Rockingham Speedway headed for public auction May 5

Image courtesy of Kevin Simpkins (@thndrnghrd24).
Image courtesy of Kevin Simpkins (@thndrnghrd24).

Image courtesy of Kevin Simpkins (@thndrnghrd24).

Rockingham Speedway will be auctioned off to the public on May 5 after a lease on the track was recently terminated by the current owners. A notice of foreclosure sale was filed last week in Richmond County Superior Court, declaring that the iconic track will be up for sale yet again.

The notice states it will include “the real property, together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereto […] and the personal property described in the deed of trust.”

The sale will be open to the public at 11 a.m. at the Richmond County Courthouse and will be held open for 10 days for upset bids. Richmond County tax records show the 243.92-acre speedway property is valued at more than $6.85 million.

Andy Hillenburg and partner Bill Silas bought the track for $4 million in 2007 from Speedway Motorsports Inc., reopening The Rock in 2012. The track hosted its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races that season, the first NASCAR-sanctioned events since 2004.

Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson won the two Trucks races at Rockingham before races were pulled from the track after the final race in April 2013.

Craig Northacker of announced plans to build a “Reintegration Center” for military veterans on speedway grounds last year, but a potential three-year lease held by Northacker was terminated by Silas. Northacker’s plans for X-Cup Series races to be held at Rockingham starting April 23 are temporarily on hold with the track going to public auction.


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