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Encyclopedia > North Carolina Speedway
Rockingham Speedway
The Rock
Kulwicki's 1990 winner trophy
Location P.O. Box 500
Rockingham, North Carolina 28380
Capacity 60,113
Owner Andy Hillenburg
Opened 1965
Architect Harold Brasington and Bill Land
Former Names North Carolina Motor Speedway (1965-1996)
North Carolina Speedway (1997-2004)
Major events TBD (ARCA planned)
D-shaped oval
Surface Paved
Circuit Length 1.637 kilometres (1.017 miles)
Banking Turns - 22 and 25 degrees
Straights - 8 degrees

Rockingham Speedway is a racetrack located in Rockingham, North Carolina. It is affectionately known as "The Rock" and hosted NASCAR events from 1965 to 2004, and has proposed hosting Automobile Racing Club of America series races starting in 2008. Currently, the track is home to the Buck Baker Driving School, and also the Fast Track High Performance Driving School, which is owned by new track owner Andy Hillenburg, and is used extensively for NASCAR testing. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 387 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1649 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 387 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1649 pixel, file size: 1. ... Rockingham is a city in Richmond County, North Carolina, United States. ... Andy Hillenburg(born April 30, 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana), is an American race car driver. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... “km” redirects here. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... Rockingham is a city in Richmond County, North Carolina, United States. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ARCA Remax Series logo For other uses of ARCA, see ARCA. Michael Simkos ARCA car at Salem Speedway, Indiana The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States founded in 1953 by John Marcum. ... The Legend Elzie Wylie Baker Sr. ...


It has been used often for television and movie filming, and the 2004 ESPN telefilm 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story was filmed at the track along with some scenes from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. For the filming of the later movie, the walls were repainted to resemble famous tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It also was the site of the 2007 Bollywood film Ta Ra Rum Pum. The year 2004 in television involved some significant events. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Categories: Television stubs | NASCAR | Television movies | Sports films ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. ... Ta Ra Rum Pum stars Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles. ...


The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. In 1969, the track was extensively reconfigured to a high-banked, D-shaped oval measuring slightly over one mile in length. The track surface is rather abrasive compared to other tracks on the circuit, due to the high sand content of paving compounds made from local materials. This abrasiveness notoriously contributed to excessive tire wear. This characteristic is often cited as a demanding element of racing at the facility, necessitating strict management of tire wear by teams.


In 1997, North Carolina Motor Speedway merged with Penske Motorsports, and was renamed North Carolina Speedway. Shortly thereafter, the infield was reconfigured, and competition on the infield road course, mostly by the SCCA, was discontinued. North Carolina Speedway played host to two NASCAR Nextel Cup races each year through 2003. Team Penske (also known as Penske Racing) is a racing team that currently owns cars running in the Indy Racing League and NASCAR; it formerly competed in CART. The team is named after its founder and principal owner, Roger Penske, and is a part of his conglomerate, Penske Corporation. ...

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Demise

As part of the acquisition of the Penske Speedways in 1999, the Speedway was sold to International Speedway Corporation and in 2003, one of its two Nextel Cup races (the crucial fall race, often the penultimate date on the schedule) was transferred to ISC's California Speedway. The change was made after sagging attendance at North Carolina Speedway. It left the track with only one date, in late February, a highly unpopular date for spectators due to the commonly unpredictable weather. That date was moved up from the traditional early spring date in 1992 when Richmond International Raceway wanted a later date than the traditional post-Daytona date because of two postponements in the late 1980s caused by snow. Rumors persisted that the track's lone remaining date was also in jeopardy, as several new tracks in larger, warm-weather markets coveted the date, which was the first race following the Daytona 500, and in 2002 and 2004, Fox's first race of the season. International Speedway Corporation (NYSE: ISCA) is a corporation whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks. ... The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, similar to that of sister track Michigan International Speedway. ... Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a A 3/4 mile, D shaped, asphalt race track located outside Richmond, Virginia. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...


Despite wide speculation that the race was in its final year, it failed to sell out, falling nearly 10,000 short of the 60,000 capacity. The track indeed hosted its final race on February 22, 2004. In that last race, Matt Kenseth held off then rookie Kasey Kahne on the last lap to win by only 0.010 seconds. This finish was one of the closest in NASCAR history, and viewed by many fans as one of the best races that season. It is also known for a wild crash early in the race in which Carl Long flipped wildly down the backstretch. is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Matt Kenseths 2004 car being pushed out by his crew 2007 Busch Series car 2007 Cup car Matthew Roy Kenseth (born March 10, 1972) is a stock car racing driver for the Roush Fenway Racing team in NASCARs Nextel Cup series. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no professional experience. ... Kasey Kenneth Kahne (born April 10, 1980 in Enumclaw, Washington) is a driver in NASCARs NEXTEL Cup series. ... Carl Long (born September 20, 1967) in Roxboro, North Carolina, is a NASCAR race car driver. ...


In the wake of the Ferko lawsuit, and the sagging attendance, the track's state of affairs was sharply altered. In the settlement, ISC sold North Carolina Speedway to Speedway Motorsports, and the track's lone remaining race was "transferred" to Texas Motor Speedway. Some NASCAR fans saw things differently, however, because it was Darlington Raceway's prestigious Southern 500 removed from the schedule for the second race in Texas, and the date for The Rock was sent to Phoenix International Raceway. SMI agreed to host no NASCAR events at the track while it was under their ownership. Upon its exit from the NASCAR circuit, The Rock joined such facilities as Ontario, Riverside, North Wilkesboro, Texas World, and Nashville as tracks removed from the circuit. The Ferko lawsuit is a common nickname for an American lawsuit that was challenged between plaintiff Francis Ferko, a shareholder of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ... Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (NYSE: TRK) often called simply SMI is a stock corporation whose primary business is the ownership and management of race tracks on the NASCAR Nextel Cup series and other race series. ... Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500 is a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race. ... Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile tri-oval race track located in Avondale, AZ. It opened in 1964, but wasnt used by NASCAR until 1988, with the first race won by the late Alan Kulwicki. ... Ontario Motor Speedway located in Ontario, California, was a 2. ... Riverside International Raceway (Sometimes known as RIR or Riverside Raceway) was a race track or road course in Riverside, California. ... North Wilkesboro Speedway is a short track which held races in NASCARs top three series from NASCARs inception in 1949 until its closure in 1996. ... Texas World Speedway was built in 1969 and was one of only seven superspeedways of two miles or greater in the United States, the others being Indianapolis, Daytona, Pocono, Talladega, California, and Michigan. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Most agree that the lack of any other tourist attractions in the area (the nearest major attraction is Pinehurst Golf and Country Club, where a NASCAR on FOX promotion had a sweepstakes winner winning a trip there as part of race tickets), and the relatively small size of the city hurt ticket sales. In addition, other tracks nearby such as Lowe's Motor Speedway and Darlington Speedway (in the Florence-Myrtle Beach region) had a tendency to lure away fans looking to catch a race. All of this despite Rockingham's reputation for excellent racing and for having great sightlines for spectators. It must also be mentioned that the facility made limited infrastructure reinvestments over the years while being owned by the DeWitt family, and seemed to lag behind other facilities which continually modernized and updated their business plans, especially after it was sold to pay off estate taxes owed by the DeWitt and Wilson families which had owned the track. NASCAR ON FOX is a series of NASCAR races airing on Fox Sports and the SPEED Channel since 2001. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. ...


Testing

Rockingham has become a test track for many NEXTEL Cup and Nationwide Series teams because of testing restrictions by NASCAR on active tracks. After the track was stripped of its dates, teams began using the circuit to test cars and engines, especially to simulate abrasive wear at certain tracks (Darlington and Atlanta most notably). In 2005, Kyle Petty tested his Darlington car at Rockingham days before its race to not waste one of his five assigned tests. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations big league circuit, the Nextel Cup. ... Kyle Eugene Petty (Born June 2, 1960 in Randleman, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR driver, the son and grandson of racing legends Richard Petty and Lee Petty, respectively. ...


In 2006, new rules banned all testing at active Nextel Cup tracks except at selected NASCAR-approved open tests during the season, thereby making testing at Rockingham crucial. Penske Racing tested at the track in mid-April 2006, and with the abrasiveness of the Atlanta Motor Speedway surface, which has not been repaved since reconstruction in 1997, and Atlanta's participation in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, many teams are considering returning to Rockingham in September or October to test their cars to simulate Atlanta's similar surface. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ...


NASCAR's new Car of Tomorrow has led to a boom in testing at the track, and many teams used the track for testing the new cars when it was announced the car would be used in 2007. This article is about the NASCAR car style. ...


In the runup to the COT's debut, Michael Waltrip Racing, Gillett Evernham Motorsports, Yates Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing tested their COT's at the track. Michael Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip. ... Gillett Evernham Motorsports (formerly Evernham Motorsports) is a racing team in NASCAR. It is owned by former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, Montreal Canadiens owner and Liverpool F.C. co-owner George Gillett, and the Valvoline corporation. ... Yates Racing is a motorsports racing team that currently races in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Busch Series[1]. Formerly known as Robert Yates Racing prior to the 2008 NASCAR season, and briefly Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing during a brief merger attempt with the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team from... Outside Roush headquarters. ...


Elliott Sadler was asked about testing the Car of Tomorrow at Phoenix International Raceway the day after the Checker Auto Parts 500. Elliott Sadler (left) talking with teammate Dale Jarrett. ... The Checker Auto Parts 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. ...


"No, I'm going to Rockingham on Wednesday to test the (Car of Tomorrow). We wanted to go to a very bumpy racetrack. The car slams down on the banking very hard at Rockingham and make sure we've got all the springs and all the bumps very smooth feeling. That'll be my first time in the COT. I'm pretty anxious and looking forward to it. NASCAR fans, and we're all fans in this garage, don't like change. We're just skeptical of it, and we've had some really good racing this year, some of the best racing we've had in awhile. We're just starting to learn how to get our cars better with the short spoilers. Nobody really wants to change, but how can you complain or argue with NASCAR? They've done such a good job the past 10 years of growing our sport and making it more fan friendly and appealing to TV and things like that. If they think this is going to help our sport grow, we've got to get in there whether we think it's right or wrong and do it with them."


Greg Biffle said during the 2007 NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder press conference, "Pat (Tryson, crew chief, who was subsequently released and joined Penske Racing) and I are going to Rockingham (January 18) with a COT car to try to learn some things about them, bump stops and all of the things that are new on them, you know, because we are going to race them at Darlington. But those are going to be keys to making the Chase is running well with that COT car and getting our downforce cars to handle good." Gregory Jack Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. ... This article is about the NASCAR car style. ...


Testing at Rockingham has become a premium because of NASCAR's rules limiting testing to the NASCAR-sanctioned open tests. NASCAR rules state testing at tracks not on the series in question is not controlled by the sanctioning body, and many teams evade the testing ban at such tests, which also include the Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Concord Motorsports Park (short tracks), and the Kentucky Speedway (Sprint Cup tests only). Rockingham is currently not on any circuit, and thereby testable for any series.


Indiana Andy Revives The Rock

Speedway Motorsports put the track for auction, with an auction scheduled for October 2, 2007.


ARCA Re/Max Series car owner and former driver "Indiana" Andy Hillenburg[1], who owns the Fast Track High Performance driving school, paying $4.4 million for the track. The crowd at the auction was distinctively pro-Hillenburg, not wanting the track to be demolished. ARCA Remax Series logo For other uses of ARCA, see ARCA. Michael Simkos ARCA car at Salem Speedway, Indiana The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States founded in 1953 by John Marcum. ... RE/MAX International is an international real estate company. ... Andy Hillenburg(born April 30, 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana), is an American race car driver. ...


Hillenburg plans changes to the circuit, including adding a Legends Car oval and potentially restoring the road course for more local racing at the circuit. Just hours after closing the deal for the sale, he promptly called some sanctioning bodies in planning dates for his new circuit. He wants to have NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Grand National action at the track, and is actively negotiating with ARCA for the Re/Max Series to be racing at his track for 2008.[2] The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series is a regional stock car racing division sanctioned by NASCAR. Formed in 1987, The series races primarily in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. ...


Hillenburg has renamed the track to its new name, Rockingham Speedway, and announced it will sponsor Hillenburg's Craftsman Truck driven by Bryan Silas for the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway just days after his purchase of the track. Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located in Talladega, Alabama. ...


Film and commercial usage

The speedway has become a venue for active filming for movies, television programs, and television commercials, often with its venues being used for various facilities. Notable films include:

Categories: Television stubs | NASCAR | Television movies | Sports films ... Days of Thunder is an auto racing drama film released in 1990 by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. ... Ta Ra Rum Pum stars Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles. ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. ... United Parcel Service, Inc. ... Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. ...

External links

  • Track statistics and winner list at racing-reference.info
  • Track page at NASCAR.com
  • Tom Roberts Public Relations news release on Kurt Busch and Penske Racing testing at Rockingham.
  • Sports Illustrated article on NASCAR considering removing the raceway from the schedule
  • AP article on NASCAR being gone from Rockingham
  • An article on the pending auction of the track

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