Full Throttle History

From Memorial Day to Labor Day you will find the track spilling with happy families creating lifelong memories and Outer Banks visitors with a need for speed.

Year round, you will find the family who owns and operates this establishment: Sandra Dowdy, along with Darnell and Devin Tillett, her son and grandson. They are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations maintaining the family’s commitment to providing family fun for Outer Banks vacationers, which began with Dowdy’s Amusement Park in Nags Head.

Sandra’s parents, Joe and Melva Dowdy, owned and operated Dowdy’s Amusement Park between the years of 1963-2005. This began the tradition of bringing smiles and memories to generations of Outer Banks visitors, with the ferris wheel holding an extra special memory in every visitor’s heart.

Today you will find the family working the tracks, selling tickets, and from time to time grabbing an ice cream cone from the Pit Stop Concession Stand. Located between the tracks the Pit Stop is run by Darnell’s wife, Dawn Tillett, providing customers with freshly made cotton candy, popcorn, waffle cones, soft serve ice cream, Nags Head shaved ice and so much more. So when you come to Full Throttle Speedway know this: it is more than a racetrack to the family operating it – Full Throttle is where memories are made, happiness flourishes, and a legacy is carried on.