NASCAR in North Carolina

After World War II, stock car racing evolved as a sport in the foothills and Piedmont of North Carolina. It quickly became one of the deepest traditions in North Carolina popular culture. Several world-class tracks stretch across the state and provide fans a chance to watch the legends of the sport every year.

North Carolina is the birthplace and home of many NASCAR legends, including Dale Garrett, Dale Earnhardt, and Richard Petty.

ACE Speedway
Loch Haven Golf Center
Lowe's Motor Speedway
N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame Museum
North Carolina Speedway
Richard Petty Museum
Richmond Pines Country Club

North Carolinians are nicknamed the "Tar Heels".

It not exactly evident where this nickname originated, but it seems to have given birth during the Civil War. North Carolina's troops were said to have tar on their heels, because they would not run in battle even as other states retreated.


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