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The History of Countryside Estates in Moyock, NC

Categories: Articles, New Homes Moyock | Posted: October 10, 2018

The Countryside Estates property may appear to be a typical piece of pastural and scenic Moyock, NC land, but it actually has an interesting story behind it.

In the early 1900s, greyhound racing was a local form of entertainment in Norfolk County, until the 1930s when Virginia officials shut down the Cavalier Kennel Club. The CKC moved their operations to a location a quarter mile south of the VA/NC border, to none other than the Countryside Estates property.

The CKC attracted gamblers and spectators from all over Hampton Roads from the late 1940s until the early 1950s. The track’s primary visitors were the thousands of service men (mostly U.S. Navy personnel) that were stationed in Norfolk. Not long after its establishment in North Carolina though, anti-gambling advocates and the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the North Carolina State Legislature’s anti-dog-racing law in 1954, and the CKC was eliminated by the North Carolina General Assembly.

After the dog track closure, Moyock transitioned to hosting auto racing at the renamed Dog Track Speedway (DTS). Built on the former site of the CKC, the one-quarter-mile oval dirt track was then paved and lengthened to one-third of a mile in 1964. At the DTS, it hosted seven NASCAR races from 1962 until 1966. The Moyock 300 was held there from 1964–1965 in addition to the Tidewater 300 in 1965.

Several NASCAR legends graced the track with their talents. Ned Jarrett won the most races at the track with wins in 1962 and 1964. Jarret’s Ford raced and won all six times, totaling $4,631 in winnings. Richard Petty, a North Carolina native from Randleman, also raced the the track six times, driving a Plymouth in every race. Despite being on the pole twice (1965 & 1966), Petty never finished above 3rd place. His total winnings at the DTS were $1,700.

The final NASCAR race at the DTS ran on Sunday, May 29, 1966. It was 301 laps (99.9 miles), and David Pearson took the checkered flag in a 1964 Dodge with an average speed of 61.913 miles per hour and winning $1,000. The track was closed later in 1966 due to declining attendance, poor revenues and larger tracks being built nearby.

In honor of the former track and hallowed NASCAR grounds, Napolitano Homes named all of the streets in Countryside Estates with NASCAR related tracks and themes: Victory Court, Daytona Drive, Homestead Lane, National Court, and Bristol Court.

If you are interested in building your new home in Moyock, NC, and to top it off build it on land with such rich and storied racing history, contact Napolitano Homes today about Countryside Estates by calling 757-347-0600!

Erica

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