Pinelands Stadium Raceway, (formerly Robby Evans and George Ray's Wildcat Racetrack) also known as the Talladega of the East, is a superspeedway located on 452 Nugentown Road in Tuckerton, New Jersey. It is located in a wooded area, with the location of the speedway marked by a entrance sign made of weeping willow wood mounted on a 1.5-ton block of Purbeck Stone imported from the United Kingdom.

It is the site of two annual ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards races held in late January or early February, an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held usually in late April or early May, one NASCAR Xfinity Series race held usually in late July or early August, and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held usually in mid-August. From 1986 to 1994, and again since 2012, it has held a Formula One race, known as the only Formula One race on a oval in North America, currently sanctioned by FIA. Since 1988, it has held USHRA (United States Hot Rod Association) events, currently a Monster Jam monster truck show, annually. It also hosts Amsoil Arenacross each November in it's in-field racing trailer parking area. It also hosts the Whelen All-American Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and K&N Pro Series East each weekend save for those taken by the races held at Pinelands Stadium Raceway. It also hosts the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series during early January.

Pinelands is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is owned by Varoshan concert promoter Maniac Concerts, Inc. and operated by venue management group SMG.

Outside of motorsports, it is used by students from nearby Pinelands Regional High School for bike races on schooldays, save for those taken by the races held at Pinelands Stadium Raceway (in which school field trips are often arranged for).

History Edit

The track was built by former college professor and racing enthusiast Robin Evans and George Ray's Dragstrip's former owner, the late George Ray, in 1978. A year after, Pinelands Regional High School was built. It hosted it's first Winston Cup race in 1980. In 1983, a forest fire destroyed the track, and it ended up being rebuilt as a "carbon clone" of Talladega Superspeedway (then Alabama International Motor Speedway).

In 1992, both men sold the track to the Pinelands Regional School District, who renamed it Pinelands Stadium Raceway, and the school district began leasing day-to-day operations to SMG.

In 2015, it was repaved for the first time in 40 years.

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