Rockingham Speedway is one step closer to a NASCAR return with $9 million
Race tracks were included in the NC state budget. Funds will be sent to North Wilkesboro Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway.
In regards to Rockingham Speedway, the North Carolina racing complex will see $9 million from the state to fund redevelopment efforts.
The complex features three race tracks. A 1.017-mile oval features steeply banked corners. The Infield features a 1.6-mile road course. Additionally, ‘Little Rock’ is bullring 0.526-mile oval with a 1/4-mile option that sits next to the bigger track.
“Our historical value has never faded, it has only grown, and with the reopening, it has grown even more,” Justin Jones, Vice President of Operations at Rockingham Speedway and Entertainment Complex told FOX 46.
78 NASCAR Cup Series races have been run at the speedway. The track hosted it’s last NASCAR Cup Series race in 2004.
The NASCAR Truck Series made a brief return to the track nearly a decade ago. Soon after, in 2014, the trucks did not return, noting financial issues.
The track was then taken over by the bank. In 2018, it was sold to Rockingham Properties LLC.
“We intend on repaving the track, putting brand new asphalt down. We intend on lighting up the big track as well as little rock,” said Jones.
The track has hosted many tests, they even had races scheduled. However, those were canceled as during tests, the pieces of the track were coming up.
Years ago, NASCAR drivers pleaded officials not to repave the complex. It’s a bumpy and slick surface.