Carteret Speedway & Entertainment Complex

"America's Nicest Short Track!"

Family fun, vacation entertainment on the Crystal Coast!

One of the Top 'Things To Do' in Carteret County!

Carteret County Speedway, formerly sanctioned by NASCAR, features eight degrees (8°) of banking in the turns and four degrees (4°) of banking on the straightaways. The low banking and wide sweeping corners make the track a favorite of drivers and fans throughout the Carolinas.

However, Carteret County Speedway is more than just a racetrack: It’s a racing paradise. Located just a few miles away from the beautiful beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, the track features an adjacent campsite with full RV hookups and MoonShiner’z Cafe, an infield restaurant decorated with racing memorabilia collected over several decades.

​Length: 4/10 mile

Banking: 8° turns, 4° straightaways.

Surface: Asphalt

Take a tour of our wonderful facility and get a feel for the grounds before you plan your visit.

Find the info you need before heading out to the track!
Can I bring a cooler?
Coolers are not permitted but we have plenty of concessions around the speedway for your convienence.

Do I have to have a pit pass to eat at Moonshinerz Bar & Grill in the infield?
No! Your general admission pass allows you to dine inside the track! Just take the crossover bridge in turns three and four and follow the pathway to the restaurant!

What time are the races over?
Motorsports is a very unpredictable sport. Delays may occur with crashes, oil spills, etc. All events are timed and we aim for our program to be no longer than 3.5 hours. This may vary however on special events.

Is parking free?
Parking for race events is always free!

Moonshinerz Bar & Grill
Moonshinerz Bar & Grill is a unique feature at Carteret County Speedway! No matter what ticket you buy, you are welcome to join us in the infield for a great meal and a look into racing's past with a plethora of motorsports memorabilia throughout the facility.

Enjoy fresh burgers, chicken, hotdogs, fries, tots, BBQ sandwiches, and much more from the grill! Enjoy your favorite sodas or beverages from the bar!

Equipped with restrooms, an entertainment stage, and plenty of seating for you and your crew, Moonshinerz is definitely a stop you want to make when you're at America's Nicest Short Track!

Carteret County Speedway, opened in September 2015, is the vision of track owner Bobby Watson. Watson was a renowned go-kart promoter and a racer before that.

With a lot of help, which included consultation with “The Last American Hero”, racing legend Junior Johnson, the 4/10-mile track took over a decade to build but the dream came to life in the summer of 2015. On Labor Day Weekend in 2015, the former go-kart track hosted its first race as the brand new Carteret County Speedway with Clay Jones claiming the win in a thriller.


Carteret County Speedway
501 Whitehouse Fork Rd, Swansboro, NC 28584

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