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Phone: (910) 205-8800

2152 US Hwy 1
Rockingham, NC 28379

Richmond County, 10 miles North of Rockingham and 20 miles South of Pinehurst/Southern Pines on Highway US 1.

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  • Veterans' Charity plans to buy Rockingham Speedway: The troubled Rockingham Speedway could soon have new life. A judge gave owners a Jan. 1 deadline to find a buyer or put the property up for auction in March. A veterans charity called Help-Vets.Org (looks like it is supposed to be told Channel 9 that it plans to buy the track and the property and turn it into a reintegration center for veterans. "What's key about this property is Camp Mackall, the training center for Special Forces, is six miles down the road -- Fort Bragg is right here," Help-Vets.Org Executive Director Craig Northacker said. Northacker has big ideas for a $50 million investment, including housing, vocational training and even schooling. Richmond County Community College spokesman Andy Cagle told Channel 9 that the office met with Northacker. "RCC has always taught classes in off-campus locations across our service area, and would welcome any viable opportunity to support our veterans, the local economy and continue the rich traditions of racing in Richmond County," said Dale McInnis, RCC President. City and county officials are skeptical. Richmond County Manager Rick Sago said he hasn't seen any real financing plans. "We'll see when the rubber hits the road what really happens. Bottom line is, it is a speedway, it has been since the '60s and that's what we want is a racetrack," Sago said. "We have talked to JP Morgan Chase," Northacker said. "There is another financing group in Florida, and we're speaking with Royal Bank of Canada." According to Northacker, the group is in the process of getting the property appraised and hopes to close on the property in mid-March. Channel 9 spoke to one of the speedway owners, Andy Hillenburg. He acknowledged conversations with Northacker but said he couldn't comment on the ongoing legal matter.(WSOC and Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-20-2015)

  • No word on Rockingham Speedway sale or auction: Owners have yet to announce a sale or auction of Richmond County's NASCAR track following a Thursday deadline for the court-ordered deal. Superior Court Judge David Lee's Oct. 14 consent order required Rockingham Speedway owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas to "enter into a binding agreement with a third party for the sale or other disposition" of the track by Jan. 1 in order to avoid foreclosure. No new documents have appeared in the case file since Dec. 15, and it remained unclear Friday whether Hillenburg and Silas had met the New Year's Day deadline. Lee's order does not require that a sale or auction agreement be on file with the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court's office by a specific date. A Friday phone message left for Hillenburg was not returned in time for this story.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-3-2015)

  • Deadline nears for Rockingham Speedway sale: Owners have three days to sell the historic Rockingham Speedway or agree to auction off the property in order to avoid foreclosure. The clock is ticking on Superior Court Judge David Lee's October consent order, which set a Thursday deadline for the signing of a sale or auction agreement on the former NASCAR track. The speedway must change hands or go on the auction block by March 15. Unless a last-minute extension is granted, the Oct. 14 consent order calls for a sale or auction agreement to be signed on New Year's Day. As of Monday afternoon, no legal filings in the case had been added since October, according to the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court's office. Co-owner Andy Hillenburg said in October he hopes to bring racing back to the Rockingham Speedway with the help of the as-yet-unnamed group of investors. If a private sale falls through, the consent order calls for Hillenburg and co-owner Bill Silas to sign an auction agreement. If neither a sale or an auction is scheduled, the foreclosure complaint is likely to come back before the judge.(full story at the Richmond County Daily Journal)(12-30-2014)

  • Rockingham Speedway avoids receivership UPDATE: Like a real-life Rocky Balboa' Andy Hillenburg refuses to stay down. After spending the last seven years battling to revive the legendary Rockingham Speedway' the former ARCA racing champion has taken his share of lumps. Hillenburg and his partners returned NASCAR racing to The Rock in 2012' when the track hosted an event on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Trucks raced there again in late 2013' but a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event scheduled for November of last year was cancelled' with the sanctioning body saying that the track "failed to meet its obligations." Since then' there has been little in the way of good news from the Richmond County oval. Until [now]. Battered' bloodied' but unbowed' Hillenburg climbed off the canvas yet again ....' confirming that after a hearing in Richmond County Superior Court' a new plan is in place to save the track from financial receivership. Farmers and Merchants Bank of Salisbury' NC' had asked that the track be placed into receivership as a first-step toward seizing control of the facility and putting it up for auction. However' with the assistance of a group of advisors' Hillenburg has assembled a new business plan that he hopes will put the speedway back on solid financial ground. "We went in front of a judge recently and presented our proposal'" said Hillenburg. "We explained that we need 90 days to perform the necessary due diligence' and he issued a Bridge Order to continue the case until today. Now' he has approved our request' and the speedway will remain in our hands." Hillenburg stressed that the deal is not yet complete' saying' "Our request was for the procedings to be delayed' in order to allow us to assemble a new financial plan. We now have until Jan. 1' 2015 to finalize a workable financial plan with our new partners. Our goal is to return racing to The Rock' put the track on solid financial footing and continue to make a positive contribution to our community."(Godfather Motorsports)(10-16-2014)
    UPDATE: The Rockingham Speedway, formerly the North Carolina Speedway, is going to be sold for the second time in less than a decade because its current owners have run into financial trouble. Back in 2012, Andy Hillenburg did what a lot of people thought was impossible and brought NASCAR racing back to a track that it left. The NASCAR truck series came back in 2013, but didn't get a race date this year. NASCAR also cancelled a minor league event there as well. Now we know the track has hit hard times. Court documents now show Hillenburg and his co-owners owe more than $4 million in loans and taxes, and the bank threatened to foreclose. To avoid that, Hillenburg agreed last week to sell or auction off the track. NBC Charlotte was unable to contact the owners on Monday, but court documents say there has to be a sale or auction in place by the first of the year, and a new owner in place by March 15, 2015. Hillenburg paid a little more than $4 million to buy the track at auction in 2007.(WCNC)(10-21-2014)

  • Bank may take possession of Rockingham Speedway UPDATE: A Richmond County Superior Court judge will hear a motion next week which, if granted, will allow The Finley Group - a managing agent for Farmers and Merchants Bank - to "take immediate and exclusive custody" of Rockingham Speedway. The Salisbury, N.C.-based bank is also seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the track's current co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas from accessing the property located on U.S. 1 in Richmond County. The bank claims Rockingham Racing Park LLC, co-owned by Hillenburg and Silas, owes more then $4.5 million as of Aug. 8. The motion is set to be heard at 2:00pm Sept. 25.(Charlotte Observer)(9-19-2014)
    UPDATE: An eleventh-hour deal that could save the Rockingham Speedway from foreclosure is in the works following closed-door negotiations Thursday. Superior Court Judge David Lee extended a temporary restraining order to allow attorneys for speedway co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas more time to hammer out an agreement with Farmers & Merchants Bank of Salisbury that would stall foreclosure proceedings. Court filings show that lawyers for the speedway's owners had been in discussions with the bank's attorneys to sell the 1.017-mile track at a private auction under a forbearance agreement that would halt F&M's seizure of the speedway property. F&M Bank attorney David M. Schilli requested the order on behalf of the plaintiffs and said the restraining order could be extended "for a very brief period of time so that we can go back and draw up another order that will be tendered to the court with all the parties' consent." Hillenburg and Silas were required to turn over all locks, keys and access codes to the track while the bank's verified complaint for default on a $4.2 million loan works its way through the court system. The bank and its management company may not "enter into any contracts for the marketing, listing or sale of the property" while Lee's Sept. 8 order is in force.(in part from the Richmond County Daily Journal)(9-27-2014)

  • Speculation grows for Rockingham date next season as NASCAR cancels K&N race UPDATE 2: NASCAR announced today the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event scheduled for Rockingham Speedway on Saturday, November 2 has been cancelled."It is unfortunate any time a race must be cancelled," said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring. "However, the race track failed to meet its obligations and we were forced to terminate the sanction agreement."(
    UPDATE: Officials from three different series have confirmed that all the events that were scheduled for November 2 at Rockingham Speedway have been cancelled. Shortly after NASCAR made its announcement, the UARA-STARS Late Model Series announced it has also cancelled its event at Rockingham.The third and final series, the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series, released a statement Monday afternoon confirming that they to would be canceling their event that was scheduled for November 2. Series officials announced earlier this year that the event would offer a $20,000 payout to the race winner. The events of Monday call into question Rockingham Speedway's future. That is expected to be addressed sometime Tuesday by Andy Hillenburg.(Speed Sport News)(9-10-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Rockingham Speedway, which began hosting NASCAR races again two years ago after an eight-year absence, will not host a Truck Series race in 2014, speedway owner Andy Hillenburg confirmed. The one-mile track located about 90 miles southeast of Charlotte remains open for track rentals but won't be hosting any NASCAR events in 2014. "We've got a number of issues that have to be resolved before we can host races again," Hillenburg told the Observer on Thursday. "These issues have been mounting over the last two to three years. "I'm not giving up on this. My plan is to keep doing it. I want it and NASCAR wants it and I'm determined to have it continue." NASCAR is expected to release its 2014 Truck schedule as early as Friday - the last of its three national series scheduled to be released.(Charlotte Observer)(10-24-2013)

  • Rockingham Speedway to hold autograph session:Fans hoping to get to meet their favorite Camping World Truck Series drivers will have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, April 13 at Rockingham Speedway. The speedway will hold a driver autograph session that morning from 10:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. by the famous rocks by the main entrance of the track. The session will take place before the first NCWTS practice for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine The autograph session is open to anyone holding a ticket for Saturday's or Sunday's races. (Rockingham Speedway PR)(4-1-2013)

  • Three bands to perform at Rockingham:When Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg started making plans for April 14th's Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine, he was consumed with one thought. To that end, the City of Rockingham and the speedway have brought in three bands instead of one to perform at the track on Saturday, April 13. Kernersville, N.C.-based Chris Lane Band will take the stage at 6 p.m. following the UARA and Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals races. Ty Brown will follow at approximately 7:40 p.m. Headliner Hoss Howard Band will perform at approximately 9:15 p.m. Admission is free to anyone holding a ticket for Saturday or Sunday's races.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-15-2013)

  • Hoss Howard Band tapped for National Anthem:Western N.C.-based Hoss Howard Band will be performing the National Anthem to kick off the Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine at Rockingham Speedway on April 14. Howard and the band play Southern rock and country-style music and should not be strangers to Carolina race fans. For the last two years, Hoss Howard Band has been part of the Coca-Cola 600 race activities, playing at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speed Street. (Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-13-2013)

  • Rockingham Speedway brings back "Send a Soldier to The Rock" campaign: Buoyed by the success of last year's "Send a Soldier to The Rock" promotion, Rockingham Speedway is partnering with the United Service Organization of North Carolina (USO of NC) to continue the program for the April 14 running of the Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine. Through Send a Soldier to The Rock, race fans can purchase tickets to the event that will be distributed by the USO of NC to servicemen and women and their families. Rockingham Speedway will be donating a portion of ticket sales from Send a Soldier to The Rock back to the USO of NC. Fans can purchase $25 Send a Soldier to The Rock tickets by calling 910.205.8800 or online at The NCWTS will practice on Saturday with qualifying and racing on Sunday, April 14. (Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-6-2013)

  • NC Education Lottery on board at The Rock: Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg announced today that the North Carolina Education Lottery will serve as title sponsor when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the legendary North Carolina oval on Sunday, April 14. (Rockingham Speedway PR) (2-7-2013)

  • Trucks to qualify, race on same day at Rockingham: When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) makes its return to Rockingham Speedway for the Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine in April, the field for the second event at the venerable one-mile track will not be set until morning of the race. Qualifying for the race will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 14. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:00 p.m. for the 200-lap tilt. For this year's event, the trucks will arrive at Rockingham on Friday, April 12 and will practice on Saturday, April 13 before Sunday, April 14's time trials and race.Tickets, suite packages and camping are now available for the April 12-14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine weekend at or by calling 910.205.8800. General admission tickets for Saturday are $15 in advance ($20 at the gate) and grandstand tickets for Sunday range from $20 to $35. ( Rockingham Speedway PR)(1-29-2013)

  • Tix for sale for NCWTS race at Rockingham: Ticket sales are open for the April 14, 2013 running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 200-mile race at Rockingham Speedway by visiting or by calling 910.205.8800. Matt Crafton led 40 laps in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham in April. The series returns to The Rock on April 14, 2013. "I can't think of a better stocking stuffer than tickets to the second annual NASCAR truck series race at Rockingham," said speedway president Andy Hillenburg. "Our renewals were very good from last year's race, so the remaining tickets will be in high demand." Ticket renewals ended on November 20. "Every seat we have left is now up for grabs," said Hillenburg. Grandstand seats begin at $20 and go up to $35 depending on the location. Suite or camping packages are also available by calling the speedway. The inaugural NCWTS event at Rockingham drew nearly 30,000 people last April, and Hillenburg promises an event better experience for race fans who fill the Rock for the second event.(Rockingham Speedway)(11-24-2012)

  • NCWTS returns to "The Rock" in 2013: After staging the most talked-about event of the 2012 NASCAR season to date, Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg made it official today; confirming that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to "The Rock" on April 12-14, 2013. Kasey Kahne celebrates in victory lane after winning the inaugural NCWTS race at Rockingham last April. "We got our report card from NASCAR, and it looks like we got an A+," said Hillenburg of NASCAR's April return to Rockingham for the first time since 2004. Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne topped an all-star field of Camping World Truck Series regulars to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of race fans. "Fans, drivers, teams; everyone embraced our 2012 event," said Hillenburg. "I'm happy to announce that with their help, we'll do it again in 2013; bigger and better than ever before." Tickets are already on sale, with adult tickets ranging from $20 to $35 and kids age 12 and under half-price.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(9-26-2012)

  • Hillenburg Spirit Award recipient for second quarter: Members of the National Motorsports Press Association have selected Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg as the second quarter winner of the NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award. Hillenburg was selected for his efforts to return Rockingham Speedway to prominence. He purchased the track at auction in October 2007 and in April of 2012 NASCAR returned to the track for the first time since 2004. Also receiving votes were: Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Benton Racing, Ellen Siska and Tony Stewart. The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each year, quarterly winners are selected, and an overall winner is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership. Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer was the first quarter winner of the award.(NMPA)(8-28-2012)

  • Rockingham Speedway to host Classic 3 Championship Presented by RCR Racing Museum: Rockingham Speedway will host the biggest single day of championship stock car racing in the track's 47-year history on Saturday, Nov. 3 with the inaugural running of the "Classic 3 Championship Presented by the RCR Racing Museum." The first-time event will feature championship-deciding races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, UARA-Stars Late Models and Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series, all in one jam-packed afternoon of excitement on the one-mile Rockingham oval. "I'm a big believer in `Go big or go home,'" said Rockingham Speedway president Andy Hillenburg in announcing the event. "Most people would be satisfied to host the final point-counting race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. But my first thought was, `How do we make this even bigger?' With the help of Richard Childress and his staff at the RCR Racing Museum, I think we've managed to do exactly that." More info about the Classic 3 Championship, tickets and events, go to Every ticket is also good for a special, $3 admission to the RCR Racing Museum in Welcome, N.C.(8-29-2012)

  • Tickets available for Rockingham Truck Series race; special Hame of Fame package: Thanks to a partnership between the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Rockingham Speedway, race fans will be able to get a double dose of racing history in the coming weeks. TheNASCAR Hall of Fame is offering a 20% discount on admission to anyone presenting a ticket, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office, for the April 15, 2012 running of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Rockingham Speedway. Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. For more information on the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine, or to purchase tickets for any of Rockingham Speedway's events, contact the speedway at 910.205.8800 or visit online at This special price may not be combined with any other offer and is available until December 31, 2012, excluding May 12 - May 28 and October 6 - 14, 2012.(Rockingham Speedway)(4-10-2012)

  • Former Rockingham Speedway boss honored by alma mater: As the Rockingham Speedway is honored with the return of NASCAR to its track, a former president of the speedway is receiving honors of her own. Ellerbe native, Jo DeWitt Wilson, has been given the title of Trustee Emerita from Queens University of Charlotte. "My father, L.G. Dewitt, was president of the speedway until he passed away in 1990," said Wilson. "Frank Wilson - no relation - took over the position until he had a stroke four years later." Wilson said her mother, Carrie DeWitt, called her and asked her to return to Richmond County and serve as president for the speedway. "The board of directors elected me, and I served from 1994 until 2002," she said. "We cleaned up, made a lot of improvements, built more stands and did some landscaping," she said. "When I realized there wasn't enough money coming in to pay for all the upgrades, I contacted Roger Penske, who purchased the track from my mother. He allowed me to stay on through the end of my contract." After leaving the track, Wilson retired and began to pursue personal interests. Wilson, who received her degree in home economics from Queens University of Charlotte in 1959, decided to return to her alma mater. She was elected to the board of trustees in 1999, and served until 2011. Recently, the school named her Trustee Emerita. "I no longer serve as a fiscal trustee for the college, but I remain very active," said Wilson. "I also still closely follow the news of Rockingham Speedway." Wilson said that she will be in Georgia on business during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine, on April 15 at The Rock, but her sister Nancy Daugherty, also a Queens alumni, will be working at a concession stand during the race. "So my family will be represented at the speedway when NASCAR returns," she said.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(4-10-2012)

  • SAFER Installation Continues at Rockingham Speedway: The second phase of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers is underway at Rockingham Speedway in advance of the April 15, 2012 running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200. When complete, this installation will encase the south and north ends of the speedway (turns one and two and turns three and four, respectively) in the force absorbing barriers. For the first phase, crews installed SAFER barriers along the inside backstretch wall in October 2011 before the American 200 and Polar Bear 150. NASCAR requires the technology at any facility at which it sanctions an event in its top-three National Touring Series - Sprint Cup, the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Commonly referred to as "soft walls," SAFER barriers are designed to absorb a portion of the energy in a crash, lessening the impact on the driver. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the speedway office at 855.NC.ROCKS or visit online at Speedway)(1-10-2002)

  • SAFER Barrier Installation Underway at Rockingham: For over 40 years, Rockingham Speedway has been a tough place to get around. Time and time again, one little miscue or a worn-out tire has led to some hard hits against the track's unforgiving concrete walls. While the track won't be any less difficult for drivers to navigate when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes its inaugural trip to Rockingham on April 15, 2012 for the Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200, the hits will not be quite as bone-jarring as the speedway has begun the installation of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers along the inside back stretch wall. Installation of the SAFER barriers in the turns will begin at Rockingham after the running of the American 200 doubleheader (Nov. 5, 2011) and the Polar Bear 150 (Nov. 26, 2011). In all, a mile's worth of the soft walls will be installed around the facility. Commonly referred to as "soft walls," SAFER barriers are designed to absorb a portion of the energy in a crash, lessening the impact on the driver. The project, when complete, represents a nearly one million-dollar investment. But to speedway president Andy Hillenburg, it's a worthwhile expense. "As a racer, safety is always my number one concern," said Hillenburg, who made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at the track in 1991. "Regardless of NASCAR's decision to come back to Rockingham, SAFER barriers were a need for us and I'm glad we are able to get that process underway. As we've seen over the years, there are some hard hits along that inside wall coming off of (turn) two and when things go bad getting into (turn) one, they go very bad." NASCAR requires the technology at any facility at which it sanctions an event in its top-three National Touring Series. For more information, or to order tickets for any event at Rockingham Speedway, please contact the ticket office at 910.205.8800 or visit us online at Great seats and suite packages are still available.(Rockingham Speedway)(10-5-2011)

  • Rockingham to make announcement - Trucks? UPDATE Governor Bev Perdue and Rockingham Speedway owner, Andy Hillenburg are scheduled to make a joint announcement on the facility's growth and the potential economic boost it will have to Richmond County, the city of Rockingham and the state of North Carolina (Rockingham Speedway), rumor has it that the track will get a NASCAR Truck Series race in 2012.(9-3-2011)
    AND: Rockingham Speedway will host a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, tentatively scheduled for the second weekend of April 2012, sources have told ESPN The Magazine. The event will mark the track's first NASCAR event since the then-Winston Cup Series held its 78th and final race at "The Rock" on Feb. 22, 2004.(ESPN)(9-3-2011)
    UPDATE: Rockingham Speedway announced that Richmond County and the city of Rockingham, N.C., will once again be home to NASCAR-sanctioned racing with the addition of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 on April 15, 2012.
    "In 2007, we set a goal to return Rockingham Speedway to its roots," states Andy Hillenburg, president of Rockingham Speedway. "The introduction of the truck series to Rockingham Speedway is representative of years of hard work and the support of the county, city and state government officials, who understood the positive economic impact a NASCAR-sanctioned race could offer to the Piedmont region. We are very excited about this news and know our supporters are just as proud to have Rockingham's national racing roots become a reality once again."
    Good Sam Club, the world's largest RV owners' organization will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway, while Cheerwine, legendary soft drink of the south will serve as presenting sponsor. "We are thrilled about the return of NASCAR racing at Rockingham Speedway and we're even more excited to have a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on the schedule for 2012," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World & Good Sam. "The Rock has a rich tradition of hosting tough racing and thrilling finishes, and we expect the same to hold true next April. We look forward to being a part of next year's race and exposing those avid fans to the Good Sam RV products and services."
    Rockingham Speedway, affectionately known as "The Rock," will begin safety improvements to its race track this fall. One improvement will include the installation of a Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier, known as the SAFER barrier system, which is a required feature for all top three tier NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks to help improve driver safety. Additional upgrades will be made to the track's scoring system and pit road, as well as other aesthetic improvements. "NASCAR is looking forward to returning to Rockingham Speedway with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in 2012," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice-president for Racing Operations. "The fans and community have shown strong support and the track is making significant improvements to its facility. We appreciate all the hard work by Andy Hillenburg and his staff to get to this point. It should be a fun event."(NASCAR)(9-7-2011)

  • SAFER walls to be installed at the Rock: The Rockingham Speedway, which hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1965 to 2004, is taking a huge step toward once again hosting big-league racing as SAFER "soft wall" barriers will be installed next month. The energy-absorbing system will be installed in two phases, in mid-September and late December, covering all four turns of the one-mile oval and the inside of the backstretch wall. The most common estimate of the SAFER barrier cost is $1 million per mile. "Yes, that's expensive," said Robert Ingraham, the track's general manager, "but nothing's more expensive than having someone hurt." NASCAR requires racetracks to have the SAFER barrier in place before they can host one of the sanctioning body's top three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Trucks. Rockingham, then known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, hosted 78 Sprint Cup events and 42 Nationwide Series races, but it hasn't held a NASCAR event since Matt Kenseth's victory in the Subway 400 on Feb. 22, 2004. The track and the 244 acres it sits on were dormant for nearly four years before it was purchased by veteran racer Andy Hillenburg at auction on Sept. 27, 2007. Rockingham officials have had discussions with NASCAR, albeit informal, about the possibility of a Nationwide or Truck Series event returning to the track more commonly known as The Rock. A source within NASCAR, speaking on condition of anonymity, admits as much. However, the lack of a SAFER barrier had always been an insurmountable issue. Without the promise of a NASCAR race, Hillenburg wasn't confident enough to try and secure funds for SAFER installation. That now appears to have changed. Just last month, Nashville Superspeedway announced it was closing, essentially orphaning four NASCAR events, two each in Nationwide and Trucks. Since that announcement, speculation has run rampant as to where those races might end up in 2012. Next season's NASCAR schedules have not yet been finalized.(ESPN)(8-17-2011)

  • Dillon wins ARCA race at Rock; Sheltra the champ: Ty Dillon returned Richard Childress Racing to victory lane at Rockingham Speedway Saturday, winning the American 200, while Patrick Sheltra claimed his first-ever championship in the ARCA Racing Series [by 20 points over ]. Dillon, who played with "little box cars" in the Rockingham grandstands as a child, said he plans to compete for the ARCA championship in 2011. Racing returns to Rockingham Speedway on Nov. 27, 2010 with the third-annual running of the Polar Bear 150 Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals. Tickets are available by calling the 910.205.8800 or by visiting Speedway), Pole Sitter Kevin Swindell finished 2nd followed by Chad Finley, Patrick Sheltra and Craig Goess. Former Sprint Cup driver Steve Park finished 35th.(10-10-2010)

  • Steve Park returns to race at the site of his biggest win UPDATE: Most race fans remember Steve Park's last NASCAR Winston Cup victory. Coming just one week after car owner's Dale Earnhardt tragic death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Park edged Bobby Labonte for the emotional win in the Dura Lube 400. The track? The Rockingham Speedway. Park makes his return to the track for the Oct. 9, 2010 running of the ARCA Racing Series. "It is always great to have former winners back to race at 'The Rock,'" said track president Andy Hillenburg. "Steve's win here was one of the most memorable races I have ever seen, being such a fantastic finish and coming on the heels of such tragedy for that team and race fans everywhere. We are thrilled to have him back racing at Rockingham in the American 200."
    Also scheduled to race in the American 200 is Ricky Carmichael. A 30-year-old native of Clearwater, Fla., Carmichael is best known for his successful motocross career which includes 10 AMA Motocross Championships, five AMA Supercross Championships, and two World Supercross Championships. Carmichael has driven to six top-10 finishes in 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. Rockingham will mark Carmichael's fifth ARCA Series start of the year, with a best finish of seventh in the season-opener at Daytona.(Rockingham Speedway)(10-5-2010)
    UPDATE: Kevin Swindell, son of three-time national Sprint Car champion Sammy Swindell, earned his first career pole in the ARCA Racing Series Friday during qualifying at Rockingham Speedway for Saturday's season finale American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service. Swindell, driving a Toyota, posted a 145.378-mph, 24.763-second lap on Menards Pole Day presented by Ansell, to edge Chad Finley for the No. 1 starting position. Finley's Chevrolet clocked in at 145.361 mph. Craig Goess earned the third starting position to edge five points closer to standings leader Patrick Sheltra in the championship battle. Sheltra qualified eighth. Entering Saturday's season finale, which will be televised live at 1:30pm on SPEED, Sheltra now leads Goess by a mere five points -- 4,495 to 4,490. Tom Hessert is third in the standings, 20 points in arrears to Sheltra. He qualified his Dodge 14th. Rounding out the top five, respectively, were Justin Marks and Steve Arpin. Ty Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and the winner of the most recent ARCA event at Kansas Speedway, qualified sixth. Brandon McReynolds, son of TV analyst and former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds, qualified seventh. Steve Park, who won a NASCAR Winston Cup race at the 1-mile oval in February 2001, qualified 20th in a Ford. Veteran James Hylton used a provisional to gain entrance into the 41-car starting field. He will start 37th.
    For more info about the American 200 race weekend, annual Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham and tickets for the races, contact the Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit Tickets, starting at $20 in advance, and suite packages are still available.(Rockingham Speedway)(10-9-2010)

  • Rockingham would like a NASCAR race: Wedneday's announcement that Gateway International Raceway doesn't want NASCAR racing next year has piqued the interest of Rockingham Speedway owner Andy Hillenburg. "There's always interest" in a NASCAR return to the track, Hillenburg said. But, he added, "with the timetable we have for the next couple of years, I don't feel like we're ready yet." The 1-mile oval formerly hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series races. Gateway is giving up its two Nationwide and one Camping World Truck Series events at the end of the year. NASCAR's return is "something that's been on my mind," Hillenburg said. "It's encouraging to see opportunities present themselves." Of more immediate concern for him is the Oct. 9 ARCA season finale, and Hillenrburg has also moved the track's New Year's Day event for the Kimmel Street Stock cars. That's been shifted to Nov. 27 because of "sponsorship, it's a tick warmer, and we think this will help us getting closer to the idea of having a 99-car field," Hillenburg said.(Fayetteville Observer), the track would need SAFER before NASCAR would consider a race there.(8-2-2010)

  • Barnes wins Polar Bear 150 at the Rock: Chuck Barnes Sr. held off a furious charge from Brett Hudson over the last five laps to win his second Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals Polar Bear 150 at the Rockingham Speedway. In a race that featured 18 lead changes and was slowed by 12 caution flags and 2 red flags, Barnes bested Hudson by less than car length at the checkered flag. Will Kimmel came home in third with Frank Kimmel II finishing fourth. Chad Hall rounded out the top-five. Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for #82-Scott Speed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, found trouble on lap 60 that ended his day. More info and images at the Rockingham Speedway site.(1-2-2010)

  • Moody to Wave Green Flag at The Rock: Dave Moody, host of "SIRIUS Speedway" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio 128 and lead turn announcer for MRN's NASCAR race broadcasts, has been named as the official starter of the Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway. Moody will wave the green flag at the New Year's Day event, officially starting the first race of 2010. The 2nd Annual Polar Bear 150, which will be held at noon January 1, will be a chance for race fans to celebrate the beginning of the 2010 racing season with competitive racing by the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals Series. The entry list, which already has 61 registrants, includes a combination of NASCAR drivers and crew members, drivers from the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, and previous Rockingham winners from the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals Series. The 2nd annual Polar Bear 150 kicks off on Thursday, December 31, 2009. Gates open at 8:00am/et and practice sessions take place from 1:00-1:45pm/et and 3:00-3:45pm/et. Grandstand admission for Thursday's activities is free, and tickets for Friday are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids (12 and under) are $5. Military discounts and public suite options are both available as well. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (910) 205-8800.(Rockingham Speedway)(12-28-2009)

  • Humpy Wheeler to wave the green flag at the Rock: Legendary race promoter H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler will serve as the Grand Marshal and will wave the green flag for Sunday's running of the ARCA RE/MAX American 200 at the Rockingham Speedway. Wheeler, the former President and General Manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, currently is the chairman of The Wheeler Company, a consulting management firm focusing on general business, professional sports, and motorsports he founded last year with his son, Trip. The Wheeler Company has been involved with the Rockingham Speedway through a driver development program, Humpy's Heroes, which has used the facility for testing and practice for its young drivers. For more information about the ARCA/REMAX American 200 or the accompanying USARacing Aaron's 150 October 9-11 or to order tickets, please contact the Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit the website at Tickets begin at $20 for single-day reserved seating with $5 back-to-school special pricing for students. Weekend and pit passes are also available.(Rockingham Speedway)(10-8-2009)

  • Kevin Harvick Will Wave the Green Flag at the Carolina 200: Kevin Harvick will be atop of the flagstand at the start of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Carolina 200 race at the Rockingham Speedway on April 19th and will wave the green flag to begin the highly anticipated race. Harvick's part time Nationwide Series driver, Tony Stewart had the honor during last season's ARCA race at the historic track. Kevin Harvick Incorporated will also field a car in the Carolina 200 with Ricky Carmichael getting his first laps at the one-mile speedway. For more information about the Carolina 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at

  • Economaki and Schrader to be Honored at the Rock: Last season, Rockingham Speedway honored three of NASCAR's greats and made them a permanent part of the historic track. The Benny Parsons Tower, the Papa Joe Hendrick Garage Area and the Ricky Rudd Grandstands were all named for three men instrumental to the speedway's legacy. This year Chris Economaki and Ken Schrader will be honored by the speedway with the naming of the Media Center and Turn Four grandstands, respectively. The Chris Economaki Media Center is dedicated to the man who has covered the sport of auto racing for more than 70 years as a journalist, track announcer, radio and television announcer and has been the editor for National Speed Sport News since 1950. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994 and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993. Ken Schrader is no stranger to Rockingham Speedway - he earned six top-fives at the track including a second place finish in 1991 during his Cup career at the track. He also had 10 top-10's at the historic track as well as one pole in 1990. Schrader just missed winning last year's ARCA race when he finished second in the first race since the track was reopened. He will be looking to improve by one position with the second running of the race on April 19th. Carolina 200 race weekend kicks off on Friday April 17th with Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be a hauler parade through downtown Rockingham at noon on Friday for the day-long celebration as well as most of the drivers signing autographs at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the Carolina 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at

  • Rockingham Speedway Announces Free Saturday Ticket Promotion: Rockingham Speedway has announced a special promotion for tickets for the Carolina 200 race weekend - Buy For Sunday, Bonus For Saturday. Starting Monday March 23rd until Friday April 10th, fans that purchase a reserved seat ticket for the Carolina 200 on April 19th will receive a complimentary ticket for the UARA Late Model race/ARCA Pole Day events on April 18th. That is a $20 value for the UARA race and two races for the price of one! For more information about the Carolina 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at

  • Barnes Wins the Polar Bear 150 at the Rock: Chuck Barnes, Sr., who started from the R.A. Jeffrey's Distributing Company pole, took advantage of blown engine in Brett Hudson's Chevy Monte Carlo with ten laps to go to take the checkered flag in the inaugural Polar Bear 150 at the Rockingham Speedway Thursday afternoon. Clinton, Indiana's Anthony White, the NASCAR Technical Institute's Hard Charger of the race award winner, finished second in his first start on a paved track. Rounding out the top-five were Clint Watkins of Maggie Valley, NC and Bonaire, Georgia's Tim Jensen and Tony Conway of Louisville, KY. J.D. Frey, a mechanic for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's Sprint Cup team, whose entry was owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., ran with the leaders most of the day, only to be caught up in a late-race accident.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(1-2-2009)

  • RADIO coverage of the Polar Bear 150: and Victory Lane Productions will team up to bring race fans exclusive Internet Radio coverage of the Polar Bear 150 from Rockingham Speedway on New Year's Day. Visit to listen live to the race. The green flag will fly at 1:00pm/et on New Year's Day and you can listen to it live on RaceTalkRadio starting at 12:00noon/et.(12-31-2008)

  • R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company to Sponsor the Pole Award at the Polar Bear 150: The Polar Bear 150 is already one of the biggest Street Stock races in the country and now the competitors will have another prize to claim - a pole award from R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company. The driver winning the award will have their work cut out for them. With up to 99 drivers starting the race, qualifying will be very important and will be determined through a very exciting 'European Style' qualifying format. Several will be on the track at the same time making qualifying runs to get the best time and win the R.A. Jefferys Distributing Company Pole Award. The pole award is not the only involvement that the R.A. Jefferys Distributing Company will have with the Polar Bear 150 - they will be supplying the concession stands with Anheuser-Busch products as well as the New Years Eve Celebration that will ring in the New Year in the Rockingham Speedway's Infield. The Polar Bear 150, the New Year's Eve Celebration and the partnership with R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company are all new traditions for the Rockingham Speedway that are a part of a long term strategy for the track. The Polar Bear 150 kicks off on December 31st with practice during the day and a New Years Eve celebration in the garage area and infield of the track starting at 7:30 p.m. Fans can join the drivers and teams for the celebration for only $10. The race will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday January 1st with qualifying at 10:00 a.m. General admission seating is only $15 when purchased in advance and $20 the day of the race. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information please call the speedway at 910-205-8800 or visit Speedway PR)(12-30-2008)

  • Testing at the Rock: GEM tested Tuesday and Wednesday at Rockingham Speedway with #9-Kasey Kahne and on Wednesday, Stewart-Haas Racing was at the track with #39-Ryan Newman testing. Bill Elliott was behind the wheel Wednesday of his own ARCA car early in the test session to get a base line set up and then assumed the role of driver coach for Casey Roderick the 16 year old phenomenon who was getting his first laps on a superspeedway. Roderick is hoping to come back next spring and race in the Carolina 200 ARCA Series race on April 19th, 2009 as well as the season ending ARCA race on October 11th, 2009. The first race of the 2009 season for the Rockingham Speedway is the Polar Bear 150 on New Year's Day. For more information visit

  • Teams test at new 1/2 mile track at the Rock: Monday morning, October 13th, the final strip of pavement was placed on "Little Rock," the new half-mile track built [supposedly shaped and banked like Martinsville] just outside the backstretch of the one-mile oval at Rockingham Raceway Park. Fast Track High Performance Driving School cars worked rubber into the new track surface Monday evening and then turned the track over to 10 Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series teams that were testing for this weekend's race at Martinsville. Kyle Busch's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Joe Nemechek's #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy, Scott Riggs' #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy and Jack Sprague's #60 Wyler Racing Toyota Truck all tested at the Little Rock Speedway on Tuesday. Wednesday's test session featured current Sprint Cup Series points leader, Jimmie Johnson and his #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy as well as Chad McCumbee's #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge and two test teams from Gillett Evernham Motorsports driven by A.J. Almendinger and Dennis Setzer. Thursday, Roush Fenway Racing's test team brought two cars to be driven by Colin Braun. The team spent the morning on the one-mile speedway before taking their second car to Little Rock for the afternoon testing. The Little Rock Speedway will also see plenty of racing action during the 2009 season with over 15 races planned on the mile race track that is contained inside of the half-mile. Those races will feature the INEX Legend Series and Bandolero Series cars. Tickets will be going fast for the Black's Tire American 200 with reserved seats starting at $25 and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. A special John Anderson concert will be held following the race and is included in the ticket price as well. Call the Rockingham Speedway ticket office to order your reserved seats today at 910-205-8800 or visit Raceway Park PR)(10-17-2008)

  • Polar Bear 150 Coming to Rockingham Speedway: On January 1, 2009, 99 cars will take the green flag for the first ever Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway. The Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series has given Street Stock drivers who normally only run their hometown short track the opportunity to race on major speedways including Bristol and Kentucky in addition to the "The Rock". The Polar Bear 150 will be the third race since Andy Hillenburg purchased the track last year. In addition to last weekend's Carolina 500, the Hooter's Pro Cup Series will crown there champion at "The Rock" on November 1st. Other activities at the track this summer include the Super Stang Fest on June 14th - an all Ford Mustang car show as well as several Fast Track High Performance Driving Schools. More info at

  • The Rock is Racing Again: Joey Logano led ARCA RE/MAX Series practice Friday at Rockingham Speedway, but only in the final minutes of the three-hour session as festivities began for Sunday's Carolina 500 - the reopening of "The Rock". Throughout Friday's practice at the 1-mile track, Matt Carter, the series point leader and son of former NASCAR crew chief and team owner Travis Carter, sat atop the speed chart. But in the session's final minutes, Logano's team placed a new set of tires on his Joe Gibbs Racing Oil-Gresham & Associates Chevrolet, allowing him to leap over Carter and into the No. 1 position with a 25.111-second, 143.363-mph lap. Carter, in his Stine Seed-NuSouth Lemonade Ford, wasn't far behind at 25.121 seconds, 143.306mph. Rounding out the top five, respectively, were Michael Annett and Justin Marks, both in Toyotas, and Dexter Bean in a Chevrolet. Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR championship car owner Richard Childress, posted the 13th quickest lap. Driving his Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet, Dillon recorded a lap of 25.852-second, 139.254-mph lap. Defending series champion Frank Kimmel was 17th quickest, while Chad McCumbee was 18th fastest. Craftsman Truck Series regular Johnny Benson, a former Cup winner at Rockingham, practiced Ken Schrader's Four Winds Motorhomes Dodge. Schrader was in Richmond for Sprint Cup qualifying. He will be at Rockingham Saturday for qualifying. Veteran James Hylton, who finished second to Richard Petty in the Grand National [now Sprint Cup] standings in 1967, hit the wall during practice and had to settle for 48th quickest. Qualifying for Sunday's race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the second round of time trials set for 2:30 p.m. Tony Stewart is scheduled to wave the green flag on the Carolina 500, signaling the reopening of The Rock, at noon on Sunday. For more information or to order tickets for the May 4 ARCA RE/MAX Series Carolina 500 and the Nov. 1 Hooters Pro Cup American 200, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit

  • Schrader, other notables, planning to run Rockingham ARCA race: The Carolina 500, ARCA's May 4 race at Rockingham Speedway, has drawn the attention of several drivers who don't typically participate in the ruling body's races. Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Ken Schrader have recently joined the list of entrants. Schrader has won 15 ARCA races during his career. Other notable entries have been filed in the names of drivers Joey Logano by Joe Gibbs Racing, Austin Dillon by Richard Childress Racing, Scott Speed by Eddie Sharp Racing, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Annett by Bill Davis Racing, Chad McCumbee, Bobby Gerhart and Matt Carter. Dillon is Childress's grandson. Speed is a former Formula One driver. Carter is the son of famed NASCAR mechanic Travis Carter.(Gaston Gazette)(4-20-2008)

  • Rockingham Speedway Honors NASCAR Greats: Honoring Rockingham Speedway's history has been paramount with owner Andy Hillenburg since he acquired the track last fall, and Friday he continued his philosophy with the naming of the tower, garage and grandstands for three men instrumental in the speedway's legacy. The frontstretch tower housing race control, scoring, the track's suites, and press box is now the Benny Parsons Tower. Parsons, a former Ellerbe resident, earned the ARCA championship in 1968-69 and in 1973 claimed NASCAR's Cup title at the 1-mile track while driving for Richmond County businessman L.G. DeWitt, builder of the facility that opened in 1965. Recently retired NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd will now have his name on the first- and second-turn grandstands, while the garage has been named for Papa Joe Hendrick, the father of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick. Parsons' family called the naming of the tower for the late driver and broadcaster "outstanding" and "quite an honor."
    "I think Benny would be so proud to have the tower named after him, because this was his home track," said Terri Parsons, Benny's wife. "For us, as a family, it means a lot. For Benny, personally, I think it would be huge in his mind; he would be very humbled by it." Son Keith Parsons added, "I can't really express how much gratitude I feel toward Andy and everybody at the race track. It's such a neat thing for Andy to remember my dad at a time like this. We're all just very, very thrilled." Rick Hendrick said he remembered winning a pole at Rockingham during his team's first season - 1984 - and how special it was for everyone. "I started going to races there back in 1975, and it's always been a great track with really good, close racing," Hendrick continued. "It's exciting that Andy (Hillenburg) is reviving it the way he is. I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that. Andy has been a close friend of our family for a long time, and my dad always thought so highly of him. Pop loved Andy, and he loved the old tracks - the ones with great racing history - so he would be truly humbled and honored by this gesture. It means so much to my family and to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports." Rudd, who made his Cup debut at Rockingham in 1975, said having the grandstands named for him was a "tremendous honor" and "something I never expected."
    "I always liked that speedway because you could run on the bottom and nobody ever handled perfectly there," Rudd said. "That was the good thing about it; it made for good racing all day long. Andy is a great guy and he's trying to revive the speedway. If you talk to all of the competitors that raced on it, they never wanted to see it leave the schedule. That was a lot of drivers' favorite track and I put that in my category, also. To have him [Andy] named a grandstand after me, it's unbelievable." Hillenburg's announcements came on the first day of a two-day ARCA test at Rockingham Speedway. The ARCA teams are preparing for the May 4 Carolina 500. For more information about the Rockingham Speedway or to purchase race tickets for the upcoming Carolina 500 ARCA RE/MAX Series race, please visit or call the track at 910-205-8800.(3-22-2008)

  • Racing returns to the Rock in 2008: Pack the motor home, throw a grill in the truck and head for North Carolina's Sand Hills Region, because with the arrival of 2008, auto racing returns to "The Rock" with the inaugural Carolina 500 ARCA race, Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg announced Friday. The ARCA race, which carries the name of the tough, 1-mile track's inaugural Grand National [Nextel Cup] event in 1965, is scheduled for May 4 at noon. Practice for the 312-lap race will be May 2 with qualifying set for May 3. "The Carolina 500 is going to be a cornerstone event for the ARCA schedule," said Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA champion who became the speedway's new owner on Oct. 31. "It's going to be the longest race in the series and carry the richest purse. It also will have the largest field with 50 cars." The May 4 Carolina 500 will be the second-ever ARCA race at the Richmond County track. ARCA's only other race at the speedway occurred in 1973 and was won by Charlie Glotzbach. Fans may begin requesting ticket information on Wednesday, Nov. 7, by calling (910) 205-8800 or by going to the speedway's Web site,
    UPDATE: United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) president Gene Cox said his circuit will wrap up the 2008 season and crown its champion with a race Nov. 1 [at Rockingham Speedway](Fayetteville Observer)(11-3-2007)

  • Rockingham Speedway Purchased for $4 Million: The owner of a high-performance driving school in Charlotte submitted the winning bid Tuesday -- $4 million -- for the nearly abandoned North Carolina Speedway. Andy Hillenburg, who competed in 16 NASCAR races, finished 28th in Indianaolis 500 in 2000. His bid was one of less than 10 submitted. Hillenburg is trying to bring lower-tier NASCAR races to the track, which was abandoned by NASCAR in 2004. "We'll definitely have racing here," Hillenburg said. "We'll have some driving shcools. We'll have some movies and commericials, and have a few legends races, and hopefully be an important part of the community. And that's the thing. I want to be a part of it. I want to be a part of this community. I love this sport a lot, and I want to make a difference." Hillenburg plans to move his family to Rockingham from Charlotte. The speedway was put up for auction by Speedway Motorsports Inc., whose chairman is Bruton Smith. Speedway Motorsports owns tracks in Concord; Atlanta; Fort Worth, Texas; Bristol, Tenn.; Las Vegas; and Sonoma, Calif. "Today is a win for Rockingham. No question about it," said Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin. "It's a win for this community. And I'll tell you what else it's a win for. It's a win for race fans, too."(

  • Rockingham to be autioned off on Oct 2nd: The National Auction Group has been retained to auction the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 1:00pm/et. With a long and distinguished track record for selling high-end, high-profile properties, The National Auction Group has made its specialty finding buyers for unique properties by attracting bidders from all over the world. The legendary race track dates to 1965. North Carolina Motor Speedway enjoyed a rich tradition of NASCAR racing and other motorsports events spanning five decades. The 253.6-acre facility features a 1.017-mile speedway with more than 60,000 grandstand seats, an administrative building, an infield garage, control tower with suites and numerous other buildings. Located convenient to the Carolina coast, Southern Pines Resort area, Charlotte and Interstate 95, the facility is a complete multi-use entertainment complex with several recent upgrades. More info at The National Auction Group site. The property will be open for inspection daily and by appointment, from 10:00am to 5:00pm beginning Sept. 14. To schedule an appointment prior to this date, please call 1-800-503-9434 or (256) 547-3434. Beginning Sept. 14, call the site directly at (256) 504-6858 or (256) 504-5201.(PR)(8-12/10-1-2007)

  • The Rock goes up for auction in Oct: The sale of North Carolina Speedway, which last held a race in February 2004, has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2. The date for the track's absolute auction - meaning it will be sold to the highest bidder without a minimum price or "reserve" - appears on the Web site of National Auction Group, a company in Gadsden, Ala., that is handling the sale. William Bone, the president of National Auction Group, said the Oct. 2 date could change, but that the final date should be "carved in stone" within a week. "I don't think anybody's ever sold anything like this. It's unusual, but there's got to be a big demand for it," Bone said from Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., where he is conducting the auction of a dozen condominium units today. That place has got to have a lot of other uses for racing," he added. "It ought to be quite an event. It's going to sell. Regardless of price, it'll sell, and we hope we do well for them."
    "Them" is Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte. It acquired the 1.017-mile track and the 247-acre site in May 2004 as part of a lawsuit settlement. The track wedged into the intersection of U.S. 1 and N.C. 177 north of Rockingham, NC. It has hosted only racing schools, private track rentals, and movie and video recording since the SMI acquisition. It opened in October 1965 and has seating for 60,112 spectators.(Fayetteville Observer)(7-16-2007)

  • The Rock up for Auction: The North Carolina Motor Speedway will be put on the auction block. Speedway Motorsports Inc. notified Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin by letter of the impending sale. "I wanted to make you aware ahead of time that our company has made the decision to sell North Carolina Motor Speedway via an auction," wrote H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, in a June 13 letter. The track also known as "The Rock" was built in 1965 and is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Lowe's Motor Speedway Senior Vice President and SMI spokesman Jerry Gappens said Wednesday Wheeler sent the letter to the mayor, because he has remained in contact with city and county economic development officials about exploring opportunities for the track. "We regret we have to make this decision but we really have no other choice," Wheeler wrote in his letter. "We have been unable to sell it and track rentals are simply not enough to keep the facility running." Since SMI bought the track in 2004, Rockingham's final race date was moved to the Texas Motor Speedway also owned by SMI. The 1.017-mile oval has since been used by NASCAR drivers for testing and for a variety of special events and movies. No date has been set for the auction. "We've had some meetings with an auction company," Gappens said. A fall auction date is anticipated. McLaurin said Wednesday the community has been concerned about the track's fate since the loss of the Nextel race. "It's a situation where we may have to wait and see," he said. Recent rumors about an Indy Racing League event at the track are just rumors. "No one has contacted us about using it," Gappens said.(Daily Journal)(6-21-2007)

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