The History of Hickory Motor Speedway

Located in the Foothills of North Carolina Hickory Motor Speedway is one the most historic short tracks and it’s been coined “The World’s Most Famous Short Track” and “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars”

Hickory Motor Speedway first opened in 1951 as a half mile dirt track. Drivers such as Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Ralph Earnhardt all were champions during the 1950’s with Earnhardt winning 5 of them himself.

The track has been reconfigured 3 times in its lifetime. In 1955 it was reconfigured to a 4/10 mile dirt track. 1967 would see the 4/10 mile dirt track get paved. By 1970 the track was shortened one more time to its current length of 0.363 miles.

The North Carolina short track has played host to many NASCAR Grand National Series events as well as several Busch Series events. In 1997 short track legend Dick Trickle would win a NASCAR Busch Series event.

Today Hickory Motor Speedway hosts weekly NASCAR Sanctioned events featuring Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks and Renegades. They also host several of the premier series in short track racing.

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ASA STARS National Tour

Founded by Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent, The ASA STARS National Tour for pavement super-late model stock cars debuted in March 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America.

The ASA STARS National Tour is a ten-race championship series, offering a $100,000 point fund. The tour will visit ten different race tracks in 7 states in 2024, with the season beginning in February during Florida Speedweeks, and concluding in early November at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Track Enterprises (TE) is a racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, which owns and operates the ASA STARS National Tour. In addition to the STARS National Tour, Track Enterprises owns and operates Championship Racing Association (CRA) and the ASA Midwest Tour. TE also has a strategic alliance and controlling interest in the ASA Southern Super Series.

ASA Branded Tours

ASA Branded Tours encompasses four (4) pavement super late model racing series operating under the Track Enterprises banner, and under the ASA Brand via a licensing agreement for logo and IP Rights. ASA Branded Tours include the ASA STARS National Tour; the ASA CRA Super Series; The ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.