Trucks Headed to Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Rockingham Speedway will host a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2012. After an eight-year absence, NASCAR will be back.

This is a big deal for the region. In fact, it is such a big deal that Governor Beverly Perdue was on hand last Wednesday to make the announcement. The race will bring an approximate $7.5 million to the region, according to the Governor. That’s people eating in local restaurants and staying in local hotels. That is a huge economic impact.

Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg has worked tirelessly over the last four years to get to a point where NASCAR could come back to the track and the last step was the investment of nearly $1 million for the installation of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers. The SAFER barriers are scheduled to be installed in two phases, with the first phase happening this month and the final sections in December.

It’s not often a track gets a second chance like this, but now it’s time for race fans to step up and support it. Rockingham has about 34,000 seats, and hopefully, they will all be filled for this event.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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