ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 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 p.m. for the 200-lap tilt.
“Qualifying and racing on the same day gives fans more value for their race ticket,” said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg. “It also builds some excitement among the drivers and fans if everyone wakes up on Sunday morning not knowing where the trucks will start come 2 o’clock.”
The full field of drivers pose for a photograph
before the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 at Rockingham Speedway on April 15, 2012 in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Last year, in the inaugural NCWTS event, Kasey Kahne and David Reutimann both started at the rear of the field after missing qualifying because they were in Texas for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race the day before. Per NASCAR rules, if a team changes drivers after qualifying, the entry forgoes its qualifying position and must drop to the rear of the field for the start of the race. Kahne went on to win the race, despite his starting position.
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. The UARA-STARS Late Model Series and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals will also hold twin laps races on April 13.