Once upon a time the North Wilkesboro Speedway filled with thousands of fans eager to watch NASCAR racers roar through the track at seriously impressive speeds. Now it's just a massive deserted space, one that photographer Seph Lawless feels represents the speedy decline of America. Lawless, who goes by a pseudonym, photographed the abandoned space in detail, highlighting the overgrown weeds, faded racetrack signs, and deteriorating interiors.
The North Wilkesboro Speedway opened in 1947 to a crowd of more than 10,000 and after five decades as a legendary track, closed in 1996. The track was sold the same year and opened to see a few more races, albeit less significant ones, before closing for good in 2011. "This arena was once filled with thousands of people; now it sits eerily silent and completely abandoned," Lawless told Gizmodo. Lawless has a knack for capturing ghostly spaces—one of his now-infamous photo series' chronicles deserted shopping malls.
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