Discovery Channel is rolling up to what locals call “the most infamous race-track in America,” Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium, for its newest Motor Mondays series. “Race Night at Bowman Gray” will anchor the cable network’s Monday primetime lineup starting Oct. 29, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
We’ve also got your exclusive first look at the series, which profiles the crazies who race and rub every Friday night in the short-track showdown.
Like Dominic Toretto from “The Fast and the Furious,” these guys live their lives a quarter-mile at a time. They just do it in a circle.
For the uninitiated, Bowman Gray, nicknamed the Madhouse, is NASCAR’s first and longest-running weekly track — and the stakes for its 70th race season are particularly high.
“This is a ring of fire,” racer Jonathan Brown says in our sneak peek, “and if you don’t turn every time you’re supposed to, there’s a good chance you’re gonna die.”
He, Burt Myers, Tim Brown, Jason Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III are chronicled in the chase for the Points Championship. Burt Myers may be the reigning champion, but with 10 Points Championships and 84 wins, Tim Brown is considered the best driver in the history of the stadium.
Watch our exclusive series-preview video above.
“Race Night at Bowman Gray” is produced for Discovery Channel by Figure 8 Films. For Figure 8 Films, executive producers are Mary Wilcher and Gretchen Morning. For Discovery Channel, executive producer is Kyle Wheeler and producer is Brian Peterson.
Starting its engines on Oct. 29, “Race Night at Bowman Gray” will air Mondays at 10/9c on Discovery Channel.