pantry Stores 300 - The last Busch series race at Orange County Speedway. Some confusion arose at the end of the race on who had won. With two laps to go George Crenshaw blew his engine and poured oil on the track. Two of the leaders, Hermie Sadler and 3rd place Ricky Craven, got into the oil and spun out. Sadler recovered, but was passed for the lead by Dennis Setzer, who had moved into 2nd place, and took the white flag as the caution was displayed. NASCAR determined that Sadler had already taken the caution flag, declaring Sadler as the winner.
|Year||Late Model champion||Limited Sportsman champion||Pure Stock champion||Street Stocks champion||Super Mini-Trucks champion|
|2001||Frank Deiny, Jr.||x||x||x||x|
|2006||Ronald Hill||Matt Lofton||Chuck Watkins||x||x|
|2007||Terry Dease||x||Thomas Penny||x||x|
|2008||Stacy Puryear||Donald Brace||x||x||x|
|2009||David Triplett Jr.||Michael McGuire||Keith Langston||x||x|
|2010||Terry Dease||Justin Newlin||Jarrett Milam||x||x|
|2013||Craig Moore||Jerry Hinesley||Jarret Milam||x||x|
|2016||Terry Dease||Boo Boo Dalton||Danny Winstead||Jared Gillis||John Comstock|
- Brown, Alan E. (2003). The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present (Third ed.). Comstock Park, MI: Brown. p. 528. ISBN 0-931105-61-7.
- "Orange County Speedway". VisitNC.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.[dead link]
- "Track Facts". Orange County Speedway. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-13.