'Carolina Moonshine' returns to the track
Country music sensation Matt Dylan returns to the scene of his inspiration Friday: The North Wilkesboro Speedway.
It's a locale that's become more than a historic monument to Dylan. It's where his career truly began, the set of the music video for "Carolina Moonshine," a single that's done more than make money. It's opened doors.
"Carolina Moonshine," his song about the rise of stock car racing and moonshine, has caught some attention. After appearing in the 2010 movie "Red Dirt Rising," the song went viral, its music video featuring racing great Junior Johnson. Dylan just signed a contract to perform at 14 races of the USAR Series (formally known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series).
"Honestly, it's just been overwhelming how good a reception we've got and I'm so thankful," he said. "A ton of it has really come out of ["Carolina Moonshine"] and we're grateful."
Through it all, however, he's never too busy to watch the sport he loves: Racing.
"I watch it every chance I get," he said. "I love racing."
And he loves the Speedway and is always humbled by the history it represents.
"It's something that North Wilkesboro was so proud of and for it to be taken away, it hurt a tremendous amount of people," he said.
But the track is officially back.
"It's something they never thought was going to happen again," he said. "It's the community coming together to take back what was theirs to begin with."
Friday, he can't wait to be back at the track for a show he promises to be "a really good night of entertainment." Matt Dylan and Most Wanted will be joined by Black GlassBand.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $8. People who have tickets for the Short Track Shootout get in free. You can upgrade your concert ticket for $5 and get back into the race.
If you miss Dylan this time, his next show is Saturday at Elkin Night Life.
The Short Track Shootout features several touring series converging to the track for what organizers hope is the first of an annual event. The event promises to feature racing from across the racing spectrum. It happens from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31.
For more information, check out http://www.historicnws.com.