This before-and-after photo shows the transformation of North Wilkesboro Speedway from an abandoned footnote to a revitalized, modern facility.

What better place to hold a NASCAR All-Star Race in the 75th anniversary of the sport than North Wilkesboro Speedway, a track that has sat idle since 1996 but is enjoying its revival through the advocacy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the cooperation of Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith.

“There’s something about it, it’s just got a special place in our history,” Earnhardt said. “And I’m so excited to see what can happen beyond this. The All-Star Race is a great thing, but going forward North Wilkesboro can continue to contribute to our lives and to our families’ lives.”