This talk will explore the captivating history of the four racetracks (Hollywood in Fairview, Asheville-Weaverville, McCormick Field, and the New Asheville Speedway–“The River”) that hosted stock car racing in Buncombe County for over 50 years from the late 1940s to the late 1990s. During this period Buncombe County hosted races in NASCAR’s top division as well as weekly races from spring to fall. The racing was intense, unique, developed many outstanding drivers, and produced some of the most fascinating, humorous, and compelling stories in the history of auto racing.
About the Speaker:
Daniel S. Pierce is the author of seven books, including Tarheel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World (UNC Press, 2019) and, most recently, Illustrated Guide to the Grand Circle, Utah & Arizona (Anderson Design Group, 2021). He serves as Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor of the Mountain South and resident professional hillbilly at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he teaches courses on the South, Appalachia, North Carolina, and the National Parks.