Rockingham Speedway has not held a Sprint Cup race in over a decade. Since that last race in 2004, The Rock hosted Camping World Trucks Series events in 2012 and 2013, but has sat dormant since those dates.
Recently, a NASCAR fan named Kevin Simpkins went to the track to take photos. His shots shocked the racing community, including Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin.
— Kevin Simpkins (@thndrnghrd24) September 7, 2015
I can close my eyes and run a lap in my mind at Rockingham and still feel all the bumps and transitions better than any other track. #NASCAR
— Mark Martin (@markmartin) September 8, 2015
It also started a discussion about the aging track that the NASCAR community clearly wants to see revived. In late January, Craig Northacker, executive director of the nonprofit organization Vets-Help, expressed interest in purchasing the track convert the track into a reintegration center for veterans and possibly starting a disabled vets racing series.
The 244.24 acre property, valued at $6.85 million, has gone seven months since a court-ordered deadline to sell or auction passed. But Northacker told the Richmond County Daily Journal that while plans have been delayed, his team is dedicated to finishing the project.
“There has been a lot of delay for a number of factors beyond our control,” Northacker said. “We are committed to our projects, and we are launching a number of them at the same time. We were fortunate to be able to expand our core team which has already enumerated a number of events for the track in 2016.”
As for when an announcement might be coming on future plans? Northacker said news should be coming next month during the 2015 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. The event, held in Indianapolis, is held from Dec. 10-12.
It’s a shame to see the track sitting in ruins, but hopefully that will all change soon. With so many late models races and new series like the CARS Tour popping up, The Rock has the potential to thrive again. Now, it’s just a matter of finding the funding and backing to revive the once-flourishing track that NASCAR used to call home.