The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Restoring The NASCAR Racetrack In Hillsborough

The horse racetrack enlarged to a one-mile track for auto racing. 1955 U.S.Government aerial photo.
Historic Speedway Group

Host Frank Stasio talks with Brandie Fields, executive director of the Orange County Historical Museum; Gene Hobby, a former NASCAR driver and president of the Historic Speedway Group; and Bill Crowther, a historic preservationist who manages the Occoneechee Speedway property.


The Occoneechee/Orange Speedway in Hillsborough is the only surviving dirt track from NASCAR's first season. 

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5:10 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

VIDEO: Annabeth Barnes Is 18 And Races Stock Cars With No Fear

Annabeth Barnes
Credit AB Racing

Annabeth Barnes knows exactly what she wants. She wants to make it to the top level of NASCAR. She'd like to be the first woman to win the Daytona 500. Her family is fully behind her and is willing to sell their home to make it happen.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Local Promoter Ushers Nascar Into The Modern Era

Humpy Wheeler oversees Charlotte Motor Speedway construction.
Credit The Wheeler Company

Frank Stasio speaks to Humpy Wheeler about his life and NASCAR.

Howard "Humpy" Wheeler has been involved with car racing since it was junkyard vehicles running on old dirt horse tracks. He eventually became the president and general manager of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he became the foremost promoter of Nascar. He was known for his publicity stunts and close affiliation with Nascar and its racers. Host Frank Stasio talks to Humpy Wheeler about his life in Nascar.

1:14 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon Car Salesman Prank Goes Viral

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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