Bowman Gray Stadium is a NASCAR sanctioned 1/4-mile asphalt flat oval short track and football stadium located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of stock car racing's most legendary venues, and is referred to as "NASCAR's longest-running weekly race track". Bowman Gray Stadium is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team. It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team until Groves Stadium (now BB&T Field) opened in 1968.
The first NASCAR-sanctioned event took place on May 18, 1949 and was won by Fonty Flock.The first Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) event took place in 1958 and it was won by Bob Welborn.Other winners include Glen Wood, Rex White, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson and Marvin Panch.The NASCAR Grand National Series (now the Sprint Cup) first raced at the track in 1958 and hosted a total of 29 Grand National races through 1971.
The track features 4 Divisions the Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stock and Stadium Stock. The Modifieds are the featured division at Bowman Gray, the division started in 1949 and the All-Time Wins List features some of the best NASCAR Drivers like: Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Ralph Earnhardt and Ned Jarrett.
1/4 mile flat oval:
- NASCAR Grand National (1958-1971)
- Whelen Southern Modified Tour NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Length: 0.25 mi (0.40 km)
Lap record: 12.966 seconds (Tim Brown, Brown Motorsports, 2008, Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Division)