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Orange County Speedway

Posted by DID 29 Aug 2012 No Comments

The Orange County Speedway is just 30 minutes outside of Durham and in addition to speeding car action there are two reasons their weekly races should be on the radar of Durhamites. One is Moe’s Tavern, covered years ago by RPP here on Carpe Durham, and the other is the fried bologna burgers at the speedway.

Just outside of Rougemont, Moe’s Tavern is Durham County’s Northern-most bar. The music may scratch a bit and heads may turn when you walk in – but the local crowd is friendly and the head turns are mostly just to offer a howdy. The beer is cold and cheap, the TV’s are all on ESPN and the patio has a porch swing. It’s an ideal small town bar. (Word of warning – Moe’s does not have indoor plumbing, only outdoor port-o-johns.) Moe’s is also conveniently on the way to the Orange County Speedway.

Orange County Speedway is “America’s Fastest 3/8 Mile Track” and located in Rougemont. Races are most Saturdays and for the $10 admission fee, you see a handful of races (stock, mini, trucks, street, etc.). Parking is free and it’s BYOB. Yep, each Orange County Speedway spectator is allowed to bring in one small cooler and a six-pack of beer. No liquor is allowed.

There are only two concession stands – one serving pizza and the other burgers/dogs/bologna. The must order item is the fried bologna burger with cheese and grilled onions (“fried” here is cooked on a grill top and not deep fried). Thicker than the Oscar Mayer variety, the bologna is grilled, covered with an American cheese slice and topped with sweet sautéed onions. It is undeniably excellent. Really, racing aside – this sandwich is worth a drive out to Rougemont.

Orange County Speedway does close for the winter – but you have six Saturday races left this fall. The stands aren’t too crowded, the admission is affordable and it’s BYOB – the speedway is a fun change of pace and a good excuse to venture out of town. Note for race novices: Bring earplugs.


Orange County Speedway
9740 NC 57
Rougemont, NC 27572
More information and ticket info. on their site.

Moe’s Tavern
2911 North Roxboro Road
Mangum, NC 27572

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