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Secret NASCAR ‘Moonshine Cave’ Discovery May Confirm Conspiracy Theory

North Wilkesboro NASCAR Speedway, where officials may have found a secret moonshine store.
North Wilkesboro NASCAR Speedway, where officials may have found a secret moonshine cave. Credit: quiksilver_199. CC BY 2.0/flickr

legendary NASCAR North Wilkesboro speedway’s mythical secret moonshine cave, created during the prohibition era, may have been found, proving very dedicated conspiracy theorists right.

The history of NASCAR is said to have strong links with illegal moonshine throughout the prohibition era, and one local myth which surrounds one of the sport’s historic racetracks may have become fact this week.

North Wilkesboro speedway officials in North Carolina said that a long-rumored hidden moonshine storage space may have been discovered under one of the grandstands as a result of a sinkhole. In a press release, officials said staff found an area of about 700 square feet underneath the old concrete of section N of the track while in the middle of a cleaning operation.

Has the NASCAR Moonshine Cave Conspiracy Been proven?

“When we began renovating and restoring North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2022, we’d often hear stories of how an old moonshine still was operated here on the property under the grandstands,” Speedway Motorsports Vice President of Operations and Development Steve Swift told Fox News.

Adding, “Well, we haven’t found a still (yet), but we’ve found a small cave and an interior wall that would have been the perfect location to not only make illegal liquor, but to hide from the law as well. We don’t know how people would have gotten in and out, but as we uncover more, there’s no telling what we might find.”

Staff at the speedway stadium removed around 600 seats and are figuring out the next stages for repair ahead of the NASCAR All-Star Race set to take place on May 14-19, officials said. Swift added that there was a lot of work to be done before fans could come and sit for the race, as reported by Fox News.

Wilkes County, North Carolina, was at one time considered the capital of the moonshine industry in the state, according to Spectrum News. Moving the moonshine required fast and skilled drivers who could navigate the backroads at night, and resulted in competitive racing between drivers and eventually the beginning of NASCAR.

Moonshine is high-proof liquor, originally made and distributed illegally. Its secretive distribution is known as bootlegging. The name was derived from a tradition of creating the alcohol during the night time, thus avoiding being seen or caught.

In the first decades of the 21st century, commercial distilleries adopted the term for its outlaw connotations and began to produce their own legally sanctioned, novelty “moonshine”, including many flavored varieties, that in some way continue its tradition, typically having a similar method and location of production.

NASCAR is an American racing and operating company that is best known for stock car racing. it is considered one of the top ranked motorsports organizations in the world and is one of the largest spectator sports in the US.

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