After Saturday's championship race the owners of the I-77 Speedway had plans to make improvements.
But at least for the next week in October, old is good, and older is better.
The speedway will be a stand-in for the dirt tracks of the 1960s where NASCAR legends traded paint, honing the skills that would be showcased at Darlington, Daytona and "The Rock," Rockingham.
NASCAR Media Group, Max Siegel and ESPN have combined efforts to produce a documentary on Wendell Scott, the only black to win a race in NASCAR's top division. The documentary is scheduled to air in February as part of Black History Month celebrations.
Scott started racing on Virginia dirt tracks in 1947, winning the Virginia state championship in 1959. In 196,1 he moved to NASCAR's top division, competing in more than 500 races before a pileup at Talladega in 1973 ended his career. He finished among the top 10 in 147 races and the top 5 in 20 races.
On Dec. 1, 1963, he won a 100-mile NASCAR feature race in Jacksonville, Fla., defeating Buck Baker by two laps. The trophy went to Baker and NASCAR officials later admitted there was a scoring error. History records that the reason the trophy went to Baker was racial, they didn't want to present the trophy to a black man.
That race and Scott's ride through the tracks of the "Jim Crow" South is the documentary's theme.
The I-77 Speedway's role in the documentary starts Sunday when film crews shoot behind-the-track scenes.
On Monday, the Ford and Chevy cars of the 1960s take to the track. About 25 extras are needed that day starting about 11 a.m.
The biggest day of shooting is Tuesday. There will be about 15 cars on the track and about 150 extras are needed about 5 p.m. Extras should wear clothing without logos. Men should wear button-down shirts, T-shirts and blue jeans, while women should wear printed dresses if possible. The time period the film crew is trying to capture in 1963.
On Wednesday, about 40 extras are needed from 3 to 7 p.m.
Filming concludes on Thursday. No extras are needed that day.