ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — NASCAR racing will return to Rockingham Speedway next April.
The 1.017-mile speedway, which was previously known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on April 15, 2012. It will be the first NASCAR race at the track since Feb. 22, 2004.
“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.”