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The Return of Rockingham Speedway Moves Closer to Reality

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Adam Stern shared a report from a local TV affiliate expressing optimism about the future of Rockingham Speedway.

What’s Happening

Adam Stern broke big news about Rockingham Speedway in the early hours of Friday morning, pointing to a CBS 2 WFMY report that Rockingham could return. Daniel Crews of WFMY talked to Rockingham Speedway owner Daniel Lovenheim, who expressed that he has been talking with “Everyone, everyone”, and expressing optimism that Rockingham could come back. He even added that the venue could host other events including car shows and concerts.

  • Rockingham Speedway was also given $9 million from the American Rescue Plan similar to what North Wilkesboro and Charlotte received to renovate their own facilities. North Wilkesboro used the money to make the facility race ready again, and recently hosted the All-Star Race. Lovenheim told WFMY that he used the money given to the track to repave it, and that he would fund $10 million more in renovations to the track.
  • Rockingham Speedway, affectionately known as “The Rock”, hosted 78 Cup Series races between 1966 and 2003, and hosted its’ final Cup Series race in February of 2004. The track also hosted two Truck Series races with one per year in 2012 and 2013 before NASCAR left the track again. It is a 1.017 mile track with banks between 22 and 25 degrees in the corners, meaning the track has historically been a multi-groove track.
  • Fans online are excited to see the potential return of Rockingham. However, some fans are concerned about having too many tracks in the North Carolina area once again.

In the Stands

MK has a solution to those that are concerned about oversaturation.

Ryan Ostrander feels that this could replace Fontana for next year.

Kyle is concerned about market oversaturation.

Andy Roberts is okay with a Truck, Xfinity, or ARCA race at the track should a Cup Series event not work out.

Coty Wallace likes the idea of alternating race dates at different tracks.

Lucas Cram loves the idea of returning to “The Rock”

SRX?????

crypto6g points out the potential issue with oversaturation.

KentuckyHorsepower with three simple words.

SRVisGod24 believes that taking a date from Atlanta and giving it to Rockingham is a solution to the problem.

Rockingham has hosted the season finale before.

On Your Screen

The Iceberg recently looked at abandoned tracks that could come back, and he mentioned Rockingham

Rockingham is the first track many thought of when thinking about which other tracks can be added to the schedule. It is a track that was beloved by fans, and it produced a solid racing product. The multi-grooved surface also works well for the modern next-gen cars.

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