The Madhouse - NASCAR's First and Longest Running Weekly Race Track, located conveniently in downtown Winston-Salem. Bowman Gray Stadium is the definition of excellence in short track racing. Each and every Saturday night in spring and summer, thousands and thousands of fans pack the stands to see the most exciting racing action found anywhere including NASCAR Whelen races. With a seating capacity of 17,500, it’s also home field to Winston-Salem State University’s Rams football program. Originally opened in 1956, the NASCAR Grand National Series (now the Sprint Cup) first raced at Bowman Gray Stadium in 1958.