Possible moonshine cave discovered below grandstands at NASCAR track


NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (WBTV/Gray News) – A possible moonshine cave has been discovered underneath the concrete front stretch grandstands at a NASCAR track in North Carolina.
It has been rumored for decades that the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway was the site of a secret moonshine still.
After opening in 1947, North Wilkesboro Speedway became one of NASCAR’s original race tracks when it hosted the season finale for the inaugural Strictly Stock Series, now known as the Strictly Cup Series, in 1949.
The moonshine rumors were on everybody’s mind as the project to restore and renovate the speedway began in 2022, according to Steve Swift, senior vice president of operations and development at Speedway Motorsports.
While inspecting and cleaning the grandstands last week, operations staff discovered cracks in the original concrete in one section. Crews removed the seats to inspect the extent of the damage and evaluate if repairs were needed.
A small cave with an interior wall was discovered underneath the stands once the seats had been removed. While it is not confirmed that it is a former moonshine still, Swift said the cave would have been a “perfect location to not only make illegal liquor but to hide from the law as well.”
“We don’t know how people would have gotten in and out, but as we uncover more, there’s no telling what we might find,” he said.
Speedway Motorsports staff are evaluating what the next steps are to repair the foundation and replace the concrete in advance of the upcoming NASCAR All-Star Race Week, which is set to take place from May 14 to May 19.
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